Global Leaders in Health, Technology and Retail to Descend on Twin Cities for Fall Summit

  • MANOVA announces over twenty additions to its fall lineup; list includes senior executives from Facebook, Protolabs, Rand Corporation, CQuentia and more global leaders in healthcare, medtech, and retail and consumer technology
  • Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) will give an outlook on healthcare trends for 2019 and 2020
  • CNN’s Michael Smerconish will moderate a discussion between political pundits James Carville and Mary Matlin on healthcare in the context of the 2018 elections

MINNEAPOLIS, July 30, 2018 Planners for MANOVA-THE GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SUMMIT announced 21 additional guests who will speak at the October 8–11, 2018 conference.

The MANOVA Global Summit aims to showcase best practices, innovations and breakthroughs at the crossroads of healthcare, medical technology and retail delivery.

Speakers announced today include:

Dr. Freddy Abnousi, Head of Healthcare and Research Partnerships at FACEBOOK (Nasdaq:FB);Robert H. Brook, Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services at RAND CORPORATION;Kevin Carr, M.D., former Chief Medical Officer of Price Waterhouse Management Consultants and Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine;James Carville and Mary Matalin, the Democratic and Republican duo, will participate in a conversation moderated by Michael Smerconish, host of Smerconish on CNN and The Michael Smerconish Program on POTUS on SiriusXM;Bill Frist, M.D., former U.S. Senate majority leader and nationally-acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, who was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR legislation;Victoria Holt, President and CEO of PROTOLABS (NYSE:PRLB), the world’s fastest manufacturerof custom prototypes and on-demand production parts;Lorenzo Terzi, Minister Counselor for Health and Food Safety, Delegation of the European Union to the United States;Jeff Dachis, CEO and Founder of ONE DROP INFORMED DATA SYSTEMS INC., a digital health company harnessing the power of mobile computing and data science for diabetes patients;Adrian Ho, CEO and Rob White, Co-Founder of ZEUS JONES, a consumer marketing strategy firm helping B2B medtech and healthcare firms embrace their B2C futures;Naresh Kanumilli, M.D., Primary Care Research Lead for Diabetes at the Greater Manchester CRN, and Clinical Network Lead for Diabetes across Greater Manchester (UK);Bernard Marr, a leading authority on big data and business analytics and ranked on LinkedIn as one of the top five business influencers in the world;James Mault, M.D., FACS, President & Chief Medical Officer of CQUENTIA, a leader in the new frontier of genomic testing, and recent former Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life;Gil Penalosa, Founder & Chair of the Board of 8 80 CITIES, a non-profit organization centered on creating successful cities for inhabitants of all ages;Raymond R. Price, M.D., FACS, a Clinical Professor at the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, a pioneer in expanding surgery’s role in public health, researcher, and advocate for equality in healthcare;Eric Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO at OLLY PBC and Founder of Method Products PBC, a disruptor in the consumer health retail space;Lesley Solomon, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at DANA- FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE; andDavid and Jonah Stillman, the first father-son Gen X and Gen Z speaking team, coauthors of GenZ@Work and researchers focused on providing insight into what makes Gen Z tick.

See the full list of speakershere.

“MANOVA will bring together some of the best minds in healthcare to drive the future of personal wellness,” said Dr. Freddy Abnousi, Facebook’s Head of Healthcare – research partnerships. “I’m proud to be part of these important conversations and this necessary evolution.”

MANOVA will feature four days of events this fall, including three days of talks, presentations, breakthroughs, roundtables, experiential exhibitions, engaging entertainment and an optional fourth day of discussions, called MedCity Invest. MedCity Invest is programmed in collaboration with trade publication Med City News, a subsidiary of New York City-based Breaking Media, and is aimed to specifically speak to players in Minnesota’s venture capital and start-up sectors.

“We’re excited to participate in the MANOVA Global Summit with its agenda of leading global thought leaders,” said Victoria Holt, President & Chief Executive Officer, Protolabs. “We are particularly thrilled to see the focus on innovations, business model disruptions and product and service breakthroughs from a global perspective in the summit’s program.”

Speakers will be featured in both plenary and breakout tracks throughout MANOVA’s program. The big themes to be highlighted in this year’s inaugural summit include: Global Best Practices in HealthcareThe New Consumer Landscape for Health and WellnessDisruptive Ideas and Emerging Trends in Medicine and HealthEnvironmental Challenges in the Health Industry, and Opportunities for Venture Capital and New Investments in the Health and Medical sectors.

“Healthcare is one of the most pressing concerns in this country and it aims to figure prominently in this fall’s midterm elections,” said Michael Smerconish, CNN’s host of Saturday Morning’s Smerconish and host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM. “I think MANOVA is really setting itself up to be the place where the biggest issues in healthcare and consumer wellness are debated through the lens of public policy. The conversation I will be moderating at MANOVA with husband-wife duo James Carville and Mary Matalin promises to set the stage for how politics plays into this complicated equation.”

“We knew there would be great interest from around the globe in a conference that would bring together healthcare, technologies and consumer access,” said Mark Addicks, Chief Executive Officer of 2023 Partners, the team behind the summit. “We are pleased to have confirmed this outstanding roster of presenters for MANOVA and look forward to announcing additional presenters very soon.”

Early bird tickets are on sale through August 8 for $850. Starting August 9, regular price tickets are

$1500. Student discounts available. For group ticket pricing and discounts, please call 612-819-3702.


October 8–11, 2018 Downtown Minneapolis

Titled MANOVA – an elision of ‘Medical Alley’ and ‘inNOVAtion’ – the four-day summit is a collaboration between the Medical Alley Association and 2023 Partners. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is the

event’s lead sponsor and a testament to the conference’s focus on exploring the increasing

consumerization of health and medical delivery through technology.

About the Medical Alley Association

Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that support Medical Alley.

About 2023 Partners

2023 Partners is the producing partner founded by Mark Addicks, the former Chief Marketing Officer of General Mills, Kathy Tunheim, Founder and President of Minneapolis-based communications firm, Tunheim, Inc., and Arick Wierson, a former senior media advisor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and now a widely read columnist for CNBC and CNN. Mr. Addicks serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

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