SEATTLE – Sage Bionetworks has appointed Ljubomir Bradic as Director of Design. Bradic previously served as Sage’s senior user experience designer and brings 20 years of experience in product design, UX design and research, program management, and creative direction. He also spent time in the start-up world, co-founding Luceo Social Inc., which was acquired by Fexy Media, and subsequently serving as a product designer for Talaera.
As the Director of Design, Bradic oversees a team that works with researchers and engineers to design products and applications that are powered by Sage’s technology platform. These applications enable scientists to collaborate and share their data and other digital resources across diverse research projects, including for cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. The team also places a high focus on developing mobile and other novel digital approaches to bridge the gap between researchers and the participants in human health research studies.
“To be able to contribute to potentially life-changing biomedical research is an honor,” Bradic said. “Whether we do a good job or not can make a difference in people’s lives, so identifying what problems to solve and how to execute our solutions is very serious business.”
Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit organization that uses open, collaborative research practices to identify reliable biomedical claims poised for translation. Effective user experience design is critical to how researchers and study participants engage with Sage’s technology platform.
“Design should be part of any world-class technology team,” said Mike Kellen, CTO of Sage Bionetworks. “I’ve watched Ljubo build close, collaborative relationships with groups within Sage and with a variety of our partners. I’m confident he will be able to lead Sage’s design team to the next phase of development.”
Lara Mangravite, President of Sage Bionetworks, described Bradic’s approach to designing solutions as clear, simple and joyful. “This is particularly important as we seek solutions that support interactions across a diverse set of people,” she said. “We are excited to have him leading our design team in this work.”