May 17, 2020

Roland Diggelmann resigns as CEO of Roche Diagnostics after 10 years

Ronald Diggelmann
Roche Diagnostics
Michael Heuer
Sophie Chapman
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Roche has stopped its deliveries to some Greek hospitals
The Chief Executive Officer of the Swizerland-based drugmaker, Roche Diagnostics, has announced his resignation.

Ronald Diggelmann will leave the compa...

The Chief Executive Officer of the Swizerland-based drugmaker, Roche Diagnostics, has announced his resignation.

Ronald Diggelmann will leave the company next month following working for the firm for a decade.

The CEO, 51, joined Roche Diagnostics’ parent company, Roche, in 2008. Digglemann has worked for the diagnostics unit since 2012.

Prior to his role as CEO, Diggelmann was appoint as the Region Head of Asia Pacific for Roche Diagnostics.

Michael Heuer, the firm’s Region Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, will be appoint the interim CEO in September.


“I am grateful to Roland Diggelmann for his many valuable contributions during his 10 years at Roche and I wish him all the best for the future,” stated Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche.

“I am pleased to appoint Michael Heuer as interim CEO of our Diagnostics Division.”

“Michael is a very respected leader with a wealth of experience in diagnostics.”

Heuer has worked in sales, marketing, and product develop positions in Europe and the US.

The soon-to-be CEO has also held the position of Head of Roche Near Patient Testing Business Area.

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

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We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013

Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 


As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 


Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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