Did you know that scientists have predicted that genomic data will soon overtake YouTube as the largest data pool in the world? San Diego is home to many of the fast-growing companies that will generate this abundance of data.

To celebrate this accomplishment, the city establishing itself as the genomic tech capital of the world, will host one of the most interesting and highly attended genomics events. The Festival of Genomics California is a one-of-a-kind genomics meeting with “celeb-like” panel discussions, workshops, attractions, and over 85 hours of educational content.

As one of the leading executive search firms in the genomics space, Slone Partners will be in attendance to support the leaders propelling this industry into the healthcare continuum.

With a variety of plenary talks, basecamp sessions, and interactive events to choose from, some guidance always helps. So you can spend less time browsing the web and more time meeting the industry’s game-changers, Slone Partners brings you a guide to the best of the Festival of Genomics California.

Slone Partners recommends:

5 Must See Plenary Sessions and Talks

Using big data to interpret 600,000 genomes with medical records for drug discovery

Sept 20 – 10:05 AM – 10:30 AM – Understand how to use resilience approach to deal with challenges in big data analysis, learn how to mine genomes with electronic medical records to accelerate drug discovery, and learn resources and infrastructure to interpret genetic variants.

Augmented intelligence for human health

Sept 20 – 11:40 AM – 12:05 PM – The data revolution in understanding human health and disease is arriving, what we can learn from other fields where a similar revolution has happened, how can we deal with the data tsunami effectively and efficiently, and augmented intelligence: AI enabling a human expert to be as productive as possible Demo!

Integrated clinical trials designs to improve patient outcomes 

Sept 20 – 4:15 PM – 4:40 PM – Differences between traditional clinical trials and personalized medicine clinical trials, leveraging OMIC technologies in patient-oriented clinical trials, and multiple outcome monitoring in personalized clinical trials.

Panel Discussion: Using databases to optimize the use of genomics in oncology

Sept 20 – 4:40 PM – 5:05 PM – Using crowd-sourced interfaces to interpret the variants you observe in tumors, developing models for open-source oncology data sharing, and tackling data sharing challenges: making evidence more accessible.

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) – challenges & opportunities in genomic data sharing 

Sept 21 – 9:40 AM – 10:05 AM – GA4GH: enabling interoperability through harmonized approaches to responsible, voluntary, and secure data sharing. Membership: approximately 400 organizations and 700 individuals from 70 countries (and growing!).

Must See Activities and Attractions at the Festival

One thing that sets the Festival of Genomics apart from other conferences is the plethora of activities, exhibits, and workshops that are available to attendees. You can learn about the latest in Artificial Intelligence, run on a treadmill for charity, or network at the Festival of Genomics Beach Party. Here are our top picks.

Artificial Intelligence Seminar

Sept 20 – 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – An intelligent biological approach to analyzing genomic data could revolutionize the creation of new therapies and impact thousands of patients. Gain a sense of what AI is and will be capable of from predicting illness, to understanding the growth of cancer, to monitoring our health and well being. See how far AI can really take us into the future, what companies are getting involved now and discuss the implications, ethical and otherwise, of AI in this exciting new seminar.

Beach Party

View Schedule for Times – Industry leaders meet at a unique beach networking event at the end of the day. Do not miss the opportunity to bump elbows with speakers and company leaders to discuss the advances in Genomics in a fun and casual beach-side setting.

WuXi NextCODE Live Data Lab

View Schedule for Times – Mine 10,000 Exomes, Online in Real Time – More genomes run on WuXiNextCODE than any other platform. Visit the Live Data Lab for hands-on experience of population-scale precision medicine at internet speed, in real time, at raw-read resolution. With direct access to our powerful analysis tools you will define a cohort, run genomic analysis, view all the aligned reads in the Genome Browser, verify variants, and build reports.

5 Amazing Restaurants Near the Festival

Looking for an ideal place to meet & dine with the industry leaders? San Diego is chock-full of dining options, but we have some favorites. We have selected five restaurants near the festival that serve incredible food, craft cocktails and beer, and have environments fit for an executive lunch or dinner.

Juniper & Ivy

“J&I is a left coast cookery with cuisine focused on locally curated products cooked and presented in a radical way.  The kitchen artfully churns out an array of avant-garde, yet simple dishes intended to spark conversation among guests. Chef Richard Blais’ innovative menu will be divided into several categories including snacks, raw, toast and pasta in addition to plates, both large and small.”

Kettner Exchange

“Award-winning Head Chef Brian Redzikowski brings sophistication and unparalleled experience to this American cuisine restaurant. Redzikowski has worked for some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country, including New York City’s acclaimed Le Cirque 2000 and the 17 Million Dollar Yellowtail Restaurant in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Redzikowski’s expertise paired with Bar Manager Steven Tuttle.”


“Chef Brian Malarkey’s menus are both serious and fun, with creative twists on New American Classics. Dishes range from shared plates and small bites ideal for the whole table, to farm and ocean dishes that you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Open for Dinner, Weekday Lunch, Weekend Brunch, Happy Hour and Late Night.”

Bracero Cocina

“We celebrate memorable, organic Mexican dishes and specialty cocktails, and raise a toast to the heart and soul of those who have nurtured each and every plant that has produced what goes into recipes that are both reminiscent and perfected in a way that has never tasted quite so good.”

The Lion’s Share

“The Lion’s Share delivers a unique, eclectic and comfortable experience without a nose in the air. Venture into the wild with popular dishes like antelope sliders, our game sausage board or bison tartare. Indulge further by pairing these with one of our 40 craft cocktails or variety of beers, wines and spirits.”

Slone Partners is looking forward to connecting with you at this unique festival where industry leaders will come together to share insights on the latest advancements in Genomics.

Contact us to schedule a meeting to learn how to bring on the best talent to grow your organization.

About Slone Partners

Founded in 2000, Slone Partners is a premier executive search firm that specializes in recruitment for the diagnostics, life sciences, clinical trials, contract research, healthcare information technology and laboratory testing industries with offices in Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For more information on Slone Partners services, please visit https://www.slonepartners.com/.

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