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March 25, 2021updated 20 May 2021 5:23pm

Medtech jobs weekly snapshot: Medicare COO joins Amalgam Rx, Duke of Sussex starts at workplace mental health app BetterUp

From 14 March to 20 March 2021, 13,884 medtech jobs were posted worldwide. Several major hires have been made across the industry in the past week, with Medicare chief operating officer Jennifer Main moving to Amalgam Rx and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, joining workplace mental health app BetterUp as chief impact officer.

By Chloe Kent

Between 14 March and 20 March, 13,884 jobs have been posted across the globe in the medtech industry, according to the GlobalData jobs analytics tool –a small increase on the 13,504 jobs posted the previous week.

Global life science and technology innovator Danaher Corp emerged as the most active hirer, posting 1,277 jobs, followed by Bausch & Lomb with 838 listings and Cepheid UK with 610.

Cepheid is currently in the process of seeking approvals to manufacture point-of-care reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests in India, having set up a manufacturing facility in Chennai last year, and is planning to add another in Bengaluru. The Chennai facility currently produces test cartridges for tuberculosis testing on Cepheid’s GeneXpert system.

Major hires in the SaaS space

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) sector has seen some incredibly high-profile candidates join its ranks over the past week, with Amalgam Rx announcing the appointment of Jennifer Main as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Main will join the company on 5 April from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she has served as chief operating officer for almost five years.

Amalgam Rx has built a platform designed to rapidly develop and scale digital health solutions, supporting a product from R&D to commercialisation.

But perhaps the most high-profile hire in recent days comes from workplace mental health coaching app BetterUp, which has appointed Prince Harry as chief impact officer after his stepping away from royal duties.

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The exact requirements of the Duke of Sussex’s new role are not yet clear, but BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux told the Wall Street Journal that Prince Harry will not manage employees or have people report directly to him. He will be involved with providing input into product strategy decisions and charitable contributions, and advocating publicly on topics related to mental health.

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