MeYou Health shakes up CEO position, financial backers
BOSTON — Digital wellness platform MeYou Health, which partners with health plans to help engage members in their health through its “open social” networks, has a new CEO and roster of financial backing, it announced this week.
Serial health care entrepreneur Rick Lee is now the company’s CEO, following his spearheading a buyout of MeYou Health backed by Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors,
“I'm excited to join a group of talented managers and outstanding software engineers at MeYou Health,” Lee said. “The MeYou Health team has constructed a fabulous engagement platform that scales to large volumes and configures to a vast array of customizable needs of health plans. The price points and value proposition are very attractive and allow us to bring wellness — through brokers and our health plan clients — to the large but somewhat overlooked small-to-midsize employers market.”
With more than 50 programs encompassing prenatal care, stress and yoga, MeYou Health features a pricing model whereby health plans are only charged for engaged members, and its new leadership has brought praise from one of its six health plan partners, which is also one of its backers.
“Together, MYH and Blue Shield of California have demonstrated that sustained engagement, improved health, and financial value can be accomplished for our members and employer customers,” Blue Shield of Califonia VP wellbeing Bryce Williams said. “In a market full of over-promise, under-deliver wellness programs, MYH stands out for delivering an agile, reliable digital health platform and engaging well-being programs capable of positive clinical outcomes.”
PhRMA taps Brian Toohey to head international advocacy
WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Thursday announced the addition of Brian Toohey as SVP international advocacy, effective July 11.
Toohey is the former president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, where he oversaw that industry’s federal advocacy, international trade and technology programs. Before joining the SIA, Toohey had been at PhRMA, first as a lead international lobbyist and then as the leader of its international advocacy team.
“As the biopharmaceutical industry develops bold new treatments that save and improve lives, Brian's proven leadership skills and deep experience in international health policy and advocacy will help get these medicines to patients who need them around the world,” PhRMA president and CEO Stephen J. Ubl said. “He has a strong track record of working effectively with international governments, multilateral organizations and global stakeholders to ensure greater patient access to the breakthrough therapies pioneered by PhRMA member companies.”
Toohey also serves on the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Upsher-Smith recognized with HDA DIANA award
Left to right: HDA president and CEO John Gray, Upsher-Smith senior director national accounts Brad Leonard, Upsher-Smith national accounts manager Mike Muzetras and HDA chairman and Dakota Drug CEO Ted Scherr.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (formerly the Healthcare Distribution Management Association) has honored Upsher-Smith Laboratories with a Distribution Industry Award for Notable Achievement in Healthcare Award. The DIANA award was given to Upsher-Smith for “Best Overall Branded Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer with Less than $300 Million in Sales.”
Upsher-Smith has received the award four times in the past six years, and it was one of 12 DIANA award winners honored at the HAD’s 2016 Business and Leadership Conference held in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 13.
“We are honored to have been selected for a DIANA award, and especially to be recognized again as the year's 'Best Overall Branded Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer' in our sales category,” Upsher-Smith VP global sales Scott Hussey, who was at the awards ceremony, said. “Upsher-Smith strives to meet and exceed current standards of pharmaceutical manufacturing excellence, and we are proud to be acknowledged for our efforts to bring high-quality, high-value products to patients across the nation.”
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