Apple Recruits Another Expert for Medical Team, Possibly for iWatch Project

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MobiHealthNews reports that Apple has lured away yet another high-profile sensor expert from the medical field, who has joined the company to work on the rumoured smart watch project.

Michael O’Reilly, M.D., an anesthesiologist ,was the Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo Corporation before joining Apple in mid-2013. He specializes in pulse oximeters, and while he was CMO at Masimo, the company lunched a cutting-edge iPhone-enabled oximeter called the iSpO2.

While O’Reilly’s role is currently unknown, as he didn’t comment on it when contacted by MacRumors, his hire has certainly captured the blogosphere’s attention, as Apple has already made several hires from the medical field. All of these “fresh” recruits have been made to boost the iWatch team, suggesting possible features of the forthcoming product.

Among the recent – discovered – hires, there are names such as Jay Blahnik, the well-known fitness consultant who helped create Nike’s FuelBand; Nancy Dougherty, a former designer of Proteus’ peel-and-stick vital sign monitoring patch; Ravi Narasimham, former VP of research and development at health sensor company Vital Connect; Ueyn Block, ex-director of Optics & Systems Engineering at C8 MediSensors; and Todd Whitehurst, ex-VP of Product development at Senseonics.

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