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Co-inventor of CRISPR and Chief Medical Officer of Google’s Medical Arm Verily to Speak at WIRED Health

Posted on: 01 Feb 17


Emmanuelle Charpentier, the co-inventor of gene-editing technology CRISPR and Jessica Mega, the chief medical officer of Verily, Google’s medical arm, are featured as speakers for WIRED Health, the one-day forum on the future of health taking place on March 9 at 30 Euston Square in London.

Charpentier and Mega are among the anticipated 2017 speaker faculty, which include:

  • Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer of the UK government, and principal medical advisor on all issues relating to public health.
  •  Peter Piot, microbiologist and co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, Piot was also part of the team that discovered HIV/AIDS. He has been on the frontline of the fight against both epidemics since.
  • David Halpern is the CEO of the Behavioural Insights Team, a UK government and Nesta partnership that applies behavioural sciences to public services, from economics to healthcare.
  • strong>Helmy Elkouthy, co-founder & CEO of Guardant Health, which has created a blood test to diagnose cancer to replace tissue biopsies and potentially detect early stage cancers.
  • Kris Famm, president of Galvani Bioelectronics, a partnership between GSK and Alphabet to develop implantable medical devices.
  • Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva Science, is bringing dual gene therapies to the treatment of age-related issues and illnesses – such as skin deterioration and Alzheimer’s – and leading research in regenerative medicine.
  • Eren Bali, founder of online learning platform Udemy, now aims to radically improve the patient experience with Carbon Health, a unified healthcare platform for medical records and billing.

Sandoz, a division of the Novartis group, Pfizer and Bird & Bird have been announced as event partners.

Additional speakers will be unveiled over the coming weeks, including over a dozen start-up innovators presenting potentially industry-changing technology for the health, pharmaceutical and wellness sectors.  A full speaker list is available online at

The fourth annual WIRED Health conference brings WIRED magazine’s knack for prescience to life, providing the platform on which those influencing and disrupting the health industry can share their compelling stories. The speaker faculty will discuss genomics and gene-hacking, neuroscience and behaviour, new cancer diagnostics and treatment as well as look at health initiatives targeting the end of disease. 

Medical, research and scientific entrepreneurs and business professionals looking to spearhead change or future-proof their organizations are encouraged to attend the talks and networking sessions.

Conference fees apply; practitioner and public sector rates available. Contact for further queries or register online at

Kim Vigilia Head of Commercial Marketing, WIRED

Last updated on: 01/02/2017 10:13:14

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