What would it mean to live in a world without disease? It would be a world without the heart-breaking hardships of childhood illnesses; without sudden, devastating diagnoses that upend the lives of young and middle-aged people; and without the slow twilight of degenerative end-of-life diseases.

It wouldn’t just be a world with ubiquitous and accessible healthcare or a world where cures are available for all diseases – it would be a world where the causes of disease are understood, and prevention is built into the structure of our lives. That could mean everything from vaccines and genetic screenings to social engineering that encourages disease­preventing lifestyle changes.

A world like that couldn’t be built by doctors, politicians, social workers, scientists, or any other group working in isolation. It could only be built by a broad coalition of experts and stakeholders coming to the table and offering their unique skills and vision.

In London in June, a cross-disciplinary group of scientists, CEOs, doctors, nurses, patients, pharmaceutical executives, and more sat down in a room to take some early steps on this admittedly audacious journey. Organised by The Connected
World Without Disease Accelerator, Innosight, and pharmaphorum, the focused, closed-door session was operated under Chatham House Rules, to allow attendees total freedom in expressing their views.

Over the course of the day, building off of the previous day’s more broadly attended presentations, innovative work that has recently accelerated in this field, as well as visionary leadership frameworks provided by Innosight, the group generated strong directional ideas about the World Without Disease vision, and laid out some road maps for working towards the elimination of several important disease areas. Unless stated otherwise, the ideas presented below are the collaborative work of this coalition.

Explore the key ideas from the event