Tom Elliott BA (Hons), MSc, ILM, MIEx: International Director started his career in legal and regulatory affairs working as the Quality and Regulatory manager for medical technology manufacturers including Siemens and Inditherm Plc. Since then Tom has worked primarily within international trade and new market development within the Life Sciences, Healthcare and Bio-tech sectors. His experience with developing new markets, engaging overseas partners and registering medical devices is now something he shares with clients and members of Medilink UK.
As the International Director, Tom is ultimately responsible for all of Medilink’s international activity and has coordinated projects in numerous countries around the world. Relying on a strong team both within Medilink North of England and the wider Medilink UK network, Tom has been able to develop commercial relationships in a significant number of overseas markets.
Tom is an advocate for the UK’s Life Sciences and Healthcare industry, often asked to present his knowledge and insight at international congresses and to foreign trade delegations.
As well as his role within Medilink UK, Tom supports the work in Yorkshire and Humber of the Department for International Trade Life Sciences Regional Sector Specialist. He is also engaged in a strategic role as the Healthcare, Life Sciences and Bio-tech lead for International Trade across the Northern Powerhouse region.
Kevin Kiely: Chief Executive Officer founded Medilink in 1997, a model which is now licensed to regions across the UK. Kevin is currently the CEO of Medilink North of England and Group Chief executive for Medilink UK. He has developed a dedicated team of international specialists that service both Medilink UK members, private clients, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and other foreign and domestic organisations. This team works in partnership with DIT to deliver international trade services regionally and also to coordinate UK pavilions and missions on behalf of DIT in territories across the world including: USA, China, UAE, Germany, South Korea, Brazil, South Africa and more.
Kevin also leads a team of health technology innovation specialists with a strong track record in international markets. Much of Kevin’s work internationally has related to technology transfer and he is passionate in promoting alternative market entry strategies for key international growth markets (China, India and Brazil) based on early stage partnership. He has signed MOUs for cooperation and exchange in trade, technology transfer and R&D with China and Brazil’s largest medical device trade associations.
Rashmi Raju BSC, PH.D, MIEx: International Advisor joined the Medilink International team, having completed her PhD (Joining Technologies for Cardiovascular Implants) in Mechanical Engineering from University College London (UCL). The research was performed between the UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering and TWI (World Centre for Materials Joining Technology) based in Cambridge. Her research focussed on maximising the durability of new generation cardiovascular implants including transcatheter aortic valves and stent grafts.
Rashmi then worked as a Technical Consultant with Genpact for the management and delivery of regulatory dossiers to Worldwide Health Authorities. During that time, she also gained experience in submission processes and coordination for assigned products and regulatory procedures to support submission planning and delivery for Pfizer. Rashmi also has experience working as a Research & Development Scientist with Bioepic, where her role involved extraction of heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) from photoplethysmography (PPG) signal using Python programming language.
Rashmi’s role at Medilink is to work with members and clients to help them develop international trade opportunities. A significant amount of Rashmi’s time goes in to her role as the Life Sciences Sector Specialist working on behalf of the Department for International Trade. Through this role Rashmi supports Life Science, Healthcare and Bio-tech companies across the Yorkshire and Humber region to develop new and existing international markets.
Rashmi’s expertise in regulation, technical research and product development are a significant benefit to the Medilink members and DIT clients to whom she provides support. Rashmi also delivers a number of overseas trade missions and assists with Medilink UK’s international exhibition schedule.
Melissa Erwin BSC (Hons): International Officer graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Events Management. She has experience as an Events Coordinator in a variety of settings, most notably within corporate and large-scale private events. Melissa’s role within Medilink’s International Team focuses on the organisation and delivery of Medilink UK’s exhibition schedule.
As well as attending these international events to coordinate their delivery on site, Melissa is the key contact for managing the hundreds of exhibiting UK companies that Medilink work with each year.
Medilink have built an excellent and industry leading reputation for exhibition and overseas programme delivery. This is in no small part down to the focus placed upon customer service and company engagement from the beginning to the end of each project. Melissa is for many clients of Medilink the main point of contact and she ensures that Medilink maintains its position as the leading trade association in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector for international event delivery.
Alongside the delivery of Medilink’s international exhibition schedule, Melissa is engaged on projects securing funding for UK companies, the delivery of international trade missions and the day to day support of Medilink members.