Roberto Ascione

Roberto Ascione

CEO & Founder

Digital technology & innovation are the driving forces behind the transformation in healthcare, leading to a world of increasingly relevant, human-sized, solutions to health challenges.


Roberto is a pioneer in digital health and a recognized thought leader, people-inspiring founder, serial entrepreneur and global manager.

Trained as a medical doctor and in marketing communications, his passion for medicine, computer science and human-technology interactions have led to his lifelong commitment and dedication to the advancement and spreading of digital healthcare, he holds a strong belief that digital innovations and technology will be the most impactful drivers of change in healthcare.

Roberto is currently CEO at Healthware Group the largest, independent, healthcare consultancy (more than 1300 people in Europe and USA through the Intouch Group joint venture) helping life sciences companies, healthcare stakeholders and start-ups navigate the transformation in healthcare, from strategy to technology.

Roberto is also very active in the digital health ecosystem in various advisor capacities both in Europe and in USA to companies, start-ups and investors; among others he has been recognized as Decade’s Best Industry Leader by Health 2.0 Conference - 10 Year Global Retrospective Award in 2016, nominated Transformational Leader at The 2017 PM360 ELITE Awards and named among the 100 Most Inspiring People by PharmaVOICE in 2017.

He is a Founding Member of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, has been President of the HealthTech Summit and is Chairman at Frontiers Health, which emerged as one of the leading digital health conferences globally.

He is a regular keynoter at global events as Webit, MWC, Wired Health, 4YFN, HIMMS | Health 2.0, Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), TEDx, Codemotion, Upgraded Life Festival, Dublin Tech Summit, as well as large internal events for corporations like AXA, Bayer, BNP Paribas Cardif, EY, Merck, MSD, Roche, Sanofi.

In the past 25 years Roberto has been focusing on marketing and communications, business transformation and innovation in health and wellness: between 1997 and 2006 founded multiple companies at the intersection of healthcare and technology with main exit to Publicis Groupe in 2007; held multiple roles at Publicis Healthcare up to 2013 as Global President at Razorfish Healthware leading a Team of 300+ in 9 countries.

When not in New York City, London or Milan, then most likely, you will find him in Salerno along the Amalfi Coast, Italy.


Roberto's blogposts

22/07/2020 blog / BlogPost


A message from Roberto Ascione, CEO Healthware Group

30/03/2020 blog / BlogPost

In Italy, we are doing 10 years of digital health evolution in 10 days

In Italy, with lockdown proving to be effective, the most strategic usage of digital health solutions is the remote management of patients at home

6/12/2019 blog / BlogPost

How artificial intelligence is empowering healthcare

It is hard to think of any area of our lives that might not one day be affected by artificial intelligence, and an exponential rise in recent years has already seen it become increasingly embedded in healthcare.