Last call for London Health Technology Forum Thursday, early bird RSM mHealth 2017

On the evening of Thursday 24th November, the London Health Technology Forum holds its last event of the calendar year on “Intellectual property & licensing”. This is a really critical area that this editor has seen more people lose money on because of not handling properly than in any other aspect of early start-up management – it truly is vital to think through very early on, to stop people stealing your ideas and paying an appropriate price to license them. Attendance is free; booking is here.

(The RSM’s mHealth app conference on 4th April 2017 is just about to end its early bird prices too – worth booking here anyway now, at it’s usually a sellout).

A clutch of interesting digital health events

DHACA is holding its tenth DHACA Day on October 6th, three minutes’ walk from Leeds station. We have a wide array of fascinating speakers, with a keynote by Bethany Gildersleve, Head of Operations at NHS Digital. Membership of DHACA is free, though we have to make a small charge for lunch. For more details, and to book, go here.

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) is holding an event on Point-of-Care-Testing, a technology that enables radical improvement to care pathways that improve patient outcomes and can dramatically reduce costs. Keynote will be Prof Chris Price, Visiting Professor in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Oxford, widely recognised as the leading authority in the world on the topic. For more details, and to book, go here.

The RSM has an earlybird (ie even lower cost) offering for our mHealth app conference on April 4th 2017 – these rates will last until 29th November. For more details, and to book for this event, now in its fifth year & which has serially sold out, go here.

The RSM is also has another long-running and regularly very well-attended event on 28th February entitled Recent Developments in Digital Health. Last February’s presentation by Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google DeepMind, is still being talked about. Details and booking here.

Finally the London Health Technology Forum has its first Autumn meeting on 20th October, covering the true story of how a start-up made its first sale to the NHS from both the point of view of the seller and from that of the NHS buyer. Attendance is completely free – book here. (While you’re at it, you may want to book for the Christmas Pitch too, as it’s certain to be fully booked before it takes place on 24th November.)

Disclosure: all the above have had some involvement, to a greater or lesser extent, from this editor.

London’s Health Technology Forum is looking for a patient treated by precision medicine

The Health Technology Forum needs your help.

For our upcoming panel session on Wednesday 24th February entitled Precision Medicine: From vision to reality, the organiser Mark Bartlett, Geneix’s CEO, is looking for a brave individual who has been treated using a precision medicine technique. This could be having had a test, genetic or otherwise, to understand the root cause of their disease or which medication/chemotherapy would be most appropriate. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your story and motivate an engaged audience, driven to solve healthcare’s most complex problems.

If you are interested please send Mark an email on mark@geneix.com with a short description of your treatment.

Even if you cannot help, do come and join us for what will be a brilliant (free) evening in the company of Mark and his co-host Elizabeth Hampson, Senior Manager (Healthcare Strategy) at Deloitte Consulting, and with Baker Botts’ legendary hospitality to follow.

What’s caught my digital health interest recently

At the Royal Society of Medicine we’ve just announced our next medical apps event on 7th April next year, Medical apps; mainstreaming innovation in which we feature for the first time a presentation by Pam Kato, a Professor of Serious Games, so it’s intriguing to see the iMedicalApps review of a clinician-facing serious game, iConcur, for anaesthetists.

We also have a powerful presentation on mental health apps from Ieso Digital Health which doubtless will make the same point as has been made in previous events that online mental health services typically are more effective than face:face. The abstract to the recent Lancet paper by Dr Lisa Marzano et al, examining this topic in great detail, suggests that the academics are now a long way to working out why this is the case and offers further potential improvements; aspiring mental health app developers unable to access the full paper may consider it worth paying $31.50 (or join the RSM to access it for free).

A regular at the RSM’s Appday is Dr Richard Brady’s presentation on Bad Apps, which next year will now doubtless include mention of the FTC’s recent fifth action against an app provider, UltimEyes, with deceptively claiming they their program was scientifically proven to improve the user’s eye sight.

Moving to good apps (more…)

Are you an entrepreneur dreaming of riches?

Well if you are, you need to come along to the free London Health Technology Forum meeting on Monday 14th September when Neil Foster, Corporate Partner in lawyers Baker Botts, and the person responsible kindly for providing the Forum with a beautifully appointed room and excellent hospitality, will be talking to us about Exits.

He will be joined by David Blair, chartered accountant and chief financial officer of a number of companies. Between them they will tell you everything a good entrepreneur needs to know about exits. Exits of course are where entrepreneurs begin to cash in on all their hard work and long hours; some become very rich.

As planning for your exit should start when you establish your company, it is critically important to know what your options are now, in time to ensure that when the time comes, you are prepared, so you can secure the maximum value for the organisation you have personally established and grown.

They will cover the following topics: (more…)

London Health Technology Forum & the Cleveland Health challenge

The London Health Technology Forum (HTF), run by this editor, has its last event before the summer break on 17th June – Baker Botts, who have been kindly hosting our forums for a long time now will be presenting on An introduction to securing, protecting and maintaining your IPR. We’ve also news of a prize-giving event in our November meeting, and an exciting competition run by the Cleveland Clinic.

Failure to manage IPR effectively has been the cause of very many entrepreneurial failures so this free event to learn about the topic should be of real interest to very many people. Therefore, especially in view of the expertise of the presenters, it is highly recommended. There will be three presentations:

1) Starting out – a brief look at IPR relevant to new businesses

  • what IPR are you generating?
  • who creates the IP and who owns it?
  • how and where can you protect your IP?
  • how are IPR maintained?

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A salmagundi of (mainly free) opportunities to learn more about health technology this autumn (UK)

UKTI Belgium is running an excellent webinar series on eHealth & the European Union. Dates/times are:

  1. Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
  2. Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

During these webinars they will discuss tools that will enable you and your organisation to react to EU opportunities and challenges. For more information and to register go here.

TechUK and the BCS are running another of their very successful Healthtech Startup Schools, starting on Monday 20 October, ending on Monday 08 December. It is at techUK London , 10 St Bride Street, London , EC4A 4AD. Registration is here.

The University of Bath’s Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) is holding an evening meeting in Bristol on 22nd October entitled on the flyer “Digital Health Apps: Insider views on the Challenges and Opportunities”, and on the website “Understanding the new regulatory and information environment for health apps”. It is being addressed by many worthies including Rob Turpin of BSI and Graham Worsley, recently retired from the TSB and now assembling a portoflio of really interesting roles. Book here

The GSMA has announced a whole bunch of awards for 2015 – entries are now open. Don’t dismiss them without checking each one out first – for example the Best Connected Life Award has eight categories, each with an award, including Best Mobile Innovation for Health. (If you wonder why this is under opportunities to learn (more…)

A few observations from September’s Health Technology Forum London

On Wednesday 17th September, Health Technology Forum members gathered at Baker Botts’ office in London for a couple of key presentations on legal aspects of medical software.

The first, by Joe Hagan-Brown, Regulatory Affairs Specialist at the MHRA, covered the EU’s medical device-specific regulation. The second, by Alex Denoon of Lawford Davies Denoon, was a presentation on the EU’s data protection regulation.

Readers with long memories will recall that I summarised medical device-specific regulation a while back; much of what Joe said added colour to that summary. A few comments he made are perhaps worthy of repetition (more…)

A free event for all those interested in medical apps (UK)

On Wednesday 17th September the Health Technology Forum in London is meeting again at Baker Botts’ head office at the back of the Bank of England to hear presentations from:

Joe Hagan-Brown, Regulatory Affairs Specialist at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who has very kindly agreed to present on a huge range of app-related issues including:

The Medical Devices Directive – definition of a medical device; Software- qualification as a medical device; A brief background to software in the context of medical device legislation; Meddev 2.6/1; The market for Apps; MHRA guidance on software as a medical device; Five categories of apps; Classification; Conformity assessment; Telehealth; Vigilance/Post market surveillance; General requirements; Specific considerations

Alex Denoon, from Lawford Davies Denoon who has very indly agreed to talk to us on the impact of the proposed Data Protection Regulation on biomedical research. The talk will cover the (largely unintended) potentially catastrophic effects on matters are diverse as biobanks, personalised medicine, e-health and the development of new medicines.

The plan is to give both speakers plenty of time both for their presentations and to respond to questions, whilst still enabling all present to enjoy Baker Botts’ legendary hospitality for the networking session afterwards.

There are currently 12 spaces left. More details, and how to book are here