Joanne M. Hackett, General Partner, Healthcare, IZY Capital

Joanne M. Hackett leads the Healthcare Practice at IZY Capital where she works with, incubates and grows the next generation of world leading innovators.

Professor Hackett is a clinical academic, entrepreneur, investor, and a strategic, creative visionair with global experience spanning successful start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Aside from her curious passion for life and positivity, Joanne is known for building innovation, driving personalised medicine and leading through fast paced, complex changing ecosystems and integrations. Joanne's goal is to contribute in bringing the world novel, cost effective and simple health care solutions, and she is particularly keen on building the case for prevention, open science and citizen genomics. She has extensive global experience across academic, business and clinical institutions, and enjoys sharing her experiences with the Boards she sits on as well as companies she provides strategic advice to.

Joanne has been publicly recognised for her relentless pursuit of revolutionising healthcare and has recently been named one of the top six Influential Leaders in Healthcare by CIO Look, the Accenture Life Science Leader of the year 2019, Freshfields Top 100 Most Influential Women 2019, One HealthTech 2018 Top 70 Women in the NHS, Pharmaceutical Market Europe’s 2018 30 women leaders in UK healthcare and BioBeat 2017 Top 50 Women in Biotech Award. Joanne believes in human courage and perseverance against the odds, and demonstrates that positive change, whether in a company or in one’s personal life, can be carved out from even the greatest of trials. As a believer of ‘health = wealth’, Joanne is an internationally known yoga instructor.

Alice Guglev, Managing Director, Africa, Global Development Incubator (GDI)

Alice is the Director of GDI’s Social Enterprise Accelerator and author of the recently published "What's Your End-Game Article" for nonprofits to define not only the impact they seek, but the ultimate sector change each aims to create. The GDI Social Enterprise Accelerator is an innovative, portfolio based approach to grow the impact and reach of non-profits during a 2 year acceleration process. The Accelerator brings together a task force of world-class experts from fundraising and financial management to communications and strategy that work hand in hand with non-profit teams across regions and functions. Together, we implement programs, develop capabilities, re-prioritize efforts in real time and realize greater impact. Alice is also a serial entrepreneur in the non-profit and for-profit sectors having co-founded The Muskoka Foundation and the “Do Good As You Go” movement and Infinite Monkeys, a drag and drop platform that enables anyone to build their own mobile app without coding. Prior these ventures, Alice worked with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco on high school education reform with the Gates Foundation, started Bain & Co’s Pro-Bono practice in Asia specializing in non-profit collaboration practices and government non-profit oversight, worked with the World Bank, Bain & Co in Singapore and Bangkok and started the MNC fixed income derivatives desk for BTM in SE Asia. Alice graduated from Stanford Japan Center, Columbia College and Harvard Business School.

Ravi Chana, Head of Business Development at Roche Diagnostics UK & Ireland

After completing a degree in Pharmacology, Ravi gained employment in non-health and health

related sectors, undertaking Sales, Marketing, Market Access, Business Development and Health

Economics roles. Prior to re-joining Roche Diagnostics Ravi undertook projects for the UK

Department of Health and also for the UK Department for International Trade. A major area of focus

within these roles was to assist HealthTech innovators (SMEs and Large organisations) gain access to

the most appropriate experts in UK Universities and the NHS. He has also been part of various

working groups within the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), National

Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the British In-Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) and

Association of British Healthtech Industries (ABHI).

Ravi’s role as Head of Business Development focuses on assessing innovative technologies and

companies, which could fit the Roche Diagnostics portfolio or be potential partners for the UK

affiliate to work with across patient care pathways. Areas of particular focus are Cardiac Disease,

Oncology, Women’s Health, Alzheimer’s and Infectious Diseases, with Digital Health as a cross

cutting theme of interest. The role also allows Ravi to work closely with the Roche Global Business

Development team to bring any potential technologies to the Roche global organisation to assess.

Ravi is currently Vice Chair of the ABHI Digital Health Group, where he works with likeminded

industry colleagues to assess the healthcare landscape for the evaluation and uptake of digital

health technologies into the healthcare system.

Outside of work Ravi is a keen Field Hockey Player and Coach, focusing on developing young talented

individuals who want to progress in their chosen sport and provide guidance where needed.

Miro Venturi, Senior Vice President & Head Biopharma at Foundation Medicine (FMI)

Miro Venturi, Ph.D., M.Sc., joined Foundation Medicine as SVP, Head of Biopharma in December 2019. Dr. Venturi brings over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D and diagnostics, building business strategies for drug discovery and diagnostics product development across therapeutic areas including oncology, infectious diseases, immunology, and rare diseases. Dr. Venturi is passionate about ensuring better access to precision medicine through the development of companion diagnostics, data models, and strong partnerships in the development of new therapeutic options.

Dr. Venturi joined Foundation Medicine from Roche, where he served as the global head of diagnostics biomarkers and personalized healthcare. He established strategies to further Roche Diagnostics’ work in biomarker development and implemented projects to address areas of unmet medical need and other business opportunities. Dr. Venturi also led the personalized healthcare strategy between Roche Diagnostics and other pharmaceutical divisions within the company.

Prior to joining Roche, Dr. Venturi was the division head of biomarker development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for overseeing biomarker and bio-analytical assays development to support research and development efforts. Before that, he served as the head of analytical biology at Nerviano Medical Sciences.

Dr. Venturi holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics in Germany and a M.Sc. in biological sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Axelle N'Ciri, Patient Entrepeneur (Book Lonely Patient)

Axelle AYAD N'CIRI is CEO & Founder of MAP Patho (, a start-up allowing patients to find the caregivers of their pathology closest to their home. She also wrote the book "Lonely patient" in 2020 (

Jean-David Malo, European Innovation Council Director European Commission – Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley). He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …), where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate.

He joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7.

From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. After heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the "Regions of Knowledge" and "Research Potential" programmes, from 2006 to 2010, he was managing from 2011 to 2013 a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 ("InnovFin"). The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding were also areas covered by the work of the unit. From 2014, this unit was also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including in particular EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot.

In February 2017 he was appointed Director of the Directorate in charge of "Open Innovation and Open Science". The European Innovation Council (EIC), the VentureEU Initiative, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, etc… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to.

In June 2019 he was appointed Director of the European Innovation Council Task Force. The EIC TF main missions are (1) ensure the efficient implementation of the Enhanced EIC pilot under Horizon 2020 and prepare the conditions for a scale up under Horizon Europe; (2) to provide overall policy support and strengthen/develop the innovation ecosystems within which innovation can flourish; and (3) to foster financial conditions required to boost the competitiveness and growth of R&I-driven enterprises, in particular deep-tech start-ups and SMEs (in the context of EFSI/InnovFin and then InvestEU). He is also a member of the EFSI Steering Committee and an alternate member of the EIF Board of Directors; as well as High Level Representative of the Commission in EUREKA.

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