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Robin  Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian

CEO & Co-founder at ArO, Author & Angel Investor


Robin Farmanfarmaian is a Silicon Valley based professional speaker and entrepreneur working in cutting edge tech poised to impact 100M people or more. Robin has been involved with over 20 early-stage biotech and healthcare startups, including working with small molecules found using AI for drug discovery to cure cancer (p53 & AhR pathways). Read More >

She has also worked on medical devices including inhaled insulin and sleep apnea, and co-founded a non-profit that worked with DARPA, the DoD, and the White House to help fund scientists and create a scientific roadmap to solve cryopreservation and tissue engineering for organ transplants. She is an advisor to multiple companies, including: Luxsonic Technologies, working on a portable and modular radiology reading room in VR; Alacrity Care, remote patient monitoring and data analytics for oncology; and ConceptVines, a VC fund and product engineering firm focused on disruptive tech.

With over 180 speaking engagements in 15 countries, she educates audiences on many aspects of technology intersecting healthcare, including artificial intelligence, longevity, and the shift in healthcare delivery to the patient’s home.

She has written 4 books, including The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer (2015) and How AI Can Democratize Healthcare: The Rise in Digital Care (2022) written with Michael Ferro, an entrepreneur with many technology patents and multiple large exits, including the 2015 sale of Merge Healthcare to IBM for $1B. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Shift in Healthcare Delivery

TEDxAcademy: Be The CEO of Your Health

Technology is Hope

Changing the Patient Experience

Speech Topics

Large Language Models in Healthcare

Large Language Models such as GPT have a significant potential to revolutionize healthcare. GPT-3, ChatGPT, and GPT-4 are autoregressive language models that use deep learning to generate human-like text in response to a query. Unlike traditional search engines, GPT can generate its own ideas, making it a powerful tool in healthcare. Read More >

The applications of LLMs in healthcare are vast and include transcribing clinical notes, creating patient summaries, managing administrative paperwork, billing, interacting with insurance, triaging patients using symptom checkers, and medication management and education.

Several startups, such as Nabla and Be My Eyes, have already integrated GPT into their software. Nabla, a paying customer of OpenAI since 2020, has launched the Nabla Copilot, which automatically transcribes and translates conversations during clinic visits, creates clinical notes and patient summaries, generates prescriptions, and can even interact with patients for follow-up appointments, all without human intervention.

Be My Eyes is a 7 year old startup that has already added GPT-4 to their software. Be My Eyes helps people with low-vision by using volunteers who can video chat with a patient to help them navigate their surroundings. For example, if someone with low-vision wants to know what's in the fridge, a volunteer can tell them over video. Now with GPT-4, the software uses contextual understanding to offer relevant assistance. When the individual opens the fridge, GPT-4 will identify everything in the fridge, read out expiration dates, and even suggest recipes using those specific ingredients - all in seconds.

The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformation with advancements in Vocal Biomarkers, Remote Patient Monitoring, Digital Therapeutics, Voice Recognition, Clinical Decision Support Tools, Virtual Reality, and Predictive Care are transforming the healthcare paradigm from occasional clinic visits to continuous, 24/7 care in daily life. The convergence of these data streams gives rise to Ambient Healthcare Computing: the ever-present healthcare assistant that monitors, analyzes, and provides the right interventions to the right person at the right time. This paradigm shift towards ambient computing promises to revolutionize healthcare, transforming it from a reactive, sick-care model to a proactive, continuous-care model. Read Less ^

Exponential Technology & the 6 D’s of Exponential Technology

What is the difference between Exponential and Linear with respect to technology? Robin Farmanfarmaian explains what these terms actually mean, including the 6 D’s of Exponential Technology (digitization, disruption, deception, dematerialization, demonetization, democratization), and ties them to real world example companies.

The Formula to Build Thought Leadership: How Executives Can Build Their Expertise Profile & Brand

The way corporations reach and interact with their customer base is shifting. The world of social media and Thought-Leadership provides a way to help drive your image and marketing messages in a way that works in today’s climate. Most CEOs now have a media profile, but how do you build one as an Executive or Entrepreneur? This talk breaks down Thought-Leadership into a formula, and provides a structure and understanding of the different tools one can use to build a media profile and personal brand related to your individual business and career goals.

Thought Leader Formula Interactive Workshop

Learn how to build a personal brand to help drive both business goals and career goals. This workshop will take the participants through a step by step process on identifying and understanding their own and their company's revenue streams, target market, and how their personal brand ties in with those goals. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a personal brainstorm on the basics of their own potential thought leadership platform or personal brand, how that relates to their business goals, and what steps to take after the workshop.

Self-Care & Wellness: 4 Pillars

Explore Robin’s 4 Pillars of Health: Mindset; Behavioral; Medicine & Diagnostics; and Healthcare Professionals. These are applicable whether you are an Olympic athlete, young, old, in optimal health, or a chronic disease patient. Robin dives into how following this roadmap of pillars, even as a chronic disease patient, allows her to live a fuller and more active life than someone who is in top health. Learn how this same mind shift and focus on these 4 Pillars can propel anyone to live the absolute best life possible.

How Current Healthcare Businesses Can Keep Up with the Amazons & Apples

This talk covers the technology shift in healthcare attracting the large corporations working in technology, computing, retail and the finance industries. With consumer facing companies, Apple & Amazon, both worth over $1T, they now have the power to change consumer behavior almost instantly. Include other giants with the power to shift consumers and businesses alike - Microsoft, Salesforce, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Samsung, JPM, IBM, Alphabet (Google) and many more, it is only a matter of time before your business is impacted. These companies have made their intentions clear: the world of healthcare needs disrupting, and they are the ones to do it. Read More >

Learn where some of the shifts are happening in healthcare delivery, patient experience, and healthcare consumer spending power and trends. These shifts provide opportunities for new revenue streams and services to offer your patients and customers. Get clear action items and ideas to thrive in this new world. Read Less ^

Patient Empowerment & The Future of Medicine

The $3.5T Healthcare industry is integrating advancing technologies, changing everything from diagnostics to the patient experience. Robin's expertise showcases how the convergence of accelerating technology will enable the healthcare consumer to be the key decision maker and ultimately the one responsible on the healthcare team. Read More >

Technologies covered can include sensors, point-of-care diagnostics, 3D printing, tissue engineering, data, networks, cloud, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, drones and robotics. These technologies are intersecting healthcare at an increasing rate, all fundamentally changing healthcare and allowing the patient to be in control of their own health. Read Less ^

Organs on Demand: Tissue Engineering, Cryopreservation & Drones

The number 1 killer in the United States is organ failure. If problems like heart disease were treated with an organ transplant, it could save and improve millions of lives. Read More >

There have been a number of scientific breakthroughs in the past few years that will make an impact in organ transplants.  From the country's first drone delivered kidney that led to a successful transplant, to strides in preserving organs, we're already seeing a difference in organ transplants.

Tissue engineering is already being used for skin transplants. A heart the size of a cherry was successfully 3D printed in Israel. Liver and kidney assays have been grown in the lab for clinical trial drug testing and precision medicine - growing a patient's tumor in the lab to choose an oncology treatment.

When science has perfected and scaled tissue engineering and organ preservation, instead of repairing aging and diseased organs, the organ could be replaced with new one grown from the patient's own stem cells. Read Less ^