VITALS 2021 – Rise and Recover: Thriving in a New Healthcare Reality


Friday, February 19, 2021
9:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Conference
Hear from industry expert speakers and panelists about today’s biggest topics in healthcare, from empowering patients through digital health to biopharma commercial resilience and outlook.


About VITALS Conference


VITALS is the premier university-led event in the Southern California region for students, professionals, and academics focused on the healthcare industry. The conference offers ample opportunity for healthcare leaders throughout the UCLA community to collaborate with industry leaders and form lasting relationships.The day-long event will feature three keynote speakers and multiple interactive panel discussions exploring the most relevant aspects of healthcare today and in the future. We expect the 7th Annual Healthcare Conference to attract over 300 attendees.


2021 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Moderna Inc.

Dr. Amar A. Desai, M.D., MPH

President and CEO
Optum California

John E Kao (’87)

CEO and President
Alignment Healthcare


2021 Schedule

Time Event 1 Event 2
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna, Inc.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Bruin Tank Panel: Biopharma Future Outlook and Strategies
11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Amar A. Desai, Optum California
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Panel: The Evolving Role of Telemedicine Panel: Digital Health & The Empowered Patient
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Panel: The New Patient Journey: A Focus on Mental Health & Equity
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Keynote: John E Kao (’87) – Alignment Healthcare
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

2020 Conference Highlights



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