GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oak HC/FT, a leading venture growth-equity fund investing in healthcare information and financial technology companies, announced today the appointment of Ezekiel “Zeke” J. Emanuel as Venture Partner. Emanuel will put forth his unique expertise around the American healthcare system to advise the firm as well as current and potential partners, including entrepreneurs and portfolio company executives.
“Zeke’s passion for transitioning the healthcare system to higher quality and lower costs is completely aligned with our firm’s mission and purpose,” said Annie Lamont, managing partner at Oak HC/FT. “We are thrilled that Zeke has joined our growing team to provide deep expertise on each aspect of the American healthcare system. Together we will work towards enhancing the impact of our companies and entrepreneurs to fix the system for patients of all ages.”
“The Oak HC/FT team is nimble, experienced and smart,” said Emanuel. “As my first formal role in the private investing sector, I am excited to exchange ideas and knowledge with entrepreneurs that are driving true, innovation that will increase quality and control costs thereby significantly improving the American healthcare system.”
Zeke is an oncologist and was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and then Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2011, Zeke has been at the University of Pennsylvania serving as the Vice Provost of Global Initiatives, the Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, as well as the Diane and Robert Levy University Professor, where he will continue to serve in all roles. From January 2009 to January 2011 he served as a special advisor on health care in the Office of Management and Budget. He has written over 250 academic articles and numerous books, most recently Reinventing the American Health Care System. He is a contributor to the New York Times. Zeke has advocated many policy objectives that have been adopted by CMS including bundled payments for cancer care, mandatory bundled payments for hip and knee replacements, and payment reform for end-of-life care.
About Oak HC/FT
Oak HC/FT (http://oakhcft.com/) is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.