Connect. Collaborate. Contribute.™
Dr Jordan Amadio
Scott Collins PhD
Austin Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez
5:45pm Doors Open
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
Thanks to Austin Public Library for their partnership.
Human bodies are amazingly capable and resilient, but there are countless risks and dangers to our health and lifespan. Technology has long been used in the pursuit of health and longevity, from bandages and thermometers to splints and herbal medicines. In the era of advanced computing technologies and sensors, nanotechnology and robotics, and massive data and artificial intelligence, we are discovering new ways to detect and diagnose illnesses and injuries and to treat them medically and surgically. We are learning new ways to rehabilitate bodies and recover from injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent many illnesses and conditions from ever occurring. As we enter 2020, we can credibly picture a not-too-distant future in which precision medicine will end death from disease (if not disease itself), that nanotechnology and robotics will enable precision surgery to yield total recovery in nearly 100% of all cases, and that artificial limbs and organs will replace original ones with equal or greater capabilities and durability. Moreover, we are uncovering the genetic and epigenetic causes of aging, and thus we can foresee extending healthy, high quality lives to well beyond 100 years and to realize our maximum lifespan potential.
As one of the leading cities in the world for computing technologies, academic research, innovation, and startups—and now home to the Dell Medical School—Austin is well positioned to become a leader in the creation of health-related technologies. Join us as two leaders in Austin’s health tech ecosystem—Dr. Jordan Amadio, neurosurgeon and innovator at Ascension and Dell Med, and Scott Collins PhD, biotech entrepreneur and co-founder of BioAustin—share the current state and future possibilities for health technologies and for the Austin opportunities in everything from wearables and diagnostics to robotics and rehabilitation technologies. Then, Dr. Amadio with then discuss into the future of surgery as one example of this technological revolution in healthcare. (Future Austin Forum programming will cover precision medicine, advanced diagnostics, and more.) Join us as we learn how our lives will get better and longer—and how you may be able to contribute!
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Dr Jordan Amadio
Ascension Medical Group
Dr. Jordan Amadio is a practicing neurosurgeon at Ascension Texas and the University of Texas Dell Seton Medical Center. He is also the founding partner of NeuroLaunch, a neuroscience startup incubator.
Dr. Amadio completed a degree in biophysics at Princeton University and earned his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He was among the first cohort of physicians to graduate with a concurrent MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed a 7-year residency in neurosurgery at Emory University, where he served as Chief Resident in 2016.
Dr. Amadio’s research interests include medical technology innovation, surgical robotics, and neuro-ethics.
His writing and expert commentary has been featured by publications such as The Associated Press, The Independent, Natural History, Cell, Nature Publishing Group, and the BBC. In 2014, Dr. Amadio was one of 15 young physicians to receive the American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Award. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and institutions, including Genentech, Harvard University, Georgia Tech, Mayo Clinic, TEDx, SXSW, and Exponential Medicine.
Scott Collins PhD
Scott Collins is an accomplished innovator, entrepreneur and business leader with experience spanning engineering, biotechnology and software. He has three degrees from UT Austin including a PhD in Biomedical Engineering that he earned after selling a company he founded. His research focused on growing blood vessels out of the body utilizing adult stem cells to modulate the process. Scott enjoys advising and helping innovative startups. One of these companies recruited him to help secure funding and to lead development in biofabrication—where cells are bioprinted into an engineered tissue construct. Scott is on the board of BioAustin and the scientific advisory board for the New Organ Alliance that provides an X-prize like reward for innovations that move us closer to organs on demand. He enjoys finding new ways to apply technology to solve human problems.