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Opening Presentation: Redesigning a world with Watson Health in Latin America
Cognitiva IBM Watson Strategic Partner
Tuesday, November 29
San Juan Foyer
San Juan Ballroom
Exhibit Hall – Partnering Area
Opening Ceremony and Panel
The healthcare industry is ever changing, rearranging, transforming and is no exception to the rise in disruptive technology, changing the way people are impacted. IBM Watson Health has developed a number of innovative technology approaches to address the pressing need for insightful information, essential for transforming the healthcare system in Latin America.
Due to global trade and travel, tropical diseases often spread rapidly across continents and affect large swaths of the population. Companies, research organizations and global initiatives are gaining momentum to tackle these diseases. This panel will examine the preventative approaches being developed to counter tropical diseases and the diagnostic and therapeutic developments that provide effective tools in the fight against them.
Exhibit Hall and Foyers
Parallel Sessions - Spotlight
At the forefront of biotechnology development are cell and gene therapies. Latin America is in a unique position to contribute to this stream of research, with the ability to develop a sophisticated supply chain and the expertise to manage the complicated manufacturing process associated with this technology. A panel of representatives from the across the production and delivery spectrum discusses cutting edge research, the importance of supply chain development, and what will make cell and gene therapy development successful in Latin America.
Companies are increasingly entering Latin America because of cost advantages; the region is expecting exponential growth in the coming years. This panel will cover innovations in medtech, the key Latin American growth markets and how medtech fits into the overall ecosystem.
Parallel Workshops - Focus on Finance
Funding models for academic incubators, spin-outs and startups vary greatly. What additional support is needed, what structures need to be in place, and what partnerships have proved beneficial, financial or otherwise? This session will review the successful models used by some of the most active university tech transfer departments.
It may not come instantly to mind but non-dilutive financing can provide a surprising boost to developing companies, especially at crucial junctures when traditional financing measures are not available. Learn about the opportunities available for companies in Latin America ranging from traditional grants and tax incentives to innovative new cluster funding programs.
Parallel Sessions - Panel Discussion
Governments around the Latin American continent are developing strategies to exploit their wealth of biodiversity, increasing R&D funding and opening their markets to foreign investment, in a major push to make biotechnology a relevant part of the future growth and development of the region’s economies. This is translated into the rise of major regional biotech clusters whose executives will share with us, in this session, the current situation of the industry, its challenges and its future opportunities.
Parallel Sessions - Workshops
Bioprospecting is the exploration of biodiversity for the discovery of new biological resources of social and economic value. With the highest biodiversity in the world together with the wide number of industries that could benefit from developing these resources, Latin America is destined to be the leader in bioprospecting. The sustainable management of natural resources, the development of regulatory frameworks and international partnerships will be key in order to have a successful social and economic impact in the economies of the region. Join this session to learn what bioprospecting strategies are being developed in major Latin American countries.
A changing climate, changing tastes of a growing population, constantly shifting commodity markets: the need for reliable and innovative research in food and agriculture has never been greater. Novel technologies such as CRISPR and new ways of thinking about what we produce and how we produce it are at the cutting edge of finding the solutions to these issues within the Latin American food and agriculture sector. This panel will showcase some of the novel technologies and approaches that are currently being developed to grapple with these and other issues.
Exhibit Hall and Foyers
Clinical research worldwide is experiencing a surge. However, the Latin American market is lagging behind and clinical research activities are stagnant. This panel will provide different perspectives on clinical research in Latin America and the US; three different actors in this space will give their take on how they counter this trend.
Digital health innovations will re-frame key relationships within the healthcare landscape. This session will look at the most recent developments within the digital health sector, how big pharma is approaching digital health and the potential impact of digital health in Latin America.
San Juan Foyer
Bacardi Rum Tasting Reception at the SheratonJoin us for a special Bacardi rum tasting reception in the San Juan Foyer following the final panel. Buses will depart from the Sheraton to the evening event at the Antiguo Casino in Old San Juan.
Antiguo CasinoAvenida Juan Ponce de LeónSan Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Antiguo Casino is distinguished by its Beaux Arts design, and is one of Old San Juan's most prestigious architectural relics of the 20th century. Its stunning gardens, balconies, moldings, white marble floors, majestic central staircase and its beautiful twelve-foot high chandelier make up the elegance of this majestic building.
18:30 Shuttle buses depart from the Sheraton
20:45–21:15 Shuttle buses depart from the evening event and return to the Sheraton