Speakers announced for Wired health 2021

Wired’s annual healthcare conference will return in a virtual setting for its eighth year on Wednesday 31 March 2021. The editorially curated event gathers medical practitioners, health technologists, pharmaceutical leaders and entrepreneurs for a day of inspirational stories, case studies and panels on how we can make a positive change in the way we provide and access healthcare. 

Welcoming an array of award-winning speakers, Wired Health will explore the transformational technologies challenging the health industry. This year, the event will be divided into three overarching themes – navigating the future of health in a post-Covid world; different strands of innovation and the technology powering change in patient care; and the most potent trends and pathways for the future of health.

Attendees will hear from Professor Ugur Sahin, co-founder of BioNTech, on the Covid-19 vaccine development; Pixar’s Ed Catmull on exploring aphantasia and the considerable differences we have in our ability to visualise mental images; NHS doctor and author Rachel Clarke will share her insights on palliative care from the coronavirus frontline; Professor Simon Baron-Cohen will discuss his unique discoveries within Autism research; and President Biden’s Covid-19 advisor, Céline Gounder, will talk about the rapid emergence of Covid-19 variants.

WIRED has announced the following speakers for WIRED Health 2021: 

  • Ugur Sahin, Co-founder and CEO, BioNTech
  • George Church, Founding Core Faculty & Lead, Synthetic Biology, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
  • Céline Gounder, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases, NYU School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital
  • Ed Catmull, Co-Founder, Pixar Animation Studios and Former President, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Mei Mei Hu, Co-founder and CEO, COVAXX
  • Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University
  • Angela Saini, Science Journalist & Author of Superior: The Return of Race Science
  • Rachel Clarke, Palliative medicine specialist for the National Health Service, former journalist, activist and author of Dear Life
  • Mariana Mazzucato, UCL Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value; Author of Mission Economy: a Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism 
  • Joanna Shields, CEO, BenevolentAI
  • Jemimah Kariuki, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Kenyatta National Hospital, University of Nairobi
  • Debbie Hobbs, Group Director of Sustainable Business, ISG (Knowledge Partner)
  • Pamela Spence, Global Health Sciences & Wellness Leader, EY (Knowledge Partner)
  • Beth Healey, National Health Service Doctor
  • Taavet Hinrikus, Co-founder, Certific; Co-founder and Chairman, Wise; Angel Investor and Advisor
  • Adam Zeman, Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health
  • Joel Pearson, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of New South Wales; Founder, Future Minds Lab and Chief Scientist, Imagination Spectrum
  • Adam Grant, Psychologist and author of Think Again

Wired Health 2021 will run virtually, in real time – which means the Wired hosts, speakers and attendees can log on to an attendee portal together from their homes or offices across the world.

Wired Health’s knowledge partner for this year ISG and its Startup Showcase Partner is EY. 2021 will see the return of the WIRED Health EY Startup Showcase, which will feature six exciting startups across femtech, neural engineering, sustainability and digital health. Presenting 5-minute lightning presentations to a panel of three judges, each startup will have the opportunity to present at the Wired Health virtual conference.

The startup showcase will run as a virtual 60-minute webinar on 24th March 2021 at 13.00 GMT – one week ahead of the Wired Health conference on 31st March 2021.

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