About this event

  • Date and time Sat 21 Sep 2019 from 8:00am to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Medical Innovations

Leading innovators and entrepreneurs will be gathering at the Royal Society of Medicine on 21 September to take part in the Society’s 19th Medical Innovations Summit.

The Summit provides a biannual platform for the presentation and discussion of inspirational ideas and developments in the field of medicine and healthcare, bringing together clinicians, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and VCs.

We are evolving the format for the first time and each session will have a particular theme to give the day a narrative.

This will include a session showcasing leading MedTech innovators, another on patient innovation, and an interactive workshop on human-focused design thinking run by Medtronic.

During lunch, there will also be a Pitch Cafe, featuring ventures from the Imperial College-led MedTech SuperConnector accelerator programme and the InnovationRCA.


Standard rates pricing available until 20 September 2019.


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Key speakers

Harpreet Soou

Dr Harpreet Sood

Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS England

Speaker's biography

Dr Harpreet Sood is currently NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer and a practising NHS doctor. Previously he was Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England.

Harpreet trained as a clinical doctor at King’s College London and Imperial College Business School and practised as a doctor in East London.

Following this, he did a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard University where he focused on international health policy and co-founded a digital health start-up.

Post MPH, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow in health policy and management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a large academic medical centre in Boston.

Harpreet’s current work at NHS England includes leading on the NHS Digital Academy and working on the Global Digital Exemplar Programme.

Chris Chaney

Chris Chaney

Chief Executive, CW+

Speaker's biography

Chris joined CW+ as Chief Executive in July 2016. Prior to this Chris was Head of Major Gifts at University of Cambridge in the Development and Alumni Relations team. 

In this role, he established the University’s first schools-based fundraising programme, recruiting and embedding a new team of fundraisers across the institution to support core strategic priorities in teaching, research and infrastructure development as part of the University’s £2 billion “Dear World…yours Cambridge” Campaign.

Before Cambridge, Chris spent over ten years at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) where he held the post of Deputy Director, Major Gift Fundraising. 

At GOSHCC Chris was responsible for multiple appeals designed to deliver and grow major gift income and was instrumental in establishing the charity’s clinical research fundraising programme.

Nicole Parks

Nicole Parks

Senior Human Centered Design Strategist, Medtronic

Speaker's biography

Nicole is an Industrial Designer with 12+ years experience in product design and development, leading teams and clients through phases of the design process tailored to each unique project goal and objective. 

She excels at understanding user needs and translating them into successful products across numerous categories including: product and soft good designs, user experience, service design, and creative leadership. 

Her unique background and skill set means she has the drive to not only ask “why?” but to also ask “what if?” and the fortitude to see those questions through to a resolve.   

Nicole received a BFA in Industrial Design from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is pursuing a Masters of Design Management & Communications from Georgetown University.

Stephen Rockman

Stephen Rockman

Founder, Merism Capital and Entrepreneur in Residence, InnovationRCA

Speaker's biography

Stephen has been investing in, advising and mentoring start-ups for more than ten years.

Previously he spent 25 years in commercial and strategic roles with technology corporates and start-ups. After some years as an angel investor, he founded Merism Capital in 2010, to invest in seed and early stage impact businesses.

Stephen is a Trustee of Shift Ventures Trust which researches, designs and builds social businesses that solve social problems. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills (a new HE College providing vocational education opening in September 2016) and CW+ (the charity supporting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital by funding pioneering research, innovation, art and design.)

Stephen actively champions entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact through his participation in various conferences and investment competitions, which include: British Council Culture Hack in Johannesburg & Nairobi, Tech City Challenge, Global Social Venture Competition, Big Venture Challenge, Creative Britain and ITU Telecom.

He is also an assessor for Innovate UK and was a member of the Department of Health and Design Council’s Advisory Board for the ‘Living Well with Dementia’ Challenge.


View the programme

Welcome address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1: Medical Innovators

Chaired by Dr Harpreet Sood, Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS England

We open the day with presentations from leading medtech innovators. This section will spotlight companies building VC-friendly technological innovation.

Followed by a panel discussion.

Coffee break

Session 2: Patient-Focused Innovation

Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine

This session focuses on the role of the patient in medical innovation, featuring entrepreneurs who have used their experience as a patient to drive their ventures, and offering insight into embedding patient insights into medical innovation in hospitals.

Followed by a panel discussion.

Lunch Break

During the lunch break, we will be running a Pitch Cafe featuring ventures from the Imperial-led MedTech SuperConnector accelerator programme and the InnovationRCA.

Each venture will be stationed on a table in the Atrium and delegates will be able to circulate between them, hearing informal pitches and speaking to the entrepreneurs.

Session 3: Human-Focused Design Thinking, by Medtronic

Chaired by Dipanjan Chatterjee and Nicole Parks, Healthcare Innovation Team from Medtronic

For this session, one of the world’s largest medical device companies, Medtronic, will run a session on human-centred design thinking in medicine.

Medtronic will explain the fundamentals of this patient-centred approach and give examples of how it can be practically applied in medical innovation.

On the day, Medtronic will also be running a first-come-first-serve workshop where delegates can use this methodology to work through practical problems in groups.

Coffee break

Session 4: Innovation Life Cycle

Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine

To end the day, we will take delegates through the innovation life cycle by hearing the stories of three speakers at different stages.

This section will feature presentations detailing the honest experiences of an early stage venture, a successful growing company, and a VC.

Closing address
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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