Ginger.io is excited to welcome Sneha Kannan as an intern! Sneha, who is finishing up her senior year at MIT, will be helping us out with a number of projects on the business side. One of her first assignments was to kick off a series of blog posts on what’s happening in medicine and healthtech. Her first installment is below.
I’m Sneha, an intern of sorts for the next few months, and excited to be here! I’m passionate about medicine and innovation, and what better place to work than Ginger.io – a company on its way to changing the face of medicine with technology? I love blogging, so I volunteered to put together a round-up of cool things happening in medicine and health-tech every couple weeks. Just to start off, though, I wanted to post about events happening over the next couple months about medical innovation that I’m really excited for. Reading through some of these speeches, bios, and events is a great way to get an overview of what’s new and interesting in the medical innovation field.
MIT Sloan Bioinnovations Conference (Friday, February 22)
The speaker line-up for this conference is powerful. The keynotes are the CEOs of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, and Quest Diagnostics. A peek into the rest of the event shows that this is an innovation conference led by both entrepreneurs and medical professionals. That mix of dialogue is going to lead to a very interesting discussion — especially during the panel Ginger.io CEO Anmol will be on!
Wharton Future of Medical Miracles Conference (Friday, February 22)
This conference hosted by Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovations. Every year the Mack Center hosts a technological showcase for emerging technologies. This year the theme is medicine. I’d check this one out to take a look at some of the coolest technologies and ideas that have been developed over the past year. We’ll also be presenting here.
Though both the Wharton and MIT conferences are on the same day, they provide different perspectives on innovation in medicine, and it’d be worth following up on both.
TEDMED (April 16-19)
TEDMED is the smaller, but no less illustrious, brainchild of the original TED conferences. For those who are new to TED/TEDMED, the annual conference showcases the coolest technologies and most brilliant minds in various fields. I was thrilled when TEDMED was born. It’s an entire 4 day conference dedicated to technology in medicine! I was fortunate enough to be invited and sponsored to attend in April 2012, and it was incredible. The best part about TEDMED, though, is that all the talks are online and free! If you’re at all interested in innovation and technology, take a look at their videos.
To get you started, here’s one I saw last year that was phenomenal. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I’ll just tell you the title: Can we get 8-billion heartbeats on speed dial?
I hope you get the chance to attend or follow these conferences. Let us know what you think! If you’re going or have other interesting things we should check out, tweet us @ginger_io.
Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for the first round-up of events in healthtech, and until next time!