John Wilbanks

Sage Bionetworks


“Trade secrets are no way to advance science. We have to exercise our rights to Free the Data if we want to make discoveries fast and accessible to everyone”


John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow at FasterCures. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. National Coordination Office. John has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, Creative Commons (hosted at MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation), and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He also started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. John studied philosophy at Tulane University and modern letters at the Sorbonne.