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Healthcare Leaders Convene in Lake Nona for Inaugural Thought Leadership Forum on Health Innovation

Today in the fast-growing Lake Nona community in Orlando, a group of the nation’s foremost CEOs, academics and healthcare leaders will gather to generate and exchange ideas that ‘accelerate the impact of health innovation.’

The 2012 Lake Nona Impact Forum, taking place Oct. 23 – 25, will explore the roles technology, innovation, collaboration, imagination, wellness and prevention play in health and healthcare by uniting business executives and key innovators from medicine, academia, technology and government for three days of symposia and informal conversations.

“Lake Nona will provide a wonderful setting for compelling discussions focused on making the 21st century a better century for health, sustainability, education and growth,” said Dr. Thaddeus Seymour Jr., president of the Lake Nona Institute and host of the 2012 Impact Forum. “Lake Nona is very much about moving and driving meaningful innovation and advancements here, and what we learn and apply at Lake Nona will be exported to other parts of the world.”

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Former Apple CEO John Sculley, GE Healthymagination CEO Sue Siegel, Cisco President of Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities Anil Menon, Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty and PepsiCo EVP & Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development Mehmood Khan, M.D. are among 20 headline speakers who will present their insights and solutions for improving our nation’s health.

The three-day conference will deliver a series of presentations and conversations held in the heart of Lake Nona’s emerging health and life science cluster.  Lake Nona Impact Forum conference venues include the University of Central Florida Health Sciences Campus, the Sanford‐Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona and the University of Florida Research & Academic Center. These institutions, along with the newly opened Nemours Children’s Hospital and Orlando VA Medical Center (opening next year), represent an economic bright spot in the state with $2 billion invested in facilities and infrastructure over the last six years alone.  The 7,000-acre master planned community of Lake Nona is being developed by Tavistock Group, a private investment organization.

The 2012 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by the Lake Nona Institute and GE, along with sponsors:  Johnson & Johnson, Florida Blue, Cisco, UCF, Tupperware, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and the Tavistock Foundation.

Inspired by the influential Aspen Institute, TED Conferences and the Clinton Global Initiative platforms, the Lake Nona Impact Forum was founded and organized by the Lake Nona Institute, a nonprofit community-focused organization committed to creating sustainable, healthy communities and advancing the quality of life by exploring the intersections of wellness, sustainable living and education.

To learn more about Lake Nona and the Lake Nona Institute, visit www.LearnLakeNona.com and www.LakeNonaInstitute.org.

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