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Providing answers for every biological question

Sean Vassilaros: Chief Operating Officer, THREAD

Sean Vassilaros is the Chief Operating Officer with THREAD, a virtual research platform that helps researchers gather data for clinical research.  The company has developed the concept of a virtual visit.  It enables researchers to connect with patients and volunteers via a video chat instead of requiring them to attend on-site clinic visits. The idea is that it saves time and money over conventional ways to carry out research, but still produces reliable and secure data. In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Sean explains how the platform works and his “lofty” goal of helping researchers provide answers for “every biological question.”


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“One of the things that we firmly believe is that we have the ability, we as humans, have the ability to answer every human biological question at some point.”

In this interview we discover:

  • Why Sean believes the time is right to answer every biological question.
  • Is it possible to use computers to diagnose every health condition?
  • How reliable is patient entered data?
  • How are clinical trial volunteers encouraged to remain engaged in the study?
  • How THREAD technology was used in a study led by the USC Center for Body Computing to measure what personal traits determine whether a Marine makes it through the grueling Marine Corps Basic Reconnaissance Course.  Read more.

“Our goal is to make sure that as researchers you have at your finger tips, at your disposal, more information than you’ve ever had so that you can make better claims than conclusions.”

This interview was recorded with our friends at the USC Body Computing Conference.  Find out more about the event here and the USC Center for Body Computing here.

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