Mayo entrepreneurs among highlights at Transform

From PechaKucha rapid-fire presentations to case-study explorations, Mayo Clinic staff will take center stage at Transform 2016, Sept. 14–16, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Hosted by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Transform 2016 is a three-day symposium that attracts people from around the globe to tackle the most challenging issues in health and health care.

Two Mayo Clinic representatives have been selected to join nine presenters making rapid-fire presentations at "An Evening Powered by PechaKucha," which will highlight the opening day of Transform.

New to the PechaKucha stage this year will be Mark Ereth, M.D., of Mayo's emeritus staff. His talk will focus on the topic of "Serious Business to End Serious Poverty," which touches on his work to help entrepreneurs in rural Tanzania.

Returning for her second PechaKucha presentation will be Mayo Clinic’s Tori Utley, product manager, Center for Connected Care, and founder of "More Than An Addict," a nonprofit organization seeking to empower individuals in recovery from addiction. She will discuss collaborative communities as a catalyst for health care.

Plus, Mayo Clinic’s David Ahlquist, M.D., along with Exact Science’s Kevin Conroy and Alaskan epidemiologist Diana Redwood, will address overcoming the status quo to move Cologuard from research to market in a case study that redefines entrepreneurship.

Transform highlights wide range of speakers

In addition to Mayo Clinic representatives, the Transform 2016 program includes:

  • Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner
  • Rap artist Dessa
  • IBM Watson Health’s Mark Burrell, Ph.D.
  • Humana CEO Bruce Broussard
  • Mayo Clinic Trustee George Halvorson, who is the former chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.

Also, teams from Mt. Sinai and City Health Works will present a case study explaining the tensions of change they face as they work to close the gaps among clinic, community, individuals and systems in Harlem.

Transform 2016 will engage attendees with:

“Yet, Transform is not just about speakers, activities or one singular moment,” says Gerry Greaney, designer at Center for Innovation and program director for Transform 2016. “Transform is the energy of all of these things — the total experience — and the key element is our attendees. It is a great opportunity for our colleagues at Mayo to share their perspectives and network with others from around the world to create the future of health and health care.”