Mary Lou Jepsen Leaving Facebook, Oculus VR

Facebook and its Oculus VR virtual-reality unit will take a major hit in August when Mary Lou Jepsen, the social network’s executive director of engineering and leader of Oculus’ display group, leaves the company.

Facebook and its Oculus VR virtual-reality unit will take a major hit in August when Mary Lou Jepsen, the social network’s executive director of engineering and leader of Oculus’ display group, leaves the company.

Jepsen announced at the Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards event in Santa Clara, Calif., last Thursday that she will focus on the use of magnetic resonance imaging technology via wearable consumer devices to help treat and cure diseases, CNET reported.

She said during her keynote speech, according to USA Today and CNET:

I have decided to leave Facebook and Oculus to work on curing diseases using some new imaging technologies I’ve been incubating for a while.

I’m setting off in a new direction. I never stopped dreaming of how to create a wearable to communicate with our thoughts, how to do this at consumer-electronics pricing. I want to get this to every doctor in the world.

Facebook said in an emailed statement:

We wish Mary Lou all the best as she pursues her passion to change the world with next-generation medical technologies. We’re very excited to see what she invents next.

Image via Jepsen’s LinkedIn profile.