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Women in Healthcare Innovation


Are you a student or young professional working in healthcare or planning to work in healthcare innovation?
Join us for a day of online workshops and panel discussions with entrepreneurial women experts in the Oxford healthcare innovation ecosystem.

Time Speakers Content
9:00am – 9:30am n/a Registration
9:30am – 10:00am Megan Morys-Carter, Director of TheHill
Nesrine Ramadan, Biomedical Researcher & Innovation Fellow, University of Oxford
Welcome and introductions from Megan Morys-Carter and Diversity lessons from the Oxford ecosystem with Nesrine Ramadan
10:00am – 11:00am Megan Morys-Carter, Director of TheHill Elevator pitch workshop with Megan Morys Carter and pitch practice breakout sessions.
11:00am – 11:30am n/a Coffee break. Participants should keep the call open but mute the webcam while they refresh themselves and have a break. Please return promptly for the next session.
11:30am – 12:30 Dr Jackie Hunter, Board Director of BenevolentAI AI in Healthcare: Past, Present and Future with Dr Jackie Hunter.
12:30 – 13:30pm n/a Lunch break. Participants should keep the call open but mute the webcam while they refresh themselves and have a break. Please return promptly for the next session.
13:30pm – 15:00pm Dr Nessa Carey, Royal Society Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oxford The innovation journey – creating the route map from idea to product with Dr Nessa Carey.
15:00pm – 15:15pm n/a Coffee break. Participants should keep the call open but mute the webcam while they refresh themselves and have a break. Please return promptly for the next session.
15:15pm – 15:25pm Dr Deborah Spencer, Deputy Head of Industrial Research Partnerships University Lead, UK Industrial Strategy, MPLS, Oxford University The power of partnerships and collaborations for growth and scale up
15:25pm – 16:20pm Dr Deborah Spencer, Deputy Head of Industrial Research Partnerships University Lead, UK Industrial Strategy, MPLS, Oxford University
Dr Mehak Mumtaz, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at iLoF
Husayn Kassai, Co-Founder and CEO at Onfido
Dr Deborah Spencer in conversation with founders Mehak Mumtaz (iLOF) and Husayn Kassai (Onfido)
16:20pm – 16:30pm Megan Morys-Carter, Director of TheHill
Montserrat Codina, EIT Health Executive and Professional Training Co-ordinator
Closing remarks

Speaker biographies

Dr Jackie Hunter is a Board Director of BenevolentAI. Jackie has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry including leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and early clinical development for GlaxoSmithKline. She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 and most recently was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. She holds a personal chair from St George’s Hospital Medical School and in 2010 she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr Nessa Carey has had successful careers in academia, biotech and pharma and now freelances as a trainer and an innovation consultant. She has served and chaired on a number of Research Councils schemes over the last decade. Nessa is a Royal Society Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oxford and the author of 3 popular science books.

Husayn Kassai is the Onfido Co-Founder and CEO, World Economic Forum “Tech Pioneer”, Forbes Contributor & “30 Under 30”. He has a BA in Economics and Management, Oxford University. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 400; received over £200m in funding; and works with over 1,500 fintech, banking and marketplace clients globally.

Dr Mehak Mumtaz is a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at iLoF and leads strategic development and commercial/research partnerships. Prior to joining iLoF, Mehak was a strategy consultant for EY Parthenon. Mehak is passionate about translating science from bench to bedside, and was previously involved in managing a €1.5m innovation project on Rare Cancers. Mehak has a MBioChem and DPhil in Pathology from University of Oxford and was an Innovation Fellow at the Said Business School.

Nesrine Ramadan is a biomedical research scientist and an enterprise & innovation fellow at the University of Oxford. Nesrine has international experience in research and strategy consultancy and is involved in various D&I initiatives aimed at enhancing the participation of underrepresented groups in leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, and policy making.

Dr Deborah Spencer is responsible for developing activities under the Industrial Strategy across the University of Oxford and is Deputy Head of the Industrial Research Partnership Team. She previously worked at the Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership, at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and for the UK Research Councils. Deborah has been involved in three company spinouts and the creation of two fee- for- service entities from the university base.