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We are constantly growing, our organisation is made of individuals from around the world who all share a vision of openness and data access for health. We’d love for you to join us on our journey.



Fiona Nielsen, CEO of DNAdigest

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Fiona Nielsen, founder and CEO of DNAdigest and Repositive, is a bioinformatics scientist turned entrepreneur. She used to work at Illumina developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer and FFPE samples sequenced on the latest technology. There she realised how difficult it is to find and get access to genomics data for research, which led to DNAdigest being founded as a charity to promote best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing – aligning the interests of patients and researchers. In August 2014 Repositive Ltd was spun out of DNAdigest as an entity to develop and provide a novel software tools and mechanisms for sharing of data.

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli,
CEO of Patients Know Best


Mohammad is founder and CEO of Patients Know Best and has over 15 years of experience in medical software. He trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge; worked as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health; and was a management consultant to US hospitals at The Advisory Board Company. He is the author of seven books, including Personal health records: A guide for clinicians and Streamlining Hospital-Patient Communication: Developing High Impact Patient Portals. He is also an honorary senior research associate at UCL medical school for his research on patient-controlled medical records. In 2012 he was elected an Ashoka Fellow as a social entrepreneur for the contributions he has made to patient care. He is the driving force behind the Patients Know Best patient portal software.
Read the interiew with Mohammad here.

Anthony Brookes,
Professor of Bioinformatics & Genomics


Anthony Brookes is a Professor of Bioinformatics & Genomics at the University of Leicester, working on ‘knowledge engineering’ to bridge the divide between research and healthcare. In this context he is Director of the ‘Data-2-Knowledge-4-Practice’ Facility, a joint initiative by the University and the University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust. He is experienced in disease and population genetics, DNA variation analysis, and data management for biomedical information, and in these areas has published >170 peer reviewed articles and reviews. He served two 3-year terms on the HUGO Council, co-founded the Human Variome Project and the Human Genome Variation Society (now Vice-President), jointly designed the standard Observ-OM data model for gene-disease relationships, runs the world’s largest open GWAS database (GWAS Central), and recently created a new informatics platform (Cafe Variome) for federated discovery of samples, subjects and data. He contributes his wide experience to the Diagnostic Committee in IRDiRC, and to various Task Teams in the GA4GH (Co-Chairing one on ‘Automatable Discovery and Access’). Awarded several biotech patents, launched two bioscience SMEs, and participates (often in a leadership capacity) in a range of EU, IMI, and national consortia projects.



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