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BioME, in partnership with the Government of Quebec Office in Boston, will be hosting a BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on March 10 from 10-11AM.

This coffee hour episode will explore topics concerning artificial intelligence in relation to life sciences. We have gathered speakers from Maine and Quebec to discuss their perspective and experience in regards to A.I. Attendees will hear from Cognaisent, The Roux Institute, Government of Quebec Office in Boston and AiFred.

The event will be followed by a Q&A session giving attendees an opportunity to connect with speakers and each other.



Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute, Northeastern University
Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and holds academic appointments in Physics, Health Sciences, the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and the Roux Institute. At Northeastern University, he directs the Emergent Epidemics Lab. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into decision support and data science/AI tools across diverse sectors from public health and clinical medicine to real estate and energy. In 2021, he Co-founded a data science initiative called Global.health, which is backed by Google.Org and the The Rockefeller Foundation. Scarpino has given over 100 keynote, invited, and professional presentations at international conferences, and has published peer-reviewed articles in Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS, Nature Physics, and many other prestigious journals.

Carla Emmons, COO, Cognaisent
Carla is a technology leader with expertise in business development, operations and expansion. She has 20+ years experience in technology and software development, especially in rapid-growth scenarios. Connect via LinkedIn

Ted Pine, CCO, Cognaisent
Ted has extensive experience building sales & marketing teams at life sciences analytics start-ups, most recently at genome sequencing analysis software developer, Parabricks, which was acquired by NVIDIA in December, 2019. Connect via LinkedIn

Patricia Gruver-Barr, Research & Innovation Attaché, Québec Government Office in Boston
Patricia Gruver-Barr is the Research & Innovation Attaché at the Québec Government Office in Boston, where she facilitates research and technology partnerships between Québec and the United States. She also serves as the co-chair of the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle in Boston, an organization of  67 countries with international offices in the Boston region.

Marina Massingham, CEO, Aifred Health
Marina Massingham joined Aifred Health as CEO in early 2019. Prior to this, Marina spent 20+ years working across healthcare, consumer goods and management consulting. She started her entrepreneurial journey in Canada, where she co-founded her first start-up, a specialty pharmaceutical company, taking it to successful exit via acquisition in 2015. Originally from the UK, Marina holds a BSc. from the University of Leeds and an MSc. in International Management from King’s College, London.