Growth & Advocacy Advisory Board 2020-04-19T22:41:06-05:00

Growth & Advocacy Advisory Board

The newly created Growth & Advocacy Advisory Board is being formed to help advance awareness of Medibio’s mission and unique technology.  The Advisory Board will be independent of the Board of Directors and is led by Peter Carlisle, Medibio’s Lead Non-executive Board Member.   These members will work closely with  management team to identify strategic opportunities to leverage the expertise, positioning and numerous connections

Peter Carlisle

Non-executive and Lead Independent Director

Mr. Peter Carlisle serves as Managing Director of Olympics & Action Sports at Octagon Worldwide, Inc. and Octagon, Inc. Mr. Carlisle oversees contract negotiations, athlete endorsements and licensing and merchandising opportunities. He has also developed content-driven programs for athletes that are re-defining the term “athlete marketing.” He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, he has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named to SportsBusiness Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Hall of Fame, its 20 most influential people in action sports and its 20 most influential sports agents. Sporting News named him to its Power 100 list, and Mr. Carlisle was named one of the best lawyers in America in sports law, including earning the Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012.

Patrick J. Kennedy

Former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy

During his time in Congress, Patrick J. Kennedy was the lead author of the groundbreaking Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law), which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies in support of mental health equity and works to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming around treatment and recovery. In 2015, Kennedy co-authored the New York Times Bestseller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” which details a bold plan for the future of mental health care in America. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

“Medibio’s technology is truly groundbreaking and has the potential to fundamentally change the mental health system for the better. That’s why I am proud to be part of this team,” said Kennedy. “This is a company that is truly on the cutting edge, and their diagnostic and analytic tools will give clinicians the power to treat patients more effectively, using better data, and with a focus on better outcomes.”

Kennedy is also the co-founder of One Mind, an organization that pushes for greater global investment in brain research; co-chair of Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan initiative designed to elevate mental health and addiction in policy conversations during the 2020 election cycle; and founder of DontDenyMe.org, an educational campaign that empowers consumers and providers to understand parity rights and connects them to essential appeals guidance and resources.

Michael Phelps

Michael is an advocate for Mental Health and since retiring from competitive swimming has dedicated his time, fame, and focus on philanthropic causes that include Mental Health. Since retiring from competitive swimming in 2016, Phelps has actively sought to raise awareness around mental health.  Prior to his appointment to Medibio’s Board of Directors, Mr. Phelps worked with its team of world-class doctors and medical experts to explore ways in which Medibio’s technology could help address the challenges associated with the identification and treatment of various mental health issues.  Mr. Phelps used Medibio’s technology to analyze his own personal datasets and experienced firsthand how it is uniquely positioned to address the challenges associated with mental health diagnosis.

“I am honored to accept this appointment because I have personally experienced Medibio’s technology and believe it can help make a profound impact in diagnosing mental health and empowering people to seek the help and support they may need” said Phelps. “In sports, there is so much focus on the physical aspects of performance, and athletes are analyzed from head to toe.  But for many athletes, mental health has not been a topic of focus, and the data analysis aspect of it has been missing up until now.  I personally suffered from mental health challenges from my teenage years on, and only fairly recently—after reaching a point of desperation—did I acquire the understanding, treatment, and support I needed, which has truly changed my life.  For me, self-awareness, from a mental health standpoint, is empowerment.  But I’ve seen firsthand—in sports and beyond—how difficult it is for people to understand, discuss, and confront stress, anxiety, and mental health concerns, all of which can seem like an insurmountable barrier to getting the help and support that is needed. I feel that the ease and objectivity with which Medibio’s technology can accurately help to diagnose mental health will make a profound difference in people’s lives. I want to help others who are dealing with these challenges and make the process for them to take action easier and more understandable.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all-time, Mr. Phelps has dedicated his time, fame, and focus to a number of philanthropic causes including water-safety, mental health, and anti-doping initiatives. His advocacy for mental health recently earned the recognition of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (“SAMHSA”) as the Honorary Chairperson of National Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 and recipient of the organization’s Special Recognition Award. In addition, Mr. Phelps is an Ambassador for the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign in an effort to help end the stigmas associated with mental health and learning disorders.Mr. Phelps established the Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008 with the focus on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lifestyles, especially for children. The Foundation’s signature program – im –  was developed in collaboration with KidsHealth.org and Michael Phelps Swimming to provide water-safety instruction, recreational pool activities, and swim training, as well as health, wellness, and goal-setting education.