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John C. Morris is WRD Global Lab Computing services lead developing strategy for WRD benchtop and storage services for Pfizer.  He's also the Lab Data Storage Architect for Research BT, the business partner for the Rare Disease Research unit, and the Research BT site lead for Andover.  John and his team are responsible for providing expert support for Research BT needs and partnering with various RU's within Massachusetts. 


Previous to this position he was the Associate Directory/Enterprise Architect of the Advanced Research Computing Group within Wyeth responsible for defining, designing, implementing, and supporting the research computing, database, and HPC application and grid infrastructure for the bioinformatics group supporting research.  He has also been a business and research analyst within the Preclinical IS organization and began his career at Genetics Institute identifying and characterizing orphan receptors and cytokines.


He is a founding member and past chairman of the cross pharma HPC consortium that endeavors to develop and advocate best practices in the pre-competitive HPC space amongst pharmaceutical companies as well as the HP Open Source Council. 


John has a BS in Biochemistry and an MBA and has over 20 years of experience providing advanced IT/informatic services to the biotech and pharma researchers.

John Morris

Services Lead, WRD Global Lab Computing

Architect & Site Lead, Research Business Technology


Katie Shakun started in August 2014 as the Manager of Operations for the Broad Institute. Storage operations, the High Performance Computing group and database administration reported up through her organization. Since then, data center management, the Network team, the Dev Ops group and the VMWare and AD environments have also moved within her purview. 


For 14 years prior to August 2014 she was at Boston University in the College of Engineering, first in their Career Development Office and then transitioning into the IT group. She spent 11 years in the Engineering IT group, four years as their Director of IT, managing everything from web application development and VMWare server deployment to desktop support and computer lab reimaging.

Katie Shakun

Associate Director of Operations

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Steering Committee


Chaminda Attale

Lead Architect, Solutions Delivery & Engineering


Chaminda Attale leads the Solutions Delivery and Engineering group within IT infrastructure supporting Biogen's Research and Development, Global Data Office , and the Digital Health Technology IT groups. His group provides infrastructure design and architecture services for project based initiatives, with solutions covering a broad spectrum of technologies and capabilities, from supporting off-the-shelf applications, custom developed to SaaS. Previous to this position he was a leading member of the Infrastructure Solutions Architecture team designing solutions across all business areas, including finance, manufacturing and commercial.


Prior to joining Biogen, he lead a third line Unix support group at Hewlett-Packard, providing technical support services and training across Europe. His focus industry was financial services, and he has had the opportunity to experience mission-critical environments, busy trading floors & has worked with many leading edge & disruptive technologies.

Chaminda has a BS in Mathematics & Computer Science from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Steve Miller

Director of Infrastructure Architecture & Automation

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Steve Miller is the Director of Infrastructure Architecture and Automation at Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research. In this role he is responsible for designing infrastructure solutions that are efficient and effective in meeting the evolving needs of the research teams.

 Before NIBR, Steve has built and run large infrastructures for a range of companies including the Internet pioneer BBN, Microsoft, IBM as well as several start-ups in the Bay Area and Boston.

Stephen Huvane

Director, Office of the CTO

Purdue Pharma L.P.

Stephen Huvane is a Director in the office of the CTO of Purdue Pharma L.P., managing the Enterprise Architecture & Network teams. 

In this role, he and his team are responsible for architecting infrastructure solutions which provide value and efficiencies for both infrastructure related technologies and client facing solutions.

His group translates client requirements into business enabling solutions by effectively aligning technologies with known and anticipated business strategy.  The technologies include all aspects of network, storage, server, cloud-based solutions, and mobility and collaboration tools.

Stephen is Co-Chair of the Technical Decision Group and Chair and a founding member of the Cloud Solution Review Team at Purdue Pharma L.P and member of the Cisco Systems Enterprise Technical Advisory Board (ETAB). 


Prior to joining Purdue Pharma L.P, Stephen led the Infrastructure Group at Lockheed Martin IMS providing innovative solutions for municipal and state agencies and a systems programmer at Merrill Lynch where he gained insight to financial operation.

Stephen has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College and his MS in Telecommunications from Iona College.




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