Judge - Entrepreneur-In-Residence at The Francis Crick Institute
Barbara has worked on the commercial side of life sciences for thirty years, first in a large organisation (ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca), before transitioning to the entrepreneurial world of biotech. At Autifony, Barbara is responsible for strategic partnering and commercial aspects of drug development for CNS disorders. In December 2017 Autifony signed a major collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim. Barbara was also Chair of Puridify, a UCL spin-out with a breakthrough biotherapeutics purification technology, which was acquired by GE in November 2017. She chairs the LifeArc Seed Fund investment committee, and is on the Cambridge Enterprise Seed Fund Investment Committee. Barbara joined the Francis Crick Institute in January 2018 as Entrepreneur-in-residence. Previously, Barbara was CEO of Stabilitech, and she was Commercial Director at Arrow Therapeutics until the company was acquired by AstraZeneca. Barbara was also Senior Business Development Manager at Celltech. Barbara has a BA and D Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.
Judge - Founding Partner at HS
James is a Founding Partner at HS. - an accelerator and fund that builds, scales and invests in the best healthtech startups to tackle global health problems. He also a Guest Lecturer at UCL and contributes to Forbes.com on UK healthtech and innovation. James is an anaesthetics and intensive care doctor by background and practiced clinically for 5 years. Before founding HS., he directed the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, a £3.4m project that provided healthtech startups with market access to the NHS. He oversaw 61 startups raise £30m, achieve 50 pilots and contracts and save an estimated £48m to the health service. Prior to running healthtech accelerators, James worked at Health Education England, NHS England and the BMJ in innovation roles. James also has a postgraduate diploma in education, has advised on numerous Quality Improvement Projects, presented internationally and won the Merit Award for Outstanding Leadership during his clinical training.
Judge - Managing Partner at ConAlliance UK
Cliff Murphy is the managing partner at ConAlliance UK, an international Healthcare advisory company based in London. He has undertaken a variety of M&A transactions across the globe, including Africa, China and Europe and takes an active role in the development and commercialisation of new healthcare technologies. ConAlliance UK concentrates solely on the global healthcare industry, with particular focus on the Japanese and European markets. They cover all of the major sectors, including: medical devices, pharmaceuticals, IVD and digital health.
Cliff completed his MBA at Bradford University specialising in Finance and International Business, and has continued to update his knowledge through a number of executive programs from leading business schools globally. Cliff is on the board of a number of exciting early stage Medtech companies and is still passionate about making a difference through technology. In recent years, Cliff is involved in a number of significant healthtech commercialisation opportunities including Origin – nitric oxide plasma technology and Cambridge respiratory Innovation. Finally, Cliff is a visiting lecturer at Imperial College, London and provides a key note lecture to Medical engineering and entrepreneurship students.
Mentor - Strategy Consultant at Strategy&
Rory is a Strategy Consultant at Strategy&. He specialises in commercialisation strategy in the Life Sciences and Consumer Health industries. He holds a Visiting Lecturer position at ESCP Europe Business School (winner of the 2018 Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year Award), where he teaches two modules on an MSM in BioPharma Management. He teaches Commercialisation Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Rory co-founded the London HealthTech Challenge five years ago and also mentors start-ups for the ImagineIf accelerator. He holds an MBA from London Business School.
Mentor - Product Manager at Medopad
Portmann is a citizen of the world: she has lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Middle East, South Caucasus and Ukraine. Kateryna studied an MBA at the Steinbeis University of Berlin, International Business at the Institute of International Relations in Kyiv. In 2014, she rejected a Ph.D. scholarship in Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. The reason? Because, as she says, building a startup is simply much more fun... But beyond the dry facts, Kateryna is a pure entrepreneurial powerhouse. Everything about Kateryna Portmann screams energy. Her superpower is product management, helping teams outperform by organizing work in the right way and with the right processes. Coming from Ukraine, Kateryna has been Senior Business Analyst at CompareGlobalGroup in Hong Kong for two years. In 2018, she moved to London and joined Medopad as Product Manager. Medopad develops next-gen remote health monitoring solution that helps people to live longer, it was named a $1 billion health tech company in the making by KPMG. Kateryna is a prominent tech and startup speaker, passionate about mentoring young talent.
Mentor - Associate Partner at Breed Reply
Mr. Gabriele Dini is an Associate Partner at Breed Reply, the [investment arm of the Reply SpA group] focusing on early stage European IoT [and Deep Tech] startups. He has been working in venture capital for more than nine years, leading 18 seed and series A investments and completing 40 transactions across different sectors, from digital to biotechnology. Before moving into VC, Gabriele held research and project management roles in multinational academic and industrial environments (Gambro, Cleveland Clinic Foundation), in Europe and the United States. Gabriele holds a BEng and MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, complemented by an MBA with focus on strategy and finance (SDA Bocconi) and by a Masters in Finance with a corporate finance concentration (London Business School).
Dr Vishaal Virani
Mentor - Client Success Director at Ada Health
Dr. Vishaal Virani is the Client Success Director at Ada Health, an AI-powered health platform that helps people to better understand their health symptoms and to navigate to the most appropriate care. Vishaal started his career as an NHS doctor in the UK. Throughout his practice, he noticed the need for institutional change in the healthcare sector. The physician then shifted his career focus to healthcare strategy consulting, and began working with hospital groups and medical technology companies. At Ada, he is focused on forming partnerships with healthcare providers and insurers globally, and also ensuring the long-term success of these partnerships. Vishaal graduated from UCL Medical School and completed his medical training at King’s College Hospital in London. He has also co-founded Doctorpreneurs - the world’s largest community of medical professionals who share an interest in health entrepreneurship. He has now relocated to the US to help Ada expand.
Mentor - Digital Transformation Strategy Director at CI&T
Carolina is a Brazilian/Italian innovation senior executive focused on digital transformation who has worked supporting CXOs of pharmaceutical, banking and consumer goods companies in developing, executing innovation strategies (Roche, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson) and creating new businesses (her own startups and new business ventures for clients such as Coca Cola, EMS Pharma among others). Her current role as Digital Transformation Director sees her on CI&T supporting different traditional companies to transform themselves through innovation in people, processes and product. She is a mentor for startups and digital companies. Carolina is a keen mentor for young women executives in established companies and entrepreneurs in health startups