Philly ETE 2020 – Mike Wenger – Times When GraphQL Really Shines

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A RESTful API and a GraphQL API are often viewed as two interchangeable approaches to achieve the same thing, make data available to a client.

After building out a clinical trial matching API to help match patients discover the right trial for them, Mike encountered a few areas in particular where GraphQL far outshined what was possible with REST.

About Mike Wenger

Mike is a software developer and entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience developing solutions for patients.

Mike was an Associate Director at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research where he oversaw the development of Fox Trial Finder and Fox Insight, two platforms to help the Parkinson’s community connect with clinical trials and track their disease over time. Mike went on to join Epion Health as Lead Developer where he and his team developed a solution to simplify the check-in process for patients and their medical providers.

Mike founded Clinical Trial Connect in 2015 to bring clinical trial matching capabilities to more patient advocacy groups and scaled the platform to support over 20 national patient advocacy groups. Clinical Trial Connect was acquired by TrialScope in October 2019 and Mike looks forward to continuing to promote clinical trial awareness and helping patients in their journey.