Paul Wicks, Ph.D., is Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe, an online community for people living with medical conditions. Specialising in clinical research using the Internet, Paul shaped the scientific validity of the platform in generating insights from patient-generated health data, leading to over 100 studies including a patient-driven observational trial of lithium in ALS, numerous patient-reported outcome measures, a “dose-response” curve for the benefits of friendship between patients, and methods for patient-centered and virtual clinical trial designs. He sits on the editorial board of the BMJ, BMC Medicine, Digital Biomarkers and The Patient. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London) studying cognition and neuroimaging in ALS, with a postdoc in psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease. In 2011 he was awarded MIT Technology Review’s TR35 “Humanitarian of the Year” award and was recognized as a TED Fellow in 2012.