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Palantir Taps Ex-IBM Exec Kassler as Chief Medical Officer

Palantir hired a physician and former IBM executive, William J. Kassler, as chief medical officer to lead its public-health and life-sciences teams.

Palantir  (PLTR) - Get Palantir Technologies Inc. Class A Report hired a physician and former IBM  (IBM) - Get International Business Machines Corporation Report executive, William J. Kassler, as U.S. government chief medical officer to lead its public-health and life-sciences teams.

The Denver data-analytics company said in a statement that Kassler would help it expand its efforts in the private- and public-health sectors.

He will lead the public-health and life-sciences teams across Palantir’s U.S. government and international business, the company added.

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Kassler joins Palantir from IBM Watson, which the Armonk, N.Y., computer giant calls its suite of "tools, applications and solutions [designed] to reduce the costs and hurdles" of adopting artificial intelligence "while optimizing outcomes and responsible use of AI." 

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"To emerge from this pandemic stronger, society will need to make significant improvements to how we approach public health,” Kassler said in a statement.

The company said it has grown its healthcare business and in recent months, delving into life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and public health. With that has come several significant new senior hires.

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“Palantir has played a key role in mitigating the global Covid-19 pandemic, supporting more than 100 organizations in their response to the pandemic, and helping the U.S. and the U.K with vaccine distribution,” Palantir Chief Operating Officer Shyam Sankar said in a statement.

“Palantir software has also been used in drug discovery, biotechnology, scientific research, and to mitigate disparities in public health.”

At last check Palantir shares were trading 0.5% higher at $23.15.