William S. Hayes, (Atlas Global Consulting, Advisory Partner) PhD Molecular Biology and Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, is the Senior Vice President of Platform Development at Selventa, a personalized healthcare company that helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners find optimal treatments for the right patients through early patient stratification and portfolio optimization.
He was previously the Directory of Literature Informatics at Biogen Idec and Head of Cross-Discovery Strategic Informatics at AstraZeneca focusing on data/text/image mining technologies and knowledge management. Prior to that he was the Bioinformatics project lead for drug target-focused Text Mining. The interest in text mining grew out of frustration with large-scale gene promoter analysis projects he performed at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where time in the library finding support for computational analyses took over 40X the time it took to run the computational part of the analyses.
Due to his experience at abusing supercomputing resources from rather large sequence analysis and other computationally intensive projects, he has also been very active in distributed and cloud computing. His background in Aerospace Engineering and structural engineering of jet engines gives him an unusual viewpoint into computational molecular biology and drug discovery as a whole.