Oxford conference addresses the challenge of providing affordable healthcare for all

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The world needs a radically different healthcare system, and it needs it soon.

Big Change: Sustainable Healthcare for the 21st Century

22 – 23 November 2013, Saïd Business School
(Immediately next to Oxford railway station)

The healthcare challenge facing humanity is unprecedented. Current systems are not sustainable and the world requires a fundamentally different way to deliver healthcare to all who need it. All around the globe healthcare systems are struggling to meet the demands of growing and ageing populations that have high expectations of the healthcare they want to receive. This is particularly true in the developed world, but it is also evident in emerging markets such as India and China. These economies have created new middle class populations that have contributed to dramatic rises in the prevalence of non-communicable disease such as cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Not only that, but the poor still suffer from disease associated with poverty such as malaria, TB and HIV.

Big Change: sustainable healthcare for the 21st century is a significant international event that will address the issues and challenges facing healthcare this century. It is hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School. This meeting will involve selected group of high-profile politicians, academics, entrepreneurs, investors and journalists in an interactive programme of challenge and debate.

This is a unique opportunity for reporters to hear different perspectives on a very real threat, and to engage with key decision makers who will influence the way in which healthcare is delivered, in the UK and around the globe.

You are invited to attend.

There will be four complementary streams each involving both plenary sessions and workshops:

  •     Innovation in Health Services Delivery;
  •     Innovation in Healthcare Technologies;
  •     Financing Healthcare Innovations; and
  •     Innovations in Pharmaceuticals and biologics.

See the full programme here.
Confirmed speakers and panel members include:

  •     Professor Balram Bhargava, Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Executive Director for Stanford India Biodesign Centre
  •     Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer; Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health
  •     Shree Keshav Desiraju, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  •     Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  •     Dana Hovig, Director of Integrated Delivery, The Gates Foundation
  •     Dr Nicolaus Henke, Director, McKinsey and Company
  •     Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, Department of Health
  •     Professor Stephen MacMahon, Executive Director, The George Institute for Global Health; Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
  •     Professor Al Mulley, Director, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science; Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  •     Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  •     Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals
  •     Professor Vivekanand Jha, Executive Director, The George Institute for Global Health – India
  •     Andrew Jack, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Financial Times
  •     Donald Cowling, Senior Vice President, Commercial Programs, Proteus Digital Health
  •     Dr Farshad Farzadfar, Chair of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Centre, Endrocrinology & Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  •     Professor Alison Noble, Director, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
  •     Professor Anushka Patel, Chief Scientist, The George Institute for Global Health
  •     Professor Patrick Vallance, President, Pharmaceuticals R&D, GSK
  •     Professor Sue Dopson, Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Associate Dean for Faculty, Saïd Business School
  •     Jim Hall, Director, Entrepreneurship Centre, Saïd Business School
  •     Professor Peter Tufano, Dean, Saïd Business School

See the full list of speakers here.

Big Change is being held in conjunction with “Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford” (24 -25 November), which this year will focus on innovation in health care. At this annual event Silicon Valley entrepreneurs will discuss the challenges facing the healthcare sector and identify some of the new products and ventures that will “change the game” and address the large unmet needs of society.

Notes to editors

About the George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute for Global Health is improving the lives of millions of people worldwide through innovative health research. Working across a broad health landscape, the Institute conducts clinical, population and health system research aimed at changing health practice and policy worldwide. The Institute has a global network of medical and health experts working together to address the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Established in Australia and affiliated with The University of Sydney, the Institute today also has offices in China, India and the United Kingdom, and is also affiliated with Peking University Health Science Centre, the University of Hyderabad and the University of Oxford.

The George Institute prioritizes clinical and population health research that produces outcomes that are easily translated into practice, and effect real change within a short period of time to health policy and practice. The Institute has been ranked among the top 10 research organizations, in terms of impact, for impact for the last three years, and its research has resulted in changes to medical guidelines and ways of thinking about some of the most common medical treatments around the world. Examples include developing a new treatment for stroke, showing that blood pressure lowering reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, and providing safer fluid options for patients in intensive care. Developing better methods for delivering health care are a priority for the Institute.

About the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School

The Entrepreneurship Centre is the focal point for entrepreneurship research, teaching and practice at the University of Oxford.

The Centre brings together academics, spinout- and student-entrepreneurs, for the study and practice of entrepreneurship and is the doorway to the over 2,000 high-tech companies in and around Oxford. Its programmes and events combine research on and practical teaching of entrepreneurship to support entrepreneurs and high-growth companies.

Students on the MBA and the Executive MBA have access to a broad range of electives, project work, a venture fund, student societies, such as Oxford Entrepreneurs, and open programmes to build up their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation whilst studying at Saïd Business School. Many MBA entrepreneurship projects evolve into successful new ventures, and Saïd Business School alumni companies now number over 150. About one in ten of the School’s MBAs leaves to set up a new venture upon graduation and the Centre has created a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and spin-outs connected to the School that enriches our offerings for students and outside firms alike.

In entrepreneurship research the Centre’s faculty brings a distinct focus on the social and cultural dimensions of business in the twenty-first century to researching and teaching entrepreneurship, and use a range of non-traditional disciplinary lenses to look at techno-economic phenomena in their cultural contexts. By drawing on Oxford University’s distinct intellectual heritage the Centre’s faculty uses a range of theoretical frameworks and intellectual perspectives to reflect the complex nature of entrepreneurship and innovation, including examining the social, economic, cultural, and political structures that help transform ideas into products.

About Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked 13th worldwide in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2013) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2013). The MBA is ranked 5th in Businessweek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Nov 2012) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2013). The Executive MBA is ranked 23rd worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 6th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2013). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (Jun 2013) and has ranked first in nine of the last ten years in The Times (Sept 2013). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/

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