James Heywood, medical research activist

James Heywood, medical research activist

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Caption: James Heywood (born 1966), US medical research activist. Heywood is the founding director of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a non-profit biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The Institute was founded in 1999 following the death of Heywood's brother, Stephen, who had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The Institute developed novel methods of funding and encouraging research into the condition. Heywood also founded a community medical website, PatientsLikeMe.com, in 2005.

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