The Panel


Panel Facilitator

James Somauroo

Founder, somX; Podcast host, The Health-Tech Podcast (Listen here)

Dr James is the founder of somX: the healthtech agency and supports the best healthtech companies in the world. He covers healthtech for Forbes as a contributor and also hosts The Health-Tech Podcast, which has listeners in >100 countries. He is an anaesthetics and ICU doctor by training, has held roles in leadership, management and innovation at NHS England, Health Education England and the British Medical Journal and previously directed two healthtech accelerators; DigitalHealth.London, which provided startups with market access to the NHS, saving £48M for the UK health service and HS., which built, scaled and invested in deep technology companies. He has degrees in medicine, biomedical sciences and education and is a guest lecturer on healthtech innovation and entrepreneurship at academic institutions around the world.British Journal of Cardiology.

Panelist 1

Professor Franco Sassi

Chair, International Health Policy and Economics; Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation

Professor Sassi graduated with a degree in Economics and a doctorate in Health Economics from the University of London. He is currently Chair in International Health Policy and Economics and Director of the Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation at Imperial College Business School, and a Senior Health Economist at the OECD. Professor Sassi's research focuses on economic analysis of health services, the economics of chronic disease prevention and measuring inequalities in access to healthcare. He is Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator on the European Commission funded Horizon 2020 project Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP). He is the lead author of Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat (OECD and Edward Elgar, 2010), editor and author of Tackling Harmful Use: Economics and public health policy (OECD, 2015) and Promoting Health, preventing disease: The economic case (OUP, 2015); and author of a large number of publications on the economics of chronic disease prevention. He was awarded a 2000–2001 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy.

Panelist 2

Dr. Yassir Javaid 

Cardiovascular and Diabetes Lead Nene CCG; Primary Care Cardiovascular lead, East Midlands Clinical Network; RCGP Clinical Adviser for Cardiology

Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease. He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

Panelist 3

Dr Neha Tanna

Investment Partner, Joyance Partners; MedTech SuperConnector Advisor; Advisory Council Member, Eos Venture Partners

Neha is a medical doctor in London. Neha spent years as a General Practitioner before transitioning to the Life Sciences industry, where she held various roles in pharmaceutical companies. She holds an MBA from London Business School, where she fell in love working with entrepreneurs and startups. She has since worked with a startup med-tech company, as well as several accelerators and VCs in the healthcare space, most recently with a global venture builder with a focus on early-stage tech companies. Neha is an angel investor, loves tennis and dance, and is a strong advocate for personal fitness and nutrition. She also has a soft spot for wildlife and conservation.

Panelist 4

Dr. Ben Maruthappu

Co-founder & CEO, Cera; Co-Founder & Board Member, NHS Innovation Accelerator


Ben is a London-based doctor and Co-founder of Cera, a multi-award winning technology company transforming social care. He advised the CEO of NHS England on technology, co-founding the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) which benefitted 3 million people in its first six months. He has a strong interest in research with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 70 academic awards. Ben has advised a range of organisations, from startups to multilaterals, including the Swiss government, the Telegraph, Bain & Company, and the WHO. He is Chairman of the UK Medical Students’ Association (UKMSA), and has authored three medical books. Ben was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities. He was listed in WIRED’s 10 Innovators in Healthcare, and named Disruptive Leader of the Year. He serves on the Boards of Skills for Care and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Keynote 1

Inma Martinez

Advisor, Deep Science Ventures; Guest Lecturer, Imperial College London

Digital pioneer, AI scientist, tech author and government advisor Inma currently divides her time between advisory services to governments and boards, contract work as a digital scientist, and Deep Science Ventures the UK’s first venture-builder for science-driven companies where she oversees A.I. and Data Analytics projects as Venture Partner. Inma is also a guest lecturer at Imperial College London.

Keynote 2

Alex Gilbert

Head of Digital Medicines & Life Sciences Partnerships; Huma

Alex has worked within the Digital Health industry for several years alongside healthcare, pharmaceutical and tech organisations. He joined Huma as one of their first employees and currently manages global Life Sciences Partnerships and Digital Medicine development. Huma is one of the UK’s highest-growth digital health companies, having raised over 50 Million in funding while partnering with Apple and Tencent. His passion is the use of technology to empower and engage the patient to take control of their care.

Keynote 3

Malwina Fojcik

Lead Product Designer, Babylon Health

Adrian is Lead Product Designer at Babylon Health, where he worked for more than 4 years, being part of the huge transformation from a small start-up to one of the biggest healthcare companies in the digital market, and working with cutting-edge technologies such as AI. With an artistic mindset and academic background in Journalism, he decided to move into UX in 2012 and was obsessed with how to design human-centred digital experiences. He worked on important projects for companies like Lloyds, Visa, Virgin or Groupon, in different locations (Madrid, Seattle and London). But also helped seed funding companies with their proposals or small companies on the digital transformation.

Adrián López Hernández

Lead Product Designer, Thriva Health

Malwina Fojcik is a Lead Program Designer at Thriva, a company committed to helping clients better manage their health. Passionate about graphic design and femtech, Malwina enjoys bringing her clients' visions to life through her designs.

Keynote 4

Jason Foster

CEO & Executive Director; Ori Biotech; Non-Executive Director, gripAble

Jason has held leading roles in consulting, healthcare and technology companies for nearly 20 years in the US, UK and Europe. In addition, Jason is currently CEO of Ori Biotech, a cell and gene therapy manufacturing start-up with offices in London and Philadelphia.As the Managing Director of Health Equity Consulting, he has advised pharma, biotech & medical device companies, PE/VC funds, family offices and healthTech start-ups.  Jason also serves as a Non-Executive Director of London based healthtech start-ups gripAble and Credentially as well as Auxita Pty, a Brisbane based healthcare data company.

Keynote 5

Loy Lobo

Founder & Managing Director, Wegyanik; President of Digital Health Council, RSM

Loy is an experienced innovator and leader in healthcare. He has taken several healthcare innovations from concept to market. He was a founder of the telehealth business at BT Global Health, and subsequently the Director of Strategy and Innovation. Loy currently runs Wegyanik, a health innovation company that applies design, digital and decision science to transform healthcare. Loy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and is President of its Digital Health Council. He also holds several teaching and advisory roles related to Healthcare and Life Sciences. Prior to working exclusively in healthcare, Loy had over a decade of management consulting experience at a top-tier consulting firm. He led technology-enabled business transformation projects, working in ten different industries with clients ranging from family owned conglomerates to government agencies and global firms. He has an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Keynote 6

Dr Harpreet Sood

Primary care doctor, UCLH; Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, NHS Digital Academy


Harpreet has experience in both national and international health policy, strategy and implementation with particular focus in innovation, digital health and emerging technologies. He has led national strategies and technology reviews, resulting in increased funding of over £1.5bn for NHS digital programmes, and collaborated  on international healthcare projects. Early in his career he also founded two healthcare startups. He served as the first national Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS England and prior to this was Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England where he advised and led on health innovation and technology policy including advising the Secretary State for Health on NHS digitisation. Harpreet is currently a practicing primary care doctor at UCLH and Co-Founder and strategic advisor to the NHS Digital Academy. He is  also a board member of HEE and Digital Health.London. and sits on the editorial board of the BMJ Health and Care Informatics. 


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