Gunaretnam Rajagopal | Vice President, Computational Sciences
Janssen Research & Development

Gunaretnam Rajagopal, Vice President, Computational Sciences, Janssen Research & Development

Guna is currently the Global Head of Computational Sciences within Discovery Sciences at Janssen R&D. His team is mandated to provide computational expertise throughout Janssen R&D with special focus on addressing big data analytics in genetics and genomics to advance drug discovery and development. Before joining Janssen, Guna was at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, as Executive Director (Bioinformatics), Adjunct Professor at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as well as a member of the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Prior to joining CINJ, he was the founding Executive Director of the ASTAR Bioinformatics Institute (BII) in Singapore, supporting public and Industry-led research institutes co-located at the BIOPOLIS. Prior to his appointment in Singapore, he spent twelve years as a theoretical physicist at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was an Assistant Director of Research and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Physics at Jesus College, Cambridge. Guna received his PhD in theoretical physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his undergraduate in Physics and MSc (in Particle Physics) from the University of Malaya. He has sat on research funding bodies in the United States (NSF, NIH, DARPA), UK (EPSRC, MRC), Germany (DFG), Ireland, Holland, Japan, Singapore, and European Union and consulted with pharmaceutical companies in high performance computing, bioinformatics and systems biology. He was recently appointed to the Panel of Experts to the European Commission (to advice on the Digital Agenda for Europe Horizon2020 Flagship Initiative). He can be contacted via email at and his profile is in LinkedIn.


BioData West- NASA Ames Satellite Conference & Workshops @ 13:40

PANEL: Pre-competitive collaboration

  • How to effectively partner with other industry members to advance research whilst maintaining a competitive edge?
  • Case studies of operative frameworks and pre-competitive collaboration between industry partners.
  • Technologies used to assist with pre-competitive collaboration

BioData West: Day 1 @ 09:20

Where does emerging technology such as AI, precision medicine and next generation diagnostics fit into a health system- What is the value? Where is the evidence? How do you persuade us to implement?

  • Is the clinic ready for the influx of new precision medicines?
  • What are CIOs at large healthcare systems looking for to drive precision medicine into the clinic? 
  • What value has been generated to health systems through precision medicine? Are we focusing on the right priorities?

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