The Resonance Test 3: John Wilbanks


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The Resonance Test 3: John Wilbanks

October 31, 2016
by Ken GordonMike Dunkley

John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer of Sage Bionetworks, says “the very containers” that we used to put data in, “that kept it human-scale,” have been “blown to bits.” The question is: How do we pick up the pieces and reassemble them in the aftermath? In this Resonance Test podcast, Wilbanks and Continuum SVP Mike Dunkley dive down into the many issues surrounding healthcare data. “We basically throw darts at the dartboard with a blindfold on right now," says Wilbanks. “Using data, statistical modeling, and machine learning has to be better than that.” Together, Wilbanks and Dunkley talk about smartphones and increasing sample size in health research, the idea of a “credit union” for data, and the challenge of measuring the success of precision medicine. The work is, for the passionate Wilbanks, a very human-centric activity. “Health is personal," he says. "Experience of disease is personal. Lived experience is personal, and you can start to capture these lived experiences and aggregate them in ways that tell us a lot about disease that we didn’t used to know.”

Host: Pete Chapin
Editor: Kyp Pilalas
Producer: Ken Gordon

The Resonance Test 3: John Wilbanks of Sage Bionetworks
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About the Author

  • Ken Gordon
    Ken Gordon
    Principal Communications Specialist

    Ken makes EPAM Continuum’s work visible to the necessary people. He creates superlative content, works with colleagues to do the same, and employs social networks to share it widely.

    A card-carrying humanist, Ken co-founded QuickMuse, the improvisational writing website, and JEDLAB, the Jewish education community. He has written for, the New York Times, and many other pubs.

    Ken has an English degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in English from the State University of New York at Albany. He framed both diplomas long ago, but can’t seem to find them now—a fact he considers all-too-human.

  • Dunkley_Mike
    Mike Dunkley
    Head of Healthcare

    Mike leads EPAM Continuum’s medical devices business and is inspired by the opportunity to deliver better healthcare experiences. He’s passionate about understanding client needs and translating them into successful collaborations.

    Mike joined EPAM Continuum in May of 2012. He has worked in commercial, project management, and technical roles on numerous multi-disciplinary projects within the medical, consumer, and energy sectors. His experience spans initial project orientation through to product commercialization.

    Previously, Mike held various upper-management roles at Cambridge Consultants and worked as VP of Engineering at Cambridge-based start-up Pronutria. He earned a BA and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, U.K.