The IMD business school Alumni Office recently held a successful event for its IMD Alumni Life Sciences Community.

This community follows in the footsteps of the IMD Alumni Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), which brings together startups and investors from the IMD network and beyond each month for its lively event series.

The Life Science Community provides a forum for the numerous IMD Alumni active in the healthcare field and brings together professionals from the “Life Sciences Triangle,” the highly concentrated cluster of high-tech medical companies located between Lausanne (the home of IMD), Geneva and Basel.

Many of the event’s presentations and conversations focused on how data and technology have become increasingly central to the healthcare industry.

“This event is a first step in building an Alumni Life Sciences community as part of a fast-evolving co-creation ecosystem structured around our three axis of engagement – Clubs, Program communities and Expert Communities. Our strategic platforms support our alumni to stay ahead of the curve through lifelong learning and building powerful business networks,” said Johan Govea, IMD Director of Alumni, who moderated the event.

Carlos Cordon, IMD professor of Strategy and Supply Chain Management, examined the massive potential of big data in healthcare, and how companies like Amazon are disrupting the healthcare market.

Emile Schokker, IMD MBA 2002 and Vice-President of IQVIA - The Human Data Science Company, talked about how the use of big data could greatly improve decision-making and outcomes in healthcare. He also discussed the many uses of data and how they could be improved in the future.

Manuel Heuer, IMD MBA 2002, COO of DACADOO, a health-tech company driving digital transformation in healthcare, and Richard Etter CEO of Klenico, a health-tech startup based in Zurich, demonstrated the innovative roles their companies are playing in transforming the healthcare sector.

The presentations were followed by an animated interactive panel discussion. The event included a healthy dose of networking, including a cocktail reception.

In addition to the expertise-focused communities such as entrepreneurship and life sciences, the IMD Alumni Office has facilitated the opening of geographically-focused clubs around the world as well as communities based around programs at IMD, such as the MBA, EMBA and many others.

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