John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. He is also a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and at FasterCures. He runs the Consent to Research Project. He is a widely published author.
He has also served as a Fellow at the World Wide Web Consortium on Semantic Web for Life Sciences, was a Visiting Scientist in the Project on Mathematics and Computation at MIT, and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for PubMed Central. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Sage Bionetworks and on the advisory boards of Genomera, Genomic Arts, and Boundless Learning. He is an original author of the Panton Principles for sharing data.
Scientific American featured Wilbanks in “The Machine That Would Predict The Future” in 2011. Seed magazine named Wilbanks among the Revolutionary Minds of 2008, as a “Game Changer” and the Utne Reader named him in 2009 as one of “50 visionaries who are changing your world”. He frequently campaigns for wider adoption of open access publishing in science and the increased sharing of data by scientists.
Previously, Wilbanks worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Fortney “Pete” Stark, served as the first assistant director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, founded and led to acquisition the bioinformatics company Incellico, Inc., and was executive director of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons. In February 2013, in response to a We the People petition that was spearheaded by Wilbanks and signed by 65,000 people, the U.S. government announced a plan to open up taxpayer-funded research data and make it available for free. Wilbanks holds a B.A. in philosophy from Tulane University and studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.