A short newsletter this week, with some important announcements.

Wednesday Winter Webinars

DHACA’s Wednesday Winter Webinar programme is now scheduled to start 4th November with a talk by Stephen Bourke CEO of Echo Pharmacy, on the impact of COVID-19 on online pharmacies, which should be fascinating. I have asked him also to cover opportunities for partnerships with other members. The following week on 11th November, I am in final discussions with Julian Hitchcock to tell us where he thinks medical device regulation is going – judging by a few proposals I have seen recently, many will benefit from this advice greatly. The Wednesday after that, 18th November, we will have an array of ICS experts who can tell us how they are driving integration across primary, secondary and social care, with lots of opportunities for members. Finally on 25th November we will focus on the EMIS App Library, explaining the benefits of putting your apps and wearables on the library so that they can be easily prescribed by GPs. We will be opening registration next week; in the meantime be sure to keep dates/times free!

Mental Health event 3rd November

Brown Rudnick, the firm of lawyers that was going to start sponsoring our DHACA Days when the lockdown descended, is running an online mental health event on 3rd November at 5pm. Entry is free – sign up here. You can also just join on the night clicking here and quoting password BR2020. Following the keynote presentation from Dr Andy Blackwell, Group Chief Science and Strategy Officer at IESO Digital Health, there will be a panel discussion by:

  • Dr Matthew Stork, Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Cognition
  • Dele Atanda, Chief Executive Officer at metaMe Inc
  • Nick Pollard, Founder at Family Mental Wealth
  • Dr Julian Nesbitt, Chief Executive & Founder at Dr Julian
  • Gus Booth-Clibborn, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Hello Tomo

The panel will be chaired by Neil Foster, Partner and Chair of Brown Rudnick’s Technology Sector practice. You will have the chance to ask questions and raise comments on the day, although you can also submit questions and comments beforehand, when you sign up. It should be a great evening.

Worth perhaps just adding that the FT has a piece on how mental health apps are flourishing in the pandemic, suggesting that Calm – apparently the first mental health start-up to be worth over $1billion (in 2019) and Headspace should be heading for listings – apparently both have over two million subscribers.

Pitch event 1st December

Brown Rudnick is also running an online pitch event, on 1st December, starting at 4pm. The format will be similar to the previous four DHACA/Baker Botts events, just online. You can register for the event here. You can  apply to pitch here – in order to qualify to pitch, you must be a private company within the healthtech or medtech sector, seeking funding within the next year.

And finally:

As always huge thanks to Prof Mike Short for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.