CWIC Starter: Healthcare

Brought to you by The Healthcare Group

Healthcare is a growing market that is moving away from the traditional manufacturers and is seeing a wealth of innovation from young entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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About the event

This CWIC-starter event will be looking at the unmet needs of the healthcare sector starting from a  bottom up approach to enable those who are new to the sector the ability to learn more about this complex market and to refresh those who are currently active in the sector. 

This CWIC Starter is championed by Collette Johnson from the CWIC Committee and the Healthcare SIG.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWIC17.


Karl Gibbs - Managing Director, Acticheck

Karl is the Founder and General Manager of Acticheck. He was inspired to create the Acticheck Assure wristband after a discussion with his mother about why there was not a daily checking service that was flexible enough to fit around an active lifestyle and to connect her with friends, family and neighbours when needed. Karl has a wide range of skills gained through a portfolio career including acting and arranging major events. He has also conducted international financial research, designed and overseen the implementation of national IT systems and databases for British Quakers completed an OU MBA.

Peter Jarritt - Deputy Director, NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

Peter is currently Deputy Director and technology theme lead for the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Cooperative for Brain Injury. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians as well as a Fellow of IPEM. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Healthcare Photonics at the Centre for Process Innovation. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience directing and delivering a comprehensive range of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services at the highest level. Most recently Peter was the Clinical Director and Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Notable projects under his leadership were introduction of RFID technology at Addenbrookes to enhance utilization of medical devices in the patient environment and the integration of medical devices into clinical information systems in an e-hospital programme. Peter’s other Career highlights includes Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency. He also served as President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) promoting the use of Physics and Engineering for patient benefit at national and international level.

Ali Nicholl

Ali is the Head of Engagement at Iotic, working across customers, partners and Iotic Ecosystem. Ali is focused on the co-creation of transformative services and solutions, that meet genuine business challenges today and are future flexible for as yet undefined futures. Leading the Sales and Marketing activity at Iotic, Ali is passionate about enabling and empowering individuals and organisations with Digital Twins and the secure interoperability they enable. Amy Webb noted that “The future doesn’t simply arrive fully formed overnight, but emerges step by step”. The vast potential that can be unlocked by enabling things, systems and individuals to share, discover and interact with one another must be married to clear understanding of business benefits and the clarity that those first steps can be taken with confidence.

Mike Pallett - CEO, Cupris

Mike spent the first five years of his career working in Investment Banking, most recently with JP Morgan, before quitting with the aim of making a positive difference to other people’s lives. Mike started working with Cupris as an intern whilst studying for his MBA at London Business School. Shortly after graduating he was made CEO and has led the growth of the company through product development, multiple funding rounds, clinical trials and now in preparation of launch across Europe.

Russell Pearson - Project Manager, NIHR Enteric HTC

Dr Russell Pearson is Enteric HTC Project Manager. Russell holds a PhD in Bionanotechnology and Molecular Self-Assembly from the University of Sheffield and a M.Eng. in Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering from the same institution. Prior to Enteric HTC, he worked for MHRA devices division focussing on post-market surveillance and technical assessment of clinical investigation applications. Russell has also been involved with MedTech regulatory activities in the SME sector. His principal focus is on maximising the effectiveness in our portfolio of existing projects with our clinical, academic and industrial partners and working on the introduction of upcoming innovation opportunities within GI medicine.

Neil Simrick - Technology Transfer Business Manager , NIHR Cardiovascular HTC

Dr Neil Simrick completed an MSci Physics degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, and gained his PhD from Imperial College London in a Materials Science Engineering field. Dr Simrick then joined a Harvard University spin-off company as employee number three, where he progressed to Principal Scientist in the company formerly located in Boston, MA, U.S., working as an entrepreneurial scientist. In November 2016, Dr. Simrick joined the NIHR Cardiovascular HTC as ‘Technology Transfer Business Manager’, facilitating the implementation of cardiovascular MedTech.

Harpreet Sood - Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS

Dr Harpreet Sood is the Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at NHS England and is a practicing NHS Doctor. Harpreet was formerly Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England where his portfolio of work included the launch and implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, innovation and technology policy and leading on the Wachter Review, which focused on digital health across the NHS. As Associate CCIO, Harpreet will be involved with implementing the recommendations from the Wachter Review including the launch of the NHS Digital Academy. Harpreet sits on the NHS Prevention Board, Advisory Board for Digital Health London and is Vice Chair of the British Computer Society Health Committee.

SIG Champions

Leila Ali - Founder, Digital Health Cambridge

Leila is passionate about applying innovative approaches in bridging the worlds between health and technology. She has worked in the health sector for over 10 years and has a deep understanding of the importance of identifying opportunities of engagement and the evolving needs of patients. 


During Covid-19 she has been exploring digital health solutions at Addenbrooke's Hospital on safely connecting patients to families.


Leila is the founder and organiser of Digital Health Cambridge, a meet-up group that brings together various stakeholders, clinicians, investors and startups in Cambridge to foster a multi - stakeholder partnership. She is currently an eHospital support link at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she trains and supports colleagues regarding best practice using Epic (electronic patient record system). A digital strategy which enables clinicians to use the latest in computer technology to help them to consistently provide high quality patient care.

Peter Ferguson - Director for Healthcare Technologies, Arm

Peter is director for healthcare technologies at Arm and has been actively involved in the delivery of mobile and healthcare solutions since starting his Medical Electronics PhD in 1994. Based in Cambridge, UK, Peter is responsible for driving Arm's health strategies in Medical Sensors and Genomics. His remit is helping the healthcare industry to utilize Arm's high efficiency technology in developing new products and services. Peter has more than 20 years' experience working in the healthcare, mobile tech and pharmaceutical technology market and has been instrumental in delivering innovative mobile health solutions including wearable ECG, Mobile Devices, Adverse Event Systems and Portal Hospital solutions in the UK and China.

Siddhi Trivedi - Founder, Beyond Identity

Siddhi’s ambition is to build an inclusive community with a focus on social innovation through the intersection between emerging technologies and creative minds.

Siddhi specialises in strategic, operational and technology-enabled business transformation. She founded Beyond Identity, to implement digital tools through the application of IOT, AI and blockchain enabled solutions. She has deep insight into developing apps and platforms, and regularly speaks about innovations within the healthcare sector at international conferences. Since the advent of COVID-19, she has been working with medical clinicians within Oxfordshire to develop an app to empower patients to manage their health.

She is a healthcare SIG champion for Cambridge Wireless and a lead organiser for Tech London Advocates Blockchain Group a think tank and repository for knowledge sharing and to position London as a global leader in blockchain advocacy.

As a champion for women and girls in tech, Siddhi founded project BIBA, a platform designed to connect girls and women with live projects with tech companies who are keen to bridge the gender gap in their organisations. This project has been supported and born out London Tech week in September 2020 and will officially launch at London Tech Week in September 2021.

Nigel Whittle - VP, Medical & Healthcare, Plextek

Nigel is Head of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek, spearheading engagement with a range of clients in the medical device sector, helping them develop innovative technology around sensors, data collection, communications and related areas. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in the global life science industry, in a wide range of senior scientific, commercial and managerial roles. He conducted research work at Genentech and Celltech, then at Cantab Pharmaceuticals he was responsible for all company product development, taking proprietary products into late-stage Clinical Trials. With the IP Group he established a programme of technology commercialisation from Kings College London, including start up and flotation of companies. Later, working for UK Trade & Investment, Nigel worked with a portfolio of overseas pharmaceutical companies to secure high-level investment into the UK’s R&D capabilities. More recently he has worked as a business consultant both as an independent and at Sagentia. His current interests include the development of wearable technology to support clinical studies, and the use of monitoring systems for assisted living.

Paul Winter - Senior RF Consultant, TTP plc

Paul Winter is a programme manager and RF engineer in the Communications and Wireless group at TTP. He has led numerous projects in commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors developing connected devices and precision instrumentation. Paul has a heritage in developing products integrating multiple wireless standards including GPS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and proprietary ISM band radios, deployed within multi-sensor systems for in-home and on-body applications, often coupled to 'Cloud' based analysis and visualisation services. In healthcare Paul has applied aspects of wireless, antennas and electronics to a number of medical devices including inhalers, glucose testing and point of care diagnostic instruments. Paul has also led several incubation projects for TTP's Carbon Trust Incubator, covering a wide range of cutting edge technologies. Paul joined TTP in 2006; prior to this he worked as a radio engineer for Global Communications developing high volume consumer in-home satellite and digital TV distribution equipment, as well as portable equipment for the 'on-location' broadcasting industry. Paul has a Masters degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Charted Engineer.

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Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0XY

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