With a wealth of expertise in scientific research, business, health care, big data and technology, our team is passionate about finding solutions to health care’s greatest challenges.
Meet our leadership team
Paul Bleicher, MD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Bleicher, MD, PhD, is the CEO of OptumLabs.
Prior to OptumLabs, Dr. Bleicher was Chief Medical Officer for Humedica, a next-generation clinical informatics company. He also co-founded and was a leader at Phase Forward, which was instrumental in transforming pharmaceutical clinical trials from paper to the web.
Dr. Bleicher has served as a leader in such notable industry associations as the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium for Value & Science-Driven Health Care and the Drug Information Association. He has received numerous awards for his industry leadership.
Dr. Bleicher holds a BS from Rensselaer, as well as an MD and PhD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He began his career as a physician/investigator and assistant professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
William Crown, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
William Crown, PhD, is chief scientific officer of OptumLabs.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Crown held a number of leadership roles at Optum. Most recently, he served as President of the Health Economics, Late Phase Research Business Unit at Optum Life Sciences.
From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Crown was Vice President of Outcomes Research and Econometrics at Thomson Reuters Medstat. He has also taught graduate courses in statistics and conducted research on the economics of aging and long-term care policy at Brandeis University.
Dr. Crown received his doctorate degree in urban and regional studies from MIT, and an MA in economics from Boston University. The author of two books, and co-author of two others, he has published over 165 journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly papers.
Dr. Crown is currently affiliate faculty, Mongon Institute for Health Policy, at Harvard University.
Chief Operating Officer
Richard Dale is the chief operating officer of OptumLabs.
Prior to this role, Mr. Dale was managing director of Big Data Boston Ventures, a micro-venture capital (VC) fund, and a principal at Sigma Partners, a VC firm that invests in early-stage IT companies.
Before moving into venture capital roles, Mr. Dale was an entrepreneur and startup executive. He co-founded and held various leadership roles at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials.
Mr. Dale has mentored several founders of early-stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge and HealthBox Boston. In 2012, Mr. Dale was voted one of the top startup mentors in Boston.
Mr. Dale holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Durham (England).
Chief Innovation Officer
Dave Dickinson is the chief innovation officer for OptumLabs.
Mr. Dickinson was most recently the CEO of Zeo, Inc., a digital health startup that helps consumers improve the quality of their sleep. Prior to Zeo, he served as COO of StemCyte, Inc. and CEO for Pericor Science, a biotechnology startup.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Dickinson held executive positions, including vice president, Global New Business Development/Innovation and vice president, U.S. Marketing for the Mead Johnson Nutritionals Division of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Prior to that, he served as general manager for the Arm & Hammer Division of Church & Dwight. Mr. Dickinson also held numerous marketing leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products.
Mr. Dickinson received a BS in industrial economics from Union College and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Darshak Sanghavi, MD
Chief Medical Officer, SVP of Translation
Darshak Sanghavi, MD, is the chief medical officer and senior vice president of translation at OptumLabs.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Sanghavi was the Director of Preventive and Population Health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within HHS, where he oversaw the development of pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s health care costs and quality.
Dr. Sanghavi was formerly a fellow and managing director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution focused on health care payment and delivery reform.
Dr. Sanghavi is an award-winning medical educator and has published numerous scientific papers. He has appeared on NBC's Today and NPR's All Things Considered, and regularly written about health care for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post.
Dr. Sanghavi attended Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Medical School, and completed his pediatrics residency and cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.