Akili Announces Veteran Life Sciences Executive Matt Franklin in Newly Created Role of President and Chief Operating Officer
Franklin brings proven track record leading early commercialization and growing disruptive healthcare business models, including at Exact Sciences, Foundation Medicine and Boston Scientific
Franklin to oversee Akili’s Commercial, Product, Engineering, Medical and People Operations, reporting to CEO Eddie Martucci
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Akili Interactive (“Akili”), a leading digital medicine company pioneering the development of cognitive treatments through game-changing technologies, today announced that industry veteran Matt Franklin will join the company in the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer, effective June 21, 2022.
“As Akili prepares for the commercialization of our first product later this year, we are thrilled to bring on Matt to help lead us through this pivotal moment in the company’s trajectory,” said Eddie Martucci, CEO and Co-Founder of Akili Interactive. “Matt brings more than two decades of experience leading the development of innovative medical products through launch and commercial growth. Matt is a strong leader of teams and audacious missions, and I am confident that Matt’s commercial and broader operational experience will help propel Akili to its next phase of growth and set us up for long-term success.”
As President and COO, Franklin will join Martucci and Akili’s executive leadership team to scale the organization and bring Akili’s diverse pipeline of cognitive treatments to market, with an initial focus on the commercial launch of EndeavorRx®. He will lead the day-to-day operations of the company, and oversee Commercial, Product, Engineering, Medical and People Operations.
“I am honored to join Akili, a company with a pioneering mission to deliver clinically-validated software-based therapeutics for patients living with attention dysfunction, a traditionally underserved area of medicine,” said Franklin. “Furthermore, I am excited to build on Akili’s promise to deliver amazing experiences to patients. I look forward to working with Eddie and the rest of the executive team to advance Akili’s pipeline of innovative cognitive medicine.”
Franklin brings more than two decades of experience across business, commercial and strategic marketing in the diagnostics, life sciences and technology industries leading and evolving innovation. Most recently, Franklin served as General Manager of the Precision Oncology business unit at Exact Sciences. Previously, Franklin was the Chief Commercial Officer at Thrive Earlier Detection Corp, where he led the go-to-market strategy development for their ground-breaking multi-cancer early detection assay. In addition, Franklin served as the Chief Business Officer for ArcherDX, a growth-stage molecular diagnostics company, where he was responsible for establishing and scaling the global sales, customer support, marketing, market access, business development and corporate development teams.
Prior to ArcherDX, Franklin served as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Clinical Product Strategy at Foundation Medicine where he led the global launch of three products in three years, including the company’s first liquid biopsy offering and the first FDA-approved, CMS-covered, comprehensive genomic profiling companion diagnostic test. Franklin held progressive leadership roles overseeing novel interventional medical devices at Boston Scientific, culminating in his running global strategic planning, product development and marketing for the company’s cardiovascular division.
Franklin began his career as a technology consultant and software development leader. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Akili is pioneering the development of cognitive treatments through game-changing technologies. Our approach of leveraging technologies designed to directly target the brain establishes a new category of medicine – medicine that is validated through clinical trials like a drug or medical device but experienced like entertainment. Akili’s platform is powered by proprietary therapeutic engines designed to target cognitive impairment at its source in the brain, informed by decades of research and validated through rigorous clinical programs. Driven by Akili’s belief that effective medicine can also be fun and engaging, Akili’s products are delivered through captivating action video game experiences. For more information, please visit www.akiliinteractive.com.
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