Bioinformatics – a bridge between industry and academia 2024


The second bioinformatics academia-industry meetup is held by Charles University (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and Faculty of Science) and ELIXIR-CZ. It will take place in the refectory of the School of Computer Science building at Malá Strana. The meeting aims to bring together professionals from academia and industry, hopefully creating space for exchanging ideas and opportunities for collaboration in the bioinformatics and biomedical fields.

The meeting will be split into three blocks. The first block will be dedicated to the presentation of experts from academia. In the second block, the speakers will share experiences from abroad and with industry transfer. In the last section, representatives of companies will introduce bioinformatics research carried out in their companies. The meeting will close with a poster and networking session with the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences.


09:30: Doors open/welcome coffee

09:55: Welcome

10:00 – 12:00: Academy block (Chairman:Marian Novotný)

  • Karel Berka (UPOL) – Academic view on the industry collaboration from past experiences
  • Robert Pergl (FIT ČVUT) – FAIR data and data management for effective collaboration
  • Edward Curtis (IOCB Prague) – Development and application of
    catalytic DNA molecules
  • Lenka Šlachtová (UK) – Genomics of motor neuron diseases – a tool for personalized medicine


12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 15:00: Industry block – science projects as the basis for collaboration with the academy (Chairman:Karel Berka)

  • David Příhoda(MSD) – Adopting latest computational methods for antibody and enzyme engineering
  • Ezequiel Ivan Juritz (Enantis) – Enantis’ software and services solutions for protein engineering
  • MzMine – Tomáš Pluskal (IOCB Prague) – MZmine – how open-source academic software goes commercial
  • Thomas Evangelidis (AI|ffinity) – Streamlining Drug Discovery with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Artificial Intelligence


15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30: International experience and industry transfer (Chairman:Tomáš Pluskal)

  • Filip Pattyn (Faqir Foundation, Ghent) – TBA
  • Kateřina Šolcová (CUIP) – CUIP. Ideas Matter. Action Defines Us.
  • Robert Pergl(PATRIC) – Transfer between academy and industry
  • Radim Špaček (Czechinvest) – Technological incubation


17:30 – 18:30: Panel discussion hosted by Jiří Vondrášek with Filip Pattyn, Robert Pergl, Karel Berka, Martin Dienstbier, Kateřina Šolcová, Michal Votruba

18:30 – 21:00: Poster dinner

We offer an opportunity to present the work you do in your laboratory or company or ideas on how you could contribute to bridging academia and industry through a poster during a poster and networking session at the end of the day.

Agenda and more information can be found here.

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