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We’ll be talking to Julia Hawkins from LocalGlobe, Dr Asif Qasim from MEDSHR and Duleek Ranatunga from PearBio about:
Their companies, experience in raising capital and the key to their success.
The investors view. What UK VC firms are looking for.
The panel’s top tips, key learnings and considerations when raising funding.
About the Panel:
Dr Asif Qasim. Founder & CEO MedShr, Interventional Cardiologist, Angel Investor, Board Advisor, Aspiring Tennis Player
Asif is the Founder and CEO of MedShr, the world’s leading clinical case discussion network with over 1.5 million members in 190 countries. He is an Interventional Cardiologist with NHS and private practice in London. An angel Investor in media, publishing, film and technology, Asif mentors startup Founders and clinical entrepreneurs, and is a board advisor to a number of early stage companies.
He studied Medicine at Cambridge University with an Open Scholarship to Trinity College, rowing in the 1st VIII, playing 1st XI cricket and hockey, and received academic prizes and awards. He returned to Cambridge for a PhD and was a visiting fellow at Yale, finding time to play tennis for Trinity and the University. He completed his interventional training with a prestigious fellowship in Milan. He is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist in London. He remains active in research and is a faculty member for major international cardiology congresses. Described by colleagues as an “inspirational leader” he has held NHS Clinical Director roles, improving the quality of care for patients in acute and community services.
He is a serial entrepreneur who launched a pre-Facebook online network for sport and exercise. Asif developed MedShr to enable doctors to share and discuss clinical cases using an app that protects patient privacy and confidentiality. Launched from the Founders Factory Accelerator in 2015, MedShr has grown rapidly to become the world’s leading network for doctors, winning awards including Facebook Social Good App of the Year 2016 and United Nations World Summit Award 2017. MedShr works in partnership with hundreds of national and specialist medical societies, and supports education for doctors and healthcare professionals around the world.
Julia Hawkins is a General Partner at LocalGlobe (joined Feb 2018). Previously, Julia worked at Goldman Sachs, Last.fm, BBC Worldwide and most recently Universal Music where she set up their Corporate Venture arm. Julia enjoys working with mission driven founders and has a keen interest in consumer, media and health tech from wellness to genomics. She holds a 1st from LSE, is a Kauffman Fellow, Associate Governor of Edith Neville Primary School and Board Trustee of Shwachman Diamond Syndrome UK, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for SDS, a rare genetic disease.
Duleek is the cofounder and CEO of Pear Bio. Pear uses organ-on-a-chip and computer vision to model cancer progression for personalised medicine applications. Pear helps oncologists evaluate potential treatment options for each patient and helps pharma develop novel cancer treatments. Pear has raised $1.7M (USD) to date.