Touting a developing therapy that “will give diabetics a chance at a normal life,” Oklahoma City biotechnology entrepreneur Mike Moradi is among 50 innovators showcasing their products and services in a new component to the annual TEDMED health and medicine conference Tuesday through Friday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Moradi, chief executive and co-founder of Sensulin LLC biopharmaceutical company, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be part of “The Hive,” a central area where innovators from startups, accelerators and government programs will display their creative thinking, in tandem with the conference program.
Coordinated by a Connecticut-based staff, the event is expected to draw some 2,000 multidisciplinary innovators and leaders — including Mayor Mick Cornett, a featured speaker at the conference.
Sensulin is the only Oklahoma-based company that will be participating in The Hive, conference spokeswoman Sallie Olmsted said
“The Hive is designed to foster connections between entrepreneurs in health care and technology and our attendees from larger medical and health industry organizations,” Olmsted said.
Cornett's speech is titled “When is a Lose-Lose a Win-Win?”
“TEDMED presented an opportunity to express positive comments about what Oklahoma City is doing to improve the health and wellness of its residents,” Cornett said. “From obesity awareness campaigns like ‘This City is Going on a Diet' to the types of infrastructure we're building — new parks, senior wellness centers, hike-and-bike trails, and all the developments in the Boathouse District — we're building a more walkable community that encourages a more active lifestyle.”
Telling OKC's story
“It's a story that we love to tell to a national audience,” Cornett said, noting the event offers an opportunity to highlight what the private sector is doing.
“Companies like Sensulin, with innovators like Mike Moradi, are doing amazing things in the biotech space. With the investment and research taking place in the health sciences sector in Oklahoma City, we are quietly becoming a world leader in health research and treatment,” Cornett said.
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Diabetes by the numbers
Worldwide, 350 million people have diabetes. The number is predicted to be 550 million by 2030.