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Ben Heywood, PatientsLikeMe Wins Boston Business Journal’s “Champions in Healthcare” Award

Posted October 1st, 2008 by

Last Friday (September 26, 2008), our Co-founder and President, Ben Heywood, was honored at the Boston Business Journal “Champions in Healthcare” award ceremony. Ben was one of two recipients recognized in the Innovation category. These regional awards highlight outstanding individuals and companies from the Boston-area who are making a difference in healthcarBen Heywood at Boston Business Journale, including winners across five categories (Administrators, Community Outreach, Employers, Innovators, Nursing and Physicians).  Here is the full list of honorees.

Held at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, the event was kicked off with a keynote address by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Leonard Zon, an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of stem cell biology and cancer genetics.  Next, Boston Business Journal’s Editor, George Donnelly, and Lisa Vanderpool presented each honoree with an engraved, crystal award in front of a room full of colleagues, family members and friends.  The winners were also profiled in a special edition of the paper last month (August 15, 2008).

It’s truly an honor for our company to be spotlighted in this way, particularly in our own “backyard,” which happens to be populated with some of the best and brightest healthcare professionals and companies around.  In his thank-you remarks, Ben touched upon his personal experiences that has brought him here, and thanked his team and the community.  He said it best –  “I share this award with the other two co-founders, my brother Jamie and our friend Jeff Cole, and our incredible team…Last but not least, I have to thank the patients.  Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”


Benjamin Heywood Interviewed by the Health Business Blog

Posted January 2nd, 2008 by

Benjamin HeywoodBringing the New Year in right, Benjamin Heywood, CEO of PatientsLikeMe, was interviewed by David E. Williams, publisher of the Health Business Blog (not to be confused with David S. Williams who works with PatientsLikeMe). In the interview, Ben discusses the future of the company, its ground-breaking Openness Philosophy, and the differentiation of PatientsLikeMe versus other Health 2.0 companies.

Here’s how David E. Williams characterized PatientsLikeMe:

PatientsLikeMe is one of my favorite Health 2.0, social networking websites. The online community enables patients with serious illnesses to build content-rich connections to similar patients. Patients are motivated to provide all the relevant information about themselves and to stick with the site over time to help one another. As a consequence, PatientsLikeMe users collectively generate robust data sets that have the potential to generate meaningful insights for researchers and commercial entities. That leads to some interesting business opportunities for the company.

The interview provides great insight about PatientsLikeMe. Enjoy!