Pathology Innovation Collaborative Community (PIcc) Annual In-Person Meeting 2023: Unlocking the Potential of Digital Pathology and AI through Regulatory Science

PIcc23: Meet. Synergize. Impact.

Join us in the Washington DC metro area on Jun 27-28, 2023 for the Pathology Innovation Collaborative Community Annual Meeting. The theme for PIcc23 is “Meet. Synergize. Impact: Unlocking the Potential of Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Regulatory Science. “

Why you should attend: 

  • Network with domain experts with keen interest in moving regulatory science forward through in-person interactive working sessions 
  • The most comprehensive overview from a multistakeholder organization on digital pathology and AI 
  • Opportunities to share your unique point of view with the entire community  
  • Synergize to large scale project(s) to create practically relevant regulatory science tools and templates  

Topics Covered: 

During PIcc23, thought-leaders, regulators and pioneers in digital pathology will network and discuss: 

  • Advances in digital pathology and AI applications 
  • How these advances create new incentives to tackle the next big hurdle, to broadly implement digital pathology and AI/machine learning (ML) 
  • Impact of regulatory and legislative developments digital pathology and AI tools in diagnostics due to the end of covid pandemic public health emergency  
  • Perspectives from patient advocates about the potential of digital pathology  
  • Specific interactive breakout sessions on:  
    • Remote work 
    • Predetermined Change Control Protocols (PCCP) 
    • Statistical performance metrics 
    • An audience solicited topic (eg: Real World Evidence (RWE), etc.)
    • Key accomplishments of PIcc community and ongoing initiatives
    • Welcome new members to PIcc and MDIC  

One of the key goals for PIcc 23 is to provide broad range of stakeholders -like YOU-attending the meeting with the ability to pitch meaningful projects that align into one key large scale prospective regulatory science project that appeals to stakeholders including FDA.  

Agenda at a Glance

Day 1
DPA: Current scope of the work of the Digital Pathology Association and Foundation 

Speakers: Esther Abels

CAP: Pathology Innovation and Data Science 

Speakers: Doc de Baca

API: Pathology Informatics – a Field or a New Practice 

Speakers: Ji-Yeon Kim


Speakers: Susan van Meter & Adam Borden


Speakers: Alex Kalof

10:00 am Panel session 
10:30 am  Coffee Break + Networking 
FDA Talk 1: DHCoE overview and projects 

Speakers: Troy Tazbaz

Friends of Cancer research (FOCR): Advancing Regulatory Science

Speakers: Mark Stewart

 Alva10Speakers: Hannah Mamuska 
The Journey to Precision Pathology

Speakers: Mariano de Socarraz

NIH (Invited)
APPIA (Invited)
12:30 pm  Panel Discussion moderated by Brittany McKelvey

Speaker: Thomas Fuchs

2:30 pm  FDA Talk 2: Regulatory science projects in OSEL’s digital pathology program – Brandon Gallas
3:00 pm  FDA Talk 3: DIDSR AI/ML research program and gaps – Alexej Gossmann
3:30 pm  FDA Talk 4: Predetermined Change Control Plan – Ayobami Adebowale
3:35 pm  Remote work 

Leaders: Matt Leavitt, Mike Isaacs, Doc de Baca, Joe Sirintrapun (day 2 only)

3:40 pm  PCCP 

Leaders: Emre Gulturk, Kevin Schap

3:45 pm  Statistics 

Leaders: Brandon Gallas, Kim Blenman, Gina Giannini

3:50 pm  Open topic  moderated by Joe Lennerz
4:00 pm  Discussion and Topic Selection 
Day 2
8:30 am   Breakout session 1: Remote work, PCCP, Statistics, Open Topic  

Remote Work Leaders: Mike Isaacs, Matt Leavitt, Monica de Baca, and Joe Sirintrapun

PCCP Leaders: Emre Gulturk, Kevin Schap, Alexej Gossmann

Statistics Leaders: Brandon Gallas, Kim Blenman, and Gina Giannini

Open Topic Leaders: Jeni Caldera

9:15 am   Create Summary Slides   
10:00 am    Break, networking, rotate  
10:30 am    5 minute presentations (for all 4 topics)   
10:50 am    Vote   

Speakers: Alex Karargyris, MedPerf

11:00 am   Breakout session 2: Remote work, PCCP, Statistics, Open Topic  

Remote Work Leads: Mike Isaacs, Matt Leavitt, Monica de Baca, and Joe Sirintrapun

PCCP Leads: Emre Gulturk, Kevin Schap, Alexej Gossmann

Statistics Leads: Brandon Gallas, Kim Blenman, and Gina Giannini

Open Topic: Jeni Caldera

11:45 am   Create Summary Slides   
12:00 pm   Break, networking, rotate  
12:30 pm    5 minute presentations (for all 4 topics)   
12:50 pm    Vote   
2:00 pm   Breakout session 3: Chosen topics 1 and 2  
2:45 pm   Create Summary Slides   
3:00 pm   Break, networking, rotate  
3:15 pm   5 minute presentations (for topics 1 and 2)   
3:25 pm   Vote   
3:30 pm   Discussion and next steps   

Registration Rates

Pricing: Earlybird Rate (Available through June 27) - $450 Regular Rate - $550

Tickets include both days of this collaborative meeting, a networking dinner on Day 1, and meals. All payments received will be used to cover meeting costs including venue, food, and beverages. Your contribution makes it possible for the Pathology Collaborative Innovation Community to continue to host collaborative events like this.

Take Advantage of this Earlybird Discount on the Regular Registration Rate!

Use Code EARLYPICC at Check Out for $100 in Savings 💰


But Hurry! Earlybird Pricing is Only Available through June 27.

Conference Venue and Hotel Accommodations

PIcc23 will be held in person at Le Méredian Arlington. Conveniently located at 1121 19th St N, Arlington, VA 22209,  Le Méridien Arlington is centrally located among Top Destinations in the Washington, D.C. region, including a quick walk to Georgetown shopping, dining, and entertainment. This stylish boutique hotel is also close to numerous restaurants, shopping options, and corporate offices.

How to Get There:

Air Travel

  • Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (3 miles from location)
  • Dulles International Airport (25 miles from location)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (39 miles from property)

Land Travel

  • Greyhound Bus Station – Union Station
  • Union Station Train Station
  • Rosslyn Metro Station

In need of nearby hotels? Try these!

1.Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn
1651 N Oak St, Arlington, VA 22209

2.Hyatt Centric Arlington
1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

3. Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn
1533 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209,

4. Le Méridien Arlington
1121 19th St N, Arlington, VA 22209

5. Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge
1900 N Quinn St, Arlington, VA 22209

Registration is Now Closed!

Have Questions? Contact a Member of the Digital Pathology Team!

Jithesh Veetil, PhD

Jithesh Veetil, PhD

Senior Program Director, Digital Health & Technology


Dr. Jithesh Veetil, PhD joined MDIC as a Program Director to lead Data Science and Technology initiatives. His prime focus at MDIC is to aid in the development of regulatory grade tools based on computational modeling & simulation science relevant to clinical applications, This program builds upon the success MDIC has had with the Virtual Patient model that resulted in mock submission for clinical trials augmented with virtual patient data. These exciting programs in the pre-competitive MedTech sector will be carried out in collaboration with MDIC members and their engineers, statisticians, regulatory professionals, and medical doctors. The goal is to utilize the External Evidence Methods (historical, prospective and concurrent data- including but not limited to – Digital Evidence, Clinical Trial Data, Real World Evidence-RWE, Electronic Health Records-EHR, and Patient reported Outcomes-PRO) to better understand safety, efficacy and performance of medical devices. Dr. Veetil also leads the cybersecurity projects at MDIC

Dr. Veetil has extensive experience in designing and development of programs towards modernizing scientific workforce and practices by building academic-industrial-nonprofit collaboration through his work at National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus as the Lead Scientist and Program Manager for the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Previously, Jithesh worked with Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI), a Washington DC based non-profit as its Scientific Program Manager, leading the development and implementation of multiple programs on science policy, communications, and advocacy, including those related to cell line authentication, antibody validation, and reproducibility in biomedical research and development. Dr. Veetil also served as the Operations Manager for Preludesys Inc., working with international clientele from medical, IT, insurance and paralegal organizations on medical/healthcare data management.

Dr. Veetil completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, followed by postdoctoral fellowship at NIH. He has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and book chapters. He also holds Masters in Biotechnology and Bachelors in Food Technology.

Noor Falah

Noor Falah

Project Manager, Digital Health & Technology


About the Organizer: 

Pathology Innovation Collaborative Community (PIcc) is a regulatory science initiative that aims to facilitate innovations in pathology as well as advance safety and effectiveness evaluation, and to harmonize approaches to speed delivery to patients using collaborative, pre-competitive approaches. Convened by the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), PIcc, one of the 11 collaborative communities with FDA participation, brings together a broad range of stakeholders – public or private, including, but not limited to, academia, industry, health care providers, patients and advocacy groups. Recognized by FDA in late 2020, PIcc, already completed numerous regulatory science projects through 9 working groups that encompasses the entire life cycle and diverse topics related to digital pathology products.