Thought Leadership Speakers Series

About

The Thought Leadership Series vertical’s mission is to provide the LBS student community with a plethora of opportunities to learn about and engage with the diverse aspects of the healthcare industry. From HealthTech and pharmaceuticals, to healthcare consulting, VC and healthcare entrepreneurship, the Thought Leadership Series team curate webinars, panels, keynote presentations and networking functions to showcase the breadth of healthcare.  

The Thought Leaderships Series team host events on a 3-4 weekly basis during term time. As the team connects with our speaker network the programme evolves. To find out about our upcoming events check out CampusGroups. 

Upcoming Event

From an idea to patented technology that revolutionized manufacturing of advanced therapeutics globally

We are excited to announce the first ever Tell Series event giving a peek into the entrepreneurial world of biotech. 

Dr. Aleš Štrancar, the founder of BIA Separations will share a story about his entrepreneurial journey of persistence and resilience that helped him launch the idea from Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, onto a global stage of world’s leading biopharmaceutical giants. 

BIA Separations was established in Slovenia in 1998. It develops and manufactures products for purification and analysis of large biomolecules, such as viruses, plasmids and mRNA, which are destined for use in cell and gene therapies, as well as other advanced therapies. It is the inventor and exclusive producer of CIM (Convective Interaction Media) chromatographic columns for large biomolecules. With forecasted sales revenues of around €25m in 2020, BIA Separations was acquired by the German company Sartorius Stadium Biotech, in a deal worth € 360m in late 2020.  

Aleš will take us on a journey from inception of the idea, through to development and commercialisation of the patented technology in BIA Separations that revolutionised manufacturing of advanced therapeutics globally. This is a story about lessons from personal and professional challenges Aleš had to endure on his entrepreneurial journey through failures to success, and his reflection on leading a company through growth and expansion that ultimately resulted in acquisition of BIA Separation by Sartorius in 2020. 

Upcoming Event

TELL Series: Peek into the Entrepreneurial World of Biotech

From an idea to patented technology that revolutionized manufacturing of advanced therapeutics globally

We are excited to announce the first ever Tell Series event giving a peek into the entrepreneurial world of biotech. 

Dr. Aleš Štrancar, the founder of BIA Separations will share a story about his entrepreneurial journey of persistence and resilience that helped him launch the idea from Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, onto a global stage of world’s leading biopharmaceutical giants. 

BIA Separations was established in Slovenia in 1998. It develops and manufactures products for purification and analysis of large biomolecules, such as viruses, plasmids and mRNA, which are destined for use in cell and gene therapies, as well as other advanced therapies. It is the inventor and exclusive producer of CIM (Convective Interaction Media) chromatographic columns for large biomolecules. With forecasted sales revenues of around €25m in 2020, BIA Separations was acquired by the German company Sartorius Stadium Biotech, in a deal worth € 360m in late 2020.  

Aleš will take us on a journey from inception of the idea, through to development and commercialisation of the patented technology in BIA Separations that revolutionised manufacturing of advanced therapeutics globally. This is a story about lessons from personal and professional challenges Aleš had to endure on his entrepreneurial journey through failures to success, and his reflection on leading a company through growth and expansion that ultimately resulted in acquisition of BIA Separation by Sartorius in 2020. 

Upcoming Event

MBA to Corporate Strategy to Product

A Fireside Chat with Andrew Tebsherani (Webinar)​

Andrew is currently seconded to the role of Lead Product Manager at Propeller Health, a leader in digital health and therapeutics for asthma and COPD. Prior to his secondment, Andrew was a Senior Manager for Strategy and Business Development at ResMed.

Andrew’s career started with flying planes, took a route through defence and an MBA, before pursuing some entrepreneurial ventures and entering the healthcare industry. He will be telling us about his atypical career journey, how his MBA led him into the healthcare industry and about his experience in corporate strategy and product management in a MedTech company.

Recent Speaker Events

Charles Armitage

Charles is the CEO of Florence, a company building the technology to power the healthcare workforce. Charles started his career working as an NHS doctor before leaving to found Florence in 2017. 

During this session, Charles told the story of creating Florence, finding a co-founder, tackling the crisis that COVID-19 brought before leveraging their strengths to come through better than ever.  

There was a detailed Q&A at the end with audience members asking Charles questions to help them in starting their own entrepreneurial journeys.  

Andrew Tebsherani

Coming live to us from San Diego, Andrew joined the Healthcare Club for a fireside chat and Q&A on his unconventional career path into product management.  

Andrew is currently seconded to the role of Lead Product Manager at Propeller Health, a leader in digital health and therapeutics for asthma and COPD. Prior to his secondment, Andrew was a Senior Manager for Strategy and Business Development at ResMed.  

Andrew’s career started with flying planes, took a route through defence and an MBA, before pursuing some entrepreneurial ventures and entering the healthcare industry. He will be telling us about his atypical career journey, how his MBA led him into the healthcare industry and about his experience in corporate strategy and product management in a MedTech company. 

This panel spoke to the evolution and future of digital health. The panel consisted of highly experienced executives from across the ecosystem and included a networking session with the speakers and audience.  

*Dr Ruchi Dass (Founder & Managing Director, HealthCursor Consulting Group)* – Ruchi is the Managing Director and Partner at Healthcursor Consulting Group where she advises healthcare and life science companies on digital health strategy. Dr Dass influences public policy through advocacy and advises government, non-government, and industry partners across the globe. She was commended by the President of India and Noble Laureate Sir Aaron Ciechenover in 2013 for her evangelism in the healthcare industry, and was recognized as one of the Top 10 Impactful Technology Leaders by Information Week and Fierce Health. 

*Rahul Kapoor (Chief Commercial Officer, Arc Health and Medicspot)* – Rahul has over 15 years experience working for Johnson & Johnson and Unilever in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and digital health, driving organisational strategy, commercial growth and innovation. At Medicspot, Rahul believes that we are creating health technologies that will transform health so that everyone has access to the right care at the right time. 

*Manish Migliani (Former Investment Director, Nesta)* – Manish has nearly 20 years of experience in venture capital and private equity, both as an investor and a consultant. Most recently he has been a Director in the Nesta Impact Investment Team, working across sectors and leading the Healthy Ageing investment partnership with UKRI. Manish is also a Mentor to the NHS Innovation Accelerator and grows superhot peppers in his garden during the short English summers. 

In a packed auditorium, the Healthcare Club presented a panel of C-suite executives across the ecosystem to talk about the digital health landscape, its challenges and what they thought the future held.  

Following on from the event, the audience was given an open invitation to network informally at The Windsor with the panel and each other.  

Recent Panel Events

The Rise and Future of Digital Health

This panel spoke to the evolution and future of digital health. The panel consisted of highly experienced executives from across the ecosystem and included a networking session with the speakers and audience.  

About the Panel

Dr Ruchi Dass (Founder & Managing Director, HealthCursor Consulting Group)* – Ruchi is the Managing Director and Partner at Healthcursor Consulting Group where she advises healthcare and life science companies on digital health strategy. Dr Dass influences public policy through advocacy and advises government, non-government, and industry partners across the globe. She was commended by the President of India and Noble Laureate Sir Aaron Ciechenover in 2013 for her evangelism in the healthcare industry, and was recognized as one of the Top 10 Impactful Technology Leaders by Information Week and Fierce Health. 

Rahul Kapoor (Chief Commercial Officer, Arc Health and Medicspot)* – Rahul has over 15 years experience working for Johnson & Johnson and Unilever in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and digital health, driving organisational strategy, commercial growth and innovation. At Medicspot, Rahul believes that we are creating health technologies that will transform health so that everyone has access to the right care at the right time. 

Manish Migliani (Former Investment Director, Nesta)* – Manish has nearly 20 years of experience in venture capital and private equity, both as an investor and a consultant. Most recently he has been a Director in the Nesta Impact Investment Team, working across sectors and leading the Healthy Ageing investment partnership with UKRI. Manish is also a Mentor to the NHS Innovation Accelerator and grows superhot peppers in his garden during the short English summers. 

Digital Health: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In a packed auditorium, the Healthcare Club presented a panel of C-suite executives across the ecosystem to talk about the digital health landscape, its challenges and what they thought the future held.  Following on from the event, the audience was given an open invitation to network informally at The Windsor with the panel and each other. 

About the Panel

Guy Gross – Telemedicine (Teladoc COO) 

Paul Gaudin – Remote patient monitoring (CareRooms Founder and CEO) 

Dr. Anushka Patchava – Insurance (Vitality Deputy Chief Medical Officer) 

Prof. Sam Shah – Men’s health (Numan Chief Medical Strategy Officer) 

Guy Gross – Telemedicine (Teladoc COO) 

Paul Gaudin – Remote patient monitoring (CareRooms Founder and CEO) 

Dr. Anushka Patchava – Insurance (Vitality Deputy Chief Medical Officer) 

Prof. Sam Shah – Men’s health (Numan Chief Medical Strategy Officer)