December 3rd & 4th, 2024

IN-PERSON | LILLE, FR

December 11th & 12th, 2024

DIGITAL MEETINGS

2023 Speakers

We are seeking for speakers to share their experience, expertise, opinions and best practices in MedFIT conferences.
If you are interested, please contact Marion Loizurot.

Learn more about MedFIT 2023 speakers

More than 50 international experts from academia, MedTech, Diagnostic and Digital Health industries and early stage investment will explore hands-on approaches to technology transfer and open innovation sharing their experience and knowledge with the following objectives: to create new partnerships, to source innovative and competitive R&D projects, to secure funding and to facilitate market access in the field of MedTech, Diagnostic and Digital Health.

 
Adriana Díaz

Adriana Díaz

Communities Manager
SpainECHAlliance

Adriana is the Communities Manager of ECHAlliance and she is currently based in Paris, France. She works directly with ECHAlliance members and ecosystems to bring them on board and promote them as well as to increase the connections between our existing members and ecosystems and create new and exciting content for them.

As a background, Adriana is a communications specialist, who has been working as a consultant for more than 4 years offering a wide range of services, such as social media management, creative content development, communication strategy and press relations. Clients have included local and international non-profit organisations from diverse fields such as digital health, women’s, children’s and elderly rights, visual impairment, democracy promotion, EU politics and economic and social development.

Adriana Díaz

Communities Manager
SpainECHAlliance
Anna Erat

Anna Erat

Medical Director of Preventive Medicine
SwissLongevity Center Europe

Anna studied and interned in medicine at University of Zurich Medical School and Harvard Medical School. After graduating, she conducted post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School in biomedicine and genetics. In parallel, she received a PhD in epidemiology and health systems management from University of Basel (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute). Clinically she specialized in internal and sports medicine in Switzerland.

Before her role as the first female medical director in the history of Klinik Hirslanden, she attended courses both at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She is a clinical lecturer at the University of Zurich and faculty of University of St. Gallen. In addition, she is also a keen mentor for master’s students and alumni from the ETH. Apart from lecturing for various executive business programs, she gives talks on planetary health, preventive medicine and longevity for the UN and the World Economic Forum among others.

She has given interviews and published extensively both in scientific journals as well as in newspapers and magazines spanning from Forbes to Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She is still involved in medical research and is committed to clinical work with patients ranging from multimorbid patients to the executive management of leading listed companies and world-class athletes.

Anna Erat

Medical Director of Preventive Medicine
SwissLongevity Center Europe
Arezki Yaïche

Arezki Yaïche

Head of Coverage France
FranceMergermarket (ION Group)

Arezki Yaïche is since 2014 a financial journalist specialised in M&A and competition law. As a Senior France Correspondent for the global M&A newswire Mergermarket (owned by ION Group) is coordinating the news content for France and writes on all types of transactions from early stage fundraises to takeovers of listed companies and IPOs.

Arezki was previously Senior Correspondent Antitrust for regulatory newswire MLex in Brussels between 2019 and 2021 after four years as M&A reporter and Paris Bureau Chief for Mergermarket. Arezki also has a six-year experience as Communication consultant specialised in Finance and European regulation. He worked for financial and public institutions including Dexia Asset Management in Brussels, Credit Agricole Assurances in France, the French embassy in Stockholm, the European Parliament, and the French Ministry for Agriculture

Arezki Yaïche

Head of Coverage France
FranceMergermarket (ION Group)
Arjan van Manen

Arjan van Manen

Chief Strategy Officer
The NetherlandsSkylineDx

Close to 20 years experience in pharma, medical devices and diagnostic with primary field of expertise in oncology and hematology. International track record in clinical research, international marketing strategy, market access, commercial excellence programs and business development. Worked previously at Takeda Pharma, Bristol Myers Squibb and Sanofi. SkylineDx has introduced novel diagnostics into the US with reimbursement.

Arjan van Manen

Chief Strategy Officer
The NetherlandsSkylineDx
Artur Olesch

Artur Olesch

Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Germanyabout Digital Health

Artur Olesch is a Berlin-based journalist and correspondent for digital health-related topics. An author of 1000+ articles and health-IT reports. Founder of the independent e-magazine aboutDigitalHealth.com, content writer, speaker, conference moderator, mentor of med-tech startups and influential voice on social media.

Artur describes the latest technological and scientific developments in medicine and their impact on the health sector today and ​​​in the future. Artur has worked with top-rated digital health magazines in Poland and Europe and leading healthcare and health IT organizations like The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), World Health Organization (WHO), Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies, World Bank and EIT Health. He is also a member of the SCIANA Healthcare Leaders Network.

Artur Olesch

Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Germanyabout Digital Health
Beat Lechmann

Beat Lechmann

Early Innovation Partner MedTech EMEA
SwissJohnson & Johnson Innovation

Beat Lechmann began his career in the medical field in 1993 with the AO/ASIF Development Institute. In 1999, Beat assumed the role of head of Spine product development and roles of increasing responsibility for the Spine platforms, first within Mathys Medical and then for Synthes post-merger.

Beat’s leadership in Spine innovation culminated in the role of Head of Spine Innovations and degenerative diseases treatments, in which he led a team focused on the exploration of new treatment concepts and technologies for the surgical treatment of the spine and other degenerative musculoskeletal diseases. Beat’s following role has been the Director of Product Development in the field of “Soft Tissue Solutions,” with the responsibility to start up a new business unit and product offerings for the surgical treatment of sports injuries and other degenerative soft tissue conditions.

He is further assigned as Early Innovation Partner on behalf of J&J Innovation in the London partnering office for Medtech opportunities in the EMEA region.

Beat is named inventor on 49 issued U.S. patents and investigator on several published scientific posters and publications. He is also teaching in Master programs at the University Bern.

Beat Lechmann

Early Innovation Partner MedTech EMEA
SwissJohnson & Johnson Innovation
Carole Absil

Carole Absil

BelgiumHealthTech Strategist

Carole Absil is a consultant, coach and trainer for HealthTech companies. She worked for 15 years at Agoria, the Belgian technology industry association, helping companies with their advocacy and international business development. In 2020, when the pandemic started, she played a major role in the vaccination strategy and campaign in Wallonia (Belgium) as deputy to the COVID-19 General Commissioner. In 2022, she started her own company providing tailored strategy services in advocacy, scaling and international business development to HealthTech companies.

Carole Absil

BelgiumHealthTech Strategist
Charles-Eric Winandy

Charles-Eric Winandy

Co-Founder & Director
BelgiummoveUP

Charles-Eric Winandy is co-founder & director at moveUP. Engineer by training, Charles-Eric held various financial & IT related position before founding moveUP. At moveUP, he is responsible for finance and market access, making its digital health solution accessible to more patients in new markets.

Charles-Eric Winandy

Co-Founder & Director
BelgiummoveUP
Charlotte Puechmaille

Charlotte Puechmaille

Country Manager France
FranceKranus Health

Charlotte Puechmaille benefits from a 10-year expertise in new market launches, sales development & medical collaborations within the global digital health sector. As the former Head of Strategy at Withings, she launched 15+ digital health products in Europe and North America, both in the consumer and medical worlds. In 2022, she founded FemTech Now to meet the growth needs of Women’s Health startups. In 2023, she joined Kranus Health, the leading global provider of integrated digital care in urology, as Country Manager France. Charlotte is a graduate from HEC Paris School of Management and holds a Sustainability Master degree from Mines ParisTech Engineering School.

Charlotte Puechmaille

Country Manager France
FranceKranus Health
Cyril Teixeira da Silva

Cyril Teixeira da Silva

Investment Officer, Growth Finance & Venture Debt
LuxembourgEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)

Cyril Teixeira da Silva, Investment Officer, Growth Finance and Venture Debt, Life Science and Biotech

After graduating from ESCP Business School in 2014, Cyril Teixeira da Silva started his career in Singapore with the French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom, as financial analyst for the Asia-Pacific Region. He then joined the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg in 2016 in the venture debt team, in charge of the quasi-equity financing of innovative European companies in the field of biotechnology and medical technology.

Cyril Teixeira da Silva

Investment Officer, Growth Finance & Venture Debt
LuxembourgEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)
Dorothée Moisy-Gouarin

Dorothée Moisy-Gouarin

Innovation Director
FranceELSAN

Dorothée Moisy is the Director of Innovation for ELSAN since 2021. She holds a degree from Ecole Polytechnique and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Paris. Previously, she served as the Operational Director at Erganeo, an investment company specializing in disruptive technological innovations, particularly in the healthcare and digital fields.

Dorothée Moisy-Gouarin

Innovation Director
FranceELSAN
Edouard Gasser

Edouard Gasser

Co-Founder & CEO
FranceTilak Healthcare

Edouard is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tilak Healthcare, a unique video game studio creating clinically validated medical mobile games to help monitor and rehabilitate patients affected by chronic diseases. For more than 10 years, Edouard worked in the video game industry at Gameloft, a company developing and editing mobile video games, where he successively held the positions of Project manager in Paris, then Lead Producer in New Orleans and finally managing Director of Gameloft Madrid.

Driven by his passion for innovation and technology, he was also a writer for TechCrunch France, covering mobile apps, 2.0 web and entertainment topics.

Edouard Gasser

Co-Founder & CEO
FranceTilak Healthcare
Elie Lobel

Elie Lobel

CEO
FranceRDS (Rhythm Diagnostic Systems)

I have 20 years of successful experience in the field of digital health.
I am now the CEO and co-founder of RDS SAS, a startup based in Strasbourg developing an award winning solution enabling high resolution cardiac and respiratory remote monitoring, and designed to accelerate and facilitate patient discharge from the hospital.
Before RDS, I have been involved in the creation of two other startups, I have directed teams in the public and private sector, and I have been the CEO of Orange Healthcare.
I am an engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris (France) and from Cornell University (USA), and I also hold a PhD in Neuroimaging, and have studied medicine at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.

Elie Lobel

CEO
FranceRDS (Rhythm Diagnostic Systems)
Elodie Brient-Litzler

Elodie Brient-Litzler

Co-Founder & COO
FranceAVATAR MEDICAL

Elodie Brient-Litzler has 15 years of R&D and innovation experience at the intersection of math/physics/chemistry and biology/medicine. She is well-versed in transitioning science from academia into products for the industry. She started her career as a scientist within the French engineering company Bertin Technologies, working on biodetection technologies. She returned to academia and joined Andrew Griffiths’ microfluidics laboratory at ESPCI, where she established and managed public-private R&D projects including the €20 million national “DigiDiag” project dedicated to diagnostics technology. She was an active participant in the launch of several start-ups such as HiFiBiO. She joined Institut Pasteur in 2015 as deputy CTO in charge of operations, where she fostered the adoption and dissemination of innovative technologies, and managed/reorganized the 150 pers. core facilities. She later moved to the Innovation Office of Institut Pasteur after its creation in 2018. There, she helped to structure a number of academic projects into product prototypes, such as the DIVA image analysis project which led to the creation of AVATAR MEDICAL in 2020. She joined the spin-off company as COO, and was also in charge of the regulatory, leading to the FDA approval of the first product in Q2 2023.

She holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (today Sorbonne Université) and engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Chimie Paristech, Paris, France.

Elodie Brient-Litzler

Co-Founder & COO
FranceAVATAR MEDICAL
Engin Vrana

Engin Vrana

CEO
FranceSPARTHA Medical

Dr. Nihal Engin Vrana is CEO of SPARTHA Medical, A Strasbourg-based Biotech company developing multifunctional coatings. He obtained his PhD in DCU, Ireland as a Marie Curie Fellow and did his post-doctoral studies at Harvard-MIT. He coordinated multiple large-scale European projects in FP7 and H2020 framework programmes and is currently coordinating Horizon Europe NOVA and European Innovation Council SPARTHACUS projects. He has more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, 7 patents, and 3 edited books.

Engin Vrana

CEO
FranceSPARTHA Medical
Eric Horesnyi

Eric Horesnyi

CEO
FranceMatrix Requirements

With his global perspective, the entrepreneurial-minded Eric is a recognized CEO, having co-founded, led and exited two software platforms, in USA and Europe: Radianz for financial data exchange, and Streamdata.io for real-time API.

Now, as the CEO of Matrix Requirements, Eric has one goal: Ensure Matrix Requirements customers overcome the challenges within the Medical Device industry, and help them get their Medical Devices to market safer, and faster.

Matrix Requirements is a global leader in the Software in/as Medical Device industry and helps manufacturers streamline requirements management and quality compliance with full traceability and control across the product lifecycle.

Matrix is so configurable that it grows with its customers – Including startups & scale-ups such as Element Biosciences, MindMaze and Diabeloop as well as multinationals including Medtronic, Stryker, GE Healthcare and Roche.

Eric Horesnyi

CEO
FranceMatrix Requirements
Esther Reynal de St-Michel Richardot

Esther Reynal de St-Michel Richardot

Managing Partner
United KingdomTHENA Capital

Esther Reynal de Saint-Michel Richardot is a founding partner at THENA Capital, a UK early stage Medical Technology fund. A MedTech angel investor with over 10 years of experience in growth strategy consulting, Esther has been a trusted advisor to large brands across consumer sectors and in particular within healthcare before moving into Venture Capital. She is passionate about innovations transforming patients’ experiences, and supporting them through access to expertise and capital.

Esther Reynal de St-Michel Richardot

Managing Partner
United KingdomTHENA Capital
Eva van Rooijen

Eva van Rooijen

CEO
United KingdomFoveo Fertility

Eva’s broad experience in healthtech innovation encompasses roles as entrepreneur, headhunter, investor and CEO. She leads Foveo Fertility; a UK-based venture dedicated to optimising egg quality and IVF workflow. Combining her professional track record and personal experience as a former IVF patient and now proud mother, Eva is deeply committed to revolutionise the egg retrieval and selection market and improve outcomes for aspiring parents worldwide.

Before stepping into her current role as CEO, Eva’s track record includes healthtech venture building at NLC (80+ ventures in portfolio) as well as co-founding, leading and exiting a company specialised in Talent Strategy & Executive Search for life sciences startups and scale-ups.

In this capacity, Eva successfully recruited CEOs for more than 50 healthtech ventures and provided strategic guidance on talent acquisition, including advisory board formation.

Eva van Rooijen

CEO
United KingdomFoveo Fertility
Fei Tian

Fei Tian

Principal
GermanyMIG Capital

Fei joined the MIG Capital investment team in April 2023 to strengthen its Life Science division. She is a healthcare expert with a deep background in medicine and biology as well as the venture capital industry.

Prior to joining MIG, Fei worked for yabeo Venture Tech, where she managed and served as board director of the health tech portfolio. Prior to that, Fei spent nine years at Vesalius Biocapital as an investment analyst and then principal. Her work included portfolio management, deal identification, due diligence, and deal structuring in the life science investment space.

Fei studied medicine at Tongji University in PRC and worked as an emergency room doctor for two years. She then completed her Ph.D. in oncology and stem cell research at Ludwig-Maximilian-University.

Fei Tian

Principal
GermanyMIG Capital
Florent Detroy

Florent Detroy

Founder & Director
FrancePOC Media

Florent Detroy is the director and founder of POC Media, the leading medium for science-based innovation and technology transfer.

Florent spent ten years working for the business press, Usine Nouvelle, Innovation Review and Smart Industries. Aware that companies have a vital need to innovate, he created POC Media in 2020. POC Media is an information service on cutting-edge technologies from public research, aimed at R&D and innovation managers.

Florent Detroy

Founder & Director
FrancePOC Media
Frédéric Le Roy

Frédéric Le Roy

Director
FranceChaire Coo-innov

Frédéric Le Roy est Professeur de Management Stratégique à l’Université de Montpellier (Institut Montpellier Management) et professeur affilié à Montpellier Business School. Il est responsable du Cooetition Lab (programme de recherche du Labex Entreprendre) et co-directeur de la Chaire Coo-Innov (Coopétition et Ecosystème d’Innovation. Il est également directeur du Master Stratégie-Innovation-Conseil de l’Institut Montpellier Management. Il a publié de nombreux ouvrages et articles scientifiques sur la coopétition et l’innovation.

Frédéric Le Roy

Director
FranceChaire Coo-innov
Guy Fagherazzi

Guy Fagherazzi

Director of the Department of Precision Health
LuxembourgLuxembourg Institute of Health

Personal Statement

My main research objective is to pave the way for modern real-life health research studies by being at the interface between digital epidemiology, data science, and clinical research. I implement comprehensive observational and real-life studies to identify digital biomarkers for remote monitoring key symptoms or patient-reported outcomes of patients.

Biographical sketch

I am the Director of the Department of Precision Health (DOPH) at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), which is composed of 11 research units and where we conduct research activities in public health, epidemiology, and clinical research.

I am also the Head of the Deep Digital Phenotyping Research Unit, a multidisciplinary research lab at LIH where we 1) develop AI-based digital and vocal biomarkers for patient monitoring and 2) conduct data-driven digital phenotyping research using large cohort studies and online data to improve the understanding of the impact of various chronic diseases (diabetes, mental health, cancer, Long COVID…) on the daily lives of patients and populations.

Guy Fagherazzi

Director of the Department of Precision Health
LuxembourgLuxembourg Institute of Health
Haider Alleg

Haider Alleg

General Partner
SwissAllegory Capital

Entrepreneur Haider developed a toolbox for bringing brand performances to life, helping organisations of various shapes and sizes navigate the unknown and generate growth. This led him to build Kainjoo in 2012, a fast-growing consulting firm supporting ambitious leaders from 500 Fortune companies. With Allegory Capital, he supports regulated industries to innovate through portfolios of emerging tech and channels.

Haider Alleg

General Partner
SwissAllegory Capital
Hatim Abdulhussein

Hatim Abdulhussein

Medical Director // National Clinical Lead for AI and Digital Workforce
United KingdomKent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network // NHS England

Hatim is a practising General Practitioner in North West London, joining Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network in October 2022, in a job share as Medical Director. Alongside this role he continues to act as National Clinical Lead for AI and Digital Workforce at NHS England within the Workforce, Training, and Education directorate.

In 2018, Hatim was appointed National Medical Directors Clinical Fellow to Professor Wendy Reid. His key achievements were co-author and member of the Sir Keith Pearson Commission into NHS Staff and Learner Mental Health and co-founding the ‘Topol Programme for Digital Health Fellowships’ launched by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in 2019.

Hatim has been a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London, supporting the Physician Associate MSc and new medical school, developing its digital education strategy and curriculum. Hatim recently joined Keele University as an Honorary Senior Lecturer, working with European partners to develop a Masters in Explainable AI in healthcare management. Hatim is also a member of the NICE Technology Appraisals Committee.

Hatim is an advocate for safe and ethical digital transformation and ensuring workforce preparedness for new innovations and technologies in health and care. He regularly speaks internationally and has contributed to the publication of several academic papers and white papers spanning workforce, education reform, primary care, digital health and AI.

Outside of work Hatim enjoys travelling and football, and you will likely find him touring England’s best restaurants with his family.

Hatim Abdulhussein

Medical Director // National Clinical Lead for AI and Digital Workforce
United KingdomKent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network // NHS England
Henk Stapert

Henk Stapert

Chief Technology Officer
The NetherlandssmartQare

Henk Stapert, PhD is a serial entrepreneur and an all-round healthcare innovation executive. He is currently CTO of smartQare, a dynamic Dutch start up in the field of remote patient monitoring. Previously he held several senior positions at Philips in program and R&D management, in global innovation portfolio management and innovation strategy. He has 20 years of experience in building new healthcare businesses both via corporate venturing as well as via VC backed startups.

Two of his radical innovations have already grown into successful businesses: The first one is the Idylla molecular diagnostics platform of Biocartis (Euronext, BCART) and the second one is Onvision, an ultrasound guidance and tracking platform, co-branded and marketed by both Philips and B. Braun. The third one, viQtor, a remote patient monitoring solution developed by smartQare, was recently awarded the CE mark under MDR and starts penetrating the markets.

Henk Stapert holds a master degree (1993) in Chemical Technology from the University of Twente and a PhD (1998) in Biomedical Engineering from the same university. After an award winning 2 years fellowship on smart drug delivery systems and photodynamic therapy at the University of Tokyo (1998), he joined Philips in 2000 and has been in several R&D and business positions since then. He has worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Japan. He is a (co)inventor of over 25 granted patent applications and is a frequently invited speaker.

Henk likes to be in the heart of innovation, creating balanced portfolios and initiating & directing innovative programs that create solutions for the bigger challenges in healthcare, thereby playing an integral role in the company’s innovation portfolio, strategic roadmap and future growth.

In addition, he is a passionate team builder who finds satisfaction in inspiring people to a common, ambitious goal and a team player that takes the lead and responsibility when needed, but finds a lot of satisfaction in coaching team members to empower their career development.

Henk Stapert

Chief Technology Officer
The NetherlandssmartQare
Hugh Laverty

Hugh Laverty

Executive Director ad interim
BelgiumInnovative Health Initiative

He is currently the Executive Director ad interim of the Innovative Health Initiative (IHI).

In addition, he is the Head of Scientific Operations (HoSO) at IHI where he leads a team of scientific and financial officers responsible for the operational activities of the organisation. In his role as (HoSO) he is responsible for the overall planning, management and monitoring of calls for proposals and evaluations leading to projects/grant agreements, as well as the management of the projects themselves. He held the same position in IMI2 between 2015 and 2021.  He joined IMI as a Senior Scientific Project Manager in 2011 managing specific projects and overseeing IMI’s engagement with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Before joining IMI, he worked as Industry Programme Manager at the Centre for Drug Safety Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK. He also has extensive experience in the Biotech sector having spent nearly 10 years working in an SME identifying and developing recombinant proteins as novel therapeutics for the prevention of dermal scarring.

Trained as a Molecular biologist he has a PhD in gene cloning and developmental biology with an interest in a wide range of scientific areas and research questions.

Hugh Laverty

Executive Director ad interim
BelgiumInnovative Health Initiative
James Somauroo

James Somauroo

Co-Founder & CEO
United KingdomSomX

James is the cofounder and CEO of SomX, a healthtech and biotech-specific communications group. He also hosts The Healthtech Podcast, which has listeners in >120 countries and is the Editor-In-Chief of Healthtech Pigeon, a newsletter and podcast that rounds up the sector’s news. 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 startup accelerators. 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.

James Somauroo

Co-Founder & CEO
United KingdomSomX
Jan Engels

Jan Engels

Investment Manager
GermanyHigh-Tech Gründerfonds

Following a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, Dr. Jan F. Engels completed a PhD in chemistry and nanotechnology in Hong Kong, where he stayed the past 10 years. During his PhD studies he co-founded a medical device start-up in the field of ophthalmology and drug delivery with the position as VP technology. Next to R&D, his focus was on technology patents and business development with successful collaborations with listed companies in US, Europe, and Japan. Next to his start-up position, Jan has a part time lecturer position, teaching Entrepreneurship. After returning to Germany, he joined High-Tech Gründerfonds as an Investment Manager Life Science.

Jan Engels

Investment Manager
GermanyHigh-Tech Gründerfonds
Javier Jiménez

Javier Jiménez

Founder & CEO
SpainNew Born Solutions

Javier holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, has expertise in Medical Imaging and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

After being selected at MIT in a Madrid-funded three-years program (M+Vision) and incorporating Newborn Solutions, he was recognized as the Spanish Innovator under 35 in 2016 according to MIT Technology Review Magazine. Javier has gained experience in the computer (Fujitsu-Siemens), automotive (Kostal), communications and space (Indra), and biomedical imaging industries (High-Technology Institute and CRC Imaging Diagnostics).

As CEO at Newborn Solutions, he has built a team, national and international industrial, clinical and patient collaborations, accomplished both public and private funding and thrives on innovation projects.

Thanks to the accomplishments achieved so far, Newborn Solutions has been awarded by Philips, Chiesi, Richi Foundation, ImagineIf!, MIT I-Corps, Fundación madri+d, Eureka E!nnoVest, TechTour, EIT Health Captapult and funded by CDTI, ACCIÓ, RIS3 (Comunidad de Madrid), EIC Accelerator, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, KDT-JU ( EU public-private innovation partnership).

Javier Jiménez

Founder & CEO
SpainNew Born Solutions
Jeroen Schuermans

Jeroen Schuermans

Senior Grant Consultant Life Sciences
BelgiumAkkodis

Jeroen has a background in neuroscience and holds the position of Senior Grant Consultant at Akkodis. In this role, he specialises in helping companies and universities develop successful grant applications. Across diverse industries, he guides various types of clients through the complexities of European-funded grants and other funding opportunities.

With a passion for facilitating collaborations and securing funding, he plays a vital role in bridging the gap between various stakeholders while fostering their engagement and alignment. His dedication and knowledge around the grant application process as well as grant management aspects benefits organisations seeking resources to drive their innovations forward. In this role, Jeroen is helping his clients achieve their funding goals while building a robust grant strategy for the future.

Jeroen Schuermans

Senior Grant Consultant Life Sciences
BelgiumAkkodis
Jessica Garestier

Jessica Garestier

Of Counsel – Life Sciences
FranceDentons

Jessica Garestier is Of Counsel in Dentons’ Paris Life Sciences group. She provides legal advice to global companies and start-ups in the life sciences sector on a broad variety of strategic European and domestic regulatory matters, including clinical trials, partnerships and licensing, manufacturing, product approvals, regulatory pathways, market access, promotion and advertising, distribution schemes, post-market and compliance requirements. Jessica’s practice covers medicinal products, biotechnology, medical devices, cosmetics, food, chemicals, and other regulated products. She also represents life sciences companies before competent authorities and in local litigation in France. Jessica also handles related matters of commercial and consumer law.

Jessica Garestier

Of Counsel – Life Sciences
FranceDentons
Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Co-Founder & CXO
United KingdomSomX

Jessica is co-founder & CXO of SomX, a healthtech and biotech-specific communications group. She is also an editor and regular host for Healthtech Pigeon, a news brand rounding up the sector’s news.

Jessica Smith

Co-Founder & CXO
United KingdomSomX
John Bethell

John Bethell

CEO
SpainLUKA GLOBAL GROUP

Originally from Scotland, John is a pioneer of the Australasian medical recruitment industry with nearly 30 years experience in the industry. He moved to Europe in 2019 to focus on DeepTech & Life Sciences innovation. He maintains a recruitment portfolio for C-suite, board and leadership roles.  John is a speaker & mentor to start-ups & founders, on setting up their own in-house recruitment capabilities, in preparation for scale-up growth.  A keen surfer and musician, John is now permanently based in Europe & the UK.​​

John Bethell

CEO
SpainLUKA GLOBAL GROUP
Jörg Trinkwalter

Jörg Trinkwalter

CFO & Partner
GermanyProCarement

Jörg Trinkwalter has been a member of the Executive Board of the Medical Valley European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg e.V. since May 2010. In this position, he was responsible for the implementation and (co-)creation of accelerator services in healthcare. Since April 2015, Jörg Trinkwalter has been also Managing Partner of Medical Valley GmbH, nice!Innovations GmbH and TBrace GmbH. Since April 1st 2022 Jörg Trinkwalter is CFO and Partner of ProCarement GmbH, a company with the objective to empower healthcare provider to implement Virtual Heart Centers as-a-service. Since May 2023 the ProCarement app “ProHerz” has been approved by the German Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) as the first cardiological digital health application (DiGA) in Germany and is provisionally included in the DiGA directory. This allows physicians to prescribe ProHerz to their heart failure patients, and the costs will be covered by health insurers. This makes ProHerz the first approved “digital cardiac drug” in Germany.

Jörg Trinkwalter

CFO & Partner
GermanyProCarement
Jussi Määttä

Jussi Määttä

CEO & Founder
FinlandBuddy Healthcare

Jussi Määttä (Msc. Eng.) is the Founder and CEO of Buddy Healthcare, the company driving hospital efficiency through streamlined patient pathways and care coordination. Buddy Healthcare’s innovative solutions have improved patient outcomes and operational efficiencies for healthcare providers.

As the CEO of Buddy Healthcare, Jussi has secured high-profile six-figure accounts and partnerships in Finland, the UK, and France, expanded into new markets, created partnerships with multiple medical device companies and industry players as well as raised significant funding for growth. With expertise in Enterprise B2B SaaS and healthcare, Jussi is a passionate leader and company builder, well-positioned to drive impact in these industries.

Jussi Määttä

CEO & Founder
FinlandBuddy Healthcare
Kalina Mihaylova

Kalina Mihaylova

Head of Medical Innovation
United KingdomDaye

Kalina Mihaylova is the Head of Medical Innovations at Daye, a startup dedicated to reinventing gynaecological healthcare through innovative medical devices and telemedical services. In her role, Kalina led the development of the world’s first virtual Period Pain Clinic and the novel Diagnostic Tampon service. She’s well-versed in the challenges of navigating regulatory landscapes in the UK, EU and US as an early-stage medical device company.

Kalina Mihaylova

Head of Medical Innovation
United KingdomDaye
Katarzyna Markiewicz-Barreaux

Katarzyna Markiewicz-Barreaux

Market Intelligence Lead, Insights@Scale Transformation Program
The NetherlandsPhilips

Katarzyna Markiewicz-Barreaux has a passion for disruptive innovation combined with a “two-feet on the ground” drive to turn ideas into business successes. She has a Masters in Lifesciences and Business Economics, and a PhD in Health Economics.

Katarzyna combines a great understanding of healthcare market, including the trends, new technologies, regulatory shifts and competitors/players strategies with epidemiology and health economics knowledge. She is passionate about translating new technologies into potential future benefits for healthcare systems and addressing the needs of all the stakeholders (i.e., patients, healthcare providers). At the same time, she is keeping in mind the necessity of thorough multidisciplinary assessment of those technologies. Katarzyna is particularly fascinated by the AI hype, with all the market dynamics, plethora of players and countless possibilities to bring value to healthcare.

Katarzyna has been with Royal Philips for the last 8 years, leading Market Intelligence, Strategic Roadmaps and Communications efforts around Data and AI with a special focus on Insights@Scale Strategic Transformation Program. In this position she is, among others, working on the Value Proposition Creation and Go-to-Market strategy (incl. e.g., business/innovation ecosystems development; evidence roadmaps development; regulatory roadmap; road to reimbursement) for selected carrier projects. She is also supporting development and validation over time of an overall strategic vision behind Insights@Scale and its carrier projects.

In the MedTech Europe industry association Katarzyna is leading the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Committee focusing on Digital Health and AI. In this role she is concentrating on successful implementation of the HTA Regulation (HTA-R), which entered into force in January 2022, and it is expected to be applicable as of January 2025. Specifically, for the digital health & AI part of the HTA-R, there is an EU Harmonized Evaluation of Medical Digital Devices Taskforce set up, that aims to create a common European framework of Digital Medical Devices evaluation to support reimbursement decisions and increase the competitiveness of Europe in the digital health space. Katarzyna serves as a strategic consultant to the Taskforce activities.

Katarzyna Markiewicz-Barreaux

Market Intelligence Lead, Insights@Scale Transformation Program
The NetherlandsPhilips
Kathrin Pfeiffer

Kathrin Pfeiffer

Head of Market Access
GermanySympatient

Kathrin Pfeiffer is the Head of Market Access at the Sympatient, a Hamburg-based digital health Start-up. After a medical apprenticeship and studies in medical technology, she worked as a scientific
assessor at the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices for more than seven years.
Among others, in the areas of approval of clinical trials with medical devices and vigilance.
As the deputy head of the unit DiGA Fast-track, she was intensively involved in the development of the
German fast-track processes at the institute, helped to design it and assessed the first reimbursable DTx in Germany. She now dedicates herself to solving the worldwide psych crisis by being responsible for the reimbursability of Sympatients digital solutions.

Kathrin Pfeiffer

Head of Market Access
GermanySympatient
Kristine Morrill

Kristine Morrill

Founder & President
FranceMedevise Consulting SAS

With 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, Kris is a global commercialization expert with a background combining entrepreneurship, business development, market assessment and commercial strategy, along with clinical and regulatory expertise.

In 2005, Kris founded KAMCommunications to provide medical communications services to start-ups and established ophthalmology companies. This was followed in 2008 by Medeuronet, the first pan-European company focused on working with medical device start-ups entering the market. In 2021, Kris teamed up with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in ophthalmology to found Medevise Consulting and Medevise Launchpad.

Kris also serves as Strategic Practice Management section editor at CRST (Bryn Mawr Communications), contributing writer for ESCRS’ publication EuroTimes, and has served as a consultant and guest speaker for ESCRS on practice management, marketing and other key topics since 2008.

Kristine Morrill

Founder & President
FranceMedevise Consulting SAS
Lamya Rezig

Lamya Rezig

FranceStartup & Board Advisor in Healthtech and Tech

Lamya is ahealthtech advisor with a deep background in biology, medicine, chemistry, life sciences, and predictive modeling. She is also involved in the world of investors, particularly venture capital. She has extensive experience in helping ventures grow and succeed.

At Sanofi, she worked on digital innovation and transformation, as well as strategic issues related to the company’s activities. She assessed and managed a portfolio of ventures around the world to help the company accelerate innovation along the pharmaceutical value chain.

At Biomérieux, she led the company’s digital transformation, advising leaders, vice presidents, global directors, and board members.

At Eurobiomed, a healthtech cluster, she supported and advises ventures from all stages in pharma, biotech, healthtech, and e-health. She also sourced ventures for investors and participates in building an accelerator.

Today, Lamya is a startup and board advisor in healthtech. She is passionate about helping startups bring innovative products to market and improve patient’s lives.

Lamya completed her PhD in analytical chemistry particularly metabolomics by building predictive models in oncology. She also holds two MSc in science and a certificate in finance, private equity, and venture capital from SDA Bocconi.

Lamya Rezig

FranceStartup & Board Advisor in Healthtech and Tech
Laura Achach

Laura Achach

Healthtech Investment Analyst
FranceKurma Partners

I joined Kurma Partners in January 2022 to strengthen the healthcare technology investment team dedicated to seed opportunities. Prior to joining Kurma Partners, I completed an internship at Supernova Invest, as part of the medtech investment team. I hold a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering and completed my studies with an MSc in strategy at ESSEC in Singapore.

Laura Achach

Healthtech Investment Analyst
FranceKurma Partners
Laura Boyd

Laura Boyd

Director of Implementation: Cardiovascular Health
United KingdomUCLPartners

Laura is Director of Implementation for Cardiovascular Health at UCLPartners- an Academic Health Science Partnership based in London.  She co-led the development of UCLP’s award-winning Proactive Care Frameworks which support the search and stratification of patients in primary care to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time.  The Cardiovascular Health programme at UCLPartners focusses on the prevention, earlier detection and management of the high-risk conditions that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other serious illnesses. Laura’s focus is on translating data into action  Prior to this, Laura managed the NHS Innovation Accelerator which supports innovators to spread evidence-based, high impact innovations in the NHS.

Laura Boyd

Director of Implementation: Cardiovascular Health
United KingdomUCLPartners
Lisa Tschalenko

Lisa Tschalenko

Senior Ecosystem Manager – Digital Health & Pharma
Germany5-HT Digital Hub – Chemistry & Health

Lisa Tschalenko is leading the digital health ecosystem at 5-HT Digital Hub – Europe’s fastest growing ecosystem in Chemistry & Health. She creates valuable connections between startups, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance and fosters collaborative projects between those parties. With a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and 6+ years of experience in various roles from organizational health, to HR manager, to digital transformation lead in the pharmaceutical industry, she brings strong expertise in the health industry and digital transformation.

Lisa Tschalenko

Senior Ecosystem Manager – Digital Health & Pharma
Germany5-HT Digital Hub – Chemistry & Health
Luis Valente

Luis Valente

CEO & Co-Founder
United KingdomiLoF – Intelligent Lab on Fiber

Business manager, strategist, and entrepreneur with a drive for using innovative and creative strategies to solve complex problems.

Forbes 30 under 30 for Science and Healthcare, with a background in Computer Science, I have spent several years focusing on innovation and improving strategies in companies from Tech to Healthcare. My passion for entrepreneurship led me to create my first business at 18, founding and operating several ventures specializing in optimized demand prediction, lean operations, and design for growth. A deep belief in the power of Technology as the core driver for democratizing Personalized Medicine had me co-founding iLoF: a fast-growing deep tech company using AI to build a cloud-based library of disease biomarkers and biological profiles. Currently on a mission to accelerate adequate treatments for millions of patients living with complex, heterogeneous diseases around the globe.

Luis Valente

CEO & Co-Founder
United KingdomiLoF – Intelligent Lab on Fiber
Lynn Coorevits

Lynn Coorevits

Digital Health Innovation Manager
Belgiumimec

Lynn Coorevits is a Health Innovation Manager at imec, a world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Lynn has over 15 years of experience in the cross domain of (deep)tech, innovation and health. By involving key stakeholders she accelerates and optimizes innovations. In every step of the innovation process she translates  human requirements into technological ones. From patients to buyers to policy makers, every voice counts. With and for them she identifies needs, barriers, potential value and market entry strategies for these novel technologies.

She is passionate about disruptive health tech and  aspires to transform peoples lives by making them a reality.

Lynn holds MSc degrees in Psychology and Marketing Analysis from Ghent University, Belgium.

Lynn Coorevits

Digital Health Innovation Manager
Belgiumimec
Manon Pommier

Manon Pommier

Entrepreneurship Lead
FranceEIT Health France

For 10 years, Manon has devoted her energy and expertise to the ESPCI Paris, where she has played a key role within the Foundation and in creating the deeptech incubator, PC’up. Her commitment has been a key driver in supporting innovation within the institution.

She then decided to take on a new challenge by joining EIT Health France as Entrepreneurship Lead. She is now the point of contact for the French healthcare innovation ecosystem, with the aim of supporting them through the various activities of EIT Health, thanks to her team all across Europe. Her professional career testifies to her constant determination to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as her passion for cutting-edge technology and research.

Manon Pommier

Entrepreneurship Lead
FranceEIT Health France
Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet

Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet

CEO
FranceTherapixel

Matthieu is the CEO of Therapixel. He has over 30 years’ experience, mostly internationally, in developing and commercializing innovation-based medical devices, across a dozen of medical specialties. His passion is for bringing innovative products to markets and leading multi-national teams.

He has worked for large Anglo-Saxon companies such as Medtronic, Smiths Medical and General Electric, but also for startups in biotech, medical imaging, and AI. He lived abroad for 20 years before his return to France for Therapixel.

He holds an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Lyon, France and is an alumnus from INSEAD business school. He is currently completing a PhD on adoption of innovative medical technology.

Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet

CEO
FranceTherapixel
Monika Zbytniewska-Mégret

Monika Zbytniewska-Mégret

Digital Biomarkers Scientist
SwissRoche

Monika Zbytniewska-Mégret is a Digital Biomarker Scientist at Roche and a member of Polonium Foundation. She completed her PhD at the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory with a thesis entitled “Robot-assisted assessments of proprioceptive and motor hand impairments and their recovery in neurological disorders”. Her research focused on the development and evaluation of novel robotic assessments and therapy exercises for stroke patients. Her long-term goal is to bridge the gap between technological advancements and the clinic, contributing to the overall progress within the healthcare sector. She continued her work on robotic assessments as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Singapore-ETH Centre on Future Health Technologies in Singapore.

Monika Zbytniewska-Mégret

Digital Biomarkers Scientist
SwissRoche
Nina Lameule

Nina Lameule

Investment Manager
The NetherlandsNLC – The European Healthtech Venture Builder

Former startup fundraising advisor and current Investment Manager.

Nina is responsible for supporting NLC ventures in their funding strategy and in building co-investment consortiums with other investors to invest in (predominantly) Seed and Series A financing rounds.

Nina Lameule

Investment Manager
The NetherlandsNLC – The European Healthtech Venture Builder
Olivier Decuypere

Olivier Decuypere

CEO
BelgiumCorQuest MedTech

17+ years in the MedTech industry, in sales, marketing, business development and board positions, with experience in new high growth businesses and in more mature ones, in developed and in emerging markets. Today leading a startup active in cardiology and focused on the development of a new transcatheter mitral valve repair technology. Let’s keep moving and enjoy life.

Olivier Decuypere

CEO
BelgiumCorQuest MedTech
Ozlem Budakli

Ozlem Budakli

Quality Manager – Medical Device Cybersecurity
The NetherlandsIrdeto

Ozlem Budakli joined Irdeto in 2022 as a quality manager for the Connected Health team. Her responsibilities include the implementation and maintenance of the quality management system, complying with ISO 13485, EU regulations and other regulatory bodies. She brings 10 years of experience in quality and regulatory business from the medical device manufacturers industry, and has also been a lead auditor in a notified body. Ozlem holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering, is a certified lead auditor and has a wealth of expertise in both risk and quality management.

Ozlem Budakli

Quality Manager – Medical Device Cybersecurity
The NetherlandsIrdeto
Patricia Gruffaz

Patricia Gruffaz

Director
FranceMedUniq Center

With a dual qualification in biomaterials-biomechanics engineering (UTC Compiègne) and a master’s degree in management and business administration (EM Strasbourg), Patricia Gruffaz has over 25 years’ experience in the medical device (MD) industry, acquired through various responsibilities within Medtech companies (large groups, SMEs & start-ups). This gives her a pragmatic and efficient vision of all milestones from design and development to certification and market access of innovative DMs. Since 2021, she has headed MedUniq Center, a center of expertise and engineering dedicated to medical devices and brings her expertise and that of her team and qualified partners to support Medtech innovators throughout the development of their innovative medical devices, on both strategic and operational aspects, in order to de-risk projects upstream, make successive milestones more reliable and accelerate the time-to-market of innovative MD solutions.

Patricia Gruffaz

Director
FranceMedUniq Center
Pia Schmiedel

Pia Schmiedel

Business Development Manager, Printed Electronics
GermanyHenkel

Business Development Manager Medical, Henkel Printed Electronics. At Henkel Adhesive Technologies, my role is realizing technical projects around Printed Electronics applications, identifying and partnering with startups and innovative technologies in the remote healthcare & wearable industry and creating a strategic fit to Henkel Adhesive Technologies, the largest global adhesive manufacturer.

Pia Schmiedel

Business Development Manager, Printed Electronics
GermanyHenkel