The Healthtech VC

The Healthtech VC

Featuring founders, investors and leaders in healthtech.

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008: Shaping the role of AI in the NHS with Haris Shuaib. 🇬🇧🤖🚀

Haris Shuaib is the AI Transformation lead at the London AI Centre which is a hub of innovation in healthcare in the UK, recently receiving £16m in funding to scale up AI work in the NHS and being appointed a preferred partner for NVIDIA’s proposed £40m healthcare supercomputer. With a background in theoretical physics, Haris trained as a medical physicist prior to moving into a leadership role in AI in the NHS. Haris discusses the variety of healthcare AI projects the London AI centre are running, how they select which areas to prioritise, the challenges of healthcare AI on the ground and how as a medical physicist, Haris is paving the way for clinician scientists to take a role in leadership in the rapidly developing AI scene in the NHS. The lively chat also covers ethics and bias in healthcare AI, conflict resolution between AI and doctor, the role of patients in codesigning AI and whether there is a role for the doctor in the new information age where AI will play a central role. Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
January 19, 2021

007: Angel investing in healthtech with Pam Garside. 💸🇬🇧🇺🇸

Pam Garside is one of the most well-connected people in UK healthcare. A healthcare management consultant with extensive trans-Atlantic experience, Pam manages a wide-ranging portfolio career. She is a fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a member of the investment committee of Cambridge Enterprise, the Tech Transfer component of Cambridge University. Pam founded the Cambridge Health Network, a membership group of senior health leaders in the UK. A well-known, successful healthtech angel investor, Pam has a portfolio of 18 healthtech companies and she is on the board of Cambridge Angels, one of the UK’s most prestigious angel investor networks. If you’re an entrepreneur, operator or investor, Pam’s podcast is packed with useful ideas and tips and knowledge gleaned from 30 years in healthcare in the US and UK. Get in touch with Pam: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
January 4, 2021

006: Scaling a digital health startup to 90 countries, with Prof Wieland Sommer. 🇩🇪🌏

Professor Wieland Sommer is CEO and founder of Smart Reporting. The company is headquartered in Munich, employing over 60 people and has over 10,000 users in 90 countries around the world. Smart Reporting develops AI-based smart reports for radiologists and pathologists. They recently raised a EUR 15M funding round where we at Crista Galli Ventures participated. Wieland was in frontline medicine for many years, most recently as the Head of Oncologic Imaging at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles across a range of topics from radiology to public health and neuroscience. Wieland discusses how to spot a clinical need for innovation and turn this into a business, the principles of key hires in a startup, fundraising and structuring big data. We also touch on Wieland’s reflections on his experience at Harvard University where he did a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) and whether AI will take over the jobs of radiologists in the decade to come. Wieland’s Linkedin: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
December 14, 2020

005: Digital health academia and a portfolio career, with Dr Saira Ghafur. 💡👩🏽‍⚕️

Dr Saira Ghafur is lead for Digital Health at Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and also a practising Consultant Respiratory Physician. She manages a portfolio career spanning policy, academia, frontline medicine alongside being a founder of two startups. Saira discusses her work on healthcare cybersecurity, evidence generation in digital health and the value of healthcare data in the NHS. She provides tips for managing a wide-ranging portfolio career, provides advice for startups looking to develop clinical partnerships and has tips for those looking to publish research in the digital health sector. Saira’s Linkedin: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
November 30, 2020

004: Cydar Medical and surgical visualisation, with Dr Tom Carrell 🦾🇬🇧

In episode four of The Healthtech VC, Crista Galli Ventures' founder Dr Fiona Pathiraja, is joined by Dr Tom Carrell - the founder and CEO of Cydar Medical. Tom was working as a consultant vascular surgeon in London when he decided to collaborate with Graeme Penney, an imaging scientist at King’s College London to turn traditional surgical visualisation on its head and transform patient outcomes in endovascular surgery. During the podcast, Tom and Fiona discuss the story of Cydar Medical and the journey from hospital research to commercial product, as well as sharing their insights and advice on fundraising, growing a team, selling to the NHS and taking the leap from medicine. This week's guest: [email protected] | Learn more about Crista Galli Ventures: | Get in touch with Fiona: |
November 16, 2020

003: contextflow and marketing in healthtech, with Julie Sufana 🗣🇦🇹

For episode three of The Healthtech VC, Crista Galli Ventures' founder Dr Fiona Pathiraja, is joined by Julie Sufana, Chief Marketing Officer of portfolio company contextflow, a Vienna based healthtech start-up developing deep learning-based tools to improve radiology workflows. Originally from the US, Julie has an enviably diverse range of cross-sector experience, prior to joining contextflow. Fiona and Julie explore why marketing in healthtech is frequently overlooked, the value of storytelling and realities of working for a start up. The pair also share their experiences as women in healthtech, and the importance of diversity in delivering real impact. This week's guest: | Learn more about Crista Galli Ventures: | Get in touch with Fiona: |
November 2, 2020

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The Healthtech VC

The Healthtech VC is Dr Fiona Pathiraja, Managing Partner at Crista Galli Ventures. As an active healthtech investor, she interviews a wide variety of guests on the podcast, including founders, investors and leaders in the healthtech space. Fiona believes in a future of healthcare that is enabled by technology and all the guests are actively working in healthtech. We hope this podcast will help create a community of likeminded people who are also working to build the future of healthtech.
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Dr. Fiona Pathiraja

Dr. Fiona Pathiraja

Dr. Fiona Pathiraja is a former NHS consultant radiologist turned investor. She is managing partner of Crista Galli Ventures, a healthtech fund backing outstanding founders across Europe. Fiona has an MBA and an MPH and is dual board certified in Radiology and Public Health. She has worked in public health, management consulting and at the UK Department of Health.

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