Abzu hosts a regular party called Beer, Data, + Drugs: An invite-only event to celebrate working in drug discovery. This is a safe — and fun! — space for researchers and scientists to discuss everything from their day-to-day to novel discoveries, and the best tools to advance science.
Thursday, June 30th was a beautiful, sunny afternoon at the Abzu office in Copenhagen. Researchers and scientists from (in alphabetical order) ALK, Amgen, Angelini Pharma, Contera Pharma, Cardiff University, Copenhagen University, Danish National Genome Center, IQVIA, LEO Pharma, Lundbeck, Nodelab, Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Roche, Twelve Bio, and University of Southern Denmark – to name a few! – mixed and mingled over beers and snacks.
Professor Andrew D. Westwell from Cardiff University (Hi, Andy!) traveled the farthest for Beer, Data, + Drugs: Flying from Cardiff, Wales to Copenhagen, Denmark! And then he again traveled the farthest — 183 kilometers to be exact — the following day, cycling stage 2 of the Tour de France for the Grand Départ Classic, Prostate Cancer UK’s cycling charity event to fund research to combat prostate cancer.
Helene Bæk Juel from København University presented on polygenic risk scores. Not only is she an Assistant Professor at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, with extensive experience in biomarker discovery, immunology, and machine learning, but Helene can also rock out as frontwoman at the Roskilde Festival.
A polygenic risk score is a calculated weighted sum of trait-specific alleles used to estimate a person’s genetic predisposition for a given trait. If only there was an explainable AI that could provide accurate and transparent predictions so we could understand the impact of nurture vs. nature on a given outcome! You can always try Abzu’s QLattice®. Let us know what you find!
After Helene’s presentation, we spent the rest of the evening enjoying drinks, snacks, and excellent conversation.
If you’d like to attend the next Beer, Data, + Drugs, contact us. It’s an invite-only, safe space for researchers and scientists to discuss everything from their day-to-day to novel discoveries, and the best tools to advance science. You can also let us know if you’d like to present at the next event.
See you next time!