30 companies have now been selected to form the first cohort of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, a major new programme from DigitalHealth.London supporting digital health businesses which would benefit from better engagement with the NHS and the wider health sector.

119 digital health businesses applied to be part of the Accelerator programme, with a shortlist of 64 selected for interview in front of a panel of NHS clinical, technical, digital and commercial experts including members from MedCity. The successful 30 companies will be announced at the Accelerator launch on 12 September 2016.

These companies will participate in the year-long programme, which will support them in developing and deploying their products as solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing health and social care. The support – tailored to specific business needs – focuses on engagement with clinicians and healthcare experts; refining of products to meet needs; deepening understanding of the health system; showcasing in health facilities and developing business models in order to progress product development; and access to the market.

Four NHS Navigators have been appointed to act as relationship managers between the Accelerator cohort and the NHS and wider healthcare sector. They will help each company to navigate the healthcare ecosystem in London, enabling them to access decision makers and support to refine, develop and scale their innovative solutions.

The appointed NHS Navigators are:

Olivia Festy:

Olivia has a degree in Physiology and a PhD in Biophysics & Molecular Biology. She has spent the past ten years working in clinical research, technology development and health tech regulation. Olivia is passionate about improving and influencing policy and technology whilst working at the NIHR and collaborating with the Department of Health.

Lawrence Petalidis:

Following neurodegeneration research for pharma and a PhD in molecular neurooncology, Lawrence has ten years of experience across business development, sales, technical project management and more recently innovation. In his current role as Head of Innovation and Impact at CW+ Lawrence supports healthcare innovation for Chelsea and Westminster NHS FT.

James Somauroo:

James is an anesthetist by background with five years clinical experience. Becoming immersed in completing improvement projects to make his department run more efficiently led James to writing business cases, shadowing finance departments, working for BMJ, acquiring PgDip in Medical Education and becoming one of Bruce Keogh’s fellows on the national leadership scheme.

Hannah Harniess:

Hannah is currently a Darzi Fellow at Greenwich CCG in Children’s and Maternity commissioning. She is a physiotherapist by clinical background with a recently acquired MSc in Social Epidemiology. Her MSc research project recently won a Public Health England award and she continues to be involved with the PSSRU at the LSE. Hannah contributes to several leadership networks, including the HSJ Women Leaders and a developing NHS London Women Leaders Network.

To find out more about the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme, visit digitalhealth.london/accelerator