Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit to showcase genomics & precision medicine

15th Annual Summit to Bring Together More Than 2,250 Leaders from Around the World

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit will bring together more than 2,250 of the brightest leaders from around the world to downtown Cleveland on Oct. 23 to 25 to focus on genomics and precision medicine advancements.

The agenda includes panels with top healthcare, industry and biotech leaders. Topics include: direct-to-consumer DNA testing, drug costs, next-generation genomic sequencing; the gene therapy and gene editing markets; and reimbursement strategies for genomic innovation.

Note to media: Cleveland Clinic is providing exclusive webcast access to members of the media interested in attending from afar. The live-stream broadcast link:

Featured speakers include:

  • Freda C. Lewis-Hall, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer
  • Craig Venter, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Human Longevity
  • Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
  • Jennifer Lee, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy & Services, Veterans Affairs
  • Mike Mahoney, President & CEO, Boston Scientific
  • Anna Abram, Deputy Commissioner, FDA
  • Kevin Lobo, Chairman & CEO, Stryker

Programs of special interest:

Community Healthcare Forum ( 23, 5:30 p.m.)
Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO & President, and Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will join together for a Community Healthcare Forum: Our National Healthcare Transformation. The session will be moderated by Geraldo Rivera.


Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2018 (Oct. 25, 11:45 a.m.)
The summit will cap off with the annual Top 10 Medical Innovations list. Michael Roizen, M.D., and a team of leading physicians will announce the 10 medical innovations expected to have the greatest impact in the coming year.

State of Healthcare Innovation: Pharma Perspective (Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m.)
Moderated by CNBC’s Bertha Coombs, Dr. Cosgrove will be joined by pharmaceutical executives to examine recent policy impacts, cost reduction strategies, medical innovation funding and the overall health of drug research and innovation in the U.S.

Bertha Coombs, CNBC

Precision Medicine Policy: Can the Government Cure Cancer? (Oct. 24, 9:45 a.m.)
Representatives from FDA, National Institutes of Health and Veterans Affairs join with Brian Bolwell, M.D., Chair, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, to discuss the latest government investments and the policies needed to push cancer to its tipping point.Impact sessions (Oct. 24, 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Impact sessions in specialized areas include: the potential of the microbiome; artificial intelligence and decision-support technologies; customized implants and robotics; ethics and gene editing; deep brain stimulation; 3-D printing for surgery; customized orthopaedic surgeries; industry perspective on pharmacogenomics; and nutrigenomics.

Cleveland Medical Hackathon (Oct. 21-22)
This year’s summit will again share proximity with the 3rd Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon, a coding and problem-solving competition that culminates on Oct. 22. Other partner events include Nursing Innovation Summit (Oct.23), Advanced Payment Summit (Oct. 24-25), and Meeting-of-the-Minds Summit (Oct. 23-25).

Now in its 15th year, the annual Medical Innovation Summit is organized by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the development and commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,699-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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