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Paul Wicks

Medical architect

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Paul Wicks

Professional Role

Current Titles:

VP of Innovation - PatientsLikeMe

Current Organizations:

PatientsLikeMe, King's College London, HealthBox


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British medical entrepreneur and lead scientist for PatientsLikeMe, an online community allowing people living with medical conditions to track their illnesses, share their experiences and contribute to research. Paul Wicks, Ph.D., is director of research and development (R&D) at PatientsLikeMe. Specialising in the conduct of clinical research using the Internet, Paul is responsible for shaping the scientific validity of the PatientsLikeMe platform. He leads a team of experts charged with conducting scientific research that generates insights from the personal health data shared by patient members. Under Paul’s direction, his team has produced over thirty peer-reviewed publications including an innovative patient-led observational trial of lithium in ALS, novel patient-reported outcomes for people with multiple sclerosis, and a study of the potential for improved patient outcomes through connecting with one another. The team’s academic collaborators include Johns Hopkins, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Oxford University, the VA’s Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, and ALS Untangled. The R&D team also provides professional services to the company’s commercial partners, comprising most of top 20 pharma. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked directly with patients at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London) studying cognition in rare forms of ALS and the psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease. Paul was awarded "TR35 Humanitarian of the Year" by MIT's Technology Review magazine and is a TED Fellow.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Something very unhealthy probably involving ribs.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Living in
Town Centre, United Kingdom
Working in
Cambridge, United States
Born in
Reading, United Kingdom



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