Herndon/Reston: Innovate Conference Explores Prospects of ‘Individualized Medicine’

Herndon/Reston: Innovate Conference Explores Prospects of ‘Individualized Medicine’

The 5th annual Innovate Conference presents “Intersections: Healthcare, Informatics and Personalized medicine” and introduces audiences to a nationally recognized cast of experts. Keith Crandall, PhD, the founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University, sets the stage and introduces opening keynoters Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Governor Terry McAuliffe (invited), providing a look at Federal and state intersections with research in healthcare and informatics.

The panel “Opportunities for Business Large and Small” features experts such as Dr. Alex Carlisle, the senior scientific advisor for Northrop Grumman’s Health IT unit; Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Klaus Schafer, the chief medical officer for CACI International and formerly the U.S. Air Force’s assistant surgeon general for medical readiness, science and technology; and leading edge small companies such as Vibrent Health and 5AMSolutions.

Dr. Rebecca Farkas, an associate director with MedImmune, is spearheading various initiatives to help the region become a top-three biotech hub by 2023. She will address the economic development opportunities that accompany a world-class vision for biotech in the D.C. region.

Closing keynotes address “Moving Forward,” exploring the next medical paradigm of individually tailored health solutions, presenters are Dr. James McClain, the acting chief technology officer for the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program; and Dr. John Niederhuber, the chief executive officer of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI). Prior to his arrival at Inova, Dr. Niederhuber served as the director of the National Cancer Institute.

Innovate is a half day conference taking place on Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. It will be held at the new Inova Translational Medicine Institute, located at 3225 Gallows Road in Fairfax. The conference is produced by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Tickets are $65; to register, visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org.