Posted 2/9/12 on The Doctor Weighs In
Last fall, I decided to splurge on tuition for FutureMed (FM), Singularity University’s week long celebration of all things cutting edge in healthcare and bioscience. It is only day four of the six day course and already my brain is stuffed with enough info on innovation to last a life time. Just when I think it can’t get any better, FM rolls out a new speaker on yet another mind-boggling topic: cancer genomics, synthetic biology, robotics, the impact of virtual reality on behavior, exponential thinking, and more. Unbelievable…and fun.
We have had the privilege of being inspired by Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize and co-founder (together with Ray Kurzweil) of Singularity University. Paul Yock, MD shared the experience of the Biodesign Department at Stanford and the work he has been doing with young innovators across the globe. Richard Satava blew our minds with health related technology developed at DARPA (unmanned rescue helicopters, unmanned ORs, and other aspects of the hospital of the future) and Amir Belson chatted about some of the 64 medical device companies he has founded, each one bringing to market innovations that change medical practice for the better (a modular endoscope that takes the curves with ease, a sure-fire catheter to get the IV in the first time).