2023 OPENING KEYNOTE  •  9:05-9:25am

Derisking Rare Disease

Professor James LEVINE MD PhD

James Levine, PhD, MD,  President Fondation Ipsen

For the last 5 years Dr. Levine has been President of Fondation Ipsen, an international science foundation focused on Rare Disease Innovation. With a background in wearable technologies, data gathering and data analytics, and with more than 100 patents and trademarks, Levine has helped found 35 companies; the first when he was 18 years old. He was the Innovator of the Year in the state of Minnesota, the World Trade Fair and NASA. Under the Mayo Clinic NEAT Trademarks Levine’s team delivered scalable health solutions to 72 US corporations.

James’ work focuses on business opportunities in underserved countries. The UNESCO World Report on Science, which he sponsored in his current role, facilitated business development in underserved regions in the United States, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, Jamaica, Asia, Kenya and India. Levine also consulted with four US Presidents, the State Department and the US Army.

A physician and scientist, Levine has published more than 200 articles, six papers in Science and Nature plus articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA. He has written four books published in 19 languages in 37 countries.