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Earlier this year, Philadelphia-based healthcare company Accolade opened a second headquarters in Seattle to attract some of the region’s talent. Accolade is now broadening its search for the best people to an international level with a new development office in Prague.

The office opened last month, and right now 21 people work out of it, with Accolade looking to fill at least four more positions soon.

“We came to Prague because there are brilliant people here who can do things that other people can’t do,” Raj Singh, Accolade CEO, said in a video released Tuesday that details the opening of the Prague office.

Concur co-founders Singh and Mike Hilton lead Accolade, which helps people and companies navigate the healthcare system. Singh and Hilton left Concur last year after they sold the company to SAP for $8.3 billion. About a year later, the long-time business partners reunited and joined Accolade. As part of their deal to lead Accolade — Singh as CEO, Hilton as chief product officer — they remained in the Seattle area to establish the local office.

That office opened in February at the Washington State Convention Center, where Accolade has a single floor that is home to more than 50 engineers, data scientists, software engineers, marketing employees and others. And Accolade is hiring more people for the Seattle office. Accolade also has an office in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Last week, Accolade announced it had raised $70 million in a Series E round led by Silicon Valley powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group as well. Accolade has now raised more than $90 million in this round, and more than $160 million in total.

The 9-year-old company employs more than 700. Since taking on Comcast as its first customer in 2009, the company has served as an intermediary, helping employees at major corporations navigate healthcare systems. The idea is to make things more approachable so patients feel comfortable and doctors are able to deliver the best care possible. Other big customers include Lowe’s and Hewlett Packard.

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