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Type LLC
Headquarters Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Website http://www.tedmed.com

TEDMED is an annual conference focusing on health and medicine. TEDMED is an independent event operating under license from the nonprofit TED conference.[1]


Photo of the TEDMED 2010 Conference

TEDMED staff operates from Stamford, CT. The current edition of TEDMED took place from April 10-13 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Talks given at TEDMED combine “the nexus of health, information and technology” with “compelling personal stories” and “a glimpse into the future of healthcare.”[2][3][4]

The intent of the conference has been described as “a gathering of geniuses” that brings together “some of the most innovative, thoughtful pioneers of healthcare technology, media, and entertainment into one big four-day ‘dinner party’ to learn from one another and mix people up from different disciplines and industries to solve big problems in healthcare.”[5][6]


TEDMED was originally founded in 1998 by TED’s founder Richard Saul Wurman and co-created & relaunched by entrepreneur Marc Hodosh in 2009.[1]

In 2001 the Sapling Foundation, run by entrepreneur Chris Anderson, acquired TED. Wurman however, retained the rights to TEDMED, although no TEDMED conferences took place from 2005 through 2008.

In 2008 Wurman sold TEDMED to Marc Hodosh while continuing to act as an adviser and co-host for two years. The first event under Hodosh’s ownership was held in San Diego in October, 2009. In January 2010, TED.com began including videos of TEDMED talks on the TED website.[1]

The second Hodosh-owned edition of TEDMED took place in October, 2010, also in San Diego. It drew a capacity audience of 600 attendees and sold out for a second year with a lengthy waiting list. Tickets to the 2011 edition cost $4,000 to attend.[7]

In April 2011, Jay Walker and a group of executives and investors purchased TEDMED from Hodosh for $16 million with future additional payments of as much as $9 million. The conference was then moved to Washington, DC.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Trost, Matthew (19 Jan 2010). "TEDMED: A New Partnership". TEDMED blog. 
  2. ^ Sarasohn-Kahn, Jane (17 Jun 2003). "TEDMED highlights best of health, technology innovation". iHealthBeat. 
  3. ^ DiChristina, Mariette (31 Oct 2009). "TED MED: The power of the mind over the body". Scientific American. 
  4. ^ Lemley, Brad (April 2003). "TEDMED: A gathering of geniuses confront a simple question: Why do we know more about our cars than our own bodies?". DISCOVER Magazine. 
  5. ^ Rowe, Aaron (4 Nov 2009). "Gadgets and Ideas to Revolutionize Healthcare". Wired. 
  6. ^ Dishman, Eric (28 Oct 2009). "Musings from TED MED So Far: The Medical Model is Hard to Move Past". Intel Health. 
  7. ^ Sinovic, Steve (1 Nov 2010). "Future is now at TEDMED 2010". allbusiness.com (reprint from San Diego Business Journal). 
  8. ^ Ostrovsky, Gene (April 14, 2011). "TEDMED Sold to Jay Walker, Richard Saul Wurman Says Adios". Medgadget. 

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