Former Epocrates CTO raises $2M from Khosla Ventures for new health startup, Gamgee

By Aditi Pai

BobQuinnThis week, stealthy mobile health startup, Palo Alto, California-based Gamgee raised $2 million from Khosla Ventures, according to an SEC filing.

The company aims to make a healthcare app geared towards people who are chronically ill, CEO Bob Quinn writes in his LinkedIn profile. Very few details about the company are known, but Quinn, former Epocrates CTO, wrote that the startup's long term plans include helping people get their healthcare questions answered. Quinn was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Khosla Ventures from June 2012 to January of this year.

Two months ago, Gamgee raised $500,000 from two investors. Like the most recent SEC filing, the only people named on the forms were Bob Quinn and Vinod Khosla, which might suggest Quinn hasn't yet built a team.

Last month, Khosla Ventures led a round of funding for HealthTap, a doctor question and answer startup that helps patients find physician sourced answers to their questions online or through the associated mobile app. Khosla has also invested in medical peripheral device maker CellScope, behavior monitoring and analytics startup, wearable device makers Misfit Wearables and Jawbone, iPhone ECG developer AliveCor and appointment booking app ZocDoc. This past week, former Google executive Ben Ling joined Khosla Ventures as a venture partner, according to AllThingsD.

As CTO of Epocrates, Quinn was part of the team that led the company's ill fated attempt at developing an EHR. MobiHealthNews interviewed Quinn back in 2010 to talk about the company's EHR plans.

Quinn based his new startup's name on a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee, who was reliable and helpful, as he believes the app will also be.