Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Kelly Close

Founder and Chair, The diaTribe Foundation; President, Close Concerns

Kelly Close founded Close Concerns in 2002; her company's mission is to make everyone smarter about diabetes. At Close Concerns, Kelly and her team write approximately three million words each year on diabetes, obesity, and digital health. Kelly's passion for the field comes from her extensive professional work as well as from her personal experience, having had diabetes for over 30 years. Kelly is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as "Targeting A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: How Long Do We Have to Wait?" a widely-praised book published by the ADA in 2013, and is an associate editor of the ADA's Clinical Diabetes. Kelly is the founder of, begun in 2006 as an educational resource for people with diabetes. She also chairs the diaTribe Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2013 to improve the lives of people with diabetes and pre-diabetes and to advocate for action. Before starting Close Concerns and the diaTribe Foundation, Kelly's work focused on life sciences more broadly.


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