2016 Rising Star Awards

Brent Coffey

Director of Biomedical Informatics Development, Leidos Biomedical Research

Brent Coffey

Using genomic data to improve patient treatment is a key goal of the Obama administration, and Brent Coffey is doing his part by supporting the National Cancer Institute in designing,deploying and operating the biomedical informatics expert systems used to drive two clinical trials that are testing the use of precision medicine to treat cancer patients.
Coffey not only completed the systems ahead of schedule and under budget, but he also championed the use of cloud platforms for development and production, led efforts to establish a continuous integration and deployment process, and transformed traditional software development teams into agile teams.

Meet the rest of the Rising Stars

2016 Rising Stars
Click here for profiles of all the 2016 winners.

Recognizing that accuracy of treatment assignment was critical to the success of the clinical trials, Coffey wrote the supporting Food and Drug Administration documents and worked with his quality assurance engineer to develop processes that would ensure the systems’ accuracy. He personally tested many of the processes and walked through the procedures with NCI officials.
In addition to serving as the technical expert on the biomedical informatics system, Coffey is also the facilitator and catalyst of new and improved processes at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology.
His efforts have demonstrated that agile methodologies can work in the federal government even while maintaining compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Enterprise Performance Life Cycle framework and that, using his approach, complex projects can be developed within exceedingly tight timelines without sacrificing quality.
One of his colleagues described Coffey as “a very passionate individual who believes not only in the job he is doing but why he is doing that job.”

 

About the Author

Aisha Chowdhry is a former staff writer for FCW.


Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.