Emma Sheldon MBE
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 350,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce.
Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber has a high reputation in government circles locally and nationally. Based at the heart of the area of greatest economic activity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking in Greater Manchester.
The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members.
Chamber membership gives businesses access to everything from networking events to award-winning international trade services. Members can get advice and support on key business issues including HR, health, legal matters and export documentation. Key sectors such as Manufacturing & Engineering and Property & Construction are represented by their own dedicated groups. Each local area also has its own Local Business Group and Local President to ensure their views are heard.
Our Chamber Space meeting and events venue in the centre of Manchester can cater from everything from one-to-one meetings to large networking events.
To find out more about the Chamber and all the benefits Chamber membership could bring your business, visit www.gmchamber.co.uk.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK with approximately 4,500 members. Based in the heart of Manchester City Centre on Deansgate, the Chamber has a strong presence in Greater Manchester’s ten local authority areas. It is committed to providing businesses with a platform to connect with other businesses, communicate their message and create opportunities for a skilled workforce. With an ever growing network and a dedicated policy team, the Chamber is the recognised voice of business in Greater Manchester.
To learn more, visit https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/.
Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm with over sixty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.
Who we are and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.
We help our clients protect and monetise their intellectual property, and manage post-grant challenges,should they arise.
We offer broad sector and industry knowledge, plus the ability to adapt our services to specific client requirements, in an agile way.
With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the
UK and worldwide.
Tom 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.
Rashmi 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.
Thomas graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Politics and International Relations and has worked in marketing and communications across tech, healthcare and FMCG, with a focus on disruptive technologies in each of his roles. He has direct experience of influencing government and the NHS at senior levels and of producing compelling marketing and communications content across B2B and B2C portfolios.
Thomas is adept at using traditional and digital channels, having delivered a national Brexit communications programme on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and countless client marketing and communications projects. He has an exceptional understanding of the media landscape and has relationships with journalists across the healthcare and life sciences sector that enable him to regularly win excellent coverage for clients.
Travelling extensively, he has designed and implemented localised marketing and communications strategies for a health technology firm in China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Patrick Trotter has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and MBA specializing in Technology Management.
Following the completion of his PhD, he became a Junior Fellow of the British Heart Foundation continuing the work he initiated during his PhD investigating the mechanisms of platelet activation. In 1997 Patrick moved into industry and was involved in developing a CE marked surgical sealant before moving to Johnson and Johnson in 2001, where he managed early stage internal and external projects in the areas of acute and chronic wound care and haemostats.
Patrick then set up his own bespoke medical device consultancy, InnProMa, which he ran between 2007 and 2013. He was assisting clients and many international companies in innovation strategy, R&D planning and the identification and selection of new opportunities/ technologies/ projects for investment. These were focused in the areas of wound care, wound closure, haemostats, sealants, glues and adhesives and tissue regeneration. During this period, he also became a specialist in clinical evaluation reports having written his first one in 2010, and has since gained a significant level of expertise in regulatory affairs.
Patrick is currently the Head of Innovation, Commercialisation and Regulation at Medilink North of England. He and his team have assisted companies in the medical device, diagnostics (including infection diagnostics) and digital health spheres with innovation strategy, market and competitor analysis and developing business cases for adoption of new health technologies. He had also led the formation of Medilink Regulatory providing regulatory assistance to medical device, in-vitro diagnostics companies and digital health companies whose innovations are regulated as medical devices.
He has conducted original research into best practice front end innovation processes and published his finding in international peer reviewed management journals, developed a healthcare specific front-end framework for innovation to reduce risk and maximise the probability of commercial success and profitability. Patrick has regularly run courses and workshops focused on innovation strategy and product development for the healthcare sector. These courses provide senior executives and managers the skills to launch differentiated successful products.
Patrick is an opinion leader, regularly contributing to thought leadership articles in the areas of innovation, product development, market access and regulation in industry-focused magazines with over 20 publications and 17 patent applications, 12 of which are granted.
Patrick utilises his scientific and technical expertise together with his commercialisaton acumen to provide clients with bespoke support to maximise the potential or their organisation.
Melissa 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.
Adrianna is a Public Relations Officer at Medilink. She has experience producing a variety of content, including press releases, news stories, articles and features, as well creating targeted social media content to reach specific audiences and goals.
Adrianna is involved in planning and delivering communication strategies for our clients and has worked with clinical research, mental health and medical device clients to enhance their reputation and build their profile. She also works on Medilink’s member communications channels, including our e-bulletin and biannual magazine, which go out to the whole sector and act as an important awareness tool for our members.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Public Relations and an MSc in International Marketing.
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Kevin 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.
FRP is a leading national business advisory firm.
We provide solutions to create, preserve and recover value across a range of complex situations. With over 470 team members, including 70 partners working across 21 UK locations, we can provide you with the advice needed to guide you throughout the corporate lifecycle.
Specialising in corporate finance, debt advisory, restructuring, forensics and pensions, we deliver strategic solutions across a broad range of situations. Our five pillar services complement each other. We draw on experts within each of our service areas to put the best people in place for each circumstance.
Working across the board, from multinational organisations to small enterprises, we develop effective strategies for all kinds of businesses. Our teams understand the intricacies of each situation and have the insight and expertise to find the right solution.
To hear more, please visit our website.
Indigo Healthcare Recruitment is a specialist division of a long-established, multi-award winning recruitment and talent management business. We offer a comprehensive range of recruitment services to businesses ranging from start up/micros, SMEs and large/blue chips.
Service portfolio includes:
We look forward to developing our strategic relationship with Medilink and offering world class services and guidance to our fellow Medilink partners.
MFL Science & Technology is a true specialist risk and insurance advisor to the life science sector.
MFL has been providing pragmatic and cost effective specialist insurance solutions to biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical businesses for in excess of 20 years.
An independent business operating from offices in Manchester, Leeds and Menston our dedicated team has significant experience in helping businesses map out their insurance needs from their very inception through their full lifecycle including flotation and international trading.
MFL provides the following insurance solutions.
MFL has a strong reputation with our clients in this sector, a range of specialist insurers and other professional advisers.
MFL also helps protect entrepreneurs and their innovations by providing inventive solutions to complex problems.
For further information please contact:
Mark Philmore – Director
DDI 0113 3231042
Trudy Kelly – Senior Broker
DDI 0161 2334494
MFL Science & Technology is a trading name of MFL Insurance Group Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Address Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ. Registered in England and Wales No. 02817700.
Saffery Champness is a firm of chartered accountants and chartered tax advisors, providing accountancy, tax and business advice to a wide range of clients. We have more than 80 partners and over 700 staff spread across nine offices in the UK and further international presence in Dubai, Dublin, Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich. All of our offices share the same professional approach and commitment to a genuinely partner-led service, supported by the knowledge of experts drawn from throughout the firm.
We are a firm with a deliberate focus, specialising in specific sectors and areas of business, where we have real in-depth expertise and experience. We have been advising our clients for over 160 years. Through our distinctive partnership culture, we work closely with our clients, and their other professional advisors, to deliver the very best for businesses and the owners of those businesses.
The services we provide are wide ranging and are tailored to the specific requirements of our clients. Those services include:
Additionally, we are a member of Nexia International, a leading global network of independent accounting and consulting firms. Operating in over 128 countries, we can provide our clients with access to over 265 member firms across the globe, providing expert advice in all key commercial and private matters.
To find out how we could help you and your business, please contact Martyn Dobinson, Partner:
T: +44 (0)161 200 8392
Medilink North of England retains the services of market leading law firm Hill Dickinson to help members navigate a legal and regulatory landscape that is continuously evolving in response to innovation, challenges and opportunities.
Hill Dickinson helps clients take innovative treatments and technologies to the market, working with companies at every stage of their commercial journey.
They support clients from an idea in a lab, to helping incorporate the company, raising capital, ensuring regulatory compliance (including MHRA and CQC), signing strategic partnerships and, ultimately, commercialising life-changing treatments and technologies.
With more than 180 expert lawyers in their specialist health and life sciences team, Hill Dickinson has in-depth expertise in healthtech, biotech, pharma, medical cannabis, fertility, cell and gene therapies, and genomics.
Hill Dickinson acts for clients in all these sectors, providing support to Medilink, its members and its network of partners.
Hill Dickinson’s interdisciplinary team combines corporate and commercial experience with key sector knowledge, providing clients with first class and cost-effective guidance on a broad range of legal matters.
We also help clients navigate a legal and regulatory landscape that is continuously evolving in response to innovation as well as societal and ethical challenges.
The firm has a strong reputation in this sector, nurturing excellent client relationships with both entrepreneurial and established organisations operating at the forefront of science and innovation globally.
Hill Dickinson lawyers have a real understanding not only of the legal and commercial issues Medilink members face, but also of the strategic arena and regulatory environment, policies and principles that underlie and influence the healthcare sector in which your business operates.
To contact Hill Dickinson and find out more about how they can help your business, visit their website at hilldickinson.com