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Leaders Convene In Lake Nona For Second Annual Impact Forum

This week, a group of the nation’s foremost CEOs, academics and healthcare leaders will gather at the emerging life science cluster in Lake Nona Medical City to generate and exchange ideas that inspire new ways to address healthcare, wellness and sustainability practices in our communities.

The 2013 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 academia, industry, healthcare delivery and government for three days of symposia and informal conversations.

“We are building upon our successful Forum last year and are gratified with the interest we are generating around the activity at Lake Nona,” said Dr. Thaddeus Seymour Jr., president of the Lake Nona Institute and host of the 2013 Lake Nona Impact Forum. “With this incredibly diverse group, we are confident we can come up with innovative programs and solutions, which can be tested and expanded to additional markets around the world.”

Given the state of healthcare and its uncertainty, a broad group of executives has been assembled from academia, industry, healthcare delivery and government to present their insights and solutions for improving our nation’s health. This year’s speakers and panelists include U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Cleveland Clinic Chief Wellness Officer Michael Roizen, NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Clinton Health Matters CEO Ginny Ehrlich, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Policy Advisor Susan Dentzer, UBS Chief Investment Officer Alex Friedman, GE Healthcare IT and Performance Solutions President and CEO Jan DeWitte, Florida Blue Chairman and CEO Pat Geraghty, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, and U.S. Senator Mel Martinez.

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, Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Florida Research & Academic Center. These institutions, along with the 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 seven years alone. The 7,000-acre master planned community of Lake Nona is being developed by Tavistock Group, a private investment organization.

The 2013 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by the Lake Nona Institute and GE, along with sponsors: Johnson & Johnson, Florida Blue, Cisco, UCF College of Medicine, UBS, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Tavistock Foundation, UF Research Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours, Sharecare, Under Armour, Canyon Ranch, and Insurance Office of America.

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.