Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

James Heywood

Chairman and Co-Founder, PatientsLikeMe

James Heywood is Chairman and Co-Founder of PatientsLikeMe. An engineer, he entered the field of translational research and medicine when his brother Stephen was diagnosed with ALS in 1998. PatientsLikeMe is a personalized research and peer care platform that allows patients to share in-depth information on treatments, symptoms and outcomes. In 1999, Heywood founded the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world's first nonprofit biotechnology company, where he served as CEO until 2007. Heywood was on Wired's 2009 "Smart List" and Fast Company's "10 Most Creative People in Healthcare." PatientsLikeMe was named one of "15 companies that will change the world" by CNNMoney and ranked second on Fast Company's list of innovative health-care companies. Heywood and brother Stephen, who died in 2006, were the subjects of the Pulitzer-winning biography, His Brother's Keeper and the award-winning documentary "So Much So Fast."

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