Roundup of big digital health hires and departures: Rock Health, Apple, Under Armour

By Aditi Pai
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Rock Health Founder and Managing Director Halle Tecco has left the seed investor and former startup accelerator. “After nearly six years of helping build @Rock_Health, I’ve made the difficult decision to move on,” Tecco wrote on Twitter today. She added that she will continue making angel investments this summer via Techammer, an angel investment fund she founded with her husband. Tecco launched Rock Health as an accelerator program in 2010. In September 2013, Rock Health transitioned away from being an accelerator to focus on being a seed venture fund. Some of the companies Rock Health has invested in recently include Chrono Therapeutics, 1DocWay, Amino, Welkin Health, and Sano.

Apple has hired Yoky Matsuoka, who previously held leadership roles at Google, Nest Labs, and Quanttus, to work on its health-focused products, according to Fortune. Matsuoka will work for Apple COO Jeff Williams, who oversees the company’s health-focused products, including HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit. Matsuoka, who is a MacArthur Fellow, led Google[x] from 2009 to 2010. She then served as vice president of technology at Nest Labs from 2010 to 2015. At that point, Matsuoka was offered a VP position at Twitter, which she turned down after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, which she wrote about in a Medium post last year. Most recently, Matsuoka served as CEO of Quanttus, a startup that has been working since 2012 on a wristworn wearable that offers continuous blood pressure monitoring.

Under Armour has announced that the company’s Chief Digital Officer, Robin Thurston, will leave the company in July 2016. Thurston joined Under Armour in 2013 after it acquired MapMyFitness, which Thurston cofounded. Michael Lee, cofounder of MyFitnessPal, which Under Amour acquired last year, will take Thurston’s place as Chief Digital Officer. Lee currently serves as SVP of North America Digital and oversees product strategy for Under Armour Connected Fitness.

Flare Capital Partners, a venture capital firm, has appointed Dr. Gary Gottlieb and Phyllis Gotlib as executive partners. The executive partners will advise on investment opportunities and serve as a resource for Flare’s portfolio companies. Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners In Health. Gottlieb previously served as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare. Gotlib was the cofounder and CEO of iMDsoft.

The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has hired Andrew Bindman as its director. The AHRQ, a division of US Department of Health and Human Services, aims to create evidence that makes healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, and affordable. Bindman previously worked at UCSF as a professor of Medicine as well as Epidemiology and Biostatistics.