Innovation and Aging in Louisville

By Marc Rothman, MD

This October, the River City is pleased to host the 2 nd  Louisville Innovation Summit ( ), which will bring together an unparalleled group of innovators, entrepreneurs and executives committed to lifelong wellness and aging. Aneesh Chopra, the United States' first Chief Technology Officer, is giving the keynote address, and Kindred is one of the founding partners along with Humana, Trilogy, ResCare, Signature HealthCARE and Delta Dental of Kentucky. 

The mission of the Louisville Innovation Summit is to provide insight, share expertise and explore new avenues of quality aging care.  Because Louisville is a world leader in lifelong wellness and aging care, with over $48 billion in revenue and the nation's largest collection of aging care companies, it provides a perfect venue to host this important meeting of the minds. Many of the most creative thinkers of our day will meet at the Summit to share their innovations and re-imagine the quality and economics of long term wellness. 

As an assistant to President Obama, Aneesh Chopra designed the National Wireless Initiative, which aims to make high-speed wireless services accessible to nearly all Americans, helped launch Startup America, which supports entrepreneurship, and executed an "open innovation" strategy focused on better public-private collaboration as described in his 2014 book,  Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government

The Summit will take place at two sites - the Kentucky Center and the Louisville Downtown Marriott - and will include distinguished speakers, panel discussions, and a "Shark Tank" style innovation competition. 

Confirmed featured speakers include:

  • Chris Kay, Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Humana
  • Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • Mary Furlong, CEO and Founder, MFA; Producer, Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit
  • Paul Bennett, Chief Creative Officer, IDEO

AND, I'm hosting a panel on how research performed on the space station is giving us insights into the mechanisms of aging and helping in drug development for various diseases.  (How cool is that?)

The Louisville Innovation Summit's founding partners are joining forces with Louisville-based partners InnovateLTC, Greater Louisville Inc., Health Enterprises Network, the Louisville Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the Office of the Mayor Greg Fischer to present the two-day event.  Hope to see you there!