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FORTUNE Brainstorm Health Virtual – David Agus

April 27 - April 28

FORTUNE Brainstorm Health: Building Resilience

As we resurface from a year like no other, our by-invitation-only conference is continuing to build a powerful community of leaders at the crossroads of business, health care, technology, and innovation.

The sixth annual Brainstorm Health conference will focus on “Building Resilience.” As much suffering as COVID-19 has caused, it has also provided some hard-earned lessons. We’ll explore these insights and the key innovations, technologies, and inspirational collaborations that emerged in the past year. How can we build resilience into a health care system strained to the breaking point? How is the private sector driving change and even revolutionizing our approach to public health? And how can we make ourselves more resilient?

Fortune Brainstorm Health, in association with IBM Watson Healthwill gather a hand-selected group of experts and problem solvers for two days and address these questions head on—as well as revisit the challenges of mental well-being, behavior change, and the social factors that determine the health of our communities. As always, we’ll have a few surprises in store and plenty of opportunities to engage with other leaders. We promise that this Brainstorm Health will be our most enlightening and exciting yet.

Brainstorm Health Co-chairs

Dr. David B. Agus

Co-chair, Fortune Brainstorm Health; Prof. of Medicine and Engineering; Founding Dir. and CEO, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute, Transformative Medicine

University of Southern California

Arianna Huffington

Co-chair, Fortune Brainstorm Health; Founder and CEO

Thrive Global

Clifton Leaf

Editor-in-Chief, FORTUNE and Co-chair

Brainstorm Health


April 27
April 28
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Ellison Institute Insights Forum

The Ellison Institute Insights Forum brings together creative and accomplished thinkers to offer their wisdom on some of the key questions we face in fundamentally understanding and controlling cancer and other complex diseases. Through the Ellison Insights Forum conversations, we will brainstorm solutions for some of the thorniest problems in disease biology, particularly cancer, with equally innovative and transformative ideas.

Next Forum: Thursday, March 11 – Role of Evolution in Cancer Treatment

Last Forum Question: How could applying specific principles of evolution/evolutionary theory (and ecology) across biological and temporal scales of cancer revolutionize treatment strategies, reduce resistance, and improve patient outcomes?

Forum Recording: Click HERE to view the discussion between:

Charles Swanton, MD, PhD – senior group leader of the Cancer Evolution and Genome Instability Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute, and oncologist at the UCL Cancer Institute

Susan Rosenberg, PhD – Ben F Love Chair in Cancer Research; Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Molecular Virology & Microbiology; and Founder and Leader, Mechanisms in Evolution Program, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Center, Baylor College of Medicine

Robert Gatenby, MD – Department Chair in Radiology and Co-Director Center of Excellence for Evolution Based Therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center

Kenneth Pienta, MD – Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology and Professor of Oncology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, ACS Professor and Director of Research for the Brady Urological Institute

Moderated by Anna Barker, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Ellison Institute and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Complex Adaptive Systems, Arizona State University and

David B. Agus, MD, Founding Director & CEO, Ellison Institute and Professor of Medicine & Engineering, USC