NATEA-SV SIG-Soft Seminar


Date: Oct 16, 2004 (Saturday)

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM (Dinner together afterward)

Place: Formosa Restaurant, 1655 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 (Tel: 408-257-1120)

Fee: Free admission for the talk; participants pay for their own dinner (~$10)



The Business and Technology of Bioinformatics--Past, Present, and Future



Bioinformatics is the merger of computing and biology.  It is a cross-disciplinary field that combines elements of biology, chemistry, information technology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.  Much has been predicted about this promising field--some of it true, some of it pure hype.


In this talk, I will review the technical aspects and challenges of the field (for example, comparative sequence analysis, microarray data analysis, structure prediction, text mining, data integration and visualization). Using data from surveys, I will look at the current business situation--who has been successful, who hasn't--to cut through the hype.  I will conclude with my view of where the true "hot spots" will be, and how you can learn more.



Steve Madden, M.S., PMP is the founder and a member of the Steering Committee for Bay Area Bioinformatics Discussion Group ( He set up and led the project management group at DoubleTwist, Inc., a provider of bioinformatics software. Since 2002, he has worked in technical support for Agilent Technologies' life science products and teaches in the San Jose State Professional Development's project management program. Steve holds degrees from U.C. Davis and San Jose State University, and is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional.



Please send your RSVP to Yen-Kuang Chen, Although RSVP is not required, it helps the organizing committee to arrange the seminar and dinner better.