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About the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit

This annual invitation-only event is an unprecedented gathering of informed patient advocates, device designers, pharma marketing and R&D leaders, regulatory experts, clinicians, mobile health experts, web visionaries, entrepreneurs and investors, and more.

We kicked off the Innovation Summit at Stanford School of Medicine in Fall 2011, after four amazing years of hosting our revolutionary open innovation competition, the DiabetesMine Design Challenge.

The aim was to jumpstart collaboration among the various groups of "diabetes stakeholders," to begin revolutionizing the world of building tools for diabetes. Primarily we hoped to help forge best practices for keeping the actual users of these solutions (us patients!) central to the innovation process.

Each year, the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit features a different "change theme" that addresses areas ripe for innovative problem-solving.

We've seen proof that together, we can ignite a revolution in designing technology and services that truly improve life with diabetes!

Upcoming 2018 Summit

This year's DiabetesMine Innovation Summit will take place on Nov.1-2 at UCSF's Mission Bay Conference Center. We're super excited about our new DIABETESMINE UNIVERISTY (DMU) theme.

If you're interested in sponsoring or attending, contact us at info@diabetesmine.com.

Read on to learn more about the Summit event series...

2017 Summit

On Friday, Nov. 17 we held our 7th annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (#dbminesummit17) at Stanford School of Medicine – this year with a theme of “Problem-Solving Our Healthcare.”

That is, given how healthcare has become so politicized and gridlocked of late, we chose to highlight novel problem-solving approaches in each of these areas, to inspire us all to go further:

  • Tools for Managing Diabetes
  • Support Services for PWDs (people with diabetes)
  • The Access & Affordability crisis

Every invited speaker and panelist was chosen because they honed in on a specific healthcare or diabetes care problem, and created an innovative fix.

2015 diabetesmine innovation summit

  • See the event photos here
  • Read our full event report on all the presentations here

You can read about the inspiring keynote by Brian Hoffer, Founder of Gestalt Design, on “Transforming Healthcare Through Design” and the full program, with links to presentations, here.

At this Summit, we also:


peg abernathy“I was really inspired by your conference. It was well-organized. It had a great number of inspiring people and a great deal of inspiring content! I learned a lot.”

– Dennis Boyle, director of the Health & Wellness practice at IDEO


“What a wonderful, important conference focused on real-life, pragmatic opportunities to improve patients lives!”

– Thom Scher, COO of Beyond Type1


“This is one of the best events we’ve been to in our 14 years of serving the diabetes community. I’ve already connected with several of the attendees in the last week and hope to continue to problem-solve our healthcare together.”

– John Henry, T1 advocate and founder of MyCareConnect


2016 Summit

Can you focus an entire diabetes innovation event on Quality of Life? Yes, you can! In fact, it’s the stuff that builds the foundation for the ever-elusive “improved health outcomes” we’re all after.

This was the premise behind the sixth annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (#dbminesummit16) held on Oct. 28, 2016, at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay biotech campus.

2016 diabetesmine innovation summit

The day opened with a dynamic keynote by Stanford physician and behavioral designer Dr. Kyra Bobinet on: “The Quality of Life Connection: Happiness, Habit-Building and the Healthcare Experience.” This was followed by three groups of talks by innovators addressing “Prioritizing Quality of Life in Medicine,” “Bringing Education and Care to Where Patients Are” and the ubiquitous struggle of “Navigating the Healthcare System: Access and Coverage” -- in addition to interactive brainstorming among stakeholders.

  • See the event photos here
  • Read our full event report on all the presentations here
  • Watch the event videos here

At this Summit, we also:


Amy 2016 Summit"I loved that Dr. Bobinet’s excellent keynote was not diabetes-related, but could so easily connect to diabetes. I also loved the level playing field of the room. Once again, the best networking Summit in our industry hands-down."

“I was very pleased that much of the talk was focused on patient experience versus traditional outputs and outcomes and it was a relief to get confirmation that the paradigm is shifting in practice."

“I love hearing about the future of telemedicine and new ways for our community to use technology to get and stay healthy. More! More!"


Also, don’t miss these three “Diabetes Life Challenges” videos unveiled at the 2016 Summit:

Prioritzing Quality Of Life with Diabetes


Bring Diabetes Education and Care to the Patients


Navigating the Healthcare System with Diabetes


2015 Summit

The 5th annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit took place at Stanford School of Medicine on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, bringing together about 130 key stakeholders in the diabetes world. This year’s theme was The Usability Revolution.

We addressed that by taking stock of the major challenges of living with diabetes, and what’s being done to address these challenges. We presented data from over 5,000 patients on what they felt were the MOST USEFUL tools and services available now to help them optimize their care.

Talks and discussions were focused on how we can all work together towards increasing the IMPACT & ACCESS of these offerings.

2015 diabetesmine innovation summit

  • See the event photos here
  • Read Our Event Report on the Usability Theme here
  • Read a participant’s POV here

peg abernathy“When I sat down and looked at the agenda and speakers lined up for the day, the word that came to mind was ‘relevancy.’ Not only were the topics current and of interest to me as a diabetes professional and a Type 1, I felt that the agenda presented a fast-paced flow and held meaty topics…

“I came away with the feeling that stagnation in our industry seems to be a thing of the past and for that, I’m very grateful.”

— Peg Abernathy, diabetes media expert and patient, on the value of the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit


Also, don’t miss these two videos unveiled at the 2015 Summit:

Life with Diabetes – Unbreakable!


Diabetes Patient Voices 2015: Diabetes Life Hacks!


2014 Summit

The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit is our unique annual gathering of diabetes game changers. The 2014 event took place on Friday, Nov. 21, at Stanford University School of Medicine.


This event builds on the DiabetesMine Innovation Project, a multi-year patient-led initiative aiming to accelerate innovation to improve life with diabetes, and on our hugely successful Summit events over the past several years.

Once again, we brought together a select group of informed patient advocates, device designers, Pharma Marketing and R&D leaders, health tech visionaries, passionate clinicians, regulatory experts, and more.

We’re excited to see diabetes innovation reaching a tipping point, thus our 2014 theme “Emerging Models for Improving Life with Diabetes.” Against the backdrop of the Affordable Healthcare Act, we explored which programs may have the biggest potential, and how we might address challenges to their success.

The Summit represents a tremendous opportunity to “connect the dots” between patients, industry, entrepreneurs, designers, and physicians – the brightest minds doing the most innovative thinking in the diabetes world to date.

Brought to you by the empowered patients who care…

Huge thanks to our Expert Advisory Board!

2013 Summit

Our 2013 theme was "delivering on the promise of diabetes technology," and our event featured live updates from the FDA and five of the nation's top health insurance providers, among other movers and shakers.

See the photo album on our Facebook page.

2012 Summit

The 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit took place at Stanford University on Nov. 16 — even bigger and better than the first!

Patient advocates joined Pharma, the FDA, leadership from ADA and JDRF, as well as designers and entrepreneurs, totaling over 100 participants in all.

The 2012 event focused on breaking the "gridlock" in the diabetes industry: Why does every diabetes tech product have its own clunky cables and not share data with other products?! Why aren't companies working together to form standards for this stuff, that would also ease the FDA approval process?

Some of the "Powers That Be" folks in the room included the CEO of the American Diabetes Association Larry Hausner, as well as ADA's new Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Ratner; Joslin Diabetes Center CEO John Brooks III; endo and educator extraordinaire Dr. Steven Edelman; legendary researcher Dr. Bruce Buckingham (he crashed the party!); Horst Merckle of Roche Diabetes and the data-standards initiative Continua Alliance; Yogen Dalal, co-founder of Glooko; Patti Brennan, National Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project Health Design and many more.

Companies represented at the Summit included: Sanofi Diabetes, JnJ LifeScan, JnJ Animas, Dexcom, Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer, BD Medical, Eli Lilly, Insulet, Medtronic Diabetes, Roche Diabetes, AgaMatrix, Glooko, Enject, Dance Pharmaceuticals, Hygieia Inc., Omada Health, Misfit Wearables, Valeritas, VeraLight and Target Pharmacies.

Some of our key patient participants were the 10 winners of our 2012 Patient Voices Contest, who were awarded full scholarships to attend. Have a look at the video compilation of their collective Call for Innovation!

We were particularly please to host THREE senior representatives from FDA, who penned a collective reaction post here:

FDA Speaks Out on the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (!)

The CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association also wrote a reaction post about the Summit here:

Stopping Diabetes Through Innovation

Click here to see the 2012 Summit Photo Album.

2011 Summit

The inaugural event was co-hosted by Health & Wellness experts from world-renowned design firm IDEO, and they were fantastic in helping us lead the way!

IDEO helped us create this compilation of “Patient Needs in Action” from various submissions to the DiabetesMine Design Challenge contest over the past few years:

IDEO also led us through an afternoon of Brainstorming, Ideation and Prototyping that got people thinking and working together on creating their very own solutions to real-world diabetes problems. Then we ended the day with an open discussion on how to overcome the challenges in bringing new design processes to fruition.

We’re thrilled with the accomplishments of the DiabetesMine Design Challenge, and with the evolution of the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event!

Huge Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors:

2018 Gold Sponsor



2018 Silver Sponsors

Ascensia Diabetes Care


Lilly Diabetes Care



2018 Bronze Sponsors

BD Medical

Bigfoot Biomedical