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Singularity University’s New Medical Executive Program: FutureMed 2011

Futuremed 2011

Singularity University's newest executive program, FutureMed, will focus on how various accelerating technologies could transform medicine in the next decade.

Singularity University thinks that emerging technology could revolutionize healthcare in the next ten years. They want medical professionals to be ready for it. SU recently announced a new executive program to be held at their NASA AMES campus in Silicon Valley. FutureMed 2011 (May 10th to May 15th) will be a five-day series of lectures, site visits, panel discussions, hands-on experiences, and workshops. The program will focus on the next 2-10 years of medicine, looking to see what disruptive and innovative influences will be created by growth in genomic sequencing, digital healthcare, medical robots, artificial intelligence, nanomedicine, stem cells, systems medicine, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology. It could be a much needed wake up call for investors, medical executives, and entrepreneurs who haven’t considered how emergent tech will change the healthcare industry in the years ahead. It even serves as a continuing medical education credit for physicians. Space is limited, but registration is still open. Total cost is $7500, with a possible discount for academics. Can Singularity University spark the same changes in the medical industry as they have for accelerating technologies in general? We’ll soon find out.

“The acceleration of science and technology within biomedicine makes it more important than ever for clinicians, researchers, policy-makers, and business leaders to understand and approach the potential opportunities and risks of new technologies in a thoughtful and nuanced way.”
— Neil Jacobstein, President of Singularity University

Founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, Singularity University aims to educate present and future leaders in the power of exponential growth. One of their strengths is getting creative minds to generate new solutions to classic problems using emergent technology. We’ve seen how their summer graduate studies programs are aimed to help one billion people in the next ten years. FutureMed fits into that theme rather well. With medical technology, the potential benefits to the global population are enormous. Yet those benefits will only arise if accelerating technologies can be properly recognized and exploited. To harness that potential, the medical industry may need to start thinking more like engineers, as well as accept the aid and guidance of its patients as a valuable crowd-sourcing tool. Hopefully, with medical experts like Daniel Kraft (a prominent researcher in regenerative medicine at Stanford) leading the Singularity University team, FutureMed will provide its students with the vision and training they need to push the healthcare industry firmly into the 21st century.

Disclosure: Singularity Hub Founder Keith Kleiner is an Associate Founder of Singularity University

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