Ajay Shah, PhD MBA

Ajay Shah, PhD MBA

Ajay Shah is the Executive Director of Translational Medicine IT at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).   Prior to BMS, Ajay was the Director of Research Informatics Division at City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. His team was responsible for pre-clinical (discovery), clinical and translational research informatics.  He co-directed the Clinical Protocol and Data Management Core and was responsible for Research IT. At COH, he directed the development of integrative research informatics platform SPIRIT to comprehensively address the needs of informatics ranging from disease registries, cohort identification and stratification to data science and biomedical NLP.

Prior to COH, Ajay was Director of Research Informatics at Elan Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco where his group was responsible for developing research informatics software and implementing commercial software for Cheminformatics, Bioinformatics, Assay Management, Compound Management, LIMS, etc. The highlight of his work is the unique integrated research informatics platform (RISe).  Before joining Elan, Ajay was Associate Director of Chemistry Informatics and head of Compound Design CoE at Pfizer. Prior to that he held Manager, Rational Drug Design and ChemInformatics support position at Accelrys after starting his career as software developer for small molecule modeling applications. 

Ajay received B.Sc. in Chemistry from University of Bombay, MA in Chemistry from University of Scranton and PhD in Chemistry from University of Mississippi followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona where he worked in AI in Chemistry Lab. Ajay also has an Executive MBA from the University of Arizona.