Mentor to digital health entrepreneurs will head up Blueprint Health accelerator

Jean-Luc Neptune, a physician who has worked as a serial entrepreneur and mentor in New York’s digital health scene, joined Blueprint Health this week as executive director heading up the accelerator program. The move follows a new initiative by Blueprint to set up an interdisciplinary group to explore and fix some of the niche challenges […]

Jean-Luc Neptune, a physician who has worked as a serial entrepreneur and mentor in New York’s digital health scene, joined Blueprint Health this week as executive director heading up the accelerator program. The move follows a new initiative by Blueprint to set up an interdisciplinary group to explore and fix some of the niche challenges in healthcare.

Neptune has worked for Health 2.0 where he managed its developer challenge. He has also served as a mentor for Blueprint Health and the New York Digital Health Accelerator. He also co-founded ExpertConsensus — an advisory firm offering patients second opinions from medical experts and personalized health services — and Healogica, a clinical trial matchmaking program. Neptune said its assets were acquired by the Michael J Fox Foundation, according to his website. He’s also the president of digital health consultancy, Health Ideas Unlimited  and the founder of The Living Lab for Digital Health to rapidly discover, develop, test, and deploy new digital health technologies.

In response to emailed questions, Blueprint Health co-founder Brad Weinberg said he and co-founder Mathew Farkash said although a couple of official roles have changed its overall goal to make it easier for health IT companies to grow remains intact.

“We are very focused on expansion in 2015 and have a couple of other initiatives in the works in addition to the Collective.  Doug is leading the Collective and [Jean-Luc] is leading our accelerator.  Mat and I are very focused on strategy and scalability of our organization, as well as working hand in hand with our new and past portfolio companies to help them succeed.”

Blueprint Health also kicked off recruitment for its seventh class, which is scheduled to start February 2 and finish April 23. Here’s a link to the application. About 85 percent of the companies the accelerator has launched are in operation and most are generating revenue, according to a company statement.

Update: This story has been updated to include emailed comments from Blueprint Health co-founder Brad Weinberg