MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - April 15, 2013) - Singularity University (SU) today announced a new FutureMed
(FutureMed2020.com) to be held this November 3-6 at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. FutureMed is a widely acclaimed specialized interactive program for physicians, scientists, healthcare executives, innovators, and investors, interested in exploring the impact and opportunities presented by disruptive, rapidly developing technologies in the fields of health and biomedicine. The intensive 3-1/2 day event will include lectures, discussions and workshops, led by notable medical experts, scientists and technologists who comprise the world-class FutureMed faculty. FutureMed at the Del Coronado expands upon the successes of the oversubscribed FutureMed executive programs held on the SU campus in 2011, 2012 and in early 2013.
"In the next decade, the biomedical industry is going to be massively disrupted and transformed in ways that we cannot entirely predict right now," said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Author and Co-Founder of Singularity University with Ray Kurzweil (Author, Inventor and Director of Engineering at Google). "FutureMed is brilliantly designed to provide the roadmap to understanding this exponential growth, and San Diego -- as a designated iHub Innovation Center for collaboration between technology and the life sciences -- is the optimal venue for FutureMed discussions."
FutureMed's Executive Director Daniel Kraft, MD, a Stanford and Harvard University-trained physician, scientist and Faculty Chair of the SU Medicine and Neuroscience Track, notes that: "The practice of healthcare has been traditionally operating in silos, based on old definitions and infrastructures, but in the new genomic and connected age, we can leverage new cross-disciplinary technologies with potential for dramatic re-invention. At FutureMed, we explore the convergence of technologies ranging from cloud-based healthcare data, regenerative medicine, 3D printing, wearable devices to the merging of mobile health with artificial intelligence."
Kraft is well known in the international health community for his knowledge of the impact of integrating rapidly advancing technologies, such as low-cost gene analysis, bio-informatics, telemedicine and social networking, to make health care exponentially faster, smaller, cheaper and better.
Robin Farmanfarmaian, SU VP of Strategic Relations, is the Founding Executive Producer of FutureMed. "The FutureMed experience has been described by its Alumni as a 'mind-opening voyage into the future with the people who are creating it.' We provide a unique environment where participants can engage directly with faculty, speakers, and each other to crowd-source intelligence and information that will create the valuable networks for future innovation."
FutureMed explores cutting edge and potential applications of low cost genomic sequencing and 'Omics, ever-faster, high-resolution imaging, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, robotics, 24/7 wearable body sensors, stem cells, synthetic biology, gene therapy, and participatory, crowd-sourced health data, and examines how these technologies are radically changing our beliefs and approach to wellness, prevention and the delivery of medical care. Prior FutureMed Faculty include Dean Ornish, Farzad Mostashari, Leslie Saxon, Tim O'Reilly, Larry Smarr, Atul Butte, John Abele, Linda Stone, Vinod Khosla, Peter Fitzgerald, Esther Dyson, Atul Butte, Astro Teller, Don Jones, David Ewing Duncan, Catherine Mohr, Steve Quake, John Mattison, Bob Hariri, Randy Scott, and Paul Yock. FutureMed Corporate partners include Genentech, GE, California Healthcare Foundation, and Biogen-Idec.
About Singularity University
Singularity University's mission is to educate, inspire and enable a new generation of leaders across the globe to harness the power of exponential technologies to help solve humanity's grand challenges. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 70 countries at its Graduate Studies Program, Executive Programs, and specialized Executive Programs, including FutureMed.
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