2014 Program Schedule

Previous Program Schedule (2014)

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Day 4

PREVIOUS Day 1: Sunday, November 9th (2014)

Please note again that this is last year's program schedule (2014).

Conference Registration

(9:30AM - 12:45PM)

SESSION I 1:00PM - 1:45PM

Welcome & Intro: Reinventing Health and Medicine


Welcome Remarks

Will Weisman, Executive Director of Conferences at Singularity University, kicks off the conference with a welcome address and an overview of participant logistics.

Framing Exponential Medicine

Dr. Daniel Kraft, Faculty Chair for Medicine at Singularity University & Founding Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, provides an overview and framework for the conference.

KEYNOTE 1:50PM - 2:25PM

Exponential Thinking


Dr. Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-PRIZE and Co-Founder of Singularity University, will speak on Abundance, Disruption, and the need for bold thinking and new ways to address grand challenges, from education to the environment and biomedicine.

SESSION II 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Introduction to Exponential Technologies


Information Technologies

Brad Templeton, Networking and Computing Chair for Singularity University, will dive into Moore’s Law, abundant bandwidth, the trillion-dollar impact of autonomous vehicles, the network of everything, and how ubiquitous connectivity will revolutionize health and medicine.


Dan Barry, Former NASA Astronaut & Founder of Denbar Robotics, explores the intersection of robotics and exponentials.

Digital Manufacturing

Andy Christensen, VP of Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices 3D Systems, discusses digital manufacturing and the impact on the healthcare and medial fields.



(4:00PM - 4:25PM)

SESSION II 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Introduction to Exponential Technologies (Continued)


Medical Animation

David Bolinksy, Founder and Creative Director at e.Mersion Learning Company.


Raymond McCauley, Biotech Chair for Singularity University, talks about exponential growth in the biotech sector.

Big Data

Jeremy Howard, Founder and CEO of Enlitic and previously Chief Scientist at Kaggle, touches on Big Data.


KEYNOTE 5:30PM -6:00PM

Clinical Trials Reinvented


Dr. Laura Esserman

Dr. Laura Esserman, M.D., M.B.A is a surgeon, breast cancer oncology specialist, and Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. She is the Principle Investigator of the I-SPY TRIAL program, a multi-site neoadjuvant clinical trial that has evolved into a model for translational research and innovation in clinical trial design.

Musical Interlude (6:00PM - 6:20PM)

Alice Phoebe Lou, South African busker and songwriter, has been wowing crowds in Berlin. Her US debut is here at Exponential Medicine.


Society Included


Society Included


Brett Bullington

Brett Bullington, Advisor for Outfit 7 and former Executive VP of Excite, and his wife Diana discuss the importance of patient involvement in the medical process. They tell the story of his devastating brain injury in 2012 and the inspiring story of recovery.

KEYNOTE 6:40PM - 7:15PM

Converging Brain and Exponentials


Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Cognitive Neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, explores the latest research on the interaction between the brain and technology.

Dinner - Sundeck

(7:15AM - 9:00PM)

Optional Team Collaboration / Innovation Exercise 

(9:00PM - 10:00PM)

PREVIOUS Day 2: Monday, November 10th (2014)

Please note again that this is last year's program schedule (2014).

Morning Health & Wellness 

(7:00AM - 8:15AM)

Start you morning with one of the following activities: Meditation with Swami Ananda, Yoga with Sierra Campbell, Beach Run, or Activity with Ari Levitt.

Breakfast, Coffee, & Demos in the Crown Room 

(7:30AM - 8:30AM)


Digital, Mobile, and Connected Health



Andrea Kissack

Andrea Kissack is a reporter and editor working in news and media. She currently works at KQED where she recently helped launch a new, multimedia initiative covering the intersection of medicine, healthcare, and emerging technologies.

John Mattison, MD

John Mattison is the Assistant Medical Director & Chief Medical Information Officer at Kaiser-Permanente. Notably he directed the first deployment of KP HealthConnect, Kaiser-Permanente's revolutionary program to improve the quality and safety of healthcare through the use of information technology.

Alan Greene, MD

Dr. Greene is the Chief Medical Officer for Scanadu, and founder of Dr. Greene is also a founding partner of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a Founding President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and served as both President and Board Chair of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics).

Jeff Olgin, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Olgin, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist, is co-director of the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center and chief of Cardiology. A specialist in the treatment of arrhythmias, he has developed treatment techniques for irregular heartbeats and founded the UCSF Atrial Arrhythmia Clinic that provides comprehensive patient care and studies genetic links in atrial fibrillation.


(10:15AM - 10:45AM)

SESSION IV 10:45AM - 12:05PM

Data-Driven Health, Artificial Intelligence, and Analytics


Utibe Effiong, MD

Dr. Effiong was inspired to look at the broader determinants of health and healthcare in the developing world after spending six years as an internist in southern Nigeria. He now specializes in environmental health and infectious disease epidemiology.

Neil Jacobstein

Neil Jacobstein Co-chairs the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University. Neil has served as a technical consultant on AI research and development projects for: DARPA, NSF, NASA, NIH, EPA, DOE, the U.S. Army and Air Force, GM, Ford, Boeing, Applied Materials, NIST, and other agencies.

Marty Kohn, MD

Dr. Martin Kohn is Chief Medical Scientist at Sentrian, creating predictive analytic systems integrating home monitoring with longitudinal health data for patients with complex chronic diseases. The Sentrian system identifies patients that are likely to deteriorate to allow the care providers enough time to intervene to mitigate or prevent the deterioration, thus keeping patients healthier at home while controlling costs by reducing avoidable hospitalizations. His research includes healthcare population analytics and the role of expert systems in the clinical decision process.

Isaac Kohane, MD

Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, co-directs the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He applies computational techniques, whole genome analysis, and functional genomics to study human diseases through the developmental lens, and particularly through the use of animal model systems.

'Take 10' for some Headspace 

(12:00PM - 12:15PM)

Andy Puddicombe, Founder at Headspace, is a meditation and mindfulness expert who has translated his time studying meditation in the Himalayas to a business that helps train minds for a healthier, more enjoyable life.

SESSION V12:20PM - 12:45PM

Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE


Challenge Winner Announcement & Demo

The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to accelerate the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being.


(12:45PM - 1:45PM)

Workshops I 

See the full list of descriptions with room assignments

(1:45PM - 3:00PM)


The Future of Intervention and Entrepreneurship


Catherine Mohr, MD

Dr. Catherine Mohr is an expert in the fields of robotic surgery and sustainable technologies. She holds patents for medical devices, has been involved with several start up companies and today is Senior Director of Medical Research for Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

Sean Duffy

Sean’s passions live at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and design. In his current role as CEO and Co-Founder of Omada Health, he sets the vision for the company and helps inspire and empower a team of incredibly smart, driven clinicians, designers, and engineers.

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA

Dr. Chang attended Johns Hopkins University for his B.A. in molecular biology prior to entering Georgetown University School of Medicine for his M.D. He then completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nigel Ackland

Dubbed the “Bionic Arm Man” by the British press, Nigel Ackland lost his right forearm in an industrial blender in 2006. His elective trans-radial amputation left him without use of his right arm. In 2012 he became one of the first users of the advanced Bebionic hand, which now allows him a wide array of restored hand functions.


Lessons from Startup Health


Lessons from Startup Health


Steven Krein

Steven Krein is the Co-founder and CEO of StartUp Health, a long-term global growth platform for entrepreneurs transforming healthcare. Steven has co-founded and led several technology companies since 1995 including OrganizedWisdom, and Webstakes, a global online advertising, direct marketing, and technology company, which he took public on Nasdaq and grew to a $500M market cap before it was acquired by iVillage in 2002.


(4:30PM - 5:00PM)


Personalized, Crowdsourced, and Precision Medicine


David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of eight books and numerous essays, articles and short stories; and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. David is the Chief Correspondent for public radio’s “Biotech Nation,” heard on NPR Talk. He writes for the New York Times, Fortune, Wired, Discover, Atlantic, National Geographic, and many other publications.

Larry Smarr, PhD

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UCSD’s Jacobs School.

Jessica Richman

Jessica Richman is the co-founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup that uses big data and citizen science to understand the human microbiome. Jessica started and sold her first company after high school. Returning to formal education, she attended Stanford University, where she earned degrees in Economics and Science, Technology & Society (interdisciplinary engineering, emphasis in computer science).

Cigall Kadoch, PhD

Cigall is an assistant Professor, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Associate Member, Center for the Science of Therapeutics Broad Institute. Recently named as one of 2013 Forbes ’30 under 30′ list Cigall Kadoch, as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford Medical School, helped identify a group of proteins that appear to play a significant role in the suppression of many types of cancer.

Musical Interlude 

(6:15PM - 6:30PM)

Alice Phoebe Lou, South African busker and songwriter, has been wowing crowds in Berlin. Her US debut is here at Exponential Medicine.

KEYNOTE 6:30PM - 7:15PM

Creating the Future - Genomics, Synthetic Biology, & Longevity


J. Craig Venter, PhD

J. Craig Venter, PhD, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research.

He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 300 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics.

Dr. Venter is also Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.

Dinner - Windsor Lawn

(7:30PM - 9:30PM)

Unconference I

(9:00PM - 11:00PM)

Participant-led concurrent sessions lasting 20 minutes each.

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PREVIOUS Day 3: Tuesday, November 11th (2014)

Please note again that this is last year's program schedule (2014).

Morning Health & Wellness 

(7:00AM - 8:15AM)

Start you morning with one of the following activities: Meditation with Swami Ananda, Yoga with Sierra Campbell, Beach Run, or Activity with Ari Levitt.

Breakfast, Coffee, & Demos in the Crown Room 

(7:30AM - 8:30AM)

KEYNOTE 8:30AM - 8:55AM

Investing in the Future of Medicine


Vinod Khosla

Vinod Kosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures; a venture capital firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies.


Regenerative and Rejuvenative Medicine


Daniel Kraft, MD

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist. He was board certified in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General and Boston Children's Hospital. He completed Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation, and served on Stanford and UCSF faculty, with multiple stem cell related publications, including in Nature, and Science. Dr. Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity Univ since its inception and is Founding Executive Director and Conference Chair of Exponential Medicine.

Alan Russell PhD

Dr. Alan Russell is Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he is the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor. Dr. Russell also serves as the Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President for the Allegheny Health Network. He was the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, serving in that capacity from 2001-2011.

Robert Hariri, MD, PhD

Bob Hariri is a surgeon, biomedical scientist and highly successful serial entrepreneur in two technology sectors: biomedicine and aerospace. The Chairman, Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and former Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, one of the world’s largest human cellular therapeutics companies, Dr. Hariri has pioneered the use of stem cells to treat a range of life threatening diseases and has made transformative contributions in the field of tissue engineering.

Aubrey de Grey, PhD

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging.


Patient Included


Patient Included


e-Patient Dave deBronkart

Dave deBronkart, known on the internet as e-Patient Dave, is the author of the highly rated Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook and one of the world’s leading advocates for patient engagement. After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007 he became a blogger, health policy advisor and international keynote speaker. An accomplished speaker in his professional life before cancer, he is today the best-known spokesman for the patient engagement movement.


(10:50AM - 11:20AM)

SESSION IX 11:30AM - 12:40PM

Future of NeuroMedicine


Evan Snyder, MD, PhD

Evan Y. Snyder, MD, PhD is Professor and Program Director of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. He is regarded as one of the fathers of the stem cell field, having identified over 2 decades ago that cells that came to be called stem cells were a source of neural plasticity. He was the first to demonstrate that non-hematopoietic stem cells could mediate cell and gene replacement, home to injury, and perform protective, trophic, pro-regenerative, and anti-inflammatory actions. He was the first to isolate human neural stem cells.

Ariel Garten

Ariel is the CEO and co-founder of InteraXon, which creates thought controlled computing products and applications. Ariel has also researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, been head designer at a fashion label, and opened Toronto Fashion Week. Referred to as the “Brain Guru”, Ariel and her team’s work has been featured in hundreds of articles in over 20 countries.

Philip Low, PhD

Philip Low is Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroVigil. He is the inventor, neurotechnologist and computational neuroscientist responsible for the SPEARS algorithm, the iBrain neural monitor and the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. At the University of Chicago, he invented novel neurosurgical techniques. At Harvard Medical School, he showed in 9 weeks that a collagen inhibitor could successfully neutralize the growth of fibroid tumors — he was 19 years old at the time.

Christopher deCharms, PhD

Christopher deCharms is a serial entrepreneur, neuroscientist, social entrepreneur, author, inventor, and currently founder and CEO of Omneuron, a life sciences company focusing on novel brain imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) neurotechnologies, and founding executive director of NPO, the Non-Profit President’s Organization, and the Lineage Fund.

Scrubs Photo on Lawn

(12:45PM - 1:00PM)

Lunch - Windsor Lawn

(1:00PM - 2:00PM)

Workshops II

(2:00PM - 3:00PM)


ReShaping Healthcare by Data DeSiloing


Lucien Engelen

Lucien Engelen has worked since 2007 at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre as Head of the regional emergency healthcare network. He also advises the Board in terms of changes in healthcare enhancing the participation of the patients and their informal care in their own disease, working towards raising the level of participation in Health(care), research and education. He is initiator and leader of the Radboud REshape Center, that follows trends, creates healthcare innovations fast paced into practice, or concludes them as (for the moment) not implementable.

Jeroen Tas

Jeroen Tas has over 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the financial services, healthcare and information technology industries. Currently he is the CEO of the Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services Business Group. Previously he was the Group Chief Information Officer of Royal Philips, leading IT worldwide.


SESSION X4:00PM - 5:10PM

Future of Medical Practice


Maulik Majmudar, MD

Maulik Majmudar, MD is Associate Director of the MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab and a clinical cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Majmudar is a founding member of Quanttus, Inc. and currently serves as their Chief Medical Officer.

Jack Kreindler, MD

Dr. Jack Kreindler is a physician, physiologist and serial technology entrepreneur. Since 1997, Jack has been instrumental in the design, architecture and leadership of many innovative technology ventures in health care and the social web including Douglas Adams’ (acquired by the BBC) and Vielife (acquired by CIGNA).

Jordan Shlain, MD

Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care doctor, a digital health entrepreneur, a writer, and respected thought leader in national health policy. He is known in the health community as an advocate for physicians and patients.

Christian Assad, MD

Dr. Assad is an interventional cardiologist with deep interest in the incorporation of exponential technologies to improve healthcare. He has a special interest in information technology and computer sciences as well.



(5:15PM - 5:45PM)


Back to the Future


Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets D.Sc. (Hon.) has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the science of medicinal mushrooms and ecology. His TED (2008) talk “How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World” has been rated in the top 10 of all TED talks, and viewed more than 2,500,000 times.

KEYNOTE 6:25PM - 7:00PM

Future of Pharma


Dr. Jeremy M. Levin, D.Phil., MB, B.Chir

Dr. Jeremy M. Levin, D.Phil., MB, B.Chir is the Chairman of Ovid Therapeutics, Inc and of Health:Augmented. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited.

Prior to joining Teva, Dr. Levin was a member of the senior management team at Bristol-Myers Squibb(BMS), as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Alliances and Transactions.

CEREMONY 7:00PM - 7:30PM

MEDy Awards Presentation


The MEDy Awards recognize companies designing products and creating healthcare solutions that are industry-changing innovations.

Two winning companies will be announced and offered an opportunity to demo from the Main Stage.

Moderated by Sandra Miller, Director of the Singularity University Labs.

Dinner & Beach Party

(7:30PM - 10:00PM)

PREVIOUS Day 4: Wednesday, November 12th (2014)

Please note again that this is last year's program schedule (2014).

Morning Health & Wellness 

(7:00AM - 8:15AM)

Start you morning with one of the following activities: Meditation with Swami Ananda, Yoga with Sierra Campbell, Beach Run, or Activity with Ari Levitt.

Breakfast, Coffee, & Demos in the Crown Room 

(7:30AM - 8:30AM)


Patient Included


Patient Included


Robin Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian has spent most of her career focused on making a positive impact on medicine & health by working on cutting edge health IT, as well as considerable time volunteering with non-profits.


Forecasting the Future: Q&A with Ray Kurzweil


Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. He'll engage the audience through a Q&A session.

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions.

Called the restless genius by The Wall Street Journal and the ultimate thinking machine by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, which described him as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison. PBS selected him as one of the sixteen revolutionaries who made America.

SESSION XV 9:45AM - 10:20AM

The Dark Side of Technology


Marc Goodman

Singularity University’s Faculty Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics Marc Goodman will explore the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs.

Marc Goodman is a global strategist, author and consultant focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. Over the past twenty years, he has built his expertise in next generation security threats such as cyber crime, cyber terrorism and information warfare working with organizations such as Interpol, the United Nations, NATO, the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Government. Marc frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and on the impact of technology in our lives.

Break & Discussion

(10:20AM - 10:35AM)

SESSION XVI 10:35AM - 11:25AM

The Bright Side: Innovation at Scale and Catalyzing the Future


Tony Young

Prof Tony Young has been a medical innovator and entrepreneur throughout his career. He has established four MedTech companies and raised over £5m in private sector financing for these. He has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Southend Hospital since 2007 where his specialist clinical interests include stone disease and laser prostate surgery.

David Bray

Dr. David A. Bray began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a Department of Energy facility. In later roles he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. Dr. Bray has also been the IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Michael Gillam, MD

Michael Gillam, MD, FACEP, is a medical informaticist, researcher, software architect, health IT strategist and board certified in emergency medicine. Most recently, he was a partner level physician executive and Director of the Microsoft Healthcare Innovation Lab which served as an incubation, technology transfer, and prototyping lab for next generation health informatics technologies. He was one of four physician directors of the team that built and sold the software which became one of Microsoft’s flagship products in healthcare, Microsoft Amalga.


KEYNOTE 11:30AM - 12:00PM

Exponential Organizations


Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail is the founding Executive Director of Singularity University and author of the just-released Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it), published by Diversion Books this October.

Closing Announcements

(12:00PM - 12:30PM)