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Annum Rounds Out Leadership Team with Top Former Aetna Business Development Professional

Debbie Dexter Joins Ex-Google/Salesforce, Ex-Pharma, Ex-Planned Parenthood Leaders and Annum Health Co-Founders in Building a Modern Alternative to Rehab for Heavy Drinking

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Annum Health Secures Seed Round Funding from Blue-Chip Syndicate

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AXA Strategic Ventures, Canaan Partners and .406 Ventures Invest $5 Million in Reinventing Treatment for Heavy Drinking
Annum Health Secures Seed Round Funding from Blue-Chip Syndicate

New York, NY (November 8, 2016)—Annum Health announced today that it has raised $5 million in capital to build a superior, tech-enabled alternative to rehab for heavy drinking. Led by AXA Strategic Ventures, with significant support from Canaan Partners and .406 Ventures, this financing will allow Annum to: recruit and retain an experienced team; build a complete treatment solution— including proprietary protocols, a customized electronic health record, mobile app and call center; conduct testing and secure strategic partnerships with large insurers and employers.

“We are so deeply honored to have the backing of such an impressive and visionary group of investors,” said Michael Laskoff, Annum’s CEO and co-founder. “With their support, Annum Health will build and deliver a full-spectrum solution to the millions of people who struggle with heavy drinking but currently lack a safe, affordable and effective solution.”

Annum Health was founded this past January by Mr. Laskoff, the founder and former CEO of  tele-behavioral health company AbleTo, Lauren Wolfe, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Mark Willenbring, MD, a psychiatrist who previously led the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health.

Despite a proliferation of rehab facilities across the United States, heavy drinking remains an untreated epidemic in America. One in four adults binge drink and 7 percent of U.S. adults—14.6 million people—binge drink five or more days in a single month. The impact of heavy drinking is far-reaching. It can lead to a number of negative health effects for individuals; more than 10 percent of children in the U.S. live with a parent who struggles with drinking and high-risk drinking takes an $81.5 billion toll on workplace performance annually.

By transforming the treatment experience, Annum will eliminate profound barriers to care that exist today and, therefore, make treatment far more accessible and desirable for the millions of people who are in need. Learn more at www.annum.com.

About Annum

Annum delivers the superior alternative to traditional rehab for heavy drinking. Co-founded by proven leaders in health care, technology and alcohol treatment, Annum transforms the treatment experience while eliminating profound barriers to care — high cost, personal and professional disruption, and stigma. At a fraction of the price of inpatient care at a traditional rehab facility, Annum’s tech-enabled solution fully integrates therapy, coaching, medication and support over the course of up to a year to help people reach their individual goals.

Contact

media@annum.com, 646-930-6385

Annum Rounds Out Leadership Team with Top Former Aetna Business Development Professional

Debbie Dexter Joins Ex-Google/Salesforce, Ex-Pharma, Ex-Planned Parenthood Leaders and Annum Health Co-Founders in Building a Modern Alternative to Rehab for Heavy Drinking

New York, NY (April 10, 2017)—Annum Health announced that Debbie Dexter has been named the organization’s senior vice president of business development. Debbie joins Annum after nearly two decades at Aetna in various senior sales, marketing and data analytics roles. During her tenure, Debbie was responsible for managing some of Aetna’s most important customers, including Costco Wholesale and Amazon.

“We’re so thrilled Debbie has joined Annum, where she will forge lasting relationships with major insurers and employers who want to take a proactive approach to the large and, unfortunately, growing problem of heavy drinking in America,” said Michael Laskoff, Annum’s CEO and co-founder. “Debbie joins a leadership team that possesses decades of experience at a range of America’s largest and most trusted brands. Her addition to the team will accelerate Annum’s ability to deliver private and modern treatment for the millions of people in need.”

Annum’s leadership is composed of a diverse group of professionals from the health care, tech and alcohol treatment sectors. In addition to Mr. Laskoff, Annum’s co-founders include Chief Clinical Officer Lauren Wolfe, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, certified tobacco treatment specialist and associate training director of the Health Psychology Program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and Chief Medical Officer Mark Willenbring, MD, a psychiatrist who previously led the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health.

Sandy Humphrey, Annum’s chief people officer, brings more than 20 years’ experience working in highly complex, global companies including Sanofi, Merck, Prudential, Staples and, most recently, Combs Enterprises. Chief Technology Officer Paul Hands brings two decades of varied engineering and managerial experience, including building and leading Salesforce's next generation cloud infrastructure and managing all of Google's non-US hardware operations. Annum’s communications and marketing efforts are spearheaded by Amanda Harrington, who possesses more than a decade of experience in health care communications and advocacy.

“Large employers know that heavy drinking is a problem in for the health and wellbeing of their workforce, but until now — until Annum — they haven’t had the option of a single national solution that can securely and privately deliver treatment directly to the person that’s quietly in need,” said Debbie Dexter. “I am thrilled to join this talented team of professionals and so proud to be working to solve one of our country’s biggest health care problems.”

View more information about Annum’s leadership here.

About Annum

Annum delivers the superior alternative to traditional rehab for heavy drinking. Co-founded by proven leaders in health care, technology and alcohol treatment, Annum transforms the treatment experience while eliminating profound barriers to care — high cost, personal and professional disruption, and stigma. At a fraction of the price of inpatient care at a traditional rehab facility, Annum’s tech-enabled solution fully integrates therapy, coaching, medication and support over the course of up to a year to help people reach their individual goals.

Contact

media@annum.com, 646-930-6385