August 19 - 23, 2024

Forward Fest 2021

Biotech Spotlight: How AI and advanced computing are driving innovation in biohealth

Innovative startups working in the intersection of biotech and computing
  • Hosted by UW–Madison Innovate Network
  • Online
  • Free


Monday, Aug. 16th, 2021 from 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM


Deep learning for healthcare management. Programmable biology. Software modeling of drug activity in the body. Machine learning-based diagnostics. Increasingly, biotech and healthtech startups are solving problems and building solutions through advanced computing technology and artificial intelligence. Hear from some of the region’s most innovative startups working in the intersection of biotech and computing—AIQ Solutions, Empirico, PROMISS Diagnostics, and Voximetry—including those who built their companies around UW–Madison technologies. This panel is for biotech entrepreneurs who have large datasets to analyze and complex problems to solve, and for software innovators who want to understand more about biotech and healthtech business problems, datasets, and how computing technology can be part of the solution. Presented by UW–Madison’s Innovate Network and Forward BIO Institute.


Shannon Bruse, Co-founder and Head of Discovery, Empirico

Shannon is a computational biologist who combines genetic data with health information from millions of individuals to identify novel therapeutic targets for human disease. At Empirico, he works within a team of physicians, biologists, chemists, data scientists, and drug developers across the San Diego and Madison sites to help discover the next generation of therapies for patients. Prior to his current role, Shannon worked at the Regeneron Genetics Center in New York. His career in biotech started at Mirus Bio, a UW–Madison spinoff whose scientific success inspired Shannon’s later entrepreneurial endeavors.

Joseph Grudzinski, Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Founder, Voximetry

Joe has over 15 years of experience developing radiopharmaceuticals at multiple drug companies including Cellectar Biosciences and radiation dosimetry algorithms at Philips Radiation Oncology Systems. Joe is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Radiology at UW–Madison.

Timothy Perk, Research Team Lead, AIQ Solutions

Timothy Perk provides strategic leadership, directs a team of research scientists, manages external research collaborations, and designs and implements scalable technical solutions for AIQ's products, including algorithm development, process automation improvements, and enhancing software component accuracy and performance. He is also an inventor on AIQ’s intellectual property. Previously Dr. Perk was a Research Associate with Dr. Robert Jeraj at UW–Madison, where he led data security for the Wisconsin Oncology Network for Imaging Excellence (WONIX), assisted in building the Networks for Imaging Excellence (NIX) alliance, and managed the image analysis core (IMAC).

Jalal Sulaiman, President & CEO, PROMISS Diagnostics, Inc.

Jalal Sulaiman has led PROMISS Diagnostics from inception, driving company vision, building the team, securing clinical and strategic partnerships, and raising funds. He has 12 years of healthcare industry experience in operations and supply chain, organization management and strategic planning. Previously, Jalal held leadership roles in global operations and supply chain at GE Healthcare. Jalal is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma. He holds a M.S. in computer engineering from UW–Madison, a BS and M.S. in electrical engineering from Vladimir State University – Russia, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Moderator: Bill Murphy, Director, Forward BIO Institute, UW–Madison, and Co-Founder and CSO, Stem Pharm and Dianomi Therapeutics

Innovate Network Host: Jeanine Burmania, Senior Director, IP and Licensing, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

  • Workshop
  • Bio / Health
  • Tech / Software


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