Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our distinguished Keynote Speakers.

John Knickerbocker

From Health Data to Insights and Care that Improve Patients' Lives

Dr. John U. Knickerbocker, IBM Corporation
Manager: Micro Systems Technology & Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry

Dr. Knickerbocker is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of IBM Academy. He is the executive manager of Micro-Systems Technology and Solutions Team within the Healthcare and Life Sciences organization at IBM Research. His current focus is on precision diagnostics and sensing devices for quality of life improvement. He received his PhD degree in 1982 from the University of Illinois studying Materials Science & Engineering. Dr. Knickerbocker has authored or co-authored over 300 patents / patent applications and more than 85 technical papers, presentations and publications.






Charles (Chip) Steiner

Designing for the Future of Healthcare

Charles (Chip) Steiner, Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Director of Technology Development

Opportunities for healthcare innovation are everywhere – in operating rooms, clinics, insurance companies - even your living room. Despite unending clinical needs and an abundance of technology available, only a fraction of these innovations ultimately impact patient care. What are the barriers that prevent good technology from reaching the market, and how do the clinical and technical domains view these challenges? The answers aren't simple, however there are trends that can help us shepherd the most promising medical device technologies onto the market and into the hands of those who can improve and enrich the lives of patients everywhere. Charles will present lessons learned from a front row seat of the intersection of technology and patient care.

Charles Steiner has over 25 years of experience in medical technology development. Prior to joining CCI, Charles was a product development engineer for the Center for Neurological Restoration and a business and technology developer for the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. His contributions have been in the field of surgical navigation for cranial and spinal indications, neuromodulation for movement and cognitive indications as well as neuromodulation for headache and autonomic indications. Charles received his BS in chemistry and computer science from Case Western Reserve University.