Event wrap-up | SDSC-CONNECT: AI for Precision Medicine

Catherine Hugon
June 13, 2024
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The Swiss Data Science Center held its flagship conference SDSC-Connect, focusing on AI for Precision Medicine, at EPFL’s Rolex Learning Center, on 30 May 2024.


The event showcased how Switzerland’s strong foundation in research and clinical practice, coupled with a growing investment in AI, represents a unique environment to achieve significant impact in this field.

More than 170 researchers, innovators, domain experts, and data scientists gathered to discuss the transformative potential of AI for precision medicine.  

Thank you to all our amazing speakers and panellists for sharing their vision, insights and knowledge:

  • Prof. Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL
  • Prof. Susan Gasser, Director of ISREC and Member of the ETH Board
  • Prof. Andreas Wicki, USZ - Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich (CCCZ)
  • Dr. Daniel Stekhoven, ETH Zurich, Director of Nexus Personalized Health Technologies
  • Prof. Catherine Jutzeler, ETH Zurich, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science Department of Health Sciences and Technology Institute for Translational Medicine
  • Dr. Noushin Hadadi, Director of Data Science and Bioinformatics, Novigenix
  • Antoine Maison, Head of Digital Innovation, Tigen Pharma
  • Prof. Jean-Philippe Vert, Chief R&D Officer, Owkin


Their insightful talks and a panel discussion led by SDSC's Head of Biomedical, Dr. Nora Toussaint, touched on state-of-the-art advancements and challenges of data-driven precision medicine in Switzerland.

In a nutshell, AI for precision medicine holds great promises. Solid research data management, machine learning, and generative AI methods can help improve prediction and treatment of diseases, while showing remarkable potential to decrease mortality and cost. However, key challenges, like data quality and compliance, remain. Bringing clinicians, academics, and practitioners to work together is essential to overcoming the obstacles and realizing the full potential of AI in precision medicine.

We are deeply grateful to all participants for engaged discussions at EPFL’s Rolex Learning Center which made the event a resounding success!

SDSC-CONNECT is a series of conferences created by the Swiss Data Science Center addressing opportunities and challenges in data science applied indifferent user contexts.

About the SDSC:

The Swiss Data Science Center is a strategic initiative of the ETH domain with EPFL and ETH Zurich as founding partners. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of data science and artificial intelligence within the Swiss academic community, the industrial sector, and public institutions. With a multidisciplinary team of data and computing specialists, it provides data science expertise and services addressing a wide range of needs and issues in various sectors with societal impact such as biomedical data science, energy, climate and environment, as well as digital administration and big data science. Thanks to its unique positioning at the crossroads of academia and business, it helps advance data-driven science, harnesses data science to create new business opportunities, and supports organizations in their digital journey.


For more information, please contact:

Catherine Hugon, Head of Executive Affairs


Uta Ünal, Head of Communications & Events


About the author

 Event wrap-up | SDSC-CONNECT: AI for Precision Medicine
Catherine Hugon
Head of Executive Affairs

Catherine joined the SDSC in late 2022. Prior to that, she carried out a variety of corporate communications management roles with multinationals in the consumer goods and digital technology fields. She also acted as a freelance consultant, advising organizations on their corporate communications strategy. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne.

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