NISS-Merck Virtual Meet-Up on Applications of Machine Learning in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The National Institute of Statistical Science (NISS) and Merck are sponsoring a Virtual Meet-Up on Applications of Machine Learning in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Machine learning has been used to create algorithms for effective web searches, speech recognition, self-driving cars and a host other useful purposes.  It is a technology that has become both powerful and pervasive. In this meet-up we will discuss how these algorithms and this mode of thinking have been applied to problems in the pharmaceutical industry.

The agenda for the meet-up is as follows:

11:00 - 11:05: Opening the meeting, describing the logistics (Dan Holder, Merck)

11:05 – 11:25: Applications of Machine Learning in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Birol Emir, Pfizer)

11:25 - 11:45: Using Deep Learning to Predict Molecule Activity with Its Structure (Junshui Ma, Merck) 

11:45 - 12:15: Offering salient points and moderating panel discussions (Max Kuhn, Rstudio). Panelists are Birol and Junshui.

You can join the meet-up by logging into the WebEx link below at 10:45 AM EDT on April 25. There is a limit of 500 lines.

NISS-Merck Meet Up April 2018 Machine Learning in Pharma

• Topic: NISS-Merck Meet-up Apr2018

• Event number: 749 731 901

• Event password: NISS2018

Upon logging in, you will receive audio via the “Audio Broadcast.” This is a separate window that will automatically appear when you join the WebEx. You have the choice of connecting audio through the computer, having the system call you, or calling in yourself. 

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• US Toll: +1 (443) 961-0100

Global Call-In Numbers

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• Access code: 749 731 901

Except for speakers/panelists, the audio line for all participants will be muted upon entry and will remain muted throughout the event. Even though the lines are muted, you can chat with other attendees by using the “Chat” panel. You can type your comment in the text box and select whom you want the message to go to. We ask you to please be respectful when preparing your comments.

If you can’t access WebEx, you can connect by using the phone number and the access code given above for the WebEx.

We hope you will be able to join the second meet-up. For those who can attend, we invite you to fill out a brief 3-question survey at the end of the meeting to help us better plan future meet-up events.

Previous NISS-Merck Meet-Ups can be viewed at the links below. 

NISS-Merck Meet-Up Sep 2017 Multiple Outcomes

NISS-Merck Meet-Up Jan 2018 Estimands and Sensitivity Analysis

We look forward to connecting with you virtually on April 25th.


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


NISS & Merck


United States