2017 Stage Program

As we work to make advances that will shape a healthier humanity, progress is incremental but vision is unbounded. We create a healthier world by working in that fertile zone between the limited (knowledge, resources, time) and the limitless (imagination, creativity, curiosity)

This year's event will focus on that productive tension between “what is” and “what if,” the inspiration that continues to drive us further into what's possible. Together, we are limitless. 

Session 1:


A wide-angle view of a limitless landscape

In this panoramic overview, we’ll explore a wide range of key issues in health and medicine where forward-thinking leaders, doers and activists are shattering today’s limits and seeking to unleash tomorrow’s possibilities. In this session, we'll address a diverse set of topics, such as designing healthcare systems from scratch, the ethics of CRISPR and new scientific discoveries, combatting isolation and loneliness, advocacy and caregiving, drones for good, primate precedents for human social hierarchies, caring for Ebola survivors.

Agnes Binagwaho
Post-Genocide Healthcare Architect
Alta Charo
CRISPR Bioethicist
Frans de Waal
Biologist and Primatologist
Keller Rinaudo
Medical Drone Deployer
Soka Moses
Ebola Combatant
Sophie Andrews
Helpline Hero
Zoë Keating
Defender of Medical and Musical Rights

Session 2:


Imagining progress and possibilities in health and medicine

Back by popular demand, a new class of 20 Hive entrepreneurs will take the stage to share how their visionary ideas and boundary-breaking innovations are affecting change in every area of health and medicine. Through a series of short talks, this session will feature disruptive thinkers and game-changing ideas in areas like medical tech and devices, life science and therapeutics, digital and mobile health, healthcare systems, care delivery, reimbursement models and IT, public health, advancing science, and more.



Session 3:


Removing barriers that limit access & harm health

Transcending limits and making good health available to all sometimes requires us to collaborate and forge common ground. Talks in this session feature topics where the traditional barriers to accessing care and achieving well-being are being lifted, such as new approaches to addressing opioid addiction, expanding social tools to enable technology access for all, providing medical care and guidance for transgender youth, understanding drug development and pricing, getting menstruation on the public agenda, the genetics of brain science, and music interpretation for the hearing impaired.
Amber Galloway Gallego
Sign Language Music Interpreter
Jim Johnson
Anti-Opioid Coalition Chief
Linda B. Rosenthal
Period Rights Activist
Matt King
Social Tech Accessibility Visionary
Peter Bach
Drug Development and Pricing Navigator
Steven McCarroll
Genetic Disease Decoder
Ximena Lopez
Gender Identity Guide

Session 4:


Combatting limits to health on multiple fronts

Advocating for health often demands a frank admission of exactly what we’re up against. The list of “health opponents” can seem limitless—from insect-borne diseases to our body’s own healing response to reproductive issues to military conflict—but so are the opportunities to break through those very barriers. This session explores many of humanity's growing list of foes, such as autoimmune disease and Zika, options for male contraceptives, menstruation on the public agenda, wartime medicine, and health disparities at the community level.



Session 5:


Challenging the limits of human nature

Rapid advances in technology are forcing us to rethink the limits of human nature. Is humanity limitless? How far can we go to enhance, augment and replace ourselves while retaining a healthy respect for our essential nature? This session is slated to explore that question through a variety of lenses, including CRISPR gene editing, mitochondrial DNA transfer, lab “organoids” (i.e., miniature artificial human brains and other organs), technology implants, and the role of artificial intelligence in clinical decision-making.



Session 6:


Pushing back limits with current knowledge

Overcoming today’s limits in health and medicine means confronting gaps in our knowledge. This session will update us on what we know, and what we don’t know, and keep us abreast of fascinating developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, cancer immunotherapy, treating and preventing malaria, global health as an instrument for peace, the perils of practicing medicine in war time and, when it comes to health, why we ignore the facts that will save us.

Bill Frist
Global Diplomacy Doc
Chip Thomas
Navajo Nation Artist and Doctor
Greg Corrado
Human-Machine Connector
Lennie Sender
Cancer Guru
Nick White
Anti-Malaria Warrior
Sara Gorman
Motive Detective
Aleppo First Responder
Speaker Announced at Event

Session 7:


The limitless horizons of health and medicine

What is the long-term future of health and medicine? We can expect to see a limitless stream of new barriers to confront and transcend, each opening new roads for exploration. This session will preview some of the most vexing limits we face today, as well as some of the most promising paths that lie ahead. Topics considered in this session include new funding models for scientific and medical research, the FDA’s vision for innovation, a look at non-traditional data, the impact of climate change on humanity, partnerships expanding the public's understanding of AI, incentives that drive innovation in precision medicine, and the future of environmentalism and health.