Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO, Rock Health with
Sean Duffy, Cofounder & CEO, Omada Health; and
Elli Kaplan, Cofounder & CEO, Neurotrack
in conversation with Bill Wasik
Omada Health has launched an online program to help patients at risk for diabetes make healthy lifestyle changes, using web-based lessons, coaching, social support, and digital tracking tools. Sean Duffy dropped out of an MD/MBA program at Harvard to cofound Omada. He previously spent two years at Google and worked in IDEO’s Health & Wellness group.
Neurotrack is developing a cognitive test that can detect the first neurological effects of Alzheimer’s, up to six years before the onset of behavioral symptoms. Early diagnosis is a great advantage for patients, giving them time to plan and take steps that can delay the onset of the disease. Before cofounding Neurotrack, Elli Kaplan worked in the public sector and held senior positions with AIG Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs, as well as several startups.
Halle Tecco cofounded Rock Health in 2010 as the first startup incubator devoted exclusively to digital health companies. She hatched the idea while pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School, when she realized there was a disconnect between the worlds of health care and information technology. Rock Health aims to bridge that gap. It welcomes tech entrepreneurs with no health-sector experience and provides not just seed funding but industry expertise and access to a network of partners like Genentech, UnitedHealth, Quest Diagnostics, Kaiser, Harvard Medical School, and the Mayo Clinic. The company has graduated several classes of startups, focusing on areas from diagnostic tools and devices to analytics and administrative solutions. Tecco has been honored as one of the nation’s top young innovators in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and was hailed by CNN in “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare.”