Future of BioTech, Genetics, Stem Cells, MedTech and Digital Health - Keynote Speaker

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Dr Patrick Dixon is a one of the world's best-known Futurists, a cancer physician by first training, prominent author of 16 books, and a world-class BioTech keynote speaker. Dr Dixon has worked with many of the world's largest BioTech, MedTech, health and pharma companies, on strategy, and new product development. He has also Chaired a Biotech company in Phase I and IIa clinical trials. Here are many Futurist keynotes / articles / videos on topics such as MedTech, Biotech, Infotech, stem cell therapies, immunotherapy and so on.

Dr Dixon's clients include Genentech, GSK, Roche, Novartis, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Gillette, Johnson and Johnson, Sanofi, Bayer, Merck, Novo Nordisk, 3M, Avon, L'Oreal, Siemens Medical, Phillips Diagnostics, Hoffmann LaRoche, TEVA Pharma, Reckitt Benckiser, Falck, BUPA, Astellas Pharma, Ottobock, Coloplast, Henry Schein, NHS, Smith and Nephew, Leica Microsystems, Optegra. Dr Dixon has also Chaired a Biotech company in Phase I and IIa clinical trials. Patrick Dixon has given Futurist keynotes on BioTech, MedTech, health and pharma related issues at events in North America, Central America, Latin America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Baltic States, Scandinavia, Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia and Asia Pacific.

 

How to slow down or reverse ageing - and future life expectancy. Impact on health care, demographics, life insurance and pensions - health care keynote speaker

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Future generations will treat ageing as a disease. The life of every reader of this web page has increased by an average of 15 minutes in the last hour – the pattern in many nations of the world over the last two decades, in people with reasonable education and wealth. 

Take London, for example, where average life expectancy increased by a year between 2004–10, both for those at birth, and for those aged 65.  We have seen similar things in Japan and Germany. In many emerging nations, life expectancy is improving even faster. But what about the next 50‒100 years? 

Expect Ageing Immortalists to grow in number: wealthy people obsessed with living forever. These are people who dream of being able to improve their own life expectancy by more than a year, with every year that passes.
Scientists have already produced mice that live to the human equivalent of 160 years and earthworms that live to the equivalent of 500 years. The gene activated in long-living worms is the same one often found in people who live until at least 100. Scientists at Harvard Medical School reversed the ageing process in mice by increasing levels of NAD protein. This protein restores communication between DNA in the nucleus of a cell and the DNA in the mitochondria.

Here is the truth about life expectancy, and why there has been collusion by governments and corporations to underplay the situation. Every time you add a year to the expected life of an individual, you add over 3% to their pension deficit. So adding 5 years to projections can wipe out the entire reserves of many large corporations, or make government liabilities soar.

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Future of Genetics Research and impact on Pharma / Biotech - genetic engineering, genetic prophecy, customised medicine, personalised treatments, redesigning life - Biotech Keynote Speaker

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

We have entered the Age of the Gene, as I predicted in The Genetic Revolution (1993). Humankind now has the power to redesign the very basis of life itself, and to create a new super-race of people with enhanced DNA. It is impossible to overstate the long term significance of this, which is the basis of transhumanism.

Ability to read your genetic code (genome): It took $3bn and 15 years of work to decode a single genome, a cost which has already fallen to around $1000.  By 2025, it is likely that doctors will be able to read an individual’s genetic code in less than 2 hours for less than $500, enabling us to predict our medical future with far greater accuracy – comparing patterns of genomes, medical records and lifestyle data.

Expect gene readers on devices as small as today’s USB sticks by 2040, taking 30 minutes to decode each strip of genetic code. Gene screening will be free for many people within 20 years, paid for by pharmacies for loyal customers, or by companies wanting to protect employee health, or by insurance companies and governments

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How Innovation will transform next 50 years: Infotech, MedTech, BioTech, Nanotech, FinTech, Green Tech. Keynote for Saudi Arabia government - VIDEO

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Keynote on future of science for Saudi Arabia festival of science and creativity.  Keynote starts at 4 minutes (use slider on video).

PharmaTech, GeneTech, MedTech, BioTech, NanoTech, InfoTech - fuse all these together and the result will be an astonishing jump in health care innovation.  Just the Genome Project alone has the power to completely transform medical diagnosis and treatment over the next 30 years.  In the year 2000 it cost over $850m to read one person's entire genome.  Today the same task costs only $2000, and we can expect this to fall to only $10 by 2035.

As a result we will soon be able to compare the genetic code of millions of people, to their own medical records, to identify gene sequences that are associated with disease.  We will be able to predict the future of your health, and plan early drug therapies to keep you well.

We will also learn rapidly about genes which stop ageing in animals - some of whom live for over 450 years (some species of clams). Scientists are learning from animals like some types of Rockfish that show now signed of normal ageing processes.  They die of infections and other problems, but their patterns of disease do not change with age.  Very different from humans, where we can predict risks of many illnesses just by knowing how old they are.

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Future of Health Care and Biotech / Future of Ageing, human cloning, stem cells, oncolytic viruses, - video 3 by Patrick Dixon for Leica Microsystems

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Here is the third video in the series by Patrick Dixon on the future of health care - produced for Leica Microsystems. 

Themes: biotech, stem cells and a wide range of gene-based tools to transform human health and well being, even slowing down or stopping the ageing process itself. 

Need a world-class health care speaker for your event? Phone or e-mail Patrick Dixon now.

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Truth about Future MedTech, health care and Big Data - key trends - interview with Futurist keynote speaker and physician Dr Patrick Dixon

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

What did you learn as an inventor/innovator making a ground-breaking medical device in the early 1980s? It was an amazing time – as the world’s first desktop computers hit the markets in 1978.  I started a company called Medicom Ltd, which developed a suite of programmes to interview patients, help make a diagnosis, record health statistics, do accounts for General Practice doctors, connect to hospital lab equipment and so on. I learned that the most important thing about all medtech is to keep things simple and reliable: doctors, nurses and other health care workers are busy and need devices that work....

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Oncolytic Viruses - New Cure for Cancer? Facts about Oncolytic Viruses - how they target cancer cells without killing healthy tissue - health innovation

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Video and article explaining about oncolytic viruses for a non-technical audience. We could be about to see the most dramatic advance in cancer treatment for 30 years.  A new form of treatment that is relatively easy to make, has virtually no side effects, with potential to treat a wide variety of cancers, when used in combination with more traditional treatments. That is the implication of early studies in laboratories and in humans, if all goes well in the next stages. Viruses are a common cause of cancer.  So what about creating a new virus to cure cancer?  Many natural viruses are known to be “oncolytic”. They destroy cancer cells but they damage normal, healthy tissue as well. Scientists have taken a variety of human viruses which normally cause illness, and altered their genes so that they are able to enter human cells, but cannot activate – except in cancer cells. 

Read more: Oncolytic Viruses - New Cure for Cancer? Facts about Oncolytic Viruses - how they target cancer cells without killing healthy tissue - health innovation

   

Oncolytic viruses to Treat Cancer. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Over 50 years ago, scientists noticed that people with some viral infections were sometimes cured of cancer in surprising ways.  They discovered that the viruses were able to kill cancer cells. These were called oncolytic viruses – onco means cancer, lytic means that cells burst open and die. All these oncolytic viruses made people ill, so scientists tried to make new types of virus that would be less harmful to normal cells. Then they made an extraordinary discovery:  almost all cancer cells in solid tumours work in similar ways.  They grow in an uncontrolled manner and lack all kinds of normal functions.  What if we could make a damaged virus, with useless genetic code, where the code only works if activated inside a cancer cell? Today there are many different types of oncolytic viruses that have been altered from natural viruses in the laboratory, so that they kill cancer cells, while not damaging (many) normal cells.

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Future of MedTech - how medical technology will transform human life and health care. MedTech keynote speaker for APAX Partners - MedTech investment fund

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

12 ways that medical technology will transform human existence. Major innovations will come from multidisciplinary teams – world class mathematicians working with Nobel Prize – winning physiologists, nanotech engineers working with surgeons, radiologists working with pharmacists – all collaborating in a focused effort to transform lives of particular groups of patients.

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Micro-dose chemo for cancer using oncolytic viruses. Cancer therapy - future healthcare

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses can target radiotherapy - micro-dose radiation to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics.

Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013....

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Micro-dose radiation using oncolytic viruses. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells, and teach surviving cells to absorb small but lethal doses of radiation

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses can target radiotherapy - micro-dose radiation to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics. Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013.... Need a world-class biotech keynote speaker? Phone Patrick Dixon now or emailRead FREE SAMPLE of The Future of Almost Everything - his latest book.

Read more: Micro-dose radiation using oncolytic viruses. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells, and teach surviving cells to absorb small but lethal doses of radiation

   

Oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells: oncolytic virus research. Future health care, chemo, oncology

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses work to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics.

Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013. Problems with traditional chemotherapy --...

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Genetic Engineering: What is Genetic Engineering?

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Genetic Engineering: What is it, how does it work, what are the limitations? Read more on the powerful, life saving and deadly potential of genetic engineering.  Watch video on Genetic Engineering.

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The Island of Bolay - Chapter 1 - novel about germ warfare, terrorist threat

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Chapter 1 of Island of Bolay - thriller by Patrick Dixon. Published originally by Harper Collins, sold in Airports and bookshops, now available on Kindle.  Germ warfare agents have fallen into terrorist hands. An air ambulance doctor is soon running for his life, after discovering the deadly truth...

Side room E4 on Elizabeth Ward was barely four metres square and packed with people in masks, gloves and green gowns: a full surgical team of Consultant, registrar and two junior doctors. The medical registrar, head of microbiology and ward sister also stood by.

Professor Richard Robbins pulled down his mask, stripped off his gloves, dropped them carefully into the yellow plastic-lined bin for biohazard waste. He removed his bifocals. No one else moved.

“Worst I've ever seen. Usually one every two or three years at the most. But four cases of necrotizing fasciitis in two weeks. What do you think Gerald?”

The microbiologist piped up from the back in faltering, hesitant speech.

“I, er, well, it is unusual to get a cluster like this - every ten or twenty years. Perhaps there is a hidden vector.”

“A carrier?  But can anyone survive such a virulent strain without it being obvious they are infected?”

“Possibly. As you know we carry strep in our throats. It lives there without a problem until the delicate balance of protection and growth is disturbed. Only then does it invade.”

“And you swabbed the throats of every person in the hospital after the last case?” asked the Professor.

“ Yes sir. No sign.”

“Do it again.”

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The Island of Bolay - Chapter 2 - novel about germ warfare, terrorist threat

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Chapter 2 of Island of Bolay - thriller by Patrick Dixon. Published originally by Harper Collins, sold in Airports and bookshops, now available on Kindle.  Germ warfare agents have fallen into terrorist hands. An air ambulance doctor is soon running for his life, after discovering the deadly truth...

The 10.45        Zakintos, Greece

As John Bradley hung up,  thirty year old Dr David Miller strode into the tiny office of Zakintos Island hospital, slammed the door, stuffed the stethoscope in his pocket, flung his powerful six foot frame in the chair. He threw his broad feet on the walnut desk facing the wall and pulled a cigarette.  He was sweating in the afternoon heat, angry, brown hair all over the place, dark brown-green intensely alert eyes. He tore at collar and tie and pulled out his phone.

Mark Taylor, nineteen years old yesterday, was lying in a room chock full of old men, surrounded by crowds of women in black and numbers of children. Just one nurse for the whole corridor and she spoke no English. Julia Cousins, the flight-nurse, was cleaning Mark up - it was a hellish place to be sick. Families had to do their own nursing, best as they could.

Miller tried to dial Hugh, the pilot of Air Ambulance but the phone was engaged.

The white plaster wall by his right hand showed the red flecks of dead mosquitoes.  A beautifully carved wooden icon of Christ hung from a nail by the shuttered window.  Amanda would have liked it. The room reeked of disinfectant and pipe tobacco.

Miller meddled with the unlit cigarette, broke it twice and threw it in the bin.  He threw the other six away with the empty packet. A baby cried in the corridor.  For the third time that week he vowed he would never have another smoke. He watched as his shoes shed films of dust on newspapers which lay on the desk.  He glanced at the headlines. Troops guarding the Golden Dome of Jerusalem. Ten Muslims dead at the entrance, shot by Israeli soldiers. Yet another flare-up in a bloody month which had seen more deaths in Israel than in the previous five years.  Syria and Iran piling on the pressure again.

This was routine air ambulance. Not so big a challenge after three years as an army medic. Should have been killed outright. The boy had skidded off a scooter on gravel. No helmet. No shoes. Shorts and a shirt. Just like sixteen others in the last four months. Scooters should be banned.

Coming too fast round a hairpin,  he’d swerved against a wall, bounced into the road, slid along his bare side, ended in a ditch. Several broken vertebrae, massive grazes, skin missing down right leg and arm, possible skull fracture, three broken ribs on right chest wall. Lucky to be alive.  It was immoral of these bike companies not to warn people.  They should make them take helmets as condition for insurance if nothing else.

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The Island of Bolay - Chapter 3 - novel about germ warfare, terrorist threat

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - BioTech, MedTech, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Chapter 3 of Island of Bolay - thriller by Patrick Dixon. Published originally by Harper Collins, sold in Airports and bookshops, now available on Kindle.  Germ warfare agents have fallen into terrorist hands. An air ambulance doctor is soon running for his life, after discovering the deadly truth...

Julia Cousins had spent the last fifteen minutes fixing up a drip and preparing to transfer Mark onto a stretcher, the most hazardous manoeuvre of the whole journey.
She put her hand on his curly hair: “Mark, we're just going to slip this special frame under you, half from each side, and bolt it together above your head and your feet, to scoop you up from the bed.”
She looked at him and turned to Miller. “How much pethidine did you give him?  He's very sleepy.”
“Almost unconscious. Let's get going.”

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