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Pharma and healthcare come together to see the future of text mining

The Linguamatics Text Mining Summit has become Linguamatics flagship US event over the past few years attracting a wide variety of attendees from Pharma, Biotech and Healthcare industries.

This year was no exception; the Summit drew a record crowd of over 85 attendees and a fantastic line up of speakers including: AMIA, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Huntsman Cancer Institute, AstraZeneca, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Georgetown University Medical Center, UNC Charlotte, City of Hope, Pfizer and Roche.

The Summit took place at the Hyatt Regency, Newport, Rhode Island in the beautiful surroundings of the Narragansett bay from October 7-9, 2013.

Delegates were provided with an excellent opportunity to explore trends in text mining and analytics, natural language processing and knowledge discovery.

Delegates discovered how I2E is delivering valuable intelligence from text in a range of applications, including the mining of scientific literature, news feeds, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), clinical trial data, FDA drug labels and more. Customer presentations demonstrated how I2E helps workers in knowledge driven organizations meet the challenge of information overload, maximize the value of their information assets and increase speed to insight.

One customer presentation explained how a “Recent I2E literature search saved $180K and 2-3 months [of] time”.

Kevin Fickenscher, President and CEO of AMIA kicked off Tuesday October 8th main sessions with his forward-thinking talk on Big Data and its implications on personalized medicine and performance based outcomes in healthcare.

The talk was engaging, well received and set the tone for a great day of presentations.

The final talk of Tuesday from Jonathan Hartmann, an Informationist at Georgetown University Medical Center,  also caused quite a stir by demonstrating an iPad-based web portal interface onto I2E to support identification of case histories used during physician’s rounds.

The novel real time usage of I2E prompted many questions from delegates and the presentation was discussed long into the night at the Summit dinner.

The Summit afforded new and potential users with a timely update on the latest I2E product developments: including an introduction to Linked Servers, which allows streamlined access to content by linking enterprise servers with content servers on the cloud, and enhanced chemical querying capabilities.  Both of these new features are available in the latest I2E release, I2E 4.1.

CTO David Milward’s forward-looking technology road map received a great deal of interest from delegates.

This year we invited a few of our partners to exhibit and participate in 5-minute lightning round presentations, we heard from Cambridge Semantics, ChemAxon, Copyright Clearance Center and Accelrys on their solutions and how they integrate with Linguamatics I2E.

The whole event was a great success topped off with some fabulous feedback from all our attendees – to quote one of the feedback forms “One of the best summits and training sessions I have ever attended. The pioneering NLP efforts and user responsiveness is unmatched by any other text mining (NLP) vendor. The Linguamatics approach and I2E system is relatively intuitive, easy to manage, powerful and useful”.

Presentations are available on I2Edia and by email request.

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2013, we look forward to seeing you next year!