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The Power, Promise, and Potential of Genomics and Social Networks

March 14, 2012

I sent the following announcement to ~9,500  Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on March 6, 2012:

The Power, Promise, and Potential of Genomics and Social Networks

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Felasfa Wodajo of iMedicalApps recently and the result was an article in his publication discussing my work with the Wireless Health group and Blueprint Health, the startup accelerator located in New York City. I’m one of many mentors there and delighted to be working with Needl, led by Rashaun Sourles.
Catalyzing the mHealth ecosystem, Paul Sonnier and the Wireless Health LinkedIn group

In keeping with trying to learn as much as possible about the eight digital technology trends converging with – and transforming – health, healthcare, and medicine (reference), this past week I was fortunate to attend the two-day “Future of Genomic Medicine V” conference, for which Dr. Eric Topol serves as course director. Needless to say, I learned a lot about what’s already possible with genomics and what the future holds for some/all of us. The full program and presenter bios, plus background material (200+ pages) is available here. (No event video was recorded, I’m afraid.)

I’m also looking forward to an upcoming episode of NOVA airing March 28 on PBS. The focus is genomics in medicine: “Cracking Your Genetic Code – We are on the brink of a new era of personalized, gene-based medicine. Are we ready for it?”

Question: What do you think about genomics? Would you have your genome sequenced? You can vote and share your response here. (The comments and questions from novices like me, as well comments by experts in the field of genomics are fascinating and informative.)

One last note regarding Social Networking, which is one of the super-convergence elements. I feel this is an area where the consumer health revolution can really be catalyzed. In this regard, I think it’s critical that we are all well-informed about what’s happening, since knowledge and a common desire to drive the change that is possible can indeed help to accelerate the creative destruction of medicine. As Eric Topol famously tweeted “Tunisia…Egypt….American medicine? In dire need of democratization.

With the objective of keeping abreast of new developments in digital health and informing others as to what’s happening, please tell your friends about the Wireless Health group and, if you’re on Twitter, please follow me and Dr. Topol: @Paul_Sonnier & @EricTopol

On a personal note, I am delighted to announce that I have taken on a new role as Head of Digital Health Strategy at Popper and Company, a specialty consulting and M&A advisory firm whose mission is to help clients across the life sciences spectrum. I’m incredibly fortunate to be working with an amazing group of knowledgeable and experienced professionals, led by Caroline Popper, MD. (Here’s the press release from March 13)

Lastly, I’ve been thinking about updating the logo for the Wireless Health group. If you’re a graphic designer (amateur or professional) and interested in creating one (in exchange for a mention in a group announcement) please send me a message via LinkedIn or an email at

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Founder, Wireless Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health
Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper & Company


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