New Adherium CEO and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock
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Adherium, the Australia-based, AstraZeneca-backed smart inhaler company, has hired a new CEO. Arik Anderson will head up the company, while former CEO Garth Sutherland steps down into an executive director role on the company's board. Anderson has a background in executive roles at medical device companies, most recently serving as president of perfusion and surgical devices at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems.

“Adherium is very fortunate to attract someone of Arik’s standing, he is ideally suited to lead the company into its commercial growth phase as we focus on expanding our global footprint," Sutherland said in a statement. "We welcome him to our team, his industry experience, combined with our award-winning Smartinhaler products and technology platform, will allow Adherium to further build upon its position as a market leader in the digital health space. His arrival will also allow me more time to focus on areas of new product development that I have been wanting to undertake for some time now.”

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Apple has hired Dr. Sumbul Desai, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, but she will also continue to see patients at Stanford. Apple executives have not commented on the hire so it's not clear what role Desai will play, whether she might join the team working on ResearchKit, HealthKit and CareKit, or work on an unrelated project. More.

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Healthcare payment technology company PatientCo named Alan Nalle as its new chief strategy officer. Previously he served as a managing director at Accenture Strategy. 

“I am thrilled to join the Patientco team," Nalle said in a statement. "Healthcare consumers demand more from their care both clinically and financially, and Patientco enables providers to give patients a superior financial experience. With Patientco, our clients aren’t just getting a software solution, they’re getting a strong team relentlessly focused on improving the patient payment experience, which yields more payments for healthier operating margins. It’s a win-win for hospitals and their patients and that’s what I’m most excited about.”

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Patient engagement company CheckedUp has added some notable names to its board of directors: Jordan Zimmerman, founder of Zimmerman Advertising, and retinal surgeon Dr. Eugene de Juan. De Juan, an inventor as well as a surgeon, holds patents on over sixty medical devices, while Zimmerman's firm is the 14th largest advertising agency in the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jordan and Gene to our Board of Directors and look forward to working closely with them as we chart new ground in point of care,” CheckedUp CEO Dr. Richard Awdeh said in a statement. “Jordan’s innovations in data-driven brand building and customer conversion, combined with Gene’s experiences as an inventor and entrepreneur, will help us recognize and seize the opportunities ahead to modernize and digitize the clinic, provide actionable health information to the right patient at the right time, and deliver outcomes level data to our practices and partners.”

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Matt Cooper, chairman of Octopus Ventures and former managing director of Capital One (Europe), has joined the board of directors of iamYiam, an AI-powered consumer-focused preventative health company. Cooper will serve as chairman of the board.

“Matt’s experience with fast-moving tech companies is unrivalled and has already proven invaluable in the development of our new corporate offer," Lorena Puica, CEO of iamYiam, said in a statement. "With iamYiam Corporate Care ready for launch, I’m delighted that he is joining us at this exciting time. I believe with his support, iamYiam is primed to do for employee health what Capital One achieved for personalised financial services.”