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Tom Plasterer, Director of Bioinformatics, Data Science & AI, Bio Pharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

Tom Plasterer, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Bioinformatics and BioPharmaceutical R&D at AstraZeneca. Dr. Plasterer has pursued interests in bioinformatics, clinical informatics, systems biology, and biomarker discovery over the last twenty years in both industry and academia. He co-founded PanGenX (a Personalized Medicine/ Pharmacogenetics Knowledge Base start-up), directed the project planning and data interpretation group at BG Medicine, and held an adjunct professor position in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University. He now leads translational science data integration and FAIR data initiatives at AstraZeneca.

In these roles at AstraZeneca, Dr. Plasterer has been responsible for establishing and executing the FAIR data strategy which includes knowledge representation, vocabulary & metadata services, semantic visualization, analytics, and business case development. This strategy has been deployed to build competitive intelligence and integrative informatics frameworks for R&D. Dr. Plasterer also serves on the Pistoia Alliance FAIR data advisory board.