Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker

Business and Management Lessons from Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Stephen J. DubnerDubner_Stephen

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, Think Like a Freak and When To Rob A Bank. They have sold more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 5 million downloads a month.

Dubner will speak at APIC 2016 on the unforgettable topic of applying Freakonomics-style unconventional analysis to infection prevention, and how infection preventionists can “think like freaks” to get doctors and nurses to wash their hands, stop over prescribing antibiotics, and follow checklists and best practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections which kill 75,000 patients each year in the U.S.

Read Dubner’s full bio.


Sunday Plenary Keynote SpeakerWilliam Rutala, BS, MS, PhD, MPH, CIC, North Carolina, delivers the Elaine Larson Lectureship during the opening ceremonies.

Disinfection and Sterilization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD, CIC

Don’t miss this entertaining and informative session by renowned expert William Rutala, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology, and Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program. Get a fresh take on all things disinfection and sterilization, including the “good” classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the “bad” non-compliance with guidelines for reprocessing medical/surgical devices; and the “ugly” endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients.

Closing Plenary Keynote Speaker

Executing Imagination: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

Josh Linkner

With a career spent harnessing the spirit of creative disruption, renowned tech entrepreneur and bestselling author, Josh Linkner is an authority on fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.

Linkner started his career as a jazz guitarist, prior to founding and serving as CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Now an avid venture capitalist and mentor, he has invested in more than 100 startups, as a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

He is a two-time recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has also been honored with the President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award.

Linkner offers fascinating insight on the risks that companies face when they rely on the past to determine the future, as well as valuable tools and techniques for fostering innovation, creativity and disruption within one’s organization.

And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.