At Palantir Technologies, I lead our work globally in Clinical Research & Operations, from London. Prior to this, I spent two years leading Palantir’s work with Cancer Centres in the US, focused on developing an integrated patient data model bringing together EHR data and research data for millions of patients in a secure environment. I am also responsible for developing Palantir’s partnerships globally with academia, specialist technology providers, and SMEs in the life sciences space and recruiting and developing Palantir’s health and life sciences engineering teams.
Prior to joining Palantir Technologies, I worked in the central data function at Barclays and in the Life Sciences practice at L.E.K. Consulting. My background is in Biochemistry and I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. I received a prize for the second-best master’s thesis in my year group based on research I conducted at Princeton University.
What you will bring to the Health & Social Care Council and the techUK Health & Social Care programme:
I would bring a unique perspective on the technical complexities of structuring, harmonizing and linking healthcare data derived from many different sources, alongside the significant policy and ethical challenges associated with this.
These technical, policy, and ethical challenges include: dealing with unstructured data and the role that NLP, ML and manual abstraction could and should play; deidentification of patient data; informed consent or waivers of consent; establishing data models that maintain both standards and flexibility/adaptability, and; data accessibility for less technical users.
I would also provide a unique perspective on how to develop the UK’s competitive advantages as a destination for talent and global investment in health and life sciences technology. Palantir is investing deeply in the UK, and specifically in its health and life sciences sectors. We employ over 550 engineers in our London office, many of them focused on health and life sciences, and expect this number to grow significantly. We are deeply committed to supporting the UK health technology community through close engagement with sector stakeholders and forums, hosting events at our London offices, and partnerships with relevant academics, specialist technology providers, and SMEs.