• Professor the Lord Ara Darzi

    Co-Director

    Lord Darzi is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. In 2007, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government, Professor Darzi sat as the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.

  • Paul Thompson

    Co-Director

    Paul is the Rector of the Royal College of Art (RCA). Prior to 2009, he was Director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, where he initiated ‘Design for the Other 90%’, a programme exploring sustainable design solutions for the developing world. He is a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and sits on the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Programme Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust.

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  • Daniel Dickens

    Managing Director

    Daniel is Managing Director for Helix and brings 15 years experience leading mission-driven ventures and scaling innovation in health and social care. He ensures that our people, processes and projects are aligned, supported and set up to achieve transformative results. Daniel has held leadership roles at the LEO Innovation Lab, onefinestay and Participle, where he led multi-disciplinary teams that designed and scaled radical new solutions in ageing, chronic disease and employment, which improved the lives of thousands of people and changed social policy at the highest levels. He has an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School and a BA from Williams College in the US.

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  • Dr. Eduardo Aguilar Peláez

    Head of Technology

    Eduardo's career has spanned academia, startups and global companies in the technology space. As Head of Technology, he guides the engineering roadmap, and works with our designers and clinicians to bring innovations to life. Prior to Helix, he was a Product Manager at onefinestay, covering mobile, enterprise software and IoT systems, including the Sherlock smart lock product (now klevio.com). Prior to that he worked on high performance computing, and earlier was a co-founder of Ervitech, a medical technology company focused on a miniature wearable breathing monitor based on his PHD research. Eduardo also worked at CERN on the Beam Conditions Monitor as part of the ATLAS and LHC's safety systems.

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  • Dr. Nicholas Appelbaum

    Clinical Lead

    Nicholas is a South African trained clinician with a surgical and global health background, and a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London. He is the Clinical Lead at the Helix Centre, providing steer across our portfolio of work, and a Resuscitation Council (UK) Fellow leading our NIHR-funded project building decision support tools for the frontline in paediatric emergency medicine. Nicholas has a particular interest in frugal innovation and the provision of quality care in lower middle income countries and worked in multiple peri-urban clinics and hospitals in South Africa prior to joining Imperial.

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  • Dr. Stephanie Archer

    Research Fellow

    Steph is Chartered Psychologist who holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. She supports Helix projects and teams to ensure qualitative research is carried out to the highest academic standards. Steph's work has focused on the use of complementary and alternative medicines and different therapies to improve quality of life, and the impact of enhanced recovery programmes on patients' experiences of surgical care. Her current research focuses on how we can improve the safety of care in the mental health setting, how we can make care safer for older adults, particularly those with dementia, and she is leading research exploring communication and safety at the end of life. 

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  • Mor Bakal

    Interaction Designer

    Mor is a multi-disciplinary designer working as a part of the Digital Care Planning team. She studied Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and User Experience Design at General Assembly. Prior to Helix, Mor worked as a freelance designer on various projects for companies such as Google, Deutsche bank, Burberry and more. Throughout the years she gained experience working as an illustrator, UI and UX designer and researcher. Mor is also a guest lecturer at London College of Communication.

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  • Pip Batey

    Interaction & Communication Designer

    Pip is an Interaction and Communication Designer, currently working across Helix innovation projects in neuro rehabilitation as well as human-centred design engagements with NHS partners. Prior to Helix, she trained as a UX/UI designer at a digital product design agency, Ostmodern, specialising in VOD platforms, and worked as an interaction designer at a range of digital health startups. Pip is also currently completing an MRes in Healthcare & Design at RCA, focused on reducing anxiety in children undergoing surgery.

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  • Dr. Anna-Maria Bielinska

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Anna-Maria is a researcher and PhD candidate at Imperial College in health policy, collaborating with Helix, focussing on advance care planning in older adults and how to support patients, carers and healthcare professionals in discussions on future healthcare preferences. Anna-Maria has a background as a doctor in medical oncology, in addition to broad experience in hospital medicine. She holds a Masters in Oncology from the Institute in Cancer Research, London and has presented nationally and internationally.

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  • Michele Di Cosmo

    Senior Software Developer

    Michele is an entrepreneur, software developer and agile coach with 11 years of commercial experience spanning enterprise, startup and research industries. His passion for societal impact and challenging environments brought him to collaborate with Helix to bring his technical expertise across the different projects. Michele is currently involved in the Pediatric Drug Safety and the Hospice care projects; while he's getting passionate about Artificial Intelligence.

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  • Calandra Feather

    Clinical researcher

    Cally is a Paediatric Nurse, with experience in clinical research with the Paediatric Research Unit at St Marys Hospital, as the lead nurse on numerous paediatric clinical trials and audits. Prior to research, Cally brings with her 8 years' experience as a Sister in Paediatric Intensive Care. Cally is working with Helix as a paediatric clinical advisor and is currently involved in the Helix Centre's work in Paediatric drug safety.

  • Gianpaolo Fusari

    Senior Designer

    Gianpaolo is an Industrial Designer with over 8 years experience in product design and development in healthcare. Since joining Helix, Gianpaolo has applied his product design skills in different projects including improving uptake to bowel cancer screening and reducing pressure ulcers caused by oxygen therapies. He currently leads our work in Neuro Rehabilitation where he is working with stroke survivors and clinicians to develop solutions to improve arm rehabilitation. Before joining Helix he was a Senior Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design where he led the design work on the award-winning redesign of the UK ambulance. Gianpaolo holds a joint MA/MSc from the RCA and Imperial.

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  • Ella Gibbs

    Clinical Advisor

    Ella is a physiotherapist with a specific interest in neurological rehabilitation. She is providing advice and support to the Helix Centre on a stroke rehabilitation project aimed at enhancing arm recovery. Ella’s main interests lie in improving patient outcomes and staff efficiency. She has experience of delivering therapy in the public and private sector in both acute and community settings. She is currently doing a MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London. 

  • Matthew Harrison

    Senior Designer

    As a senior designer Matthew leads human centred design projects within Helix. These projects have included Hark, ReSPECT and the first Helix Spin out - Digital Care Planning. Matthew is a graduate of Imperial and the RCA. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, leading several commercial and research council funded projects. In 2009 he set up Studiohead Ltd working extensively with Imperial College to create groundbreaking innovations in surgical education and simulation.

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  • Dr. Meera Joshi

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Meera is a General Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, where she is completing a PhD studying the use of digital technology, wearable sensors and sepsis. Meera is also a clinical advisor at Helix, and contributes to research into how to improve end of life care in the home using predictive technology and wearable sensors.

  • Dr. Guy Martin

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Guy is a Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He is currently completing a PhD investigating the application of novel digital technology and predictive analytics to improve performance and outcomes in surgery.

  • Marius Matei

    Senior Software Developer

    Marius is a Senior Developer at Digital Care Planning. He develops end to end technological solutions focusing on usability, security and privacy. Past experience allows him to work on all sides of a product, being able to switch roles and adapt fast. He is always on the lookout for new developments in the software industry.

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  • Madeleine Maxwell

    Researcher

    Madeleine works across projects, conducting research with interdisciplinary teams to inform the development of new products, programmes and Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement activities. She is a graduate of Imperial College London, where she specialised in Global Health and Medical Humanities. Prior to Helix, Madeleine worked at the Engine Room, a technology and data focussed NGO.

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  • Chris McCormack

    MD of Digital Care Planning

    Chris McCormack is Managing Director of Digital Care Planning, the Helix Centre's spin out in advance care planning. Chris has successfully launched several complex digital ventures including Ordnance Survey's first mobile and tablets applications, the innovative case management system - Casebook - for Citizens Advice's 27,000 volunteers, working across 300+ sites, servicing 6 million clients, and an award winning medical conference application, as part of AstraZeneca's digital innovation group, which was was later sold to a US technology company. He also led the Press Association's digital services team, and has advised start-ups and new ventures on digital product strategy. Chris specialises in digital product ventures with interesting challenges to overcome.

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  • John Morrell

    Senior Software Engineer

    John is a Senior Software Engineer specialising in iOS mobile applications. He has gained a large amount of product and engineering experience working within a diverse range of startups and larger organisations, successfully delivering a number of high profile applications including the launch of BBC iPlayer on mobile. As part of the Helix Technology team he works closely with clinicians and designers to build effective technical solutions for healthcare.

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  • Lenny Naar

    Design Strategist

    Lenny is a design strategist, working to create a harmony between people-centred creative tactics and economic objectives. Lenny has worked with numerous leading design consultancies such as Pentagram, SYPartners and Smart Design in New York, San Francisco and London. In healthcare, he worked with Healthagen, a division of Aetna, on using design methodologies to bring health technology innovations to market for providers, payers, employers and consumers.

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  • Dr. Philip Pratt

    Senior Research Fellow

    Philip obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College. Continuing at the College, he studied for a PhD in the Neural Systems Engineering Group within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. For over 13 years he subsequently worked as a quantitative analyst at a number of top-tier investment banks. Following a change in career, he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, and more recently within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, and now undertakes a very active research programme in the field of image-guided surgery. He has successfully translated new technology and software into clinical practice.

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  • Ana Queipo

    Commercial Strategist

    Ana heads up partnership development in Helix and across the Institute of Global Health Innovation. She combines a broad range of international commercial experience, from digital start ups to global brands, with a passion for transformation in healthcare. Prior to joining Imperial College, she was Commercial Director for onefinestay London and Country Manager for Avon Vietnam. Ana has an MBA degree from INSEAD.

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  • Dr. Gehan Soosaipillai

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Gehan is a Medical Oncology trainee who acts as a Clinical Advisor for the Helix Centre's work in end of life care. He joined the team in October 2016 as a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD candidate. Gehan’s interests lie in improving patient-clinician consultations, empowering clinicians with effective communication skills and providing effective end of life care. He is researching the role of mobile health applications and emerging technologies in medical education. 

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  • Sara Vrbinc

    Interaction Designer

    Sara is a Product / UX designer and design lead of our paediatric safety project, which aims to support clinicians working in paediatric emergencies. She’s focused on how people-centred and data-aware UX can fix the disconnect between the makers and the users of AI, make world’s information truly useful and enhance human capability. Sara studied at the Aalto University (Helsinki) and the Royal College of Art (London), and has seven years experience growing, launching and advising on products with consultancies such as IDEO, as well as leading European startups.

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  • Ivor Williams

    Senior Designer

    Ivor is a designer, developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing death and dying in the 21st century. His expertise includes design research, communication and product design. He leads the hospice care project at the Helix Centre, and co-founded the first Helix Centre spin-out venture, Digital Care Planning. He co-leads the development of Cove, a flagship mental health app available on the NHS, with his social tech company Humane Engineering. He is visiting lecturer at Imperial College London, and was visiting professor of Information Design at the University of Venice from 2014–2016. Prior to joining Helix, Ivor was an art director at Tellart and studio director at the Italian research centre, Fabrica.

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  • Nikitha Yereddi

    Innovation Fellow

    Nikitha has a background in digital transformation and product management in health care, retail and public defence. She is interested in the human factors that make a product 'stick,' especially those underpinning the adoption of digital health products for chronic disease management. She has an M.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Biochemistry, and English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York.

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  • Dr. Seema Yalamanchili

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Seema is an Imperial College clinical research fellow and general surgeon with a background in global health and major trauma. She provides a clinical advisory role at Helix and is currently completing a PhD investigating novel data sources and analytics to identify areas of risk for road traffic injury in global contexts.