• 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. Today Jamie is a chief scientist and architect for PatientsLikeMe. 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.

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  • Ben Heywood
    Ben Heywood
    Co-Founder, President

    Ben sets the growth and operational strategy for the company so that it can realize its chief goals: to help people living with disease improve their lives and to accelerate medical research. Since its inception, Ben has overseen all stages of PatientsLikeMe’s growth, including financing, the expansion of patient communities, and business partnerships. He has held a range of positions in the medical device industry and in residential real estate development.

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  • 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.

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  • Sebastiaan Foppema
    Sebastiaan Foppema
    Chief Operating Officer

    As Chief Operating Officer, Sebastiaan manages business development, client services, human resources, engineering, research and health data integrity. He was previously Senior Vice President of Provider Sales and Operations at NaviNet, a health care communication network that connects 70% of U.S. physicians with the leading health plans in the country. At NaviNet, Sebastiaan was responsible for technical operations, professional and customer services.

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  • Robert Palladino
    Robert Palladino
    Chief Financial Officer

    Bob joined the PatientsLikeMe team in June 2007 to support its development and growth as a health care pioneer. He has led finance operations and held senior positions at a broad range of companies, including large cap public and privately-funding emerging technology companies in the medical devices and diagnostics fields.

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  • Michael Evers
    Michael Evers
    Executive Vice President of Marketing and Patient Advocacy

    A consumer and technology marketing expert, Michael spearheads business to business marketing, member acquisition and patient advocacy. He has created the partnering and consumer marketing strategies that have produced high growth and rapid expansion for a range of companies. Previously, Michael was President of BroadMap, a venture-backed provider of industry-leading geographic data products and services.

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

    A member of the PatientsLikeMe leadership team, Daphne leads the client services and research teams that develop and deliver 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.

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  • Jeremy Gilbert
    Jeremy Gilbert
    Vice President, Product and Strategy

    A seasoned business development and innovation professional, Jeremy leads product strategy and development efforts at PatientsLikeMe. He is also responsible for the company’s commercial products, which help pharmaceuticals, providers and others in the health care industry better understand unmet patient needs. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Jeremy was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company’s health care practice.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Kim Goodwin
    Kim Goodwin
    Vice President of User Experience (UX)

    Kim is focused on evolving the information and structure on www.patientslikeme.com so that it helps people live better lives with their condition. Kim’s strategy is to involve members in the website development process to improve usability and to make sure the website’s content answers their most important questions. She also focuses on making it easier for members to find and connect with people who share not just the same condition, but the same values and experiences.

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  • Marcia Nizzari
    Vice President of Engineering

    As Vice President of Engineering, Marcia creates the blueprint for new PatientsLikeMe platform developments and oversees all engineering projects. She reports to Chief Operating Officer Sebastiaan Foppema and is a member of the management team.

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