University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy has recognized DNA Direct CEO and Co-founder Ryan Phelan with its Award for Patient Service.
"Phelan's work has dramatically improved patient access to genetic information," Howard McLeod, director of IPIT, said in a statement.
Before launching DNA Direct in 2005, Phelan founded Direct Medical Knowledge in 1995. The web-based resource for personalized medical information was acquired by WebMD in 1999. Even earlier in her career, Phelan was the founding director of Planetree, a nonprofit consumer health-care organization.