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CITRIS Research Exchange: Steven Johnston on Health Care Technology

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Talk Title: “Bioconvergence: Transforming How Humans Live and Age”

Speaker: Steven Johnston, Vice President and Head of Technology Transformation and Enablement, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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Abstract: Our lives today are filled with technologies that our grandparents, our parents and possibly even many of us could not have imagined growing up. Today, seamless communication on the go is taken for granted, and autonomous transportation is on the immediate horizon. The next revolution that will truly transform how humans live and age is the convergence of health care and electronics. The merging of these technology areas, which previously interacted just on the periphery, offers incredible opportunities for much more personalized medicine, faster and more effective novel drug discovery, novel disease treatments to not just prolong lifetimes but also the quality of life, and even new computing paradigms. The bioconvergence revolution is just starting, but will fundamentally improve all of our lives!

Steven Johnston.Speaker Bio: Steven Johnston holds dual roles at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and EMD Electronics as vice president and head of technology transformation and enablement in the Electronics business unit and vice president and head of technology scouting and ecosystem enablement in the Corporate Science and Technology organization. Previously, Johnston was at Intel Corp. for 21 years, where he served as senior director of supplier technology and industry development. Johnston is a member of SEMI’s board of industry leaders and CTO committee, the CTO committee of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), and IMEC’s executive advisory council. He chairs the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium and is an industry advisory board member of the Electron Devices Technology and Manufacturing conference. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, holds 17 patents and has authored more than 60 publications and presentations.

About the Series: CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry and civic leaders. Free and open to the public, these seminars feature leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Presentations take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. PT. Have an idea for a great talk? Please feel free to suggest potential speakers for our series.

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