To mark International Women’s Day 2023, we’re showcasing some of the inspiring women who are part of Sanome’s catalyst to change healthcare. 

It takes a village, or in our case a rich and supportive ecosystem, to grow an idea from a seed to success. Sanome would not be on the exciting track that it is today without the support of many inspiring women. We are delighted to introduce some of these women below. Thanks to Professor Carole Longson, Dr Sophie Duport, Dr Fiona Pathiraja, Pam Garside, Dr Amira Bhaiji, Liseli Sumbwanyambe & Olivia Buckland. 

Professor Carole Longson MBE,

Carole is a former Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2000-2018 and Chief Scientific Officer at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) from 2018-2020. She is now Honorary Professor for Health Technology Assessment at Manchester University and an independent adviser working with a variety of public and private sector organisations in the UK and abroad on health technology assessment, market access and life science policy.

The work that Sanome is doing is at the forefront a new generation of big data driven diagnostics. By identifying biomarker combinations collected through routine check-ups, Sanome’s approach has the potential to drive cheaper and more useful point of care diagnostics. I am very excited by the work that Benedikt and his team are doing. This new way of thinking about diagnostics could help accelerate the pace of change towards prevention-based healthcare.” – Professor Carole Longson

Dr Sophie Duport,

Sophie is the Associate Director of Research at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. A fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, she holds a PhD in Neurosciences from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Sophie is a trustee of The Daphne Jackson Trust; the UK’s leading organisation and independent registered charity dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break.

Dr Fiona Pathiraja,

is the Founder and Managing Partner of Crista Galli Ventures. Prior to investing in healthtech, she worked in the NHS in London as a radiologist at UCLH, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. Fiona has developed national health policy at the UK Department of Health as clinical advisor to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and also worked as a management consultant. She holds a stellar academic record with over 20 awards, bursaries and scholarships. Fiona holds an MBA from London Business School and an MPH from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is one of a select few doctors worldwide to be dual board certified in Radiology and Public Health.

Pam Garside,

Pam has had an inspiring career in health care systems and digital health in the UK and internationally and is an angel investor in early-stage health tech companies. She is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Investment Committee of Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer company of the University. Pam founded and co-chairs The Cambridge Health Network, is Chairman of Cambridge Angels investment group and sits on the board of Crown Place Venture Capital Trust. Pam advises a number of life science companies, health technology accelerators and start-ups in the UK and Europe.

Dr Amira Bhaiji

Dr Bhaiji is currently an Internal Medicine Trainee at Chelsea and Westminster hospitals. She is conducting academic research in Cardiovascular Medicine. Alongside this, Amira is a clinical tutor associated with the University of Oxford. Amira has supported Sanome’s clinical research identifying biomarkers connected to preventable hospital acquired complications, as we develop an in-hospital integrated tool for clinicians and patients.

Liseli Sumbwanyambe

Liseli supported Sanome’s research into care homes and avoidable hospitalisation.

Ultimately, everyone has the potential to be an impactful role model. It is difficult to quantify the effect your actions have on another’s life. However, in some cases, you might become the catalyst to someone making a decision they might not have had the confidence to even consider before. It is important to recognise the progress we have seen in the representation of women in STEM, but we still have a long way to go. If this resonates with you, please take some time to think how you could support future female leaders. Whether this is through championing and celebrating your female peers’ achievements, or replying to a LinkedIn message asking for advice, your actions may have a significant effect on future generations.” – Liseli Sumbwanyambe

Olivia Buckland

A double Cambridge University graduate, Olivia supports Sanome’s user experience journey, clinical trials among other roles. She recently completed McKinsey & Co’s Next Generation Women Leaders (EMEA) Program. She is the co-founder of several charities and charitable organisations , as well as a trustee of the Lee Hub Community Library. In 2018 Olivia was recognised on the J.P. MORGAN – FUTURE 100 – 50 most influential female students in the UK, and 2nd most influential female at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this she was recognised by UNILEVER as an INSPIRING STUDENT LEADER (2017) – The Nation’s Top 4 most inspiring student leaders, and Barclays’ FUTURE100 (2017) – “Cambridge’s Woman to Watch”.

Following a missed and then later than necessary cancer diagnosis at 20 years old, Olivia is passionate about designing and supporting personal health education programmes at Sanome, particularly championing the awareness and education of health changes to empower people. Her personal experiences as a beneficiary of lifesaving cutting-edge medicine and the NHS healthcare system have catalysed her determination to make Sanome a success.

Thanks to the incredible women who support Sanome.

Happy International Women’s Day 2023

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