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Digital Health Pit Stop Week

December 8, 2014 @ 9:30 am - December 12, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

| £250

An intense 5-day session at the spectacular new Digital Catapult Centre near King’s Cross in London for companies working in digital health, health wearables or with health data. This is an opportunity to receive hands-on help with your specific issues around growth and scaling from our network of high-calibre experts, in partnership with Capital Enterprise, The Mobile Academy and UCL.

The Digital Health Pit Stop will:
· Refresh your approach to creating breakthrough digital products
· Benchmark your service against industry standards and peers
· Boost your performance metrics
· Obtain exclusive access to partners, new markets and funding opportunities

This is not a conference, not a course, nor is it an incubator. It is designed to give you deep expertise and 1-to-1 sessions with world-class experts to accelerate your product development and growth. The Digital Catapult is one of a network of Catapult centres with initial funding from the UK government specifically to unlock challenges in data innovation and accelerate businesses to market, and the Pit Stop is one of the main platforms we have for delivering that mission.

We’ll be tweeting about the event by mentioning the #HealthPitStop hashtag.

MONDAY 8th Dec: Design Day

After introductory quick pitches to the group, Monday is all about designing your product, led by the team from The Mobile Academy. We have talks and “war stories” from successful entrepreneurs and sessions on design thinking, UX and user research. We have a group of experts and leading designers for one-to-one sessions on gamification, user experience, testing, behaviour change.
Evening: Introductory drinks with attendees

TUESDAY 9th Dec: Business Day

Tuesday is led by Capital Enterprise. The talks and workshops go beyond the basics to seeing how you can apply lessons from lean startup business models to your issues. The afternoon has a focus on growth hacking, performance measurement, metrics and targets with leading VCs, entrepreneurs, successful CTOs and legal advisors attending the one-to-one sessions.

WEDNESDAY 10th Dec: Health Day

Wednesday is our day to dive deep into the healthcare sector. The morning has workshops on RCT and pilot trial design, taking a pragmatic view of getting your product validated. The afternoon is all about meeting potential partners and one-to-one mentoring, with attendees across healthcare companies, mobile operators, big internet, health insurance, NHS and other relevant government organisations.
Evening: Networking drinks with attendees and partner organisations, by invitation only – a chance to get some business done

THURSDAY 11th Dec: Data Day

On Thursday we’ll have hands-on workshops on cybersecurity essentials and handling personal data from our leading experts at the Digital Catapult, followed by one-to-one technical sessions covering those topics in more detail as well as machine learning, data science, visualisation and big data. The security sessions will be split to cover both introductory and more in-depth material.

FRIDAY 12th Dec: Demo Day

Friday sees us in the spectacular auditorium at the newly opened Digital Catapult Centre for an afternoon of pitches and presentations. The audience will include healthcare corporates, investors, government agencies, journalists and the startup community. This event is publicised separately to a larger audience as part of the Digital Catapult Launch Season.

What will it be like?

Our new Digital Catapult Centre has been designed for this kind of intense workshop experience. We have two large dedicated studio rooms, many informal meeting areas and dedicated hot desk space for all attendees. The days are designed to allow plenty of breaks to catch up with things and conduct separate meetings – often much of the value is what happens between the sessions. There’s plenty of coffee and wifi. At the end of the event attendees will also gain contributor status with the Digital Catapult that has ongoing benefits including access to our Centre with meeting rooms and hot desks.


£250 + VAT per person for the full 5 days.

We have a small number of places to sign up for individual days as well, and while those are available you’re free to sign up to multiple individual days. For this option see the separate listings for each day: Monday Design Day, Tuesday Business Day, Wednesday Health Day and Thursday Data Day. You can also come watch the final day demos and pitches.

Email us at events@cde.catapults.org.uk for more information.

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Zen Chu

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Zen believes that engineers will create the data, systems and products to help medicine scale and serve more patients with higher quality and lower cost. He specializes in building early-stage medical device and healthcare information technology companies and has served as founding CEO of three healthcare companies [3D-Matrix Ltd, Clinical Future, and EviPath]. Zen co-founded and served as CEO for 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., a venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company with a successful IPO in 2011. Zen has managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute, NetVentures and Hewlett-Packard.
As Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, Zen founded and mentors the H@ckingMedicine program. He has served as judge and mentor for MIT’s $100K Business Plan Competition and created Innovation Grand Rounds, courses to teach physicians and health professionals to invent high impact clinical innovations. He’s married to a software entrepreneur and they are raising three aspiring inventors.

Paul Galwas

Security Architect, Digital Catapult


Paul Galwas is Security Architect at the Digital Catapult. He has 15+ years experience in security R&D. At nCipher, Secerno and Cellcrypt, he worked on security protocols, secure identity, digital asset protection and secure payment systems, and with UK and US Governments on classified mobile security. He was an early member of Open Group Jericho Forum, and the Trusted Computer Group. At Computervision, Telxon and Prime, Paul developed early Wi-Fi technologies and mobile handheld systems, after spearheading 3D modeling and realistic imaging. He has a PhD and MA in science from Cambridge University.

David Norris

Investor in early stage eCommerce businesses, Partner at Forward Partners

David Norris is an early stage investor at VC firm Forward Partners and has over 20 years’ experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management and operations. Previously Website and Ecommerce Operations Director at Expedia, he went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses, including Bookatable and HouseTrip.

Barnaby Perks

CEO of PsychologyOnline

Barnaby Perks is an engineer who has specialised in the commercialisation of healthcare technology. He started his career in NHS-based biomedical engineering research at the University of Dundee before taking roles in small businesses developing assistive technology products for people with complex disabilities. After leading the trade sale of two assistive technology businesses in 2000 he transferred into a global software product marketing role with GE. Barnaby joined PsychologyOnline as CEO in January 2011, building the company from its research base to become a commercial operation delivering commissioned mental health services.

Sam Gray

Partner at Apposite Capital

Sam joined Apposite in 2007 and is engaged in Apposite’s Healthcare Services investments. He has been involved in deal-making in the healthcare sector since 2000 when he joined Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions practice, working with a number of multinational clients on corporate divestitures and acquisitions, including public takeovers and leveraged buy-outs. Sam then joined the Business Development team at Belgian pharmaceutical company, UCB, where he worked on global product licensing and M&A, including UCB’s $2.7bn acquisition of the UK public biotech company, Celltech. Sam has a first degree in Natural Sciences and a masters degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Parker Moss

Chief Technology and Transformation Officer of Virgin Care

Parker is a technology strategist and Chief Technology and Transformation Officer for Virgin Care – which provides NHS services throughout the country in the community sector. Formerly in the telecom and technology infrastructure sector, Parker was most recently Global Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Marketing at Alcatel Lucent. Parker turned his focus to health IT when his 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. He moved into Great Ormond Street Hospital with his daughter full time and after a few months the hospital hired Parker to lead their digital transformation strategy. Parker also sits on the informatics board of UCL Partners. Parker has a fresh perspective on the technology and information challenges in healthcare from an acute trust and a patient perspective. Parker lives in Central London with his wife and 3 daughters. Happily his middle child ended treatment and has been in full remission since mid-2014. His main passion outside of work is classical music.

Michael Seres

Owner, Michael Seres Consulting, Patient lead for #nhssm, a facilitator for the Centre for Patient Leadership and digital strategy adviser to the Patients Association and Oxford Transplant Centre

Michael was diagnosed aged 12 with the incurable bowel condition Crohn’s Disease. In late 2011 he became the 11th person to undergo a small bowel transplant in the UK at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford. He started blogging about his journey through Bowel Transplant. His blog has over 95,000 followers and he uses social media to develop global on line peer to peer communities covering over 20,000 patients. He devises social media strategies around patient engagement and mentors patients and their families. A published author & professional speaker Michael is the patient lead for the main UK health twitterchat #NHSSM. He is founder of health tech start up 11Health having developed first ever sensor technology for ostomy patients.

Kate Eversole

Co-Founder and Marketing Director at CreateHealth.io

Kate is the driving force behind CreateHealth.io’s multi-channel marketing. From weekly interviews with industry leaders, to executing the company’s customer summits. Kate is a machine when it comes to executing multiple projects under tight deadlines. Kate applies her focus and dedication in all areas of life, recently completing Marathon Des Sables, a grueling 6 day run through the Sahara covering an epic 156miles. Ranking in the top 10% for women. Before co-founding CreateHealth.io, Kate was responsible for leading a team of 20, focused on life science market research and B2B symposium, successfully controlling and growing a multi-million pound business.

Povl Verder

Founder and CEO of Sime Diagnostics

Povl is Founder and CEO of Sime Diagnostics, an early stage medtech company developing digital in vitro diagnostics applications utilising big data analytics, software algorithms and machine learning. Previously he was Co-Founder of the Aston Group, where he advised big pharma on digital health innovation and converging medical technologies, with a client list that included J&J, GSK, Boehringer and Coloplast. Prior to entering the healthcare sector he was Head of Digital and Commercial Partnerships at BSkyB during the rapid growth phase and also worked as a marketing transformation and innovation management consultant for Sky Germany, Telenor and Facebook. Povl started his career as Co-Founder and COO of beCogent Ltd, where he helped grow the company from 5 to 1800 people and was listed as the 6th fastest growing company in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100. The company was subsequently sold to Teleperformance for £35m.

Matt Stroud

Head of Personal Data at the Digital Catapult

Matt has recently joined the Digital Catapult heading their Personal Data and Trust programme. The Digital Catapult works with small and large businesses to facilitate responsible innovation with personal data, to drive growth for the UK economy. Prior to this Matt was Head of Corporate Strategy at the mobile phone operator EE, in which role he founded AssureUK, a cross sector body which helps organisations exchange citizen data, at the behest of citizens with their explicit permission. Before this Matt held a number of technical and strategy positions with T-Mobile, DT and One2One. Matt has an interest in philosophy and science, holding a PhD in Astrophysics from UCL. He lives in Hertford with his wife Cynthia and two small, but hugely energetic children.

James Wise

Principal at Balderton Capital

James is a Principal at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s most successful venture funds. Focused on early-stage and series A investments, Balderton work with Europe’s most exceptional entrepreneurs to build meaningful products and companies, with recent exits including MySQL,, LoveFilm, Betfair, Natural Motion and Yoox. Prior to joining Balderton, James helped build one of the UK’s first social venture funds, and with entrepreneurs and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, through a consumer-tech venture fund and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Paul Wicks

Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe

Paul Wicks, Ph.D., is Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe, an online community for people living with medical conditions. Specialising in the conduct of clinical research using the Internet, Paul is responsible for shaping the scientific validity of the PatientsLikeMe platform and generating insights from the personal health data shared by members. This sharing of online medical data has lead to over 50 novel studies including a patient-led observational trial of lithium in ALS, new patient-reported outcome measures in neurology, a “dose-response” curve for the benefits of friendship between epilepsy patients, and new methods for gaining patient input into clinical trial design. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London) studying cognition and neuroimaging in rare forms of ALS, and the psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease. In 2011 he was awarded MIT Technology Review’s TR35 “Humanitarian of the Year” award and was recognized as a TED Fellow in 2012.

Vishal Gulati

Venture Partner at DFJ Esprit

Dr. Vishal Gulati, one of the UK’s most respected digital healthcare investors, has recently joined DFJ Esprit as a Venture Partner specialising in digital healthcare. Vishal is a qualified physician who chairs the annual Digital Health Forum event and has more than a decade’s worth of investment experience developed across Europe, India and the United States. He has championed deals across areas including diagnostics, devices and biotech. He is on the board of Horizon Discovery PLC, a gene editing company and EcoEos, a consumer genomics business. His investments include Napo Pharmaceuticals, Glenmark, Renovo and Phagenesis. He has also held board positions at Psynova Neurotech, Bioscale and Enigma Diagnostics.

Chris Crockford

CEO at Cardiocity

Chris Crockford is a failed Astronaut, having taken part in several rounds of the last European Space Agency’s Astronaut selection programme. Previously Crockford held the role of Business Development Director for McLarenF1. Taking the concepts of Telemetry and Sensing from motor racing and porting them to Healthcare he founded Cardiocity Limited. The company has grown to become a BS13485/9001 certified manufacturer of Medical Devices, with the main product family, the RhythmPad, providing USB ECG screening pads, designed to be coupled directly to Electronic Patient Record systems, allowing cost effective screening for cardiac abnormalities. The company is currently working on other sensory parameters that can be detected from the subject during the 30 seconds hands on screening. The products focus on design innovation to provide a novel patient experience and the company’s marketing strap line is “you get to keep your clothes on”. Crockford was awarded the PLASA Award for Innovation in 2006, and again in 2012, he won the NESTA award for Open Innovation in 2010. He is a keen mountaineer and Instrument Rated Seaplane pilot. He holds a PhD in Geospatial Rendering Systems, and an MBA specialising in Corporate Strategy. He is available for lunch most days.

Priya Prakash

Founder, D4SC (Design For Social Change)

User Research

Priya enjoys creating new habits and behaviours with 14 years’ product and design leadership experience, bringing together product teams from startups to corporates. She is founder of D4SC, which creates collaborative systems that bring people and machines together to co-create smarter cities with their data, activity and intelligence.

Julia Shalet

Founder at Product Doctor, Course Director at The Mobile Academy

Julia has been working with digital product management and development for over 20 years, starting her career at Mercury One2One (T-Mobile) in 1993 and finishing up in 2005 as head of the portfolio of messaging projects with £350m annual revenue and £20m budget. She is the founder at “Product Doctor” where she helps provide product leadership for those developing new products and experiences in a fast moving environment. Her objective is to improve their chances of success by helping them to stay “people-focused” and to maximize their efficiency throughout the agile innovation process. Julia also co-organises Mobile Monday London, is a director at Azenby and is a Tutor and Course Director at The Mobile Academy. Through people-centred practice, her achievements include taking T-Mobile to number 1 in MMS in 2005, generating new digital revenue streams for weeworld.com in 2008 and bringing Brixton Village market back to life in 2010. All award-winning.

Julie Bretland

Founder of Our Mobile Health

Julie Bretland has been developing, launching and managing innovative mobile services for nearly 20 years for big corporates such as Ericsson and Vodafone as well as start-ups across Europe and Africa. Julie has an MBA from London Business School, as the recipient of the prestigious Celia Atkin Advent scholarship, is co-founder of the Digital Health Professionals Network, a founding member of the GSM Associations ‘Connected Women’ programme and a recipient of the Deloitte’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Founders Award. She also sits on the Expert Panel of the London Health Commission. She is the founder of Our Mobile Health, set up with the aim of harnessing mobile technology to help us lead healthier lives, by providing a curated application store to promote the best of the best mobile health applications.


Digital Catapult Centre
101 Euston Road
London, NW1 2RA
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0300 1233 101


Digital Catapult
0300 1233 101


Digital Catapult Centre
101 Euston Road
London, NW1 2RA
+ Google Map
0300 1233 101