Jill Biden
Jill Biden, Ph.D., kicked off the Connect to End Cancer panels by discussing the Biden Cancer Initiative.
Daniel Kraft
Daniel Kraft, M.D., faculty chair of medicine at Singularity University, was the Connect to End Cancer emcee.
Jimmy "Taboo" Gomez of the Black Eyed Peas was a keynote speaker who discussed his experience with testicular cancer.
Peter Pisters
Peter Pisters, M.D., president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, second from right, addressed the future of cancer care.
William Cohn
William Cohn, M.D., vice president of Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Co., speaks about space technology at the "How Astronauts Keep Us Healthy" panel.
Billy Cohn, M.D.
Fred Trotter
Fred Trotter, founder of CareSet Systems, moderated a panel on non-invasive heart solutions.
Erik Halvorsen
TMC Innovation Director Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., called out some digital health realities and myths at the HealthSpark 2018 event.
Sunrise Health
Shrenik Jain, founder of Sunrise Health and a member of the TMCx accelerator program, pitches his mental health application at HealthSpark.

Scenes from SXSW

Jill Biden

The Texas Medical Center was well represented at SXSW 2018, with representatives serving on panels, participating in pitch competitions, and more.

But the annual conference, which has become a major event for health care insiders, also draws speakers and celebrities from around the country.

At a Connect to End Cancer panel session, keynote speaker Jill Biden, Ph.D., wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, shared her experience as a mother, sister and friend of cancer patients. She also spoke about new Biden Cancer Initiative projects.

“Cancer took more than what we could ever imagine,” she said, referencing the loss to cancer of her stepson, Beau, and how that affected her family. “It broke our hearts and took our joy.”

Joe and Jill Biden launched the Biden Cancer Initiative in June 2017 to focus on bridging gaps in care, precision medicine and advancing the universe of knowledge.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, we need you,” Jill Biden said to the crowd. “If we are going to find answers, we have to do this together.”

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