TEDMED 2013 Announces First 10 Speakers and Launches Two New Initiatives to Drive Innovation and Collaboration

 TEDMED 2013 Announces First 10 Speakers and Launches Two New Initiatives to
                      Drive Innovation and Collaboration

TEDMED to Host "Great Challenges Day" and "The Hive," Gathering of
Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Health, Medicine

50+ Speakers and 1,500 Delegates to Explore the Future of Medicine, Healthcare
and Technology in Washington, DC, April 16-19, 2013; Event to be Simulcast

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TEDMED, www.TEDMED.com, the annual
multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come
together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human
achievement in health and medicine, has announced the first 10 of its speakers
and two new collaboration and innovation initiatives for 2013.

Further to its mission of inspiring cross-disciplinary collaboration and
breakthroughs, TEDMED has added two new opportunities for innovators and
thought leaders: The Hive and Great Challenges Day. The Hive and Great
Challenges Day will bring together experts and future-thinkers across varied
fields to showcase transformative ideas, and to discuss new ways of thinking
about the great challenges faced in health and medicine.

The annual TEDMED event will take place at The John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington, DC from April 16-19, 2013. The first group of
speakers is:

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Chancellor, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished
Professor. Topic: Can we innovate better by throwing out our favorite tools?

Elazer Edelman, Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor, Health Sciences and
Technology, MIT Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director,
Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center; Senior Physician, Brigham and
Women's Hospital. Topic: The Big Bang inMedicineand Engineering - will the
knowledge explosion actually hurt innovation across disciplines?

Elizabeth Marincola, President, Society for Science and the Public; Publisher,
Science News. Topic: With open access, who translates medical research?

Larry Smarr, Professor, University of California, San Diego; Director,
Calit2. Topic: Can you coordinate the dance of your body's 100 trillion

Sue Austin, Artist, Freewheeling. Topic: When is a wheelchair an ultra-light

Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech, NYC; Professor,
Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College; Co-founder, Open mHealth. Topic:
What happens when each patient becomes their own "universe" of unique medical

John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design. Topic: How can design
principles lead to more discovery and better treatment?

Isaac Kohane, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences Technology, Harvard
Medical School. Topic: How can every clinical visit be used to advance
medical science?

Peter Attia, Founder and President, Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI).
Topic: Is the "obesity crisis" just a disguise for a deeper problem?

Christopher J.L. Murray, Institute Director, Institute for Health Metrics and
Evaluation (IHME). Topic: What does a $100 million public health data
revolution look like?

40 Transformative New Companies to Be Selected for Innovations Showcase;
Applications Process Opens Today

The Hive, debuting at TEDMED 2013, is an immersive and informal social
environment dedicated to exploring transformative innovations and inspiring
entrepreneurs in health and medicine. Located in a 30,000 square foot
superstructure on the South Plaza of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The
Hive will bring together a diverse community of independent start-ups,
incubators/accelerators, government-run challenges, academically-led programs
and labs run by Fortune 500 companies. In association with the StartUp Health
Network, TEDMED is accepting applications to feature 40 innovators and
entrepreneurs who will share their products and services with TEDMED
Delegates. A continued online conversation will foster the unexpected
connections and new possibilities that emerge from four days of discovery at
TEDMED 2013. To apply, please visit www.tedmed.com/thehive.

Great Challenges Day Takes New Approach to Understanding Complex Issues
On the afternoon of Friday, April 19^th, on the George Washington University
main campus in Washington, DC, TEDMED will host its first-ever Great
Challenges Day (www.tedmed.com/greatchallengesday), a multi-disciplinary
gathering of more than 500 TEDMED Delegates including medical professionals,
technology experts, policymakers, non-profit leaders, big business leaders and
academics. Using tools from the emerging discipline of medical and scientific
storytelling, participants will collaborate to better understand, and to
better communicate the complexities of some of health and medicine's most
complex and pressing challenges. These challenges range from managing the
obesity epidemic to addressing medical costs. The gathering will leverage
personal, anecdotal views to help participants further explore, understand and
share the complexities that drive the Great Challenges.

Conference Simulcast Extends Reach to Global Audiences
Talks by each speaker will be globally simulcast from the conference via
TEDMEDLive. Last year, TEDMEDLive enabled an estimated 50,000 remote
participants to join the 2012 conference from some 300 auditoriums as well as
1,500 clinics and healthcare locations from all 50 states, plus locations in
Canada and Mexico. TEDMEDLive hosting locations include teaching hospitals,
medical schools, research institutions, university life science departments,
and state and federal government agencies. This year, the simulcast is
expected to include thousands of locations in dozens of countries around the
world, for an estimated total audience that is anticipated to exceed tens of
thousands of remote Delegates. To apply to host a TEDMEDLive simulcast,
please visit www.tedmed.com/live.

TEDMED Partners:

The TEDMED conference and mission are generously supported by major partners,
including some of the world's best-known companies and thought leaders in the
realm of health and medicine: Booz|Allen|Hamilton, Verizon Foundation, GE
Healthymagination , Kaiser Permanente, Johnson & Johnson, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, Mars Inc., Target , Xerox, and Panasonic.

Contributing Partners:
Major Contributions provided by Steelcase and Nurture by Steelcase.

TEDMEDLive Simulcast Partners
TEDMEDLive is made possible through the generous support of The California
Endowment, Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public
and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Scientific American (a Division of Nature
America, Inc), Royalty Pharma, Florida Blue, Xerox, and Panasonic.

TEDMED Talks and Updates
TEDMED.com makes all of its stage presentations available as videos at
www.TEDMED.com at no cost after the conclusion of the conference.

TEDMED issues monthly email bulletins. To subscribe, please send an email to:

Follow TEDMED at Twitter via @TEDMED, and the Great Challenges at

An RSS feed of TEDMED news and video releases is available via the TEDMED
Blog, blog.tedmed.com.

TEDMED, LLC is an independent organization operated under a special license
from the nonprofit TED conference. TEDMED is the world's only TED-licensed
event focused solely on innovation and breakthrough thinking across all of
health and medicine. TEDMED 2012 featured 71 preeminent leaders in health,
medicine, science, technology, business, government, academia, media and the
arts, who spoke before a sold-out audience of more than 1,600 Delegates. Jay
Walker has served as the Curator of TEDMED since 2011. Walker is also the
founder of Priceline.com. For more information, please visit www.TEDMED.com.

Rogers & Cowan for TEDMED                                   TEDMED, LLC.
solmsted@rogersandcowan.com                                 Shirley@tedmed.com


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