Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FasterCures at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference

Each year, FasterCures joins some of the world’s most forward-thinking leaders at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Each year, we strive hard to spotlight issues and trends that impact healthcare and medical research. Each year, we engage, debate, and attempt to forecast what’s next in an ever-evolving industry.

Anxiety about the state of the economy was front and center as we prepared for this year's meeting. After all, by many measures, we are in the middle of a global economic meltdown. However, economic woes quickly took a step back when news about the swine flu outbreak dominated Monday morning headlines. As President Obama said in remarks that day, “if there was ever a day that reminded us of our shared stake in science and research, it's today… our capacity to deal with a public health challenge rests heavily on the work of our scientific and medical communities.”

Indeed, the latest challenge facing the global community is yet another reminder of how critical it is to prioritize health above all else. FasterCures sessions at this year’s Global Conference focus on what we could do to ensure that the scientific and medical communities continue to deliver exceptional results that will extend and improve life. We have convened expert panels to forecast the future of health, explore healthcare reform, examine nonprofit sustainability, and discuss stem cell research developments. And we are active participants in numerous other discussions that impact our work.

Stay tuned: we will blog throughout the week to keep you posted.

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