We’re excited to welcome Sol Chen, co-founder of Clara Health, and Lilly Stairs, Head of Patient Advocacy at Clara, to host our next #WTFix Wednesday tweet chat! Together, these two amazing women are working to connect patients to clinical trials and empower them with the knowledge they need to make informed treatment decisions…and it all started with a flyer.
Sol was inspired to found Clara when on her way to class at Brown University, she saw a flyer recruiting for a breast cancer clinical trial. She knew how devastating the disease was and thought,
“How can a patient feel empowered to make treatment decision when that info is coming from a flyer?”
Sol was confident she wanted to change the clinical trials landscape but knew she couldn’t do it alone…especially without patients to guide the way. That’s when Sol and her co-founder Evan Ehrenberg hired Lilly to serve as the Head of Patient Advocacy. As a patient, Lilly can speak to how she previously did not feel empowered with the proper knowledge about clinical trials as a treatment option…and even feared them. Working together, they’ve built a platform designed revolutionize and demystify the clinical trials experience.
What will we be chatting about?
For this chat, we’re all about working together as a community to help change health care. As Lilly and Sol say, “we can’t empower patients alone. It takes a village.”
Together, Lilly and Sol are working to empower patients with the knowledge they need to make informed treatment decisions. It’s a theme that resonates across different facets of the health care system and by sharing their stories with the world, they hope to inspire others to work together to empower patients by the bedside, at appointments, in day to day life and countless other scenarios. So, #WTFix Community, let’s get together and chat about how we can work together to partner and make change in health care that empowers patients!
About our hosts:
Lilly is a dynamic and driven professional passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of others. She has served in the advocacy field for 10 years, starting in the anti-bullying sphere and transitioning into patient advocacy after she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases. Lilly currently serves as the Head of Patient Advocacy at Clara Health where she is responsible for conceiving and executing patient engagement strategy and ensuring the patient voice remains firmly at the center of the company.
During her tenure at MassBio, a premiere life sciences trade association with 700+ industry members, Lilly created and executed the #PatientDriven® campaign – a successful initiative that united patients and professionals and is now a staple of the MassBio brand.
Lilly has not only dedicated her professional life to advocacy, but her personal life as well. She currently serves as a Board Member for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) where she provides strategic direction on current and future initiatives of the organization. She also works closely with notable healthcare and biotech companies to help ensure their initiatives remain patient-centric.
Sol is the co-founder and CTO of Clara Health, a digital health startup working to connect patients to clinical trials. She is responsible for ensuring that Clara’s platform delivers the best possible solution for patients and caregivers, and oversees the direction of the company.
Sol was one of 25 founders worldwide to be named a Thiel Fellow in 2017 for her game changing work with Clara Health. She has put her dual degree in Computer Science and Math from Brown University on hold to create meaningful innovation for patients.