Veteran medtech executive Scott Huennekens is out as CEO of Verb Surgical, the robot-assisted surgery joint venture between Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Google parent Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL), which today installed Kurt Azarbarzin in the corner office. Azarbarzin, himself a medical device industry longtimer, was co-founder & CEO of SurgiQuest until its 2016 acquisition by ConMed (NSDQ:CNMD), where he was named […]
UnitedHealth Group’s Optum IT-based health services unit has sued former VP David Smith, claiming that he misappropriated trade secrets before leaving to join a new healthcare venture supported by Amazon. Smith’s lawyers are seeking to move the case to arbitration. The complaint, filed Jan. 16 in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, accuses Smith of printing out […]
In a major personnel shift, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) announced this week that Larry Renfro, CEO of its subsidiary Optum, will step away from the corner office to become managing partner of Optum Ventures and its expanded $600 million investment fund. Ex-GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) chief executive, Andrew Witty, will take Renfro’s place as CEO of Optum on […]
Healthcare tech group Mediware Information Systems said it tapped former United-Health Group subsidiary OptumInsight chief exec Bill Miller as its new CEO, replacing Kelly Mann, who has served in the corner office since 2007. Mediware said that Miller will work with the Lenexa, Kansas-based company’s management to “build and accelerate the company’s platform” to expand […]
Optum and Mayo Clinic started a new joint venture, Optum Labs, aiming to improve the quality of long- term patient care.
Both parties will provide information assets, technologies, knowledge tools and scientific expertise to related organizations to solve patient care challenges, according to a press release.