About this event

  • Date and time Sat 21 Sep 2019 from 8:30am to 21 Sep 2019 at 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.

Key speakers

Osmar Kibar

Dr Osman Kibar

CEO, Samumed

Speaker's biography

Dr. Kibar is an entrepreneur and an inventor, with numerous successful start-ups under his belt. He was the Scientific Founder of Genoptix (an oncology diagnostics company), which went public in 2007 (NASDAQ: GXDX) and was later acquired by Novartis in 2011.

Dr. Kibar was also a Co-Founder of E-Tenna, whose assets relating to wireless antennas were acquired by Titan and assets relating to thermal management of microprocessors by Intel. He was a Vice President at Pequot Capital's venture capital and private equity team.

Dr. Kibar received his M.S. and Ph.D., specializing in Biophotonics and Optoelectronics, from University of California, San Diego, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College.

Elina Naydenova

CEO & co-founder, Feebris

Speaker's biography

Dr Elina Naydenova is a biomedical engineer, with a PhD in Machine Learning for Healthcare from Oxford University.

She founded Feebris to deliver precision detection of complex health issues in the community; Feebris works with children in India & the elderly in the UK. Elina has previously worked on health innovation projects for the World Health Organisation.

Chris Chaney

Chris Chaney

Chief Executive, CW+

Speaker's biography

Chris is Chief Executive of CW+ - the charity arm of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. CW+ raises funds for new facilities, programmes and equipment across the Foundation Trust, delivers unique art and health programme across our hospitals and clinics and helps identify and embed next-generation systems and technologies to support patients and staff through the CW Innovation programme. In addition to his charity role, Chris is strategic communications lead at the Trust and sits as a member of the Foundation Trust Board.


Prior to CW+, Chris was Head of Major Gifts at the University of Cambridge and spent over ten years at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Chris is currently a Trustee of Newlife – the Charity for Disabled Children and sits on grants committees at the True Colours Trust and the National Institute for Health Research.

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.

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.

Mark Slack

Mark Slack

Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, CMR Surgical

Speaker's biography

Mark Slack is a co-founder of CMR Surgical and Chief Medical Officer. He is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a strong background in clinical and translational research. He practices clinical medicine and surgery in Cambridge and is on the staff of the clinical school of medicine of the University of Cambridge.


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 St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom