TEDMED hosts special session on innovation co-curated with Big Think

For the morning of Thursday, April 18th, TEDMED and Big Think have co-curated two discussions about what drives innovation – and how to drive it faster and farther.

The first, “Shifting the Curve from Start to Scale to Exit: Lessons from the Trajectory of Innovation,” will examine the lifecycle of healthcare innovation across three stages from the insider perspective of entrepreneurs, investors and institutional stakeholders.

It will be moderated by Juan Enriquez, Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, and a bestselling author, businessman and academic.

Participants are:

Michael Weintraub, Founder and CEO of Humedica, recently acquired by United-Health Group. Previously, he was CEO of PharMetrics, which was sold to IMS Health in 2005.

Giovanni Colella, who co-founded Castlight Health in 2008, along with Todd Park and Bryan Roberts. Prior, he was Founder, President and CEO of RelayHealth.

Nina Nashif, Founder and CEO of Healthbox, a business accelerator created to support early-stage entrepreneurs and stimulate innovation in the healthcare industry.

Grant Verstandig, Founder and CEO of Audax Health, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in social networking, online gaming and healthcare.

The second discussion, “Every Company is a Healthcare Company: Innovating From the Outside In,” looks at how innovation is being driven by outside forces, opportunity and necessity.

It will be moderated by Jeff DeGraff, Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Participants are:

Jennifer Kurkoski, Director of Google’s People & Innovation Lab (PiLab).

Geeta Nayyar, MD, the chief medical information officer for AT&T, helping guide the company’s ForHealth portfolio strategy.

Rick Valencia, leader of Qualcomm Life Inc., directing Qualcomm’s global, wireless health product and technology strategy.

Visit TEDMED.com for more information.

TEDMED, Big Think to collaborate on stage program and personal health series

TEDMED has a new partner in improving health: The online publisher Big Think.

Like TEDMED, Big Think’s mission is to provide a window into multi-disciplinary views, to inspire conversation and breakthrough thinking. What will happen when the two combine brain power? We’ll find out soon: Big Think will co-curate special stage programming dedicated to transformational leaders inside and outside of health and medicine, and send a special delegation to the TEDMED gathering on April 16-19th, 2013.

Big Think’s goals are expanding, as their President Peter Hopkins says, to “focus on big ideas, and then, help you put the ideas into practice.”  To that end, they’ll also be working with TEDMED on an upcoming series on how to apply emerging ideas in health and science to your own life, offering lessons from experts in the field of personal health.

Details to come.  Enjoy the big ideas on www.bigthink.com in the meantime.