Apple Recruits New MedTech Rockstar

Posted in Mobile Health by Brian Buntz on April 25, 2014

Apple has added Divya Nag—another medical device veteran—to its growing roster of professionals with a background in life sciences. The hire could help Apple navigate the medical technology market, which the Cupertino, CA–based firm is said to be targeting, according to 9to5mac.

Nag, who was selected for Forbes 30 under 30 competition under Science & Healthcare, has assisted more than 35 medtech startups refine their products, raise funding, obtain FDA approval, and pilot their products in prominent hospitals. She has accomplished largely through a Stanford-based non-profit medical technology entrepreneurship program known as StartX Med, which she founded at the age of 21 while on leave from the university.

Nag’s experience could prove useful for Apple, which is thought to be mulling the launch of the iWatch and Healthbook app, which might enable users to track everything from blood glucose to heart performance. While the details of Apple's medical technology debut are fuzzy, it seems like the company definitely is up to something in the space, after reports of a documented meeting with FDA's device division and continued reports of Apple's hiring of medical technology experts.

Nag is also the founder of a company known as Stem Cell Theranostics "dedicated to revolutionizing the future treatment of heart disease" through the use of a stem-cell–based technology that is being used for pharmaceutical applications. The company can take skin cells, frequently from the skin, and covert them first into stem cells, and later into heart cells.

Other recent medical device professionals scooped up by Apple include Nancy Dougherty (one of MD+DI's 40 Under 40 in 2012) from blood-monitoring startup Sano Intelligence, Ravi Narasimhan from biosensor technology at medtech startup Vital Connect, and Marcelo Malini Lamego from patient monitoring firm Cercacor, Michael O'Reilly from Masimo, Ueyn Block from C8 MediSensors, Todd Whitehurst from Senseonics, and Yuming Liu from Accuvein.

Brian Buntz is the editor-in-chief of MPMN. Follow him on Twitter at @brian_buntz and Google+.