In recent years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has encouraged the use of wearable devices to support consumer health, and, in particular, to support drug development.
Last week at the 18th Annual BIO-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, MA., I shared a presentation titled “Wearable Technologies for Remote Data Collection in Clinical Trials.”
Wearable technologies are rapidly changing how clinical trials are designed and conducted along with how data is analyzed and interpreted. Moving disease assessments out of doctors’ offices offers several advantages, including smaller required sample sizes, and robust data sets that are more likely to reflect how study subjects respond to treatments in a natural environment.
During the discussion, I shared how Koneksa has successfully deployed remote digital assessments in clinical studies and highlighted the benefits of remote data collection.
- Dr. Elena Izmailova
By Brenda Deverell Cortez, Front-End Developer at Koneksa:
As one of the directors of the Women Who Code (WWCode) NYC network since the fall of 2014, I have seen how our network has changed and grown, something we have only been able to accomplish through the effort of our many directors, leads, hosts, speakers, workshop leads, and volunteers.
At our annual celebration recently, we not only celebrated our local membership – more than 12,000 members! - but took time to highlight their successes. Our incredible speakers shared stories of women at all stages of their careers – from those who are studying or just starting to work in technology, to determined entrepreneurs and those in senior positions.
Women Who Code is a global organization dedicated to inspiring women to succeed in technical careers. At our events, we share our stories, knowledge, and insights, in hope of inspiring those interested in learning from our experiences. As a mother of two little ones working in the tech sector, I don’t have much free time, but I volunteer to WWCode because I believe its work is important.
Thanks to a long array of hosts this year, such as AWS Loft, co-workers, workshop leaders, volunteers, and so many others, we have been able to organize workshops, talks, panels, hack nights, and many other events for our community to make it more inclusive and welcoming to all. In the new year, WWCode will continue to work with all our current supporters, in addition to establishing new partnerships with others interested in giving back to our community, including Koneksa Health, who will be a New York City Women Who Code host in 2019!
Koneksa is proud to announce the recent hires of Chengrui Huang, Ph.D., senior statistician; George Pappas, technology support specialist; and Juanita Yim, product manager. We'd like to introduce them to you and have them share a little about themselves.
As a senior statistician at Koneksa, Chengrui Huang partners with clients to define and execute statistical analysis plans. In addition, she provides scientific leadership to the clinical sales and R&D teams. Chengrui most recently served as a statistician at Google. Previously, she completed her post-doctorate work in genetic epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and received her PhD in statistics from Stony Brook University. She is excited to join Koneksa to use her expertise in statistical rigor and insight to make a positive impact on clinical research.
George Pappas brings broad IT experience, including in nonprofit and government roles, to his role as a technology support specialist at Koneksa. He is responsible for supporting all of the devices, sensors, and studies conducted through Koneksa’s proprietary platform. George also manages Koneksa’s website, among other IT projects. His BS is from UC Berkeley, and he enjoys being part of the startup ethos at Koneksa.
As a product manager, Juanita Yim is responsible for articulating the requirements of Koneksa’s software and ensuring its functionality. She has held roles at a variety of health-tech companies, after earning degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering and Psychology from the University of Michigan. She enjoys looking for elegant solutions to problems and working with enthusiastic teammates throughout Koneksa.