PerkinElmer Hosts "Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit" Series

PerkinElmer Hosts "Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit" Series

June 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

Waltham, Mass. – June 5, 2012 – PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced that the Company is hosting the Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit.  With the first 2012 event beginning on June 7th, PerkinElmer has assembled thought leader forums across several disciplines in human health, to catalyze and promote innovation directed towards preventing and eradicating critical diseases.  The events will be held in Boston, London (UK), China, Japan and other regions, with nearly 700 registered attendees for the June 7th – 8th Boston summit event.

The Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit is a platform for researchers, physicians, caregivers and investors to network and share best practices in science and business, and participate in cutting-edge discussions to help advance disease research. The meeting programs feature world-renowned experts in their areas of interest, presenting key insights on finding, understanding, and acting upon the causes and effects of disease.  There will be a special focus this year on epigenetics and the prevention of disease, as well as early detection and treatment.

"The Summit is a unique forum to foster collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas in an effort to advance human health through disruptive technologies. The events feature recognized scientific leaders who will share their perspectives and strategies for revolutionizing innovation to eradicate disease. Speakers will discuss how to enable better approaches for disease prevention, diagnosis and screening regimens, creating safer and more effective personalized therapeutics, and promoting affordable and quality healthcare access worldwide," said Kevin Hrusovsky, President, Life Sciences & Technology, PerkinElmer. “We will have scientists, doctors, caregivers, government representatives and patients assembled together to kick off this global campaign to improve health through preventative practices as well as early detection and next generation treatments.”

Notable speakers and keynotes of the Summit include:

  • Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick – Thursday, June 7th, 1 pm – Governor Patrick has been a strong supporter of the life science industry that is dedicated to advancing global health initiatives and to creating new jobs in Massachusetts. In 2008, Governor Patrick signed a 10-year $1 billion life sciences initiative to keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the life sciences industry. 

    Regarding the Summit, Governor Patrick noted, “I congratulate PerkinElmer on the launch of its Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit as an opportunity to bring together leaders from government, the private sector and academia to advance innovation in health care. Massachusetts is a natural leader in the life sciences thanks to our support of the industry through investments in education, innovation and infrastructure. 

  • Dr. Marisa Weiss, MD – Founder, president and guiding force of, the world's most utilized online resource for medical and personal expert information on breast health and breast cancer. A breast cancer oncologist with more than 20 years of active practice in the Philadelphia region, and who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago, Dr. Weiss is a visionary advocate dedicated to informing and empowering individuals to protect their health and overcome the challenges of breast cancer. Dr. Weiss is frequently called on by both print and broadcast media and has been a repeat guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY, CNN’s medical features, and The Dr. Oz Show. – Friday, June 8th, 12:30 pm

    Dr. Weiss said, “It is a pleasure and privilege to be a part of PerkinElmer’s Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit. The ability to share perspectives and data ranging from the clinical, informatics, academic and commercial fields is an invaluable aid in combating prevalent diseases. The Summit Series will afford many opportunities for meaningful and high-impact scientific exchanges.”

  • Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Applied Genomics Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be delivering a keynote address on “Genomically-Supported Drug and Diagnostic Development Out of Academia” – Friday, June 8th, 9 am

  • Dr. James P. Basilion, PhD, Associate Professor, Case Western University, and Director, NFCR Center for Molecular Imaging, will be speaking on “The Cutting Edge” of cancer imaging developments – Thursday, June 7th, 11:45 am

  • Kevin Hrusovsky, PerkinElmer, will be providing a keynote address on “Our Crusade to Revolutionize and Personalize Global Health” – Thursday, June 7th, 1 pm

The first Revolutionaries for Global Health Summit event for 2012 will be held on June 7th and 8th in Newton, Mass.  The next event will take place in London on June 12th and in other parts of the world in August, October and November. Over the course of six events, participants will explore the most pressing and potentially transformational areas of research including biotherapeutics, next generation sequencing, imaging (cellular, tissue and animal), informatics, molecular diagnostics and screening, biomarkers, and targeted small molecule drug discovery. The Summit builds upon several years of successful and highly-attended customer-based events on revolutionary technologies in health, originated by the former Caliper Life Sciences, Inc., acquired by PerkinElmer in late 2011.

About PerkinElmer, Inc.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $1.9 billion in 2011, has about 7,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at

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