The meeting addresses the theme, “Translational Sciences and Precision Medicine for the 21st Century: Challenges and Directions.” As data scientists working in the cancer field, we are all affected by the rapid pace of technological evolution and knowledge discovery. This is not a new observation. “Science is evolving at an incredible pace. It’s a revolutionary period. The fundamental change is that biomedical science has converged…” This is a quote from Dr. Elias Zerhouni in The New York Times, (July 15, 2003) at the close of his first year as NIH director.