PatientsLikeMe Nets $1.9 Million to Create A Social Media Research Platform

2-25-2013 9-20-18 PM

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announces that UK-based startup PatientsLikeMe has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to create an open-participation research platform with aims of developing patient-centered health outcome measures.

Class of 2013 TED Fellow Paul Wick’s is the Research Director of PatientsLikeMe and will be discussing the potential and future of the company during this weeks TED2013 events.

“We believe it has the potential to help researchers better understand the course of disease and open up important paths for the development of new therapies. We’re eager to see what medical revelations will emerge when researchers focus first on patients’ needs and concerns, and openly collaborate with patients and each other.” – Brian Quinn, team director of RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio.

PatientsLikeMe is a health-oriented social network for patients that want to discuss their conditions with others, work to improve their own personal outcomes, and contribute to a growing collective body of research. The site claims nearly active 200,000 patients, representing more than 1,500 diseases.

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