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Manova Global Health Summit: The Sequel

Katie Couric is among the announced speakers.

Manova Global Health Summit: The Sequel
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Katie Couric is among the headliners announced Monday for the second Manova Global Health Summit, to be held in Minneapolis in mid-October. A well-known television personality, Couric is also co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), a nonprofit which helps to fund promising cancer treatments. Fundraising broadcasts in the U.S. and Canada raised $109 million in pledges for SU2C in 2014.

The Manova event aims to bring together a range of health care executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and policy makers, with an eye toward the future of global health and wellness. The inaugural summit in October 2018 drew more than 1,000 attendees from six continents. More than 700 health care companies had representation at the conference.

Minnesota has a robust health care economy. The state is home to the nation’s largest health insurer (Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group Inc.), the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, medical device giant Medtronic, and one of the top clusters of medical device companies and startups in the U.S.

Other speakers announced include:

  • James R. Downing: President and CEO of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Thomas F. Burke: Chief of the Division of Global Health Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Agnes Binagwaho: Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former Health Minister of Rwanda
  • Jane Brody: Personal health columnist for The New York Times

“The 2019 MANOVA Summit is set to be even bigger and bolder,” said Mark Addicks, CEO of Manova, in a statement. “Today, we are proud to be announcing our first group of world-class speakers that will lead programming as we convene global, national and local health leaders for this unique opportunity to collaborate, connect and partner with one another.”

The three-day event—which runs Oct. 14-16—takes place at the Minneapolis Renaissance Hotel at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

The Golden Valley-based Medical Alley Association trade group was a primary sponsor of the inaugural event last year, but is not a partner or sponsor of the event this year.

Of particular note to those interested in the sometimes-dicey business of healthcare startups, Theranos whistleblowers Tyler Shultz and Erika Cheung are also on the list of speakers.

Theranos Inc. was once one of the most celebrated startups in Silicon Valley. The company, which purported it could do comprehensive blood tests with blood drawn from a finger, raised more than $700 million from investors and was valued at a staggering $9 billion.

But coverage in the Wall Street Journal disclosed significant issues with the company’s technology and its representations to investors. In March 2018 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged the company, founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and former president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani with “raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance.”

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