It is a pleasure to note that Stephen Friend, Sage Bionetworks President and co-Founder, has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow. The full press release can be downloaded from this link.
What makes this special is that while the worldwide Ashoka Fellow community helps to recognize, support and connect over 2,700 innovators in areas such as human rights, the environment and social services, there are relatively few medical researchers. Stephen Friend’s Fellowship highlights his vision and effort in transforming the social fabric of how medical science is conducted as well as Sage Bionetworks’ efforts to build and share effective computational models of disease. The Fellowship is a reminder that the cultural challenges of engaging the public and active data sharing are very real and continued social entrepreneurship is required.