By Simon Dumenco

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Just over a year ago, Marc Benioff, the founder and co-CEO of Salesforce, and his wife Lynne agreed to buy Time magazine from Meredith Corporation for $190 million in cash. Since then, if they’ve ever had second thoughts about that splurge, the Time 100 Health Summit, held yesterday in New York City, surely helped erase any doubts about the wisdom of that investment.

As noted in Publisher’s Brief on Sept. 19 when the event was first announced, the Time 100 Health Summit is an extension of Time’s already blazingly successful Time 100 event, which is tied to the magazine’s annual “World’s Most Influential People” list. That flagship event, which started as gala and is now also a conference, is one of the publishing world’s highest-wattage gatherings. So expectations were high for the health-focused spin-off.

Expectations were… far exceeded.

Led by Edward Felsenthal, Time’s CEO and editor-in-chief, the summit was held at Pier 17, a sleek new waterfront event space in Manhattan’s Seaport District with views of the East River bridges, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building.

Time’s events team worked with the summit’s co-chairs—Alice Park, Time’s senior health correspondent, and Dr. David Agus, the CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine at USC—to pull together an A-list lineup of healthcare power-brokers, including Alex Azar, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of 23andMe; Dr. Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; James Park, the co-founder of Fitbit; and Sean Parker, the philanthropist and first president of Facebook who founded the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

To add a deeply human element to the proceedings, artists and activists were also included in the mix—including Andrew Barth Feldman, who sang a song from “Dear Evan Hansen” (the current Broadway hit that’s spurred all kinds of conversations about mental health), and comedian Tig Notaro, who spoke movingly/hilariously about deploying humor during her battle with breast cancer.

And the star-power was rounded out by a morning interview with Al Gore (conducted by Nancy Gibbs, the former Time EIC who now heads the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center) and an afternoon session with Bill Clinton (in conversation with Dr. Agus).

The whole day was a rather breathtaking flex—there are only a handful of media brands that you could ever imagine being able to pull off an event like this (especially with such a short lead time). And it felt galvanizing, despite much bemoaning by speakers throughout the day about the disastrous politicization of healthcare and the current anti-science climate under the Trump administration.

I stuck around for the entire thing—it was that fascinating and worthwhile—and during various breaks …read more

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