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Robin  Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian

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


Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, working on companies in cutting edge tech poised to impact 100M people or more. She has been involved with over 20 early-stage startups working on cutting edge technology in healthcare; biotech, pharma, med device, and digital health. Of those, she co-founded 5, including the Organ Preservation Alliance, where she worked with the White House and DoD to fund scientists in cryopreservation and tissue engineering for organ transplants.    Read More >

Currently Robin is the co-founder of Face Touch Aware, an Apple Watch App to help break the habit of touching your face (covid-related). In addition, she is an Advisor to MindMaze, a BCI and VR neuro company for 9 neuro indications, including FDA and CE Mark cleared VR for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. She is also an advisor Alacrity Care, remote patient monitoring and data analytics for oncology. Some investments include Invicta Medical, a medical technology company for sleep apnea; Rational Vaccines; and Aerami Therapeutics, inhaled insulin with a smart, connected device.

As a speaker, Robin has had over 160 speaking engagements in 15 countries and is the author of 3 books; The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer (2015); The Thought Leader Formula: Strategically Leverage Your Expertise to Drive Business & Career Goals (2019); Facilitating Virtual Events: Driving Participant Engagement & Interaction (2020). 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

The Shift in Healthcare Delivery: It's More Than Just Telemedicine

There is a massive shift happening in healthcare delivery right now - where the patient receives their care. This shift in healthcare to the patient's home or retail pharmacy will become the norm over the next 5 years. It's not any one healthcare stakeholder, the entire healthcare industry is making this shift. Read More >

Learn about the different factors converging and shifting doctor and nurse visits from the clinics to the patient's home, way beyond basic telemedicine: Read Less ^

  • Remote Patient Monitoring, clinical-grade consumer facing devices and sensors
  • In-home clinical services: IV medication, Urgent Care, dialysis, clinical trials, vaccines, primary care
  • Payers and Retail Pharmacies: Major private payers, CMS, Employers, CVS, Walmart
  • FDA cleared Artificial Intelligence, AI Voice Technology, Amazon Alexa, Vocal Biomarkers
  • Digital Therapeutics, Virtual Reality

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 ^