Washington University’s inaugural Healthcare Innovation and Investment Conference (InnovateHealth) on Friday, Sept. 18, will bring together thought leaders from academia, industry and government to focus on finding visionary solutions to healthcare issues through medical device technology, pharmaceutical discoveries and public policy.

“These innovations hold the promise of improving quality of life for all,” said Dedric Carter, PhD, conference organizer and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at Washington University.

“By bringing to the table the key drivers of these innovations, we will have the opportunity to identify emerging solutions to healthcare challenges, share new models for collaborations and discuss investment opportunities. logo

The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Eric P. Newman Education Center at the School of Medicine.

Zhi Hong, senior vice president and head of infectious diseases at GSK, will deliver the conference keynote address at 9:00 am.

His talk, “Driving R&D Innovation to Maximize Access to Medicines and Address Public Health,” will focus on the important mission of translating basic research and academic/industry innovation into technologies that increase access to medicine and improve the life circumstance of the general public.

The conference will conclude with the Future of Healthcare Innovation Interactive Reception at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Eric P. Newman Center. The reception is free and open to the public.

In this session, student researchers and companies at all stages of formation and from a variety of disciplines will display their work and describe their perceived impact on healthcare. IDEA labs will lead the interactive event.

“Washington University has great strength in healthcare, medical device technology, pharmaceutical development and public health,” Carter said.

“Intersecting those strengths with the growing energy in the entrepreneurial Community is a national extension of our expertise. That realization along with encouragement from Stephen Sands, vice chairman and global co-head of healthcare at Lazard, and Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum, co-founder of Falcon Partners, sparked the idea for InnovateHealth 2015.”

Visit innovatehealth.wustl.edu for complete conference information. Follow #WashUFuse on Twitter for updates from the conference on Sept. 18.