Supersapiens bolsters executive team with Zisser and Ketchell

Supersapiens has bolstered its executive team with Dr Howard Zisser as chief scientific officer and Robby Ketchell as VP of innovation.

The US-based company recently finished its most recent funding round, attracting more than $13.5 million from around the world, and will look to the new leaders to help execute on key initiatives for rapid growth over the coming months.

“Supersapiens is leading the future of fueling and sports performance,” said Supersapiens founder and CEO, Phil Southerland. “These renowned experts will expand our ability to offer insights to truly meaningful glucose data.

“Supersapiens powered by Abbott’s Libre Sense is the only energy management system that directly integrates with a sports CGM – adding Howard and Robby to our leadership team will turbocharge our growth, and more importantly, our impact to our customers. This technology is moving quickly, and we are fortunate to have their expertise and leadership to drive innovation.

“Collectively we believe every human is an athlete, and with the addition of these amazing leaders, we hope to inspire the world to get active, and give them the data needed to achieve their goals and dreams.”

Dr Zisser most recently served as Verily/Google Life Sciences’ clinical lead where he championed the expansion of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for people living with type 2 diabetes and built systems to remotely deploy, monitor, and risk stratify these patients in order to optimise their care. He was also an active member of the Google Food Lab, where he taught food industry leaders the importance of glucose sensing technology.

“I have been very involved in CGM technology and research for the last 18 years,” he said. “I envision the broad expansion of this life-changing technology into sports, education, food science, and beyond.”

Southerland added: “It is an honour to have Howard join Supersapiens. Together we see Supersapiens as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage the power of sport as a means to change the health of the world. Howard’s expertise in current and emerging technologies is unparalleled and he will be a major catalyst to show how continuous glucose visibility empowers athletes to go faster longer.”

For more than a decade, Ketchell has worked at the forefront of sport technology and data science. His career as a data scientist in professional sports began with Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling where he was the director of sports science. Following Garmin, he joined Team Sky and the INEOS Grenadiers helping the teams win four Tour de France titles.

“In my career, I have helped create technological innovations that have unlocked human greatness,” he said. “In my family, I see the work of human greatness every day, in the eyes and heart of my son, who has special abilities. The opportunity that we have with Supersapiens can lead to the next great, human, athletic achievement. I’m fortunate to be a part of this great organization and help understand a key element to unleashing the next steps to performance.”

Southerland added: “Robby has spent most of his career helping athletes push past what was believed to be the physical limits of the human body. Robby’s incredible intelligence mixed with his willingness to buy into a program that is aiming to redefine human performance means he was someone we felt we must have as part of Supersapiens team to push to the next level.”

The Supersapiens ecosystem is now available in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK.

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