Super Session 2 – Vertical Life Science – How Convergence is Erasing Silos

Super Session hosted by Sweden, home of bio-convergence, mobility and mind-blowing unicorns

20 April 2022

14:00 - 15:00 Plenary Room
Super Session hosted by Sweden, home of bio-convergence, mobility and mind-blowing unicorns

Super Session 2 – Vertical Life Science – How Convergence is Erasing Silos

14:00 - 15:00 Plenary Room

The further science and technology advance acrossdifferent sectors, the closer those sectors come to one another – a strange paradox. In drug development, the abundant need to measure detailed biological data in patients receiving drug candidates has led to the development of the fields we now call precision medicine and diagnostics. In other technology explorations, the automotive industry is exploring the ability to measure the vital signs of drivers in order to avoid accidents. The need to push the frontiers of diagnostics is all-encompassing, and suddenly, industries never-before-aligned are merging and looking at the same problems. And they can help each other to solve it.

Sector convergence can be a strategic choice, as is the case with our speakers from AstraZeneca and Volvo Cars, two giants in their respective fields looking to innovate together. Sector convergence can also arise from individuals, often those with cross-disciplinary backgrounds, as they stumble across real world challenges that simply cannot be overcome without making use of the experience, tools, and techniques of different sectors. The story of  the health tech / gaming company, Mindforce Game Lab,and the journey of their CEO, professor Emma Lundberg, is an exquisite example of how dedication to solve a problem for patients brought gaming and health care together.

During this session, we will also hear from pioneers within bio-convergence, showing how recent breakthroughs in combining fields has led to nothing less than a revolution in genomics, enabling DNA-sequencing to be done at a much lower cost and much higher pace than before, along with the mindblowing possibilities opening up when connecting AI and Big Data to how we pursue diagnostics, develop new therapies etc.

Hosted by:

Sweden

Sweden

Sponsored by:

Astrazeneca

Astrazeneca

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