Glen de Vries (June 29, 1972 – November 11, 2021) was an American entrepreneur in the field of medical science and pharmacology, who was the co-founder and former co-CEO of Medidata Solutions, as well as a space tourist.
Glen de Vries
|Born||June 29, 1972|
|Died||November 11, 2021 (aged 49)|
|Cause of death||Plane crash|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
De Vries grew up in New York and showed a passion for computers and science at a young age. He attended the Ethical Culture School in Manhattan and the Bronx, NY. His mother encouraged him to learn ballroom dancing in high school, and he danced competitively with her.  De Vries attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 1994. He taught himself to speak Japanese.
De Vries received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a research scientist at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and studied computer science at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics.
De Vries is the author, with Jeremy Blachman, of the 2020 book The Patient Equation: The Precision Medicine Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond, about the use of data in the future of medicine.
Blue Origin flightEdit
On October 13, 2021, de Vries accompanied actor William Shatner and two astronauts on a New Shepard rocket as part of the Blue Origin NS-18 suborbital mission into outer space, and traveled to space.
De Vries was killed in a small plane crash involving a Cessna 172 in a heavily wooded area outside Hampton Township, New Jersey, on November 11, 2021, at the age of 49. He was a certified private pilot with an instrument rating. The plane's other occupant, Thomas Fischer, also died in the crash.
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