NorthInvest Leeds Healthtech Investment Summit
The event, sponsored by Calls9, helped portray and amplify the findings from the recent Leeds City Region Medtech Science and Innovation Audit, which analyses the opportunities for growth for medical technologies in the Leeds City Region.
Opening the evening was Bernard Ginns, founder of Branksome Partners, who spoke about how Leeds has all it needs to be even more successful at a global level.
Helen Oldham, founding director of NorthInvest, began with an overview of the investment activity NorthInvest is doing in the healthtech space. Helen then went on to announce that NorthInvest will be running an Angel Investor Hub located in Platform, to further educate and grow investor activity in Leeds.
Proudly presenting on behalf of Calls9 who generously sponsored the event, was Adam Roney, who detailed the work that the development agency was doing in the space, as well as sharing exciting news of a new product they’re working on.
University of Leeds Professor of Mechanical Engineering and NorthInvest Board director Dr John Fisher followed, quoting the 22% of digital health jobs that are held within the Leeds City Region, making clear that although Leeds is doing well within the space, that will not define its future.
Healthtech investors Prof Gary Shuckford from Edenbridge Health, Dr Simon Graindorge from IP Group plc and Dr Laura Bond from ADV, shared their experiences with healthtech companies from the region, giving insight into what they look for when investing, and details about their portfolio companies.
Facilitators of entrepreneur education and finance, Charlotte Thompson from the Knowledge Transfer Network, and Dr Ceri Williams from the University of Leeds, spoke about the support they give to early-stage healthtech businesses, with Ceri highlighting how the new Nexus building will provide access to world-class research and resources.
The evening came to an end with some valuable networking amongst the attendees. Overall, an insightful and eye-opening event which uncovered the healthtech investment activity within the Leeds City Region.