The 4th annual Lake Nona Impact Forum kicked off Wednesday night with more than 250 respected entrepreneurs, accomplished health care leaders and household names gathered together to discuss the future and health and wellness.  Day one served to establish themes and objectives of the week:  to unlock innovation and create advancements in wellness, health technology and sustainability.

The opening discussion between CNN’s Sanjay Gupta and Johnson & Johnson Group Worldwide Chairman Sandi Peterson, served as an early highlight.  Their conversation, “The Missing Link: A New Human-Centered Approach to Transforming Health and Wellbeing,” centered on collaboration and health care challenges on a global scale, along with how to get a better return on the vast investment currently made into an often fragmented health care system.  Peterson challenged tech innovators to better integrate health information, make individual information portable, improve efficiencies and empower (and maybe even nudge) consumers to take control of their health.

The evening concluded with a multi-keynote segment titled “The Health Transformers.”  The evening’s core themes ran through each talk, from the challenges of innovating in a reluctant industry to using data to drive both efficiencies and consumer empowerment, and, perhaps most importantly, encouraging and incentivizing individuals to take control of their health.

Perhaps the most insightful discussion came during the final panel between Eric Topol of Scripps Translational Science Institute and Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.”  Their “nature vs nurture” debate highlighted both the need for and opportunities around genomic research, and the undeniable link between one’s environment, access to health services and personal choices.  Genetics and health are intertwined, they agreed, but so too are health and happiness.

The event’s next two days will continue to build and expand upon these themes, adding new voices to the collaborative, transformative process at the Lake Nona Impact Forum.

The Fourth Annual Lake Nona Impact Forum is set to begin tonight as more than 250 thought leaders converge on Lake Nona to discuss the future of health and wellness. The in-depth talks and discussions during the three-day symposium target key issues and actionable solutions in wellness, sustainable living and health technology.

Wednesday evening’s program features a conversation on health technology and outcomes between CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson. The two will discuss “The Missing Link: A New Human-Centered Approach to Transforming Health and Wellbeing.”

Other health and wellness experts speaking Wednesday include Eric Topol of Scripps Health and Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.”

These discussions serve to frame the week’s topics that seek to explore and shape the health and wellness landscape. Central themes to be discussed include developing healthy communities, preventative care, mental health, advances in digital health technology, and the challenges and promises of advancing health care.

The 2016 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by Johnson & Johnson, along with Founding Sponsors: Cisco, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, GuideWell, Sharecare, Tavistock Foundation; Medical City Partners: Nemours Children’s Health System, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, UF Health; and Contributing Sponsors: Dr. Phillips Charities, Insurance Office of America, Integrated Wellness Partners, Orlando Health, PepsiCo, Roche, Technogym, and the United States Tennis Association.

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Next week, 250 of the nation’s top CEOs, health care entrepreneurs and innovators, government officials and other thought leaders will discuss and develop solutions to improve health, wellness and sustainable living throughout the world during a series of collaborative, action-oriented discussions about the impact of healthy community innovation; sports health and performance; progress and challenges in advancing mental health care; and promising health care technologies and start-ups, among other topics at the 2016 Lake Nona Impact Forum held Feb. 24-26 in Lake Nona, Orlando.

The three-day symposium, developed by the Lake Nona Institute, is an invitation-only event inspired by the Aspen Institute, TED Conferences and the Clinton Global Initiative platforms. The event is set in Lake Nona, an 11-square-mile integrated, master designed community in Orlando, home to one of the fastest-growing life sciences clusters in the nation and a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community that is the current focus of a longitudinal study by Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness known as the Lake Nona Life Project.

Health care is at a historic time of change. By convening these partners and friends – a diverse array of thought leaders and change agents – in an intimate environment, the Lake Nona Institute aims to put innovative thought into action that improves health, wellness and sustainable living at home and around the globe.

Lake Nona is a living lab for medical innovation and health care transformation.

This year’s presentations and conversations will be led by some of the nation’s foremost health and wellness leaders, including keynote speaker Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, who will talk about efforts to transform health care using technology and design-thinking to create breakthrough solutions for patients, consumers and providers. In addition, the Impact Forum will feature three “lightning sessions” in which panelists will debate how to realize impact related to connecting healthy communities; disruptive thinking and design; future innovation ecosystems; partnering for speed and impact; and sports, health and performance.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare
  • Dan Buettner, best-selling Author of “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People”
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
  • Esther Dyson, Founder of HICCup and Chairman of EDventure Holdings
  • Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO GuideWell and Florida Blue
  • Brian Hainline, MD, first Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA
  • Patrick J. Kennedy, Co-founder of One Mind for Research, Founder of the Kennedy Forum, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mehmood Khan, MD, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development of PepsiCo
  • Billie Jean King, former World No. 1 professional tennis player and winner of 39 Grand Slam titles; Founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and Co-founder of World Team Tennis
  • Steve Krein, Co-founder and CEO of StartUp Health
  • Patrick McEnroe, former professional tennis player and former captain of the United States Davis Cup Team
  • Dean Ornish, MD, President and Founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute
  • John C. Reed, MD, PhD, Head of Pharma Research & Early Development at Roche
  • Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos
  • David Shulkin, MD, Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Muffy Walker, Co-founder and Chairman of the International Bipolar Foundation

To help develop innovative solutions to challenges in achieving optimum health and related technology, the 2016 Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted at the health and life science cluster of Lake Nona Medical City; venues include the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, Nemours Children’s Hospital, the University of Florida Research & Academic Center, and the new GuideWell Innovation Center.

The 2016 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by Johnson & Johnson, along with Founding Sponsors: Cisco, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, GuideWell, Sharecare, Tavistock Foundation; Medical City Partners: Nemours Children’s Health System, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, UF Health; and Contributing Sponsors: Dr. Phillips Charities, Insurance Office of America, Integrated Wellness Partners, Orlando Health, PepsiCo, Roche, Technogym, and the United States Tennis Association.

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A vocal advocate for mental health reform, The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy has joined the speaker lineup for next year’s Lake Nona Impact Forum. Joined by Impact Forum veteran Husseini Manji, MD, FRCPC, global therapeutic area head of neuroscience at Janssen Research & Development, the duo will address the progress and challenges in mental health care.

The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges.

The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health in America.

The Lake Nona Institute is proud to welcome back Johnson & Johnson as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Lake Nona Impact Forum.

We are thrilled to announce Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, as a keynote speaker to our invited guests in February.

Sandi leads over two thirds of Johnson & Johnson’s workforce, including the company’s global operating infrastructure multiple consumer-facing businesses, and key enterprise initiatives designed to spur innovation and accelerate growth. Sandi is at the forefront of Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to transform healthcare using technology and design-thinking to leverage the company’s unique assets in innovative ways to create breakthrough solutions for patients, consumers and providers.

Guest post from Patrick Bartosch at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute 

Health and tech leaders from across the country gathered in Orlando’s Medical City last week for the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum. Organized by the Lake Nona Institute, the Impact Forum strives to unlock innovation to create sustainable health communities and advance quality of life by exploring the intersections of wellness, sustainable living, and education. Speakers this year included the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the CEO of BlackBerry, as well as Sanford-Burnham CEO Perry Nisen, among many others.

The discussions covered a diverse array of topics such as the future of technology in medicine, the increasing costs of developing new treatments, building healthy communities, and leadership in veterans care. Here are a few highlights:

  • Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, spoke about the things that hold us back in life, particularly when it comes to improving our health. According to Oz, these are: 1) time, 2) money, 3) knowledge, and 4) fear of change. While we in the health industry can’t necessarily do anything in regards to 1) and 2), we can increase knowledge and we can encourage change. Technology is one of the ways we can directly impact how people monitor and improve their health. Just think about all the apps that are out there now to track your eating habits and exercise.
  • CNN’s Sanjay Gupta led a panel discussion about personalized medicine, explaining how cancer genes can predispose certain people to develop malignant tumors at one point in their lives. The panelists also discussed encouraging results from very early immunotherapy trials in Europe. The idea behind immunotherapy is to strengthen the human immune system, so that it can successfully fight diseases such as cancer on its own. In contrast to treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy focuses solely on the targeted, e.g. cancerous, cells and leave other, healthy cells alone.
  • Former Sanford-Burnham CEO John Reed, who now leads Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development at Roche, chaired a discussion about treatment costs and the huge investments necessary to bring new medicines to the patient. The panel offered a broader view of the cost of medicines across the world. Here in the U.S., patients pay much more for novel and promising drugs than in the rest of the world. One reason for this is that most pharma R&D is financed by the income pharmaceutical companies generate with these new, expensive drugs in the U.S.

The closing keynote address of this year’s Impact Forum was delivered by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, who spoke about the efforts under way to make the department more efficient and improve veterans care. The Secretary’s presentation ranged from political difficulties his department faces when trying to increase efficiencies, to the challenges in recruitment, to the new Orlando VA Medical Center that opened in February 2015 in Lake Nona Medical City. Secretary McDonald reminded us with compelling and emotional videos of veterans that the work he and his department does is crucial to those who served our country. Kudos to the team at the Lake Nona Institute and to all speakers for creating an engaging, stimulating, and informative event. We already look forward to the 2016 Impact Forum!

After 3 days, 29 speeches and panels and hundreds of discussions, the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum drew to a close Friday afternoon.

And from the spirited conversations that continued while many of the 250 nationally-recognized presenters, panelists, thought-leaders and attendees headed homeward, the Forum clearly achieved its goal of exploring ways to unlock innovation to create sustainable healthy communities and advance quality of life for all.

This was done by examining the intersections of wellness, sustainable living, education and other disciplines that – separately or together – are seeking to further advance life science and healthier living. While the topics and the participants were diverse, they all wrestled with the same challenge:

How do we move the needle on health care?

Some of the dialogue focused on new ways technology and medicine can blend to improve healthcare delivery, while others addressed the impact of more-engaged patients on the quality and delivery of care. Others brought to life still-nascent topics – like how to accelerate “personalized medicine” and the potential of traditional and social media to enhance patient engagement – that are sure to advance further in the comings months and years.

As cardiac surgeon and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” Mehmet Oz, said during remarks on Friday, “the one piece of advice I have for consumers is to celebrate life.” And with the commitment to innovation in healthcare displayed throughout the three-day Forum, individuals should have even more reasons for celebrating in the future.

Many thanks to presenting sponsor Johnson & Johnson for spearheading the Forum, along with our other sponsors: Cisco, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, GuideWell, Sharecare, Tavistock Foundation, Nemours, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, UCF College of Medicine, UF Health, Orlando VA Medical Center, Dr. Phillips Charities, Florida Hospital, Garmin, Insurance Office of America, MediFit, Mirati Therapeutics, Orlando Health, PepsiCo, PwC, Technogym, and the United States Tennis Association.

Will the cutting-edge technologies, burgeoning ideas and lively debates from the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum lead to the next generation of innovation in health care?

Stay tuned …


The final day of the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum was filled with announcements. The day kicked off with news of the launch of IQ Orlando, a business venture among Tavistock Group, University of Central Florida, AHG Group, and Florida Hospital aimed at recruiting and launching life science companies in the Orlando area. Also announced was a partnership between Lake Nona and wellness builder Delos, which will bring health-focused construction, design practices and other innovations to Lake Nona’s residential and commercial projects. Finally, the Florida Institute of Technology was presented as the latest organization to join the Lake Nona community.

Among the morning’s other highlights, Gloria Caulfield, the Forum’s executive director, discussed the growth rates of chronic disease and the vision of Lake Nona to not only innovate in building a healthier community, but to share that knowledge and design that can improve health across communities nationwide.

Joshua Sharfstein, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene, extended the healthy communities conversation by explaining how technology can help improve population health. But he also addressed a more sobering and common theme throughout the Forum: the cost of health care. He presented data showing that the cost of health care in this country grows independent of the population’s health. With that realization as a backdrop, he noted the innovative strategies employed across Maryland hospitals, such as capping health care expenditures and pegging them to outcomes.

Next, a panel addressed the notion that reshaping health requires reshaping the environment in which people live. Led by Jason McLennan, CEO, International Living Future Institute, the insightful discussion addressed the impact of today’s mostly sedentary, stress-filled, indoor lifestyles negatively impact health. The panelists – including Lou Lenzi, design director, GE Appliances and Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer, Cleveland Clinic – talked about how re-designing our work and life environments can help improve our health.

Arlin Wasserman, partner at Menus of Change, examined how sustainability and improving health are inexplicably linked. Conversely, he noted the opposite, too – by sharing data explaining that the proteins that produce the most greenhouse gases are also the most detrimental to our health over time. He then lead an interesting discussion on how companies like Jamba Juice, PepsiCo and Canyon Ranch have been able to reduce the calorie counts in the food products they offer.

From food, the discourse moved to activity. Tom Farrey, executive director from the Aspen Institute, introduced a session on the importance of instilling a love of activity in children under the age of 12. The panel – featuring a scientist, former professional tennis player and professional soccer coach – provided examples of how activity at a young age, coaching techniques, and other tactics can be applied to motivating activity in children.

The three-day event’s final speaker, the Honorable Robert McDonald, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, gave a comprehensive overview of the benefits and services provided to veterans by the agency. He emphasized the innovative programs and techniques instituted by VA doctors, including implantable cardiac pacemakers, shingles vaccines, nicotine patches, and artificial limbs that operate from signals in the brain. He then looked ahead and spoke of building partnerships like the ones discussed throughout the Forum, all to improve the care and quality of life for veterans.

As the conference drew to a conclusion – wrapping up three days of presentations on new business ventures, new technologies and new strategies in treating cancer and chronic diseases – the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum clearly succeeded in its goal of breaking down barriers and creating ideas that will shape the future of healthcare in our nation.



Today, Lake Nona announced a new collaboration with Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, to bring wellness building and design initiatives to the 7,000-acre Lake Nona community to further enhance healthy living. The first-of-its-kind agreement will bring multiple innovative programs and health-focused construction and design practices onsite across both residential and commercial projects. Lake Nona is one of the first communities to feature Delos’ wellness-infused designs across more than one real estate typology.

“We believe there is a strong appetite for creating healthy environments at Lake Nona,” said Jim Zboril, president of Lake Nona and Tavistock Development Company. “From the physical design of the community to the neighborhood programs, and now with wellness design practices and groundbreaking programs, Lake Nona encourages all aspects of healthy living. Working with Delos, Lake Nona is building unique environments unlike anything else in this marketplace.”

The announcement was made during the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum, where more than 250 of the nation’s foremost CEOs, academics and health care leaders have gathered in Lake Nona Medical City to generate and exchange ideas that inspire new ways to address health care, wellness and sustainability practices in our community.

Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla noted, “Lake Nona is at the forefront of healthy living and through our new collaboration, Delos has a unique opportunity to introduce our latest wellness-infused designs and programs across multiple real estate categories and offer members of the community a more complete healthy living experience.”

The first project of the collaboration will be with Lake Nona’s Intelligent Home, which will include healthy living features and amenities, such as advanced air and water purification systems and circadian lighting strategies. Breaking ground later this year with a scheduled opening in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Intelligent Home will serve as a model within the Lake Nona community for emerging technologies, design and health and wellness initiatives.

Delos’ WELL Signature program will also be incorporated into a selection of the residences at Landon House, a 280-unit luxury, urban style apartment building currently under construction in Lake Nona Medical City. The WELL Signature residences at Landon House will include several of Delos’ innovative wellness designs and amenities to improve residents’ quality of air, water, light, nutrition and sleep.

Delos will also implement its innovative hospitality designs in the new dual-branded Marriott hotel through the debut of 34 Stay Well rooms. The first Delos-designed wellness hotel rooms to open in Florida, the Stay Well rooms feature more than 20 evidence-based health and wellness amenities that allow guests to maintain healthy lifestyle practices while on the road. The Stay Well experience features energizing light therapy, advanced water and air purification systems, the Stay Well dawn simulator and LightActive – a self-cleaning, photocatalytic coating applied to high-touch areas throughout the hotel room. Currently under construction in the Lake Nona Town Center, the new Marriott and its 34 Stay Well rooms will open in

In addition to these projects, Lake Nona has committed to pursuing WELL certification for several commercial office buildings.

Lake Nona is setting a new standard for the way in which business and residential communities are being built, focusing on high quality, high technology and innovative development.

Recently acknowledged by FORTUNE Magazine as a model for the next great American city, Lake Nona is one of the fastest growing communities in America attracting more than $2.8 billion in construction across 7.1 million square feet with the development of two new hospitals, three college campuses, a nationally recognized medical research institute, the USTA’s ‘New Home of American Tennis’ and thousands of new homes. Adjacent to the Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona will feature more than five million square feet of commercial space, 2,200 hotel rooms, 30,000 residents and more than 100 shops and restaurants. Focused on sustainable design and healthy living, Lake Nona is recognized by Cisco as the only designated “Iconic Smart + Connected Community” in the U.S. for its integrated gigabit network – one of only nine such communities in the world.

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