2 posts tagged “TR35 Honoree”

Watch Our Very Own “Humanitarian of the Year,” Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD

Posted October 20th, 2011 by

2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award Trophy Presented to Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD

In August, we proudly announced that our Research & Development Director, Dr. Paul Wicks, PhD, had been named “Humanitarian of the Year” and a TR35 Honoree by MIT Technology Review magazine. This week, he received both awards at MIT’s annual Emtech event, a two-day conference focused on emerging technologies held at MIT’s Boston campus.

Below are links to a few videos highlights from the event, including the award presentation on Tuesday night. As you’ll hear in the organizer’s introduction, the criteria for TR35 (the best young innovators under the age of 35) is to recognize individuals who are doing transformative work. “They are presenting a concrete solution to a big, almost ideally civilization-scale problem.” MIT Technology Review then names one TR35 recipient as “Humanitarian of the Year” to recognize the use of technology in “progressing the human condition.”

What does Paul have to say about receiving this incredible honor? Jump to the 3:40 mark in the video below to see his onstage interview and award presentation.

You can also get a quick glimpse here of TR35 recipients’ work on emerging technologies in health care or hear more in-depth from Paul and fellow award winners in this 40-minute panel discussion.


PatientsLikeMe’s Paul Wicks Ph.D. Named Humanitarian of the Year and TR35 Honoree by MIT Technology Review

Posted August 23rd, 2011 by

CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwire – Aug 23, 2011) – Today, PatientsLikeMe‘s Research Director, Paul Wicks Ph.D., was named a TR35 Honoree and spotlighted as Humanitarian of the Year by MIT Technology Review magazine, which profiled him in an in-depth article and video. The TR35 list recognizes the world’s top innovators under the age of 35, spanning medicine, energy, computing, communications, nanotechnology, and other emerging fields.

Photo credit:  Steve Moors, MIT Technology Review

“Technology innovation is key to driving growth and progress in the areas of research, medicine, business and economics,” said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of Technology Review. “This year’s group of TR35 recipients is driving the next wave of transformative technology and making an impact on the way we live, work and interact. We look forward to profiling and working with these technology leaders each year, and watching their continued advancement in their respective fields.”

Dr. Wicks has been honored for his work in connecting patients to advance real-world understanding of their diseases. A neuropsychologist by training, Dr. Wicks first became involved in online communities through BUILD-UK, an online forum for people with ALS in his native United Kingdom. He joined PatientsLikeMe in 2006, where he has architected the website’s medical framework that is currently being used by 110,000+ patients with more than 1,000 conditions. The work of Dr. Wicks and the PatientsLikeMe research team has been published in dozens of scientific articles, including the most recent in Nature Biotechnology on accelerating clinical development that reported on the effect of lithium on ALS.

“Paul has made a real difference in thousands of patients’ lives and helped to build a system that is transforming healthcare,” says Jamie Heywood, Co-founder and Chairman of PatientsLikeMe (and MIT alumni). “All of us at PatientsLikeMe are thrilled that he has been honored with both prestigious awards.”

Chosen by a panel of expert judges and the Technology Review editorial staff, who evaluated more than 300 nominations, Dr. Wicks will receive his award at the emtech MIT 2011conference held at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA from October 18-19, 2011. All of the 2011 TR35 winners will be featured the September/October issue of Technology Review and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35/.

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