Masterclass series: Healthtech

The Masterclass Series: Healthtech is a growth programme specially designed for tech SMEs within Healthtech based in Southern Sweden. The programme will focus on increasing knowledge about the British market and getting access to a unique business network, providing opportunities for long-term establishment and growth in the UK. The Masterclass Series: Healthtech is organised by the SCC UK, on behalf of Invest in Skåne, and is an activity within the Southern Sweden International project which is financed by the EU's Regional Development Fund - the project is a partnership between Region Blekinge, Almi Företagspartner Blekinge, Region Skåne and Invest in Skåne AB. 

Contents of the programme

The five selected companies get the opportunity to strengthen their abilities to grow and compete internationally, with unique insights from seasoned entrepreneurs, market experts, and with first-hand support in finding connections and expanding their network.

The programme covers topics such as operational set-up in the UK, identifying customers and partners, the UK marketing landscape and the procurement process. In addition to this, the companies will partake in a two-day coaching programme, in person in England together with NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, the world's largest workforce development programme for healthcare professionals. The programme will help the companies understand what British-based investors are looking for and coach companies to perfect their pitch. It will also focus on increasing the understanding of the funding ecosystem, networking with investors, NHS entrepreneurs and key stakeholders.

The aim of the programme is to give the participants business connections, the toolkit and knowledge needed for a successful expansion to the UK.

The programme will help you to

  • Identify market opportunities, trends and challenges
  • Introduction to the NHS and the ecosystem
  • Understand the regulatory environment and main regulators
  • Practical introduction to the procurement process and trails
  • Individual pitch workshops
  • Audit of external communication
  • Whitepaper on how to sell to the NHS
  • Contact suggestions

Speakers

Tony Young

Tony Young

National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England

Tony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Associate Medical Director at the Mid and South Essex STP, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded 4 Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus.

Anna Crona.

Anna Crona.

Head of Business Services, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

Anna has previously had a successful corporate career at IKEA, building one of the world’s most recognised and admired brands. With an in-depth knowledge of the UK, Anna now works with the establishment and growth of Swedish companies in the UK in her role as Head of the SCC’s Business Services Department. Anna is on the board of directors for Pen Store AB.

Alex Charitou

Alex Charitou

Partner and Medtech Lead, EY

Alex Charitou is a partner in EY’s Global Life Sciences practice leading the European commercial MedTech and patient safety services. He has over 25 years of experience providing knowledge in strategic commercial opportunity assessments, clinical advisory, quality, safety, and regulatory strategy, supporting both medical technology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies. Alex has a special interest in software as a medical device, wearables, and drug-device combination products.

Alex Haddon.

Alex Haddon.

Managing & Creative Director, IC Design

Born in Stockholm, Sweden but resident in London since 1985. In 1998 Alex set up the brand communications agency IC Design and loves running this business in one of the most creative cities in the world. IC Design supports its clients to leverage the incredible power of branding and design to achieve growth and transformation.

Anil Vaidya

Anil Vaidya

Life Sciences Lead, Invest in West Midlands

Anil is a senior international life sciences executive in medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, pharma and biotechnology. His areas of expertise are business development, market entry (UK, Far East & Asian markets), strategic consulting and foreign direct investment (FDI). Anil has experienced starting new businesses and building teams in scientifically and technically complex areas of healthcare. He also worked at senior level in a range of organisations in the private and public sector nationally and internationally.

Anton Lin

Anton Lin

Chief Financial Officer, EveryMatrix and CEP Mentor

Astrid Maria Dahl

Astrid Maria Dahl

COO and Head of Innovent Biologics (Europe)

Maria is the COO and Head of Innovent Biologics (Europe) at Innovent Biologics. Maria has previously held the position of global Head of Transactions for AstraZeneca Business Development and Licensing, Oncology R&D. She has more than 15 years experience in the US and UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, primarily in business development and portfolio management.  She has among other served as Head of Business Development Oncology and subsequently Vice-President Oncology Portfolio Management at IPSEN and since 2012 in different senior BD roles at AstraZeneca. She has a Ph.D in Tumor Immunology from UCL, did her post-doctoral work in Immunology at Harvard Medical School and has an MBA from University of California at Berkeley. 

 

Caroline Mellstig Theimer

Caroline Mellstig Theimer

Managing Director, Zenicor Medical Systems Ltd

Caroline is a Business Development professional with more than 10 years’ experience in delivering successful projects within international business development and strategy for Life Science businesses. Currently Caroline is the Managing Director of Zenicor Medical Systems branch in the UK, leading the company’s ambition to bring early diagnosis of arrhythmias and stroke prevention to the NHS.

Carsten Amdi Jensen

Carsten Amdi Jensen

Deputy Head of Corporate Banking, Danske Bank

Carsten has more than 20 years of experience in working with international corporate customers in the Nordics, Germany and currently, the UK.  Carsten has had a varied banking career, having worked within international relationship management, global cash management, business development and personal banking. Supported by his team in London, he is currently working closely with external colleagues across the Nordic region, to maintain and develop customer relationships across all business segments. Throughout his career, Carsten has successfully led and been involved in cross-cultural collaboration with multiple stakeholders across a large organisation.

Chris Rowe

Chris Rowe

Innovation Lead, Innnovate UK

Chris has over 25 years experience in the medical research, development and innovation field. He has worked in all areas from initial concept and due diligence, to market analysis, IP protection, proof of concept, business development, routes to market and licensing market access. Particularly interested and experienced in getting new products and services successfully adopted by the NHS. 

Christian Kumar

Christian Kumar

CEO, Capital Kinetics Limited

Christian has had a career spanning over 30 years in corporate finance, investment banking, and wealth management. Christian has created a "demand-based" deployment model that allows rapid commercialisation of ideas, a method of valuation, and funding to motivate the stakeholders whilst minimizing risks to the investors. 

Claus Andersen

Claus Andersen

Partner, Freeths

Claus is a partner in our highly regarded corporate group. He specialises in assisting European and International businesses with the setting up of their UK operations. Claus’s advice support covers all aspects of corporate and commercial work with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, licencing agreements and regulatory advice to companies and businesses in the Life Sciences and technology sector. Claus has also a wealth of experience in relation to inward investment, i.e. overseas companies investing into the UK. Claus has for more than 15 years advised a number of businesses from Scandinavia, Central and Western Europe, Asia and the US about investing in the UK and what such businesses should look out for in that process.

Craig Oates

Craig Oates

Managing Director, Doctrin Ltd

Craig has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, a specialist in helping healthcare organisations successfully deliver complex and innovative digital health programmes, as a customer, supplier and advisor.  He has worked with private and public sector clients across care settings internationally and in the UK where he has developed a deep knowledge of delivering digital healthcare solutions. He is passionate about transforming how & where healthcare is delivered, using new ways of working and digital innovation to deliver a step change in quality and efficiency.  He leads Doctrin’s entry into the UK & Ireland business and their wider international growth.

Dace Dimza-Jones

Dace Dimza-Jones

Industry Facilitator, NIHR Clinical Research Network

Dace works in close collaboration with the industry, CROs, clinicians and academics, as well as other life sciences researchers to support and facilitate opportunities for innovative and ground-breaking research. She supports the delivery of high-quality research across 31 different clinical areas to ensure the population has the opportunity to take part in innovative, ground-breaking and life-changing research to improve health and wealth. Dace has a public health background and works as a guest lecturer at Riga Stradins University, Latvia. She is also a board member of the Association of Latvian Diaspora Nurses and Midwifes. 

Dee Mathieson

Dee Mathieson

Senior VP Linac Service and MD, Elekta Ltd

Dee qualified as a Therapy Radiographer and gained clinical and technical experience working in hospitals. After graduating with a second degree in Physics she moved into industry leveraging her expertise working in Service, Marketing, Product Management and Commercial Operations. She has held several senior roles at Elekta and regularly presents to a range of audiences, including Key Opinion Leaders, the financial and government communities. She is passionate about Cancer care and proud of her role in driving Elekta’s track record of innovations in treatment technology. 

Ian Newington

Ian Newington

Head of Special Projects, LGC Grant Management Group

Ian is an experienced assessor of science and technology, particularly healthcare, based on a 30 year career as an inventive, innovative and collaborative commercially-focused researcher. In addition to a strong external focus, Ian also has a strong strategic focus and is experienced in multinational, multidisciplinary team leadership and reporting to senior stakeholders. Ian also has a strong passion for connecting the landscape, particularly for medtech SMEs.

Jacqueline Anderson

Jacqueline Anderson

Senior Investment Adviser, British Embassy, Stockholm

Jacqueline is a Senior Investment Adviser in the commercial section of the British Embassy in Stockholm. She identifies and exclusively support Swedish businesses looking to locate or expand in the UK. Jacqueline's primary focus and interest is Lifescience, where Swedish innovation has so much to offer. In addition to that, she focuses on retail and food and beverage. 

Jeton Jasharaj

Jeton Jasharaj

Director of Trade Promotion, Invest in Skåne

Jeton is the Director of Trade Promotion at Invest in Skåne. He has fifteen years of experience in business development and international business expansion. He has helped hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises grow their business internationally and worked with senior management in over 20 industries in more than 50 markets, both regionally and globally.  

John Spindler

John Spindler

CEO of Capital Enterprise, CEP Partner and Mentor

Dr Linda Magee OBE

Dr Linda Magee OBE

NHS Investment Specialist, Department for International Trade

Linda is the Health Innovation & NHS Sector Specialist for the Healthcare, Life Sciences and Chemistry cluster in the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). She has worked in industry, academia and the NHS supporting innovation in biotechnology and healthcare. 

Louise Partridge

Louise Partridge

Managing Director, Merryhill Accountancy Services

Louise is the founder and Managing Director at Merryhill Accountancy Services. Merryhill is an outsourced accountancy firm. Replacing the traditional in-house finance team, they provide specialist advice and support to both early-stage and established companies. Whether you are a homegrown enterprise or an international business expanding into the UK, Merryhill can provide the service you need.

Luella Trickett

Luella Trickett

Director, Value & Access at Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI)

Luella joined ABHI in 2019, with over 25 years' experience in the pharmaceutical and HealthTech industries. Her career has seen her hold numerous specialist manufacturing and commercial roles at Baxter Healthcare, with responsibility for a range of product portfolios across the HealthTech spectrum within the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. From 2015, Luella led Baxter Healthcare's Government Affairs and Public Policy agenda, where she was tasked with managing key policies impacting the HealthTech sector and the NHS - supporting change that enabled the adoption and spread of innovations that deliver whole-system value across healthcare settings.

 

Magnus Pettersson

Magnus Pettersson

Chief Expansion Officer, Mindler

Melina Jacovou

Melina Jacovou

Founder & CEO, Propel

Melina’s career has spanned 25 years and she is one of the most recognisable figures in the UK digital industry. As a pioneer of talent for the digital economy, Melina founded Propel London in 2001 and the agency is now one of the UK’s largest independent digital talent businesses. Through her invaluable expertise in digital talent, she has helped hundreds of businesses grow through the acquisition of skilled digital professionals. She has also invested in and advised many high growth tech companies and has mentored founders in the digital ecosystem.

Marika Amartey Kaliff

Marika Amartey Kaliff

Science and Innovation Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden, London, UK

Marika works with the implementation of the Swedish trade and export promotion agenda, manage and ensure delivery of specific trade strategies for the UK and London in the fields of creative industries, food, life sciences and cleantech with recurrent Brexit focus. She also drives the tech podcast and policy project Tech Bridge Sweden-UK where influential technology entrepreneurs come together to discuss key policies to drive innovation forward. Marika have previous project management experience of high level European R&D, innovation and media projects, as well as in house policy and business development experience from both the public and private sectors.

Mindy Simon

Mindy Simon

NHS Innovation Accelerator National Programme Manager

Mindy looks after logistics of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, ensuring that the day-to-day activities run smoothly – including events and the Fellow’s learning programme. She has worked in the health sector for most of her career in roles ranging from running courses training Chiropractors to helping run a division dedicated to allergy and lung biology research and education. 

Neil Toner

Neil Toner

Programme Manager, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

As international programme manager, Neil is responsible for establishing and developing relationships with partners who will support the programme with key expertise, funding, and business advice, locally, nationally, and internationally. Neil has 18 years experience of working in regulatory environments of transport, financial services, healthcare systems, with a particularly strong background in large scale software implementation, business change and project and programme management. Neil has also spent over ten years in numerous roles up to Director level at an innovative healthcare software company and ran his own healthcare BI business.

 

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts

CEO, South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA)

Neil was appointed as CEO for SEHTA in 2021, having previously been the COO since 2018. Neil has spent more than 25 years in the medical technology market, with a track record of success in driving business development and growth, via sales and marketing, domestic and international distributor management, market access, major accounts, new business integration, and change management, gained in the UK and in export within an SME and leading MedTech company environment.

Nikesh Patel

Nikesh Patel

Business Development Executive Life Science and Healthcare, MIDAS

Nikesh is a Business Development Executive for MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency. MIDAS are a free, bespoke and confidential service available to companies to establish & scale themselves within the region. He’s always happy to have a chat regarding any project, event or visit you may be planning in Greater Manchester.

Ruth Bradbury

Ruth Bradbury

NHS Navigator, DigitalHealth.London

As Interim Head of DigitalHealth.London, Ruth uses her NHS experience and skills in influencing, negotiation and organisation and planning to help digital health innovators taking part in the Accelerator Programme get the best from the experience. 

Sura Hussein

Sura Hussein

Senior Inward Investment Manager, London & Partners

Sura Hussein is Senior Inward Investment Manager in the Innovation & Life Sciences Team at London & Partners which is London’s international trade, investment and promotion agency. In her role she is working on promoting London as a hub for Life sciences and Health Tech companies and is connected to the local eco system. She is supporting companies from abroad to successfully expand to London.

Thomas Hutchinson

Thomas Hutchinson

Healthcare and Life Science Sector Manager, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Thomas is part of the Trade & Investment team for Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, encompassing the wider West Yorkshire region. He is experienced in delivery trade and inward investment across multiple markets and sectors, having delivered FDI and trade projects in the UK, US, Europe, Middle East, India, and China. Experienced in supporting companies on market entry and growth strategies, supporting companies to access the UK Healthcare and Life Science ecosystem to trial solutions, build robust value propositions, and utilise talent, R&D, and infrastructure to grow.

Tim East

Tim East

Digital Navigator, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Tim has over eighteen years’ experience working for market leading healthcare organisations., with a wealth of knowledge covering products and services through a number of key operational and strategic roles. He has eight years experience of Product Owner and Product Manager roles involving managing multi product lines on web, mobile and enterprise platforms. Currently, Tim leads the Propel@YH portfolio of healthtech innovator programmes which supports SME’s navigate the NHS, equip them with knowledge and skills through their partners to accelerate their journey into the NHS. 


Ulrika Mårtensson

Ulrika Mårtensson

Senior Business Development Manager Life Sciences, Invest in Skåne

As Senior Business Development Manager, Life Sciences at Invest in Skåne, Ulrika helps international companies in the biotech and medtech sector searching partnerships in Skåne. Her assistance ranges from finding investment opportunities, advise on creating new establishments, supporting joint ventures, assisting in finding venture capital and establishing collaborations.

Participating Companies

Ablemind

Ablemind

Tomas de Souza, CEO & Katarina Kjell, Head of Clinical Operations

Ablemind’s fully digital clinical assessment is based on a patient's own story. In comparison to current standards, clinical rating scales, their method is more patient centric and collects vastly more information. Ablemind measure the patient's response with AI technology, which makes diagnosing much more accurate, increases availability among a larger population while also improving quality in healthcare by measuring effects from treatment and medication. While current tools are blunt and lack important insights in diagnosing and treating patients, their method has the potential to support precision mental healthcare, where interventions can be adapted to each patients' needs and where insights from aggregated data can improve the quality of the care process.

Efemia

Efemia

Isabelle Ström, Digital Sales Manager

Every fifth woman experience urine leakages. Many younger women suffer from bladder leaks since urinary stress incontinence often begin after having the first child. Efemia Bladder Support is a soft and comfortable, non-surgical alternative to stress incontinence, developed and produced in Sweden. It can be used up to 16 hours per day for 3 months, making it a sustainable choice. The three sizes can easily be tried out at home in order to determine which size that fits best. It is easy to insert and can stop urine leakages during daily activities and exercise, making it easy for women to be active, without worrying or limiting oneself.

Medow

Medow

Linn Wrangmark, Co-founder and Product Developer & Frida McCabe, Co-Founder and Product Developer

An intravenous treatment is often a vital part of a patient's recovery and requires a vascular access device. 80% of all admitted patients receive an IV treatment, where 1/3 of the peripheral venous catheters (PIVCs) fail and 13 % are dislodged due to poor securement. This means that the treatment is interrupted and must be restarted with a new PIVC. IV-bracelet is designed to prevent the PIVC from moving by affixing the infusion line to the product which stops it from pulling on the PIVC and therefore reduces the risk for thrombophlebitis and dislodgement. By using the IV-bracelet you can get safer and more efficient treatments, reduced workload and also cost savings, due to less IV restarts and complications.

Paindrainer

Paindrainer

Erik Frick, CEO & Carl Borrebaeck, COB

PainDrainer is a truly patient-centric digital-self management tool for chronic pain patients, powered by a proprietary AI model that adapts to each patient. The AI model utilized neural network to detect patient centric triggers for pain/relief, enabling us to provide personal advice for action. Already within 6 weeks of usages 2 out of 3 see an significant improvement in quality of life. We have clinical evidence of improved quality of life, developed together with leading hospitals around the world. We are CE certified and FDA MMD class 1 cleared.

Pharmiva

Pharmiva

Karoline Akerjordet, Deputy CEO & Andrea Mildner, Marketing & Sales Manager

Pharmiva develops new, innovative treatments for vaginal health. Their first over the counter and CE-approved product Vernivia® is a vaginal mousse for treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an infection that affects almost 1/3 of all women in fertile age. With Vernivia®, women can get a treatment that both cures the infection but also give a quick symptom relief without any unwanted side effects that is seen with current antibiotic treatments. Pharmiva’s unique mousse is a technological and patented platform with a pipeline within STI and as a drug delivery system. The launch of Vernivia® is the first step in Pharmivas self-care vision and becoming a global fem-tech company with a broad portfolio of antibiotic-free products in vaginal health.

Get in touch

Are you interested in finding out more about the Southern Sweden Tech Stars programme? Please get in contact with Business Services Manager Anna Crona.

Anna Crona

Head of Business Services

anna.crona@scc.org.uk

Patrons

Handelsbanken
Alfa Laval
Essity
Skanska UK Plc

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