Inaugural Illumina Genomics Forum Hosts Former U.S. President Barack Obama

July 21, 2022

By Bio-IT World Staff 

July 21, 2022 | Illumina announced the inaugural Illumina Genomics Forum, a premier global event championing the positive impact of genomic health. From Wednesday, September 28, through Saturday, October 1, genomics, healthcare, and health policy community members will convene in San Diego, California, to discuss the influence of genomic tech on predictive care, diagnoses, and therapeutics. A curated digital experience will be available for free on Tuesday, October 4. 

The main stage spotlight centers on former President of the United States Barack Obama, who will participate in a fireside chat and moderated Q&A on Wednesday evening. As the keynote speaker, he will focus on the critical changes needed to improve human healthcare. Though the Affordable Care Act passed just over twelve years ago, tremendous work is still required to ensure every American has access to inclusive, accessible, and innovative healthcare.  

"We are delighted to host President Obama. Few presidents have fought for equitable, accessible, and affordable healthcare as persistently and passionately as Barack Obama," said Kathryne Reeves, Illumina Chief Marketing Officer, in a press release. "The era of genomics is now, and I cannot think of a more appropriate and timely keynote speaker for the inaugural Illumina Genomics Forum, as we continue advocating for expanded access to the life-saving potential of genomics." 

The Forum plans to highlight genomic technological advances, discuss redefining the standard of care, and strategize on propelling genomics to the forefront of medicine. This year’s themes include improving diagnoses, treatments, and whole genome sequencing techniques in cancer, genetics, and infectious diseases. The event will also showcase how the field of genomics is well-positioned to reduce healthcare costs and enhance provider satisfaction.