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WPP Health & Wellness co-hosts LIGHT forum

19 April, 2017


Focused on the Impact and Opportunities Driven by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Two-day forum convenes global health and technology luminaries to delve into the impact and implications of AI and machine learning on health outcomes and business models

NEW YORK, NY — WPP Health & Wellness today announced that the network will co-host the first ever LIGHT (Leaders in Global Healthcare and Technology; forum – a dramatically different healthcare assembly focused on the transformation of healthcare business models through the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Hosted in partnership with WPP company, Richard Attias & Associates, and ROAM Analytics, LIGHT will convene executive leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem, including medical technology, finance, research, and policy-making, to explore the challenges and opportunities that AI and ML present. Taking place at Stanford University, May 10 – 11, the exclusive 2-day event, will connect and engage visionary business leaders in forward-looking dialogue around the innovations that are rapidly shaping the future of healthcare. Visit to request an invitation.

The LIGHT forum will feature exclusive panel, and one-on-one conversations with renowned leaders and experts including Shiva Kumar (Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Watson Health at IBM), Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Chairman Emeritus, Nestlé S.A.), Peter Ohnemus, (Founder and CEO, Dacadoo), John Thornhill (Innovation Editor, Financial Times).

Topics that will be explored include:
  • The future of healthcare in an outcomes-based world
  • How machine learning transforms other industries
  • Understanding the global context
  • Real world evidence and value-based pricing
  • Where will we be in the next five years?
Mike Hudnall, CEO of WPP Health & Wellness said: “If the healthcare community is to harness the power of AI to accelerate better health outcomes and build a sustainable future for all stakeholders, the first step is understanding the context, impact, implications, and opportunities it presents. As AI evolves to power and connect hundreds of devices, automobiles, voice-activated assistants, and more, it’s becoming an increasingly important tool that leaders cannot afford to overlook.”

For more information about the LIGHT Forum, or to request an invitation, please visit:

About WPP Health & Wellness

WPP Health & Wellness is a leading health marketing communications company, recognized for accelerating better health outcomes. As the central lead for all of WPP’s (NASDAQ: WPPGY, work in health and wellness, we exist to mobilize and focus WPP’s vast capabilities including advertising, media investment management, data & insights, technology, healthcare specialty services, digital and CRM, marketing innovation, public relations/public affairs, and other specialized areas, for the benefit of our clients. For more information, visit

About Richard Attias & Associates
Richard Attias & Associates (RA&A) is a global communications consulting firm. It delivers strategic advice and innovative solutions to help clients enhance their image and reputation and achieve their economic and social goals. Best known for creating game-changing ‘live’ platforms and engaging highprofile corporate, political and civic leaders on its clients’ behalf, RA&A is one of the only consulting firms in the world with proven experience in branding nations. The firm has offices in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. It is a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s largest communications services group. Learn more about RA&A at

About ROAM Analytics
From the heart of Silicon Valley, Roam Analytics is pioneering the application of self-learning algorithms and the Roam Health Knowledge Graph to the ocean of public and private healthcare data, with the goal of delivering the right drugs to the right patients at an affordable price. Visit for more information.

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