Thursday, September 17

11:00 am Eastern

A CEO’s Introduction to AI and Its Business Uses

Andrew McAfee, D.B.A.

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Principal Research Scientist

MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew McAfee is a scientist at MIT. His work investigates how digital technologies are changing the world. Dr. McAfee also is the coauthor, with Erik Brynjolfsson, of the best seller “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies“, which explores how digital technology is transforming our work and lives.  Their following book,Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future”, presents an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era.

Andrew’s most recent book is “More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — And What Happens Nextargues that capitalism and technology progress will cause de-materialization to deepen and broaden, and that in a decade America will use fewer resources than today, regardless of population and economic grow.

Dr. McAfee will lead off our examination of AI with an introduction designed to get everyone on the same foundation and vocabulary. Among other things, he will assess where AI is today, what’s real and what’s hype, business uses and AI’s impact on our industry, and conclude with a vision of the future.

12:00 pm Eastern

Using AI to Drive Performance and Productivity

Jacomo Corbo

Chief Scientist

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey Company

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey Company, helps companies use data and AI to improve their performance and productivity. They develop and build advanced analytics, machine learning (ML) and AI solutions that solve a wide range of challenging business problems and transform industries from aerospace to automotive, and from healthcare to sports.

In this session, Dr. Corbo will examine QuantumBlack’s work, including how they helped a Formula 1 racing team to improve car development by using data and ML to streamline and improve the R&D process for every element of the car. Other applications include predictive maintenance by improving early failure detection, optimizing customer call centers, organizing and improving decision making in clinical trials, and helping pharma design a molecule in early stage drug discovery.  Dr. Corbo also will discuss other projects they are engaged in that are very much at the vanguard of ML including the use of deep learning and its applications.


Thursday, September 24

11:00 am Eastern

Advancing Drug Discovery and Diagnostics through Image-based AI

Anne E. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Imaging Platform, Institute Scientist

Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

Dr. Carpenter is Senior Director of the Imaging Platform at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is also an institute scientist. With a strong background in cell biology, microscopy, and computational biology, her expertise is in developing and applying methods for extracting quantitative information from biological images. Dr. Carpenter directs a team of biologists and computer scientists in developing image analysis and data exploration methods and software that are open source and freely available to the public.

Dr. Carpenter is a pioneer in image-based profiling, the extraction of rich, unbiased information from images for drug discovery, and functional genomics. She collaborates with dozens of biomedical research groups around the world to use image analysis to identify disease states, therapeutic potential, and gene function from microscopy images.

In this session, Dr. Carpenter will describe her laboratory’s work, and explain how her team is using AI and machine learning to advance image analysis and early stage modern drug discovery.


12:00 pm Eastern

The Use of AI in Diagnostics and Treatment Decisions

Martin Stumpe, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Data Science


Tempus is a technology company making precision medicine a reality through the power and promise of data and Artificial Intelligence. With the world’s largest library of clinical and molecular data, and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful, Tempus’ goal is to enable physicians to make real-time, data-driven diagnostic decisions to deliver personalized patient care and in parallel facilitate discovery, development, and delivery of optimized therapeutic options for patients through distinctive solution sets.

In this session, Martin Stumpe, Senior VP of Data Science will share the Tempus story and describe how Tempus is using  AI in to improve diagnosis and make better treatment decisions, and his views and insights on the challenges they face and what products and technologies will be needed from members of ALDA to help them to be successful.    


October 1

11:00 am Eastern

Closing Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Former Secretary of the Treasury

ALDA is pleased to welcome former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson to address attendees at our virtual fall Senior Management conference.

Henry Paulson is the founder and chairman of The Paulson Institute, and co-chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy and the Risky Business initiative.

Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and Chief Executive Officer beginning in 1999. He was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon prior to that.

Today, as founder and chairman of The Paulson Institute, his aim is strengthening the economic and environmental relationship between the United States and China. A “think and do” tank founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe.

Secretary Paulson will participate in a Q&A focused on his management of the 2008 financial crisis and  the parallels to the current climate, his expertise on China and relations moving forward, his time as President & CEO of Goldman Sachs, potential socio-economic impacts of the upcoming election, and more.

Followed by ALDA Annual Business Meeting




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