ELITE 2020 Leader of the Future Sheila Diamond of Acorn AI by Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company

Medidata in the News with Outsourcing Pharma

Applying a Clinical Perspective to Data and Technology

When Sheila Diamond, MS, CGC was hired in 2018 by Medidata for a soon-to-be launched company within the life sciences software firm, her background might have been viewed as a bit unconventional. As a board-certified genetic counselor specializing in the interpretation of genetic risk biomarkers of rare diseases and neurodegenerative disorders, her prior experience was more academic and clinical in nature. But as it turns out, that clinical perspective perfectly augments the mission of Acorn AI: To help life sciences companies use clinical trial data, analytics, and artificial intelligence to bring new medical treatments to patients more quickly.

Prior to joining Medidata, Sheila was Director of Outreach and Senior Genetic Counselor at the Genomes2People research program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where her team conducted empirical research on the medical, behavioral, and economic impact of whole genome sequencing in different populations.