Jamie Heywood is the co-founder and chairman of Patients-like-me. An MIT-trained mechanical engineer, Jamie entered the field of translational medicine when his 29 year old brother Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Described by CNNMoney as one of the 15 companies that will change the world, Jamie co-founded PatientsLikeMe to ensure patient outcomes become the primary driver of the medical care and discovery process.
Jamie is also the founder and past CEO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world's first non-profit biotechnology company. During his tenure at ALS TDI, Jamie helped pioneer an open research model and industrialized therapeutic validation process that made ALS TDI the world's largest and most comprehensive ALS research program.
Jamie has founded or co-founded three other health care companies: AOBiome, Genetic Networks, and Love Steve, and is an active member of a community of innovators working to bring dramatic improvements to the way we discover, develop and deliver effective health.
Jamie and his brother were the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner's biography His Brother's Keeper and the documentary So Much So Fast.