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Healthcare & Life Sciences

FT Digital Surgery Summit

Improving Surgical Outcomes with Smart Technology

San Francisco |
Speakers include:
Jean Nehme

Jean Nehme

Digital Surgery

Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh

Stanford University School of Medicine

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The future of surgery will be shaped by a combination of factors, from the rise of artificial intelligence to the evolution of hardware and sensors. Incredible leaps are being made in computing power, miniaturization and connectivity, empowering surgeons to reduce risks and improve patient outcomes.

But the surgical field has been slower to adapt to new technologies than the broader consumer economy. Outdated regulation may be partly to blame but there has also arguably been a lack of focus on digitizing surgery in a way that is widely accessible. For example, minimally invasive robotic surgery has been around for years but it is still typically unaffordable. If digitizing surgery really is the way forward it must be for the many, not the few.

The FT Digital Surgery Summit will examine how next-generation surgical technologies are transforming performance in the operating room. Crucially, the event will also address the issues of cost, scale and access that come with taking surgery into the digital era. Thought leaders from across the healthcare landscape will provide valuable insights on key issues with a balanced focus on opportunities and challenges. 

Join us in San Francisco on March 21, 2019 to find out what the digitization of surgery could mean for you, practically and strategically. 

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fallback Add to my Calendar 03/21/2019 08:00:0003/21/2019 18:00:00trueFT Digital Surgery SummitThe future of surgery will be shaped by a combination of factors, from the rise of artificial intelligence to the evolution of hardware and sensors. Incredible leaps are being made in computing power, miniaturization and connectivity, empowering surgeons to reduce risks and improve patient outcomes.But the surgical field has been slower to adapt to new technologies than the broader consumer economy. Outdated regulation may be partly to blame but there has also arguably been a lack of focus on digitizing surgery in a way that is widely accessible. For example, minimally invasive robotic surgery has been around for years but it is still typically unaffordable. If digitizing surgery really is the way forward it must be for the many, not the few.The FT Digital Surgery Summit will examine how next-generation surgical technologies are transforming performance in the operating room. Crucially, the event will also address the issues of cost, scale and access that come with taking surgery into the digital era. Thought leaders from across the healthcare landscape will provide valuable insights on key issues with a balanced focus on opportunities and challenges. Join us in San Francisco on March 21, 2019 to find out what the digitization of surgery could mean for you, practically and strategically. FT-Digital-Surgery-Summit38ad2f961af396d3d935c305232f618bMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (9)

Jean Nehme

Jean Nehme

CEO and Co-founder
Digital Surgery

Dr Jean Nehme MBBS BSc MRCS MSc (Hons) is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery. Jean co-founded Digital Surgery whilst training in Plastic Surgery in London with Dr Andre Chow. Dr Nehme has multiple awards for his research in innovation and application of surgical technology and simulation. He was named by Debrett's as one of the most influential 500 people in the UK. Digital Surgery is a health tech company shaping the future of surgery through the convergence of surgical expertise and technology. At this time when the healthcare industry is facing multiple challenges globally, Dr Nehme strongly believes the solutions lie in leveraging on technological advancements to bring safe, accessible surgical care for all.

Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh

Professor of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (TECI) Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery. Dr Pugh obtained her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley in Neurobiology and her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her surgical training at Howard University Hospital, she went to Stanford University and obtained a PhD in Education. She is the first surgeon in the United States to obtain a PhD in Education. Her goal is to use technology to change the face of medical and surgical education. Her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills. Dr Pugh holds three patents on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize hands-on clinical skills. Currently, over two hundred medical and nursing schools are using one of her sensor enabled training tools for their students and trainees. Her work has received numerous awards from medical and engineering organizations. In 2011, Dr Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barak Obama at the White House. She is considered to be a leading international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technologies for performance measurement. In 2014, she was invited to give a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of technology to transform how we measure clinical skills in medicine. This year, Dr Pugh was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg

William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. He has secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, he persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 US Patents. He co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Faculty Fellowship) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.  

Doron Dinstein

Doron Dinstein

Chief Medical Officer
Mazor Robotics

Dr Doron Dinstein is the Chief Medical Officer of Mazor Robotics. Prior to this role, he served as its Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining Mazor Robotics in 2009, Dr Dinstein led the marketing and commercialization of cardiovascular applications at Itamar Medical, and was the co-founder of Magnolia Medical Technologies Ltd. He is a licensed physician with a doctorate in medicine from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and an executive Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg-Recanati Program, a joint degree from Northwestern and Tel Aviv Universities.

Scott Huennekens

Scott Huennekens

President & CEO
Verb Surgical

Scott Huennekens is the President & CEO of Verb Surgical, Google and J&J’s new Surgical Robotics company, starting there in August 2015. Previously, Scott was the President & CEO of Volcano from 2002 to 2015 and led the company’s growth from a start up to sales over $400 million in revenue and a market cap that approached $2bn prior to its sale to Philips in February 2015. He was the President & CEO of Digirad Corporation, a medical imaging company, which grew from a pre-revenue start up when Scott joined in 1997 to a public company in 2004. Prior to Digirad, Scott progressed through leadership roles in marketing, sales, and general management while at Baxter Healthcare (Edwards Lifesciences) and Birtcher Medical Systems. He has served on the boards of numerous medical device companies and currently serves on the board of Viewray and as the Past Chairman for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). Scott received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Heather Lyu

Heather Lyu

Surgeon and Clinical Informatics Fellow
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Heather Lyu is a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and a Clinical Informatics Fellow at Partners Healthcare. She has an extensive background in health services and surgical outcomes research. Currently, her research focuses on improving surgical care delivery with health information technology, particularly through the creation and evaluation of new and innovative clinical decision support tools and data collection methods. Dr Lyu has published several scientific articles on surgical outcomes, national databases, and health information technology. Dr Lyu is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is currently a Masters candidate at Harvard University.

Dave Saunders

Dave Saunders

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Galen Robotics

Serial tech sector entrepreneur Dave Saunders has taken over 40 products from inception to market since 1991. He has led diverse product development programs including desktop Internet software, access concentration, telco switching, virtual machine clustering and computer-vision-guided surgical tools. An ardent supporter of the Internet of Things, he continues pursuing his vision of a connected world that enriches lives as Co-Founder and CTO for Silicon Valley-based medical systems creator Galen Robotics.

Dan Stoyanov

Dan Stoyanov

Professor of Robot Vision, UCL & CSO
Digital Surgery Ltd

Dan Stoyanov is a Professor within the Department of Computer Science, UCL, and part of the Vision and Imaging Sciences Group, and CSO at Digital Surgery Ltd. He is also a member of the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) and the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC). His research interests and expertise are in surgical vision and computational imaging, surgical robotics, image guided therapies and surgical process analysis. He first studied electronics and computer systems engineering at King's College before completing a PhD in computer science at Imperial College specializing in medical image computing. He works on vision problems in minimally invasive surgery especially related to non-rigid structure from motion, scene flow and photometric and geometric camera calibration. His work is applied towards developing image guidance, computational biophotonic imaging modalities and quantitative measurements during robotic assisted minimally invasive procedures.

Tim Worden

Tim Worden

Partner, Life Sciences
Taylor Wessing

Tim Worden is a Partner in Taylor Wessing’s Life Sciences group, and heads the UK Life Sciences Regulatory group. He regularly advises on licensing and partnering deals, R&D agreements, clinical trials agreements and a broad spectrum of regulatory matters. His expertise also includes advising on the IP and regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and venture capital investments.  Tim was previously Legal Counsel at Eli Lilly in the UK, and has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

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Chair and Moderators (2)

Sarah  Neville

Sarah Neville

Global Pharmaceuticals Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Neville began her career on local and regional newspapers, eventually becoming political editor of the Yorkshire Post. In 1995 she was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship on the Washington Post. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 and has since held a series of senior roles, including Weekend News Editor, Analysis Editor, UK News Editor and public policy editor in 2011. She was appointed Pharmaceuticals Correspondent in 2016.

Darren Dodd

Darren Dodd

Writer/Editor, FT Health
Financial Times

Darren Dodd has worked in a variety of roles across the Financial Times Group and is currently responsible for FT Health, a weekly global health briefing, and a number of other health projects. Previously he was Senior News Editor on the UK desk and prior to that was US News Editor for FT.com in New York during the Obama election and the financial crisis. He joined the FT newsroom in 1999 as a writer and producer of company news as part of the FT.com launch team, before becoming the website's World News Editor. Sign up for your free global health newsletter at www.ft.com/health

Agenda - 21st Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Welcome from event partners
  • 9:15am
    Keynote address

    Hear a key opinion leader from the medical community share insights on how digital surgery is changing established procedures and supporting new advances.

  • 9:45am
    Panel: Defining digital surgery in the context of value-based care
    • What are the main technologies and processes that define digital surgery as a concept?
    • In today’s climate of value-based care, how are stakeholder relations evolving across the surgical landscape?
    • What are some of the emerging challenges of value-based care and how can digitizing surgery help to address them? 
    • How much more digital will surgery be 10 years from now?

    Doron Dinstein, Chief Medical Officer, Mazor Robotics

    Heather Lyu, General Surgery Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Morning refreshments
  • 10:55am
    Fireside chat: Investment opportunities in the future of health IT

     

  • 11:25am
    Automating the metrics of surgical expertise: What do surgeons really need?

    Objective quantification of operative skills in surgery remains poorly defined. While technical and cognitive metrics clearly play a role, more work needs to be done to understand the value proposition for these metrics at each stage of a surgeon’s career.  This talk will explore the ways video, motion and force data can make an impact on surgical mastery and expertise.

    Carla Pugh, Professor of General Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine

  • 11:55am
    Presentation
  • 12:10pm
    Panel: The next generation of surgical tools, instruments and materials
    • How are sensors and wearable technologies for surgery evolving?
    • How is the use of robotics in surgery evolving? 
    • What is the role of bioengineered materials in surgery? 
    • What new skills will be required for surgeons? 
    • What are the risks of increased dependence on smart hardware?

    Scott Huennekens, President and CEO, Verb Surgical

    Dave Saunders, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Galen Robotics

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Technology spotlight: AR in the OR

    Hear how augmented reality is being utilized as a tool in operational procedures.

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: Artificial intelligence
    • How is AI already being used to transform imaging and surgical treatment?
    • How can AI be used to optimize surgical processes, catalyzing feedback loops and improvements?
    • What are the implications of increased dependence on AI for surgery as a profession?
    • How should AI for surgical applications be regulated?

    Danail Stoyanov, Professor of Robot Vision, UCL & CSO, Digital Surgery Ltd

    Moderated by Darren Dodd, Writer/Editor, FT Health, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:40pm
    Panel: Bringing it back to the patient
    • What changes in patient outcomes should we expect with the rise of digital surgery?
    • How can we maximize patient access to new digital surgery innovations?
    • What compliance and data privacy issues may arise as surgery evolves?
    • How can we encourage patients and the public to support progress and participate in the surgery revolution?

    Tim Worden, Partner, Life Sciences, Taylor Wessing

    Moderated by Darren Dodd, Writer/Editor, FT Health, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Closing keynote address: The next generation of robots in the operating room

    Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

  • 5:00pm
    Closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Why attend?

  • Explore how surgeons are being empowered by digital tools, transforming their profession along with patients' lives. 
  • Hear how collaborations between medical devices and big tech companies are enriching the viability of digital surgery.
  • Meet the full array of industry stakeholders from innovators in AI and robotics to medical professionals pioneering digital surgery in operating rooms.
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Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Digital Surgery Summit will be attended by:

  • Hospitals/Health Systems/ASCs
  • Healthcare providers
  • Payers/Insurance companies
  • Healthcare GPOs
  • Investors
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Medical & Trade Associations
  • Patient Groups
  • Robotic companies
  • Medical devices
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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding Partners (3)

Digital Surgery, founded by surgeons for surgeons and healthcare professionals, believes safe surgical care should be accessible for all. Co-founders Dr. Jean Nehme and Dr. Andre Chow set out to shape the future of surgery by building a digital ecosystem that sits at the intersection of surgical expertise and technology. Digital Surgery is a software ecosystem that enhances surgical training and preparation, team coordination, and process improvement. It consists of Touch Surgery, the award-winning interactive training platform downloaded more than 2 million times, and GoSurgery, an efficiency and quality improvement platform launching later this year. Digital Surgery is also innovating in artificial intelligence, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality. The company is based in London with teams around the world.

Verb Surgical, Inc. is developing a digital surgery platform built with technology from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Medical Device company.  The digital surgery platform consists of five technology pillars - robotics, advanced instrumentation, enhanced visualization, connectivity, and data analytics. Verb Surgical was founded in 2015 with a mission to “democratize surgery”, to improve the quality of surgical care while also making surgical technology more accessible to the 5 billion patients globally without access.  In partnership with clinicians around the world, Verb is a company dedicated to turning technology and information into actions that matter. 

Taylor Wessing work in the most important global innovation markets which depend on creativity to thrive. Our people are networked and empowered to create solutions that enable our clients to compete, connect and change. We understand how best to help clients achieve their aims, whether supporting multinationals on cross-border issues or guiding start-ups through their growth journey. Our lawyers provide advice and insights to help clients navigate their legal and business challenges.

Venue

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California Street
San Francisco 94108

United States of America

Tel: +1 415-392-3434

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Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times
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Sponsorship Opportunites
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