iCubed (Institute, Industry, Innovation) seminars invite DSI Industry Affiliates to give technical talks on work going on in their domain. Join to learn about real-world uses of data science and career opportunities at Industry Affiliate companies.

Guest Speaker

Amit Arora, Vice President, Product Management, Swiss Re

Moderated By: Jessica Rodriguez, Industry Engagement and Outreach Officer, The Data Science Institute

Details & Recording

Thursday, January 27, 2022 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET) – Virtual

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Talk Information

Achieving Drug Safety Using Data Science

Pharmaceutical companies need to keep a close eye on the adverse reactions their drugs can produce in the population. And not just in one country, but everywhere people use its drugs. However, getting a handle on these reactions can be time-consuming, with millions of data points requiring analysis & classification. The challenge of picking out the relevant data to drive insight can be monumental.

The talk will provide insights achieved from real experience from launching a solution to this problem – which is – how to tackle the challenge of converting a vast, continuous, multi-source stream of incoming data on drug reactions into two categories—serious cases and non-serious cases. More importantly, how can this classification be used to minimize penalties imposed by FDA on drug companies due to delays in reporting adverse reactions on time.

Bio: Over the last 22 years, Amit Arora has been at the forefront of new product creation and product-portfolio management at companies like Swiss Re, Genpact, Cisco, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, and GE Capital, and has cumulatively generated more than $500 million of new revenue by taking to market more than 30 new digital products. He has launched multiple tech start-ups, exited a few successfully, while failing in others. An early adopter of artificial intelligence (2010 onwards) and automation (2004 onwards), Arora is passionate about incorporating new technologies into his products, and has led technology build-vs-buy decisions for his employers.

Arora obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School, attended Columbia Law, holds a Masters in Operations, an Engineering degree in Electronics, plus certifications in Agile and Six Sigma Practice. Amit has been invited regularly by The CBS News, The AI Summit, and O’Reilly’s AI Conference, to talk about innovation philosophy & how AI can be used to solve real business problems.