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Stephen Friend: “The End of an Era: Are We Ready for the Next? How we might connect intersecting modules?”

Stephen Friend: “The End of an Era: Are We Ready for the Next? How we might connect intersecting modules?”

By In Leadership Program, Leadership Program 2014 On March 2, 2015


Dr. Stephen H. Friend  is a physician, scientist, entrepreneur and innovator. He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of the genetics of gene expression, integrating system biology approaches to complex diseases.

He is the president, co-founder and director of Sage Bionetworks. The participants of the 2015 Leadership Program will have the chance to work in close mentorship with him and participate in  the 2015 Paris Assembly: Connecting Open Research, Open Education and Open Social Impact organised by Sage Bionetworks.

Friend believes that successful biomedical research requires the active participation from all stakeholders. He is reimagining the role of citizens in the research process as equal partners with researchers and is building tools to empower them to contribute both their data and expertise as they see fit. He wants to break down the cultural barriers that hamper progress in research and is a strong advocate for open science.

Dr. Friend is actively engaging the community to crowd-source solutions to complex biomedical questions through targeted open DREAM analysis challenges.

In March 2014 Dr. Friend and Dr. Eric Schadt announced the launch of theResilience Project, a new crowdsourced effort to understand how people with high risk of developing serious genetic diseases have stayed healthy, and possibly discover the “genetic decoder ring” that protect and prevent diseases.

Watch the presentation Stephen gave during our 2014 Leadership Program on "How we might connect intersecting modules?"