Another day, another Apple health-based hire. This time it’s Divya Nag who made her “Cupertino gig” official on LinkedIn. Nag’s profile says she has been working on “special projects” at Apple since April, although her involvement as cofounder of StartX Med accelerator will also continue.
We wouldn’t be surprised if, at one point, Apple ends-up acquiring some of the StartX Med startups.According to VentureBeat’s sources, Nag will be leading Apple’s “health care initiatives.” Meanwhile, 9to5Mac suggests she’ll be working under Dr. Michael O’Reilly, who allegedly joined Apple last summer. O’Reilly is a professor of anesthesiology at Stanford, and was previously at Masimo Corporation, which develops medical devices and sensors.
As part of the job at StartX Med, Nag has been advising many of the accelerator’s portfolio companies, and has led the establishment of key partnerships with Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. That experience alone is worth a fortune for Apple, which will undoubtedly try to make an impact in the healthcare industry. What’s more, we wouldn’t be surprised if, at one point, Apple ends-up acquiring some of the StartX Med startups. Heck, Cook & Co. have already scooped one of them; in March of last year, they acquired WifiSlam for a cool $20 million.
StartX has supported 33 health-based companies with $113 million in combined funding raised; there are 20 hospitals piloting their technologies since the health-focused program’s inception in 2012.