Wireless Health 2010 Assembles Global Influencers to Discuss Emerging Landscape of Wireless Health Technologies

September 21, 2010

LA JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), announces the keynote speakers at the inaugural Wireless Health 2010 conference, where industry thought leaders will discuss their visions for the emerging landscape of wireless connected health. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 4-7, 2010 at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

Featured keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Founder, QUALCOMM
  • Dr. Rod Pettigrew, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at NIH
  • Dr. Chris Toumazou, Director, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College of London and Founder, Toumaz Technologies
  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO of Abraxis Health
  • Dr. Eric Topol, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer, West Wireless Health Institute; Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute
  • Dean Kamen, Prolific Inventor, Founder, DEKA Research

Wireless Health 2010 has a unique focus on the convergence of all aspects of wireless life-science research, technology and clinical practice. Through panel discussions, keynote presentations and technical demonstrations, members of the wireless health community will share their visions for improving health through the convergence of wireless communications and life sciences technologies.

Irwin Jacobs, a visionary in the cellular communications field will deliver a keynote entitled “Violating the Laws of Physics and Other Cool Things I Have Learned.” Dr. Jacobs, a former Engineering professor who co-founded Qualcomm in 1985 and led the company’s growth from startup to Fortune 500, will provide his insight on bridging the gap between academic and applied research and the foundation of a successful business. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute since 2006, Dr. Jacobs has taken a personal interest in the application of engineering advances to healthcare problems.

“As one of the world’s most successful engineers and business builders in the world, Dr. Irwin Jacobs is now working to bridge the gap between academic and applied research and business building for wireless health innovations,” said Robert McCray, WLSA President & CEO. “Dr. Jacobs is a leading authority on addressing and conquering opportunities and challenges in new fields, and wireless health is no different.”

Also speaking will be Dr. Rod Pettigrew on Emerging Biomedical Technologies and Patient Centered Health Care. A major concept in 21st century healthcare is the shift from a hospital based and provider-centered system to one that is home based and patient-centered. Dr. Pettigrew will address how institutions can include modern medicine practices that are accessible to everyone, more effective measures for monitoring and maintaining wellness, technologies for early diagnoses, and better means of managing chronic conditions.

Dr. Christofer Toumazou will address the conference on Towards Disposable Healthcare: A Paradigm Shift. In his keynote, Dr. Toumazou will discuss leveraging the consumer electronics cost curve to develop inexpensive, transformative body-worn devices for use in detection, monitoring, and treatment of disease.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who holds more than 50 patents, will provide the Wednesday afternoon keynote address. Dr. Soon-Shiong will describe his vision for Connected Healthcare and the necessity of accelerating the translation of new advances in therapeutics into commercial healthcare services.

Dr. Eric Topol, an innovator in wireless medicine, will be presenting a keynote on Rebooting Medicine: How Wireless Empowers Consumers to Take Over their Healthcare.

In addition to the keynote addresses, this conference will provide exhibits and panel discussions focusing on wireless health in developing regions, clinical applications of wireless health, and a discussion led by Colonel Ron Poropatich, M.D. on the US Army’s Telemedicine And Technology Research Group’s efforts to engage and educate the wireless-life sciences community.

Additional information about speakers and details of Wireless Health 2010 will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.wirelesshealth2010.org or contact Andrea Jackson at +1 858-354-2224. For media inquiries, contact Sue Huss at +1 619-379-4396.

About WLSA

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a special purpose trade organization for innovators, globally relevant companies, scientists, physicians, and policy makers. The WLSA is dedicated to creating value and improving health, globally, through the convergence of communications technologies, consumers, caregivers and all sectors of the life sciences and technology environment. WLSA partners and companies all over the world are using wireless health innovations to better manage chronic conditions, preempt disease and improve the lives of the elderly and under-served populations around the world.

SOURCE Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance

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