GM, head of open innovation, and cofounder, Novartis Biome

By Dr. Jake LaPorte, global head of digital development, Novartis

MM&M wanted me to inform its readers it isn’t a printing error that has led to Shwen Gwee being named to this list three years in a row. He is really that dynamic and innovative.

When I first met Shwen, two things were clear. First, his passion, creative thinking, and ability to drive change are incredible. And second, I knew I had to work with him. After months of recruiting — and potentially begging — him, I am fortunate he came to work with me at Novartis.

In the short time he has been at Novartis, he has left an indelible mark on our digital transformation journey by making fundamental contributions to our first externally branded digital innovation lab, the Novartis Biome.

He has also played a significant role in advancing efforts to leverage social media and chatbots to improve patient experience. Shwen is a catalyst for much needed change in the healthcare industry and embodies the spirit of a top health influencer.


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