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About TheHill

Who we are

TheHill was created to address the challenge of identifying and developing emerging innovations that arise from daily practice in our NHS partners and research in the academic institutions in Oxford and entrepreneurial individuals.

We network innovators through a development pipeline system to implement solutions which are commercial and impactful; transforming care and improving the lives of patients and healthcare professionals.

What we do

Our in-house team provides a bespoke programme of support interventions taking ideas forward from conception to sales. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) move through a development pipeline with the help of workshops, group sessions with partner companies, 1:1 support from the experts-in-residence, NHS roundtables, introductions, demonstrations, conferences and 1:1 mentoring.

Who we work with

We bring together patients, carers, nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, designers, developers, researchers, business leaders, investors – and anyone with an interest in using new technologies to improve healthcare.

We primarily work with incorporated start-ups and registered sole trader entrepreneurs with digital health innovations and early stage teams who have not yet incorporated but are planning to do so.

In-house team

Megan Morys-Carter

Director

Megan sits on the Board of The Oxford Trust, an independent charitable trust working across enterprise and innovation; science education; and public engagement with science. She also holds voluntary roles with the angel network OION and Oxford Startups.

Nick De Pennington

Digital Innovation & Population Health Lead

Nick is one of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneurs and the CEO of Ufonia, a digital health start-up company developing voice-based robotic-process-automation for the management of long-term conditions.

Glenn Wells

Chair

Glenn’s focus is on supporting the creation of knowledge and its application to deliver patient benefit.

Rhiannon Lassiter

Head of Marketing

Rhiannon was previously Marketing Manager for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

Adele Carvalho

Digital Innovations Officer

Adele has many years experience as a senior Executive Assistant to in the Oxford University Hospitals.

Flora Hatahintwali

Project Manager

Flora previously worked as a project manager in nanotechnology company and spent ten years as a forensic scientist.

Programme board

Nicki Bromwich

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

As Head of Commercial Development at Oxford AHSN, Nicki manages strategic partnerships with key companies, Universities, and NHS organisations, and support SMEs developing innovations for health and social care. Nicki is a clinician with 30 years’ experience in the NHS working in a broad range of roles nationally and locally, including quality improvement, service redesign and acute care commissioning. Nicki has also worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies and for a market access consultancy. Since joining Oxford AHSN in 2014 Nicki has led a £2.4m collaborative bid for a Life Sciences Innovation Centre in Buckinghamshire and provides Board level leadership to two digital SME programmes, Bucks HSCVentures and The Hill. Nicki has led the Digital Health programme within the Oxford AHSN region since 2016, producing the digital health roadmap and two successful Innovate UK Digital Health Technology Catalyst bids.

Dr Chris Bunch

Caldicott Guardian, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chris has been Caldicott Guardian since 1998 and is Chairman of the UK Caldicott Guardian Council.

Dr Alexander Finlayson

CEO and Head of Product at Nye Health

He graduated with honours, distinction and the finals prize in medicine, has 10 years’ experience developing award winning digital health products (raised > £8 million in grant funding for healthcare innovation) and continues to practice as a General Practitioner two sessions each week. He is a Doll Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford,was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University studying systems biology and Head of Research at the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was awarded British Medical Journal junior doctor of the year in 2012 for founding a DFID funded technology company which delivers capacity building interventions in the health sector in fragile states with a particular focus on Somalia.

Dr Fred Kemp

Deputy Head of Licensing & Ventures, Life Sciences, Oxford University Innovation

For the last five years, Fred and his team at OUI have made it their mission to help digital health innovators and entrepreneurs change healthcare for the better.
In that time, he has helped create over 30 companies and raised over £100M in investment. His role requires not just a strong multidisciplinary approach, with clinicians, researchers and developers coming together, but also access to translational and seed funding, as well as experts in clinical trials, medtech regulations, health economics,healthcare procurement and commercial modelling, to guide innovators through the challenges and complexities of bringing transformational healthcare technologies to market.

Fred has a degree and PhD in Biochemistry and many years as an expert in molecular kinetics, real-time diagnostics and bioinformatics; provided expertise and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry; co-founded a point of care nanotech diagnostics startup; and, worked as an application specialist for GE Healthcare.

Dr Ryan Pink

Oxford Brookes

Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics and Ambassador for the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre.

Kerry Rogers

Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary, Oxford Health NHS Trust

Kerry has twenty years’ experience in business and finance in both public and private sectors.

Glenn Wells

Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Academic Health Science Centre

Glenn’s focus is on supporting the creation of knowledge and its application to deliver patient benefit.

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