PatientsLikeMe Adds Three New Executives to Its Leadership Team

New Appointments Cap Active Year, Solidify Team for Strategic Growth

PatientsLikeMe, the leading health data-sharing website, announces the appointment of three new executives to its leadership team.  The company, which recently expanded its website to invite patients with any disease, makes this move to focus on expanding the collection and use of real-world disease knowledge to improve patients’ personal experiences and health outcomes.

PatientsLikeMe President and Co-founder Ben Heywood comments,  “Our new teammates—Michael, Sebastiaan and Jeremy—have the operational and leadership experience we need to help guide our strategic growth. I’m excited about the foundation we have built, and about the positive impact we’ll have on patient care, now and for many years to come.”

The following executives round out the PatientsLikeMe leadership team, led by Heywood and his brother, Co-founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood:

  • Michael Evers, Executive Vice President of Marketing
    A consumer and technology marketing expert, Evers joins the company to spearhead business to business marketing and member acquisition. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Evers was Global Vice President of Marketing for Artfact, the world’s leading live auction software and services provider, and earlier President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products. Evers’ geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Tele Atlas business unit. Evers has also held senior positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner.
  • Sebastiaan Foppema, Executive Vice President of Business Operations
    As lead of the newly-formed Business Operations team at PatientsLikeMe, Foppema manages the business development, client services, research and health data integrity team. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Provider Sales and Operations at NaviNet, a healthcare communication network that connects 70% of U.S. physicians with the leading health plans in the country. Prior to NaviNet, Foppema worked for a number of consulting companies in Europe and the U.S. He also formed a healthcare consulting practice in the Boston area, focused on payers and providers.
  • Jeremy Gilbert, Head of Product
    A seasoned business development and innovation professional with expertise navigating the healthcare value chain, Gilbert leads product strategy and development efforts at PatientsLikeMe. Immediately prior to joining the company, Gilbert was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice, where he led strategy and execution projects for Fortune 500 clients. He is also a co-founder of four technology startups, and has invented and launched notable products in e-commerce, mobile and discovery bioinformatics. A true technologist, Gilbert has developed software since the age of seven and spent more than 14,000 career hours in software design and construction.

About PatientsLikeMe

PatientsLikeMe® ( is the world’s leading online health data sharing platform. PatientsLikeMe® creates new knowledge by charting the real-world course of disease through the shared experiences of patients. While patients interact to help improve their outcomes, the data they provide helps researchers learn how these diseases act in the real world and accelerate the discovery of new, more effective treatments. [Follow company news on and]

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