Plenary HallPatients as entrepreneurs
I was diagnosed aged 12 with the incurable bowel condition Crohn's Disease. In late 2011 I became the 11th person to undergo a small bowel transplant in the UK at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford. I started blogging about his journey through Bowel Transplant and my blog "beingapatient" has over 95,000 followers. I use social media to develop global on line peer to peer communities covering over 20,000 patients. I am also privileged to develop social media strategies around patient engagement. My passion is mentoring patients and their families and I am a published author & professional speaker. I have become the patient lead for #NHSSM, a facilitator for Centre for Patient Leadership & digital strategy advisor to The Oxford Transplant Foundation where I helped implement the first skype clinics. I am also founder of health tech start up 11Health.
Molly Lindquist, a mom and breast cancer survivor, founded Consano, a 501(c)(3) crowdfunding platform for medical research, after her cancer diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 32. Molly graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and went on to work as an investment banking analyst in the consumer group at Robertson Stephens. After her stint in banking, Molly transitioned into the corporate world, travelling the globe sourcing products for World Market and then doing company planning for the Banana Republic brand of Gap Inc. Molly blogs about her cancer experience for the Huffington Post and was named a 2014 Knowledge Networks Rising Star by Portland Monthly magazine, a 2014 Orchid Award Winner and a 2015 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Portland Business Journal and a 2015 Honoree of “the one hundred.” She is also the proud recipient of a “Best Mom in the World” mug.
Darla has worked in engineering and product roles for startups in Los Angeles for the past 2 decades, but in 2010 she went through cancer treatment. It was during her time as a patient that she was inspired to create Intake.Me, to help improve the healthcare system and empower other patients.