CNBC's Healthy Returns event was held this week in New York City, covering topics from controversial genetic-editing technique CRISPR to the way AI is changing medicine and reform of the U.S. health-care system. Here are edited excerpts.
"I can't remember a time at Novartis where year after year after year we have these significant medicines getting launched," CEO Vasant Narasimhan says.
"Single-payer is the Democratic equivalent of repeal and replace. It'll never be legislated, because the details are too hard," President Barack Obama's former budget chief says.
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Speaking with CNBC's Jim Cramer from the "Healthy Returns" conference in New York City, Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan says cannabis is "not a focus" for the pharma company.
The rigorous work schedule and pressure faced by doctors have them "stressed to the point of breaking," resulting in high suicide rates.
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CNBC presents a one-day event that brings together top health care investors, CEOs and technologists to explore the innovations that will drive better outcomes, financially and clinically.
Every health care company seeks to scale the best technology and develop profitable ways to cover the massive cost of research and development, investors are looking for actionable intelligence on who’s breaking through, and patients are hungry for affordable and effective care. Healthy Returns is a convening of leaders who are improving patient outcomes, maximizing innovation, building great new companies and reinventing incumbents.
Led by CNBC’s anchors and reporters and with input from a world-class advisory board, Healthy Returns will hone in on groundbreaking ideas that will transform the health care industry, cutting through the noise and weeding out the "sales pitch."