MANOVA Global Health Summit Debuts Today with World-class Program and Attendees

This first-ever event kicks off today in Minneapolis to explore future intersections of consumers and healthcare

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The inaugural MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health, sponsored by presenting partners Walmart, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Public Radio, University of St. Thomas and Medical Alley Association, launches today at 9:30 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The three-day Summit will convene global leaders, innovators, and visionaries as they showcase best practices, innovations and breakthroughs at the crossroads of healthcare, medical technology and retail delivery.

“Today, we welcome many of the most notable innovators in global health to Minneapolis, in the heart of the vibrant Medical Alley, for the first-ever MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health,” said Mark Addicks, CEO of MANOVA. “This one-of-a-kind event will convene global, national and local health leaders and health companies with a unique opportunity to collaborate, connect, discuss and partner with one another for years to come.”

Today’s keynote speakers include National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner, Founder and Board Chairman of 8 80 Cities, Gil Penalosa, Former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy to President Barack Obama, Sam Kass, Chief Medical Officer for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Dr. Jijo James, and Director of the Center for Global Surgery, University of Utah and Intermountain Surgical Specialist, Dr. Ray Price, and many more. See the full roster here.

“Minnesota is known around the world for its deep medical expertise.  But today’s digital technology means healthcare and retail are intersecting, with a pivot to the consumer,” said Shaye Mandle, President and CEO of Medical Alley Association.  “That’s what unique about hosting MANOVA Summit in the region of Medical Alley, the global epicenter of health innovation and care.  Healthcare innovators here are setting the stage for that essential future dialogue and collaboration.”

Beginning today, more than 70 speakers will be featured in both plenary and breakout tracks throughout MANOVA’s programming. The four emerging themes included in this year’s inaugural summit are: The New Consumer Landscape for Health and Wellness, Global Best Practices in Healthcare, Disruption and Convergence in Medicine and Health, and Game-Changing New Business Models in the Health and Medical Sectors.

October 8–10, 2018
Downtown Minneapolis

Titled MANOVA – an elision of ‘Medical Alley’ and ‘inNOVAtion’ – the three-day summit is a collaboration between the Medical Alley Association and 2023 Partners. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is the event’s lead sponsor and a testament to the conference’s focus on exploring the increasing consumerization of health and medical delivery through technology. 

About the Medical Alley Association
Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that support Medical Alley.

About 2023 Partners
2023 Partners is the producing partner founded by Mark Addicks, the former Chief Marketing Officer of General Mills, Kathy Tunheim, Chief Executive Officer of Minneapolis-based communications firm, Tunheim, and Arick Wierson, a former senior media advisor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and now a widely read columnist for CNBC and CNN. Mr. Addicks serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

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