Maria Bartiromo, anchor of then-CNBC's Closing Bell, interviewed Mike along with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA deputy commissioner, and Dr. Gail Cassell, Eli Lilly & Co. vice president for scientific affairs, about preventing chronic disease, investing in innovation and putting a value on developing cures for life-threatening diseases. The 2009 interview took place at the first Partnering for Cures
conference in New York sponsored by FasterCures
. Unless America takes dramatic action, Mike said, the combined impact of obesity and aging could overwhelm America's health resources. He called for a renewed focus on medical research and effective prevention.