• Background

Leadership Team

  • Jamie Heywood
    Jamie Heywood
    Co-Founder, Chairman

    An MIT-trained mechanical engineer, Jamie entered the field of translational medicine when his 29 year old brother Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Described by CNNMoney as one of the 15 companies that will change the world, Jamie co-founded PatientsLikeMe to ensure patient outcomes become the primary driver of the medical care and discovery process. Jamie is also the founder and past CEO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world's first non-profit biotechnology company.

  • Ben Heywood
    Ben Heywood
    Co-Founder, President and Chief Privacy Officer

    Ben has overseen all stages of PatientsLikeMe’s growth, including financing, expansion of patient communities and business partnerships and product strategy. Today he also serves as our chief privacy officer. Ben is a frequent speaker at conferences and an expert source for media on patient issues and patient-centered care. Previously, he served in manufacturing and business development roles at Target Therapeutics.

  • Martin Coulter
    Chief Executive Officer

    Martin Coulter was appointed CEO of PatientsLikeMe in 2013 and oversees all of the company’s business operations. His focus is on growing and evolving the company so that it can better serve members and industry partners.

  • Michael Evers
    Michael Evers
    Executive Vice President, Consumer and Technology Group

    Michael focuses on creating value for patients and directing the company’s marketing, engineering, user experience and design, product management, patient advocacy and government compliance teams. He joined PatientsLikeMe as Executive Vice President of Marketing in 2012.  Since then he has tripled the company’s member base to 325,000 members and significantly increased engagement on the site.

  • Ed Godber
    Ed Godber
    Executive Vice President of Life Sciences Ventures

    Ed directs PatientsLikeMe’s life sciences business and bringing the patient agenda to the forefront of our partners’ development and delivery operations. Ed has been advising and directing operations in numerous life sciences and healthcare companies for more than 20 years.  Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Ed was the Chief Executive Officer of the London-based Health Labs Advisory Boards, where he was a strategic advisor to pharma, biotech, venture capital and nonprofit organizations.

  • Jason Johnson
    Jason Johnson
    Executive Vice President and Head of R&D

    A renowned computational biologist and information science strategist, Jason leads our research, data science, and informatics teams, which focus on analyzing and merging patient-reported and other data types to develop models of disease progression and generate new insights about disease, treatments, and health. He previously spent 14 years at Merck, most recently as Associate Vice President for Scientific Informatics.

  • Paul Wicks, Ph.D.
    Paul Wicks, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Innovation

    An internationally recognized expert in the psychological aspects of neurodegenerative conditions, Paul is responsible for the scientific and medical validity of PatientsLikeMe’s research platform. He leads a team of experts charged with conducting scientific research that generates insights from the personal health data shared by patient members. Under Paul’s direction, the PatientsLikeMe R&D team has produced numerous peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals. These include Nature Biotechnology, Movement Disorders and European Journal of Neurology.

  • Sally Okun RN
    Sally Okun RN
    Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety

    As Vice President of Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety, Sally ensures the patient voice, represented in PatientsLikeMe’s member community, is heard, collected and disseminated to affect better treatment, services and care. Sally also serves as the company’s liaison with government and regulatory agencies. She actively participates in national and international discussions to educate policy makers on the benefits of sharing health data, and to ensure patient needs are at the front of the healthcare discussion. In addition, Sally’s position includes responsibility for PatientsLikeMe’s ongoing work in drug safety. She ensures the data collected about treatments and their impact become even more transparent to members and the healthcare community at large.

  • Daphne Psacharopoulos
    Daphne Psacharopoulos
    Senior Vice President, Client Services & Strategic Initiatives

    A member of the PatientsLikeMe leadership team, Daphne leads the client services team that develops and delivers real-world health data and research to industry, research, academia and partners. She also spearheads strategic initiatives, leading the assessment and qualification of new business opportunities that best advance the company’s patient-centric vision.