Jose Suarez is the CEO & partner of TEDMED, LLC and a partner at Walker Digital, LLC.
TEDMED seeks to unlock the power of imagination in the service of health and medicine. Imagination starts with inspiration, thrives on informality, is catalyzed by multidisciplinary thinking, and demands confidence. At TEDMED we collaborate with leading academic institutions, teaching hospitals, government agencies, foundations, businesses and individuals from around the globe to let imaginations soar and accelerate the pace of innovation for humanity's health.
TEDMED is best known for its annual event, where a thousand Delegates from within and outside of health and medicine gather for a 3-day intellectual spa. The event seeks to amplify the work of undiscovered researchers and innovators and important industry influencers. TEDMED Talks are simulcast live around the world, ultimately touching millions of minds.
Prior to TEDMED, Mr. Suarez served for many years as President & COO of Walker Digital, a privately-held, innovation laboratory based in Stamford, Connecticut, founded by prolific inventor Jay Walker. Now as partner of the firm, Mr. Suarez serves in an advisory role. Walker Digital is best known as the creator of priceline.com, the Internet-based “name-your-own-price” company.
Mr. Suarez is an investor in technologies and start-ups that solve large problems, leverage the power of networks, and can scale rapidly. He has started, operated and sold numerous businesses, including an electronic payment processing company and manufacturing plants employing thousands of people throughout Central America. A former real estate developer, Mr. Suarez started his professional career at GE, where he created computer simulation models of manufacturing processes and entire factories.
Mr. Suarez serves as advisor and patron of various philanthropic organizations. He was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States during his country's civil war to attend college. He graduated valedictorian from Virginia Tech holding a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Suarez enjoys adventure travel and has participated in expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. He is an avid ultra-runner. In 2007 he completed the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run across the Sierra Nevada in 27 hours. He repeated the feat again in 2010, this time finishing in 23 hours to earn the race’s coveted Silver Buckle.
Jose and his wife Trish live in Fairfield County, Connecticut and have one son attending college in California.