Willie Muehlhausen, DVM Head of Innovation

  • Willie developed his entrepreneurial skills early in his career and started his first venture when he was still in training at the Free University of Berlin School of Veterinary Medicine. He provided technical research services for a number of pharmaceutical and bio-chemical clients. His clients were seeking environmental (safety) data of chemical and pharmaceutical compounds. After he graduated from vet school, he provided veterinary research services to veterinary pharmaceutical sponsors who studied environmental impact of their drugs.

    In 1998 Willie moved into corporate organizations and turned to being a successful Intrapreneur. He consistently identified new opportunities within these organizations and turned them into profitable ventures.

    During his career, he oversaw a variety of new developments, including a dedicated Late Phase EDC system, a Patient Portal, a “Single Sign On solution”, several medical devices in the Patient Reported Outcomes services area and analytical modules that support decisions in the lifecycle of a clinical trial. Bringing all of these together his team is now focusing on wearable devices in Clinical Research.

    As ICON´s Head of Innovation he built a highly skilled team of global experts that provides support and guidance to every employee at ICON who wants to progress an idea. His team developed an Innovation process that utilizes a Crowdsourcing platform to benefit from the combined wisdom and experience of the whole of ICONs global workforce.
    In recent years his team has conducted extensive original research in the fields of machine learning, BYOD in eCOA, Actigraphy and Wearable devices, Gamification and drug adherence systems to support decentralized Clinical Trial scenarios. He and his team regularly publish and present scientific findings at industry conferences to inspire others and to challenge the status quo. In 2015 these efforts have been honored by his peers in the Clinical Trial industry, when Willie was recognized as a PharmaVoice100 Global Innovation Leader.

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