The Healthtech VC

Featuring founders, investors and leaders in healthtech.

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011: Trans-Atlantic healthtech investing with Dr. Ben Evans, Managing Partner at InHealth Ventures. 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 💸

This week’s guest is Dr Ben Evans, Managing Partner at InHealth Ventures. InHealth Ventures is an early stage healthtech fund investing at seed and series A, both in the US and Europe. Ben discusses his career from medicine to venture capital via management consulting at McKinsey, a stint at a startup and being an operations manager in the NHS. He also touches on what makes a successful founding team, go to market strategies in healthcare and the differences in early-stage innovation between the US and UK health systems. We also discuss how small healthtech startups can survive and walk alongside the big internet giants who are increasingly moving into the healthtech space. Get in touch with Ben: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
March 1, 2021
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010: Radiobotics: Danish Deep Tech Radiology with Stine Mølgaard Sørensen 🇩🇰🤖

This week’s guest is Stine Mølgaard Sørensen who is cofounder and COO of Radiobotics, an award-winning deep tech radiology AI startup based in Copenhagen in Denmark. As one of the newest companies in the Crista Galli Ventures portfolio, we are excited to have Stine on the show to share all things Radiobotics.  Stine discusses her background in global digital transformation and communication, how she exited a previous startup and just how important storytelling is to a startup. She also touches on the Nordic healthtech ecosystem, how Radiobotics have been successful in raising over £2m in grant funding, their experience on the US TMC accelerator and their plans for expansion starting with their recent incorporation in the US. Get in touch with Stine: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
February 16, 2021
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009: Investing in Health and Happiness with Dr Neha Tanna. 👩🏽‍⚕️💸✨

Dr Neha Tanna is a VC Investment Partner at Social Starts and Joyance Partners. Neha has had a very diverse portfolio career, starting off in medicine as a GP before moving into pharmaceutical medicine and biotech investing and then onto entrepreneurship and VC via an MBA at London Business School. Neha talks about why she joined Social Starts and Joyance Partners and discusses their really interesting investment thesis on health and happiness. She also touches on her experience of Venture Capital, how she wants to shape the investment world and provides tips for doctors looking to explore career options outside medicine. Get in touch with Neha: Get in touch with Fiona: Get in touch with Crista Galli Ventures:
February 4, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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002: Aidence and the future of radiology, with Dr Lizzie Barclay 🤖🇳🇱

In this week’s episode of The Healthtech VC, Dr. Fiona Pathiraja meets fellow former radiologist Dr Lizzie Barclay, who is now medical director of Aidence, an Amsterdam based start-up creating innovative AI that helps radiologists in the diagnosis of lung cancer. Lizzie started her career in medicine as an NHS radiologist and after working on the frontline for a number of years, she decided her future lay outside the NHS, leading to her role at Aidence. Fiona and Lizzie discuss the role of AI in the future of healthcare, how Aidence co-create tech solutions with radiologists and how Lizzie is trying to involve patients in the work that Aidence are doing. This week's guest: Learn more about Crista Galli Ventures: | Get in touch with Fiona: |
October 19, 2020
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001: Skin analytics and AI dermatology, with Neil Daly 🔍🇬🇧

In the first episode of The Healthtech VC, Crista Galli Ventures' founder, Dr Fiona Pathiraja, interviews Neil Daly, founder and CEO of Skin Analytics: a research-led, AI dermatology company committed to helping more people survive skin cancer. The Skin Analytics team has developed a clinically validated machine learning tool, DERM AI, that is as effective as a dermatologist and is key to creating AI-powered clinical dermatology pathways. Neil worked extensively in mobile innovation and strategy consulting, holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Western Australia and an Executive MBA from London Business School. This week's guest: | Learn more about Crista Galli Ventures: | Get in touch with Fiona: |
September 23, 2020
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About 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.


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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