event | Exponential Medicine • by Singularity University

theme: The future of health + medicine tech.
October 8, 2019

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event title: Exponential Medicine
theme: The future of health + medicine tech.

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where: San Diego, CA • United States

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— summary —

Exponential Medicine is a unique and intensive 4 day experience that gathers world class faculty, innovators and organizations from across the bio-medical and technology spectrum — to explore and leverage the convergence of fast moving tech in the re-invention of health and medicine.

Our home in San Diego, California at the iconic Hotel del Coronado is the magic x-factor in building connections and catalyzing deep conversation among faculty and participants. We make full use of one of America’s most scenic resorts — its history complements the future focus of Exponential Medicine.

From talks given in a custom designed theater with multiple configurations for listening and idea generation, to our hands-on tech lab, beach-side morning yoga, dinners, and bonfires Exponential Medicine is a high energy, bold re-design of a medical conference.

Designed for the clinicians, innovators, investors, executives, and makers driving progress in smart ways, Exponential Medicine gathers world-class faculty, organizations, and start-ups from across the bio-medical and tech spectrum.

To see the event up-close, a collection of videos of past event highlights, speakers, and Q+A can be found: here.

— 4 core themes —

no. 1 | medical practice + patient care

  • how will converging technology impact: medicine, diagnostics, clinical decision support
  • new models of patient care: concierge practice, tele-medicine, wearable monitors, smart home for health
  • improving health care but reducing costs
  • how will better informed + better engaged patients interact with health care

no. 2 | health + wellness

  • how will personalized therapy affect: wellness, pro-active prevention, and longevity
  • how will re-generative medicine affect: wellness, pro-active prevention, and longevity

no. 3 | global health

  • technology for the developing world
  • learning lessons from under-developed countries
  • rapid viral detection, forecasting, vaccine development
  • strategies to prevent + treat disease in under-served + remote communities

no. 4 | medical innovation

  • how can individuals, companies, start-ups, pharma: bring new mind-sets + processes to their health-care systems
  • how can academics bring new mind-sets + processes to their institutions

— topics —

  • future of health + medicine — where tech can take us
  • introduction to exponentials
  • exploration — catalyzing the future
  • together — communities, patients, countries
  • health — digital, mobile, connected
  • digitizing — life, health, data
  • re-shaping — pharma, discovery, trials
  • crystal ball — creating the future of health
  • all about timing — health + human performance
  • AI for good + clinical acceleration
  • re-imagining regulatory + the regulator
  • disrupting allergy + auto-immune disease
  • connecting the dots +  solutions at scale
  • future of work + investing
  • future of clinical practice + connected to virtual care
  • augmenting biology + reversing aging
  • digital surgery
  • the future of aging care
  • curing the incurable
  • neuro-medicine at the frontier
  • smart-health communities
  • radical inter-operability
  • lessons in leadership
  • democratizing tech for global health
  • catalyzing the future together

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Singularity University educational programs + events equip you with the mind-set, tools, and resources to navigate your journey into the future. Empowered by:

  • world class faculty
  • trail-blazing practitioners
  • global network partners
  • impact start-ups
  • engaged alumni

— welcome letter —

Welcome to Exponential Medicine,

On behalf of the Singularity University team, and the incredible faculty who have come together for Exponential Medicine, I’m thrilled and grateful to have you join us.

Whether you’re a clinician, patient, technologist — from pharma, payor, medical device, or investor worlds — I appreciate the diverse spirit of innovation + collaboration you bring to the event. Our audience has vast, varied experience and ideas. Help us re-shape the future of health care + medicine.

The event is filled with cross-disciplinary exploration, and insights into how we can apply new knowledge, tech and mind-sets to positively impact medicine across our planet.

We invite you to dive-in: meeting, mixing, collaborating, improvising with each other — discovering ways to integrate new approaches.

Visit our Innovation Lab where you can play, improvise, imagine. Share your projects and opinions at the Gadget Bar, work-shops, and on the beach. Form new friendships, collaborations and endeavors.

— Daniel Kraft MD

Chair | Exponential Medicine
Faculty Chair for Medicine | Singularity University



— welcome letter —

Dear readers,

There’s a medical revolution happening.  Every year the top venture capitalists, scientists, and entrepreneurs gather at Exponential Medicine by Singularity University to discuss the intersection of exponential tech, health, and vitality. I co-founded this event with my colleague Daniel Kraft  a decade ago.

Join us this year to learn about the quantified health movement. Where is quantified health heading? A growing array of tech sensors are becoming available:


Wearable bracelets — and wrist-based devices — can go well beyond steps. Some are designed to fit on fingers called ringables — such as the Oura ring. They measure heart rate + heart rate variability. There’s an EKG on Apple Watch. The United States FDA has also cleared cuffless blood pressure tech — such as this device from BioBeat.


Beyond the wrist, we can fit health sensors into contact lenses. Embedded RFID chips beneath the skin — read about my own implant here — have been used to store data  + unlock doors. And we now have Lumee by Profusa — a subcutaneous chip that can sense various body chemistries.


Quantifying the molecules in your breath can be useful — currently used as a method to detect disease.  New nano-nose tech is in clinical trials to conduct breath biopsy — sampling a person’s breath to detect the molecular content + patterns that can indicate early stages of lung + other cancers, plus a range of metabolic illness. Owlstone Medical is a global leader in breath biopsy. Some breathables can also quantify ketones in the breath to help people with their target metabolic states.


As sensors have become more capable, less expensive — you can now purchase sensors from Spire Health for each pair of your underwear that measure: respiratory rate, activity, heart rate, and sleep.


Feedback provides nudges to help behavior modification. The Upright sensor — worn on your back — measures your posture. If persistent slouching is detected it buzzes to remind you. Improved posture may lessen back pain in some people.


Wearables require synching + charging. But now we’re entering a time where our health be measured digitally by ubiquitous sensors. Cameras can now pick-up heart rate + respiratory rate — for example: Cocoon Cam has a baby monitor on the market.

Kepler Analytics is revolutionizing retail with invisible foot traffic sensors using wireless phone detection tech. Engineers at MIT have prototyped a system called WiTrack that can wirelessly detect human vital signs, movement, and sleep patters of several people in the same room.

Making sense of all the data.

As millions of people wear devices and billions of data points are collected daily — we can start to understand the real-world digital measures of health + illness. The wearable heath tracker FitBit has demonstrated this, for example, in a recent story:  FitBit’s 150 billion hours of heart data reveal secrets about health.

With crowd-sourced studies such as Project Baseline by Verily — you can gain knowledge from your sleep pattern and how it compares to other people. And potentially find new digital bio-markers indicating medical issues.

While privacy + data ownership issues are significant challenges —  crowd-sourced insights can improve wellness, lower costs, and democratize access to improved health care globally.

Please meet-up with us.

I hope you’ll attend Exponential Medicine where we’ll be sharing + discussing the future of wearables — and the impact they’ll have on heath care at home + hospital, and the opportunities these devices bring for innovative start-ups + business.


Peter Diamandis MD

co-founder | Exponential Medicine
co-founder | Singularity University

— notes —

AI = artificial intelligence
EKG = electro-cardio-gram
RFID = radio frequency identification

FDA = Federal Drug Administration • United States