Vitality Glowcap founder joins Warby Parker and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock
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In addition to recently entering the digital health world with a prescription-checking app, online glasses retailer Warby Parker has also hired a new vice president of computer vision with a digital health background. Serial entrepreneur David Rose, who joined Warby Parker in March, was the founder and CEO of Vitality, maker of connected pill bottle cap brand GlowCap. Vitality was one of the earliest digital health companies to venture into the medication adherence space. It was acquired in 2011 by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and later rolled into NantHealth.

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NantHealth, the recently IPO'd digital health wing of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantWorks portfolio of companies, has hired a new chief operating officer, Ronald A. Louks. Louks' background is not in healthcare but technology: he previously worked at Blackberry HTC, and Sony Ericsson.

"Ron will oversee the company’s global operations; he has expertise in launching new products globally, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain, sales operations, marketing, manufacturing, e-commerce, retail, quality control, information technology and growing early stage businesses," Soon-Shiong said in a statement. "We welcome Ron and he will play an instrumental role to build and execute our global strategy and drive the company’s growing market share and international expansion.”

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Insulet, maker of the OmniPod insulin pump, has appointed Bret Christensen to the role of chief commercial officer, overseeing sales, marketing, customer care, market access and advocacy. Christensen previously held positions at Hologic, and, most recently Myriad Genetics. 

“I am thrilled to welcome a leader of Bret’s caliber to run Insulet’s commercial operations,” Shacey Petrovic, president and chief operating officer at Insulet, said in a statement. “Over the past year, Insulet has achieved considerable growth and we remain focused on further penetrating both the diabetes and drug delivery markets. Bret’s extensive commercial expertise will be a tremendous asset as we drive execution of our strategic plan.”

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Cincinnati, Ohio-based PatientPoint, which makes engagement platforms for providers and patients, has made several new hires recently. In the newly-created role of chief growth officer, the company has hired Travis Hutchins, founder of digital health company Remedy Health Media. 

The company also added two new members to its analytics and insight team: Rex Daisey, the new VP of analytics and insight, and Yasser Elbissaty, who will serve as a data scientist.

"Focusing on delivering clear ROI for our sponsors is not only important, but critical in today's healthcare market," Mike Collette, PatientPoint CEO, said in a statement. "As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the ability to deliver measured, guaranteed results will be the differentiator between industry innovators and imitators. PatientPoint experienced unprecedented growth in the past year and there's only more opportunity on the horizon. Adding top-tier talent to the PatientPoint Analytics & Insights team will further position us as the trusted leader of point of care." 

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Adam Kovalevsky has signed on as senior vice president of product development at Collective Health, an employee benefits platform that uses predictive analytics to match employees with programs. Kovalevsky has previously held positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft and eMeter Corporation.

“Adam has been at the forefront of building products that change the way Fortune-500 businesses operate and deeply understands the challenges of building and scaling enterprise-grade software and teams in hypergrowth environments,” Ali Diab, CEO of Collective Health, said in a statement. “As we enter our next stage of growth, I am thrilled to work alongside Adam in building the platform that will radically change the way companies and their employees access and experience their benefits in a rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem.”