Team

Our dedicated team represents a collective wealth of industry expertise, around 200 years combined experience, to enable Medovate to develop, manufacture and bring to market new world leading medical technologies.

STUART THOMSON

Managing Director

Stuart has over 15 years’ experience leading the commercial exploitation of healthcare intellectual property. He has been directly responsible for commercial deals covering technology licensing, acquisitions and raising finance for new company formations.

Stuart was previously Commercialisation Director for Health Enterprise East where he had overall responsibility for the NHS innovation pipeline, project protection, commercialisation along with operational management of the Medtech Accelerator.

Prior to this, Stuart gained extensive experience with intellectual property management and commercial analysis whilst working for GlaxoSmithKline. He holds an MSc in the Management of Intellectual Property from the Queen Mary University of London, a Diploma in European Intellectual Property and a BSc in Human Biosciences.

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Chris Rogers

Sales & Marketing Director

Chris is responsible for leading Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Medovate and will contribute to the overall growth strategy of the organisation.​

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in medical device and pharmaceutical sales, marketing and commercialisation. He joined Medovate from Molnlycke where he served as Sales Director. Prior to that, Chris was Sales Director at Performance Health International where he led sales, business development, and pricing across direct, distributor and FMCG markets.​

He also spent more than 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry working at Astra Zeneca, Organon and Schering Plough where he held positions of increasing responsibility and was recognised for excellence in performance, leadership and team development.

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Alan Finnerty

Technology Director

Alan has over 20 years’ experience in the successful development and commercialisation of innovative medical products. While working for companies such as Medtronic and Olympus across a wide range of clinical specialties, Alan has gained a deep commitment to understanding patient and clinician needs in order to deliver safer and more effective care solutions.

At Medovate, Alan is responsible for leading the company’s technologies through design, development, regulatory approval, manufacturing and delivery to the point of care while also ensuring all organisation regulatory and quality obligations are met.

Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Management from the University of Cambridge. He is a member of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub.

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ROBERT DONALD

Innovation & Licensing Officer

Robert gained over 15 years’ experience managing the development and commercialisation of healthcare intellectual property within his previous role as the Senior Intellectual Property Manager for Health Enterprise East.

He has been actively involved in the successful development of multiple projects from early stage concept through to end product, working with clinical inventors throughout the development journey.

Robert holds both a degree in Biotechnology (BSc) from Reading University and a LLM in Intellectual Property Management.

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Lorraine Turvill

Financial Controller

Lorraine joined Medovate in March 2020 as Financial Controller.  She has over 20 years accountancy experience.

Lorraine trained and qualified with Deloitte, working with Entrepreneurial businesses and Professional Practices. Once moving into industry Lorraine specialised in early stage R&D businesses in the technology and medical devices sector supporting these businesses through funding rounds and IPOs.

At Medovate Lorraine supports the Board and Managing Director by providing financial information for decision making and running the finance function to support the whole team.

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Peter Cox

Technical Manager

Peter leads the development of several of Medovate’s regional anaesthesia products. He is responsible for coordinating design and manufacturing teams, to deliver a successful launch of these innovative devices.

Peter holds a BA(Hons) Industrial Design and Technology degree from Loughborough University and an MSc in Design Engineering. He has over 12 years of product design and development experience including 10 years in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, working with stakeholders in the UK, USA and Japan. His experience includes working as a Product Designer, Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager at leading device development companies including Olympus and Vectura, prior to joining Medovate.

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April Cappell

Project Manager

After achieving a Bsc in Physics, April started her career in data analysis and algorithm development. Working closely across all key departments to deliver efficient and effective solutions, ranging from physical adaptation of devices to software and algorithm improvements.

She has since gained significant experience as a project manager in new product development in the medical device industry, qualified in both PRINCE2 and AgilePM methods to give a well-rounded approach to managing a range of simple to complex projects.

April joined Medovate in September 2019 as a Project Manager, taking on the management and support of the development and delivery of new medical devices designed to improve patient safety.

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Mark Heath

Project Manager

Mark has significant experience in the area of project management along with a proven track record in medical device development.

Previously Mark has worked for companies including Siemens Healthcare, Sphere Medical and Plextek, and he also has experience of working with innovative start-up businesses. Through these roles, Mark has developed in depth knowledge and skills in project management, regulatory requirements, software validation and hardware development. He has also successfully delivered projects around CE marking for medical devices.

At Medovate Mark will be responsible for guiding a variety of projects related to products in the Medovate portfolio. Initially, he will focus on ENDOVAC, an innovative new Upper GI Therapy device. Mark has a B.Sc(Hons) Combined Maths & Physics from Nottingham Trent University.

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Andrew Baynton

Project Manager

Andrew has over 12 years’ experience in the design, development, and manufacture of Medical devices. Primarily working in system or project management roles at Sphere Medical and Vectura, Andrew has gained a broad working knowledge of the full product development lifecycle including successful European CE marking and US 510k approvals.

Andrew has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Southampton and experience of managing partnerships with companies across Europe ranging from small start-ups to large multi-nationals.

At Medovate, Andrew will be responsible for guiding a variety of projects related to products in the Medovate portfolio. Initially, his focus will be on GLUCOSAVE™, a patient safety solution designed to help prevent the inadvertent use of glucose containing solutions to flush arterial lines, which can have serious consequences.

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Dawn Vidgen

Quality Assurance Manager

Dawn has worked in molecular research & development and related services for nearly 20 years. She joined Medovate as a Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Associate at the beginning of 2019, working hands-on to support cutting-edge projects to expand our market reach, overseeing regulatory compliance, quality systems and quality assurance activities.

She talks us through her busy role at the company.

What does a ‘typical’ day involve for you?
As QA Assurance Manager, my role is to provide regulatory and quality expertise to Medovate, overseeing the daily maintenance of the quality management system and coordinating the documentation required for the devices that the company develops. A typical day involves project meetings, reviewing documentation and maintaining the QMS, with the objective to expand market access for our customers to various markets. Every device has its own regulatory strategy so proactive planning is a must.

What has given you greatest sense of achievement / pride while working at Medovate?
Obtaining CE mark approval for SAFIRA™ (SAFer Injection for Regional Anaesthesia this year has been a major stepping stone. With both CE Mark Approval and FDA Clearance, the device can now be readily integrated into markets across Europe and the US as well as other CE Mark territories, with potential to generate significant patient safety improvements across these regions. Bringing a device to market successfully is an incredibly arduous process involving a number of steps. Navigating the regulatory waters is the notoriously difficult part and includes obtaining FDA clearance for products in the US, and CE Mark approval for Europe. The aim is to ensure and validate the safety and effectiveness of the device.

What are the main challenges in your role (and how do you manage them?)
Documentation can be a pain point – especially chasing people to complete documentation correctly. But in terms of managing it, it’s just being proactive so putting in the effort to keep chasing, helping to understand the bottle necks and trying to reduce this. It takes a lot of communication and monitoring and taking a hands-on approach is key – the medical device industry is highly regulated, so no one can lax on quality.

What is the best thing about working at Medovate?
The team. There’s a lot of great things about working for the company and being part of a friendly and supportive team environment is definitely one of them. It means getting the best out of everyone has to offer and creating space for more reactive innovation.

Describe the Medovate culture in 3 words
Friendly, understanding and hardworking

And finally, a bit about yourself:

Favourite food: Mint chocolate
Favourite film: LOTR
What do you do to relax? Crafts – mainly cross stitching
Something your colleagues don’t know about you? Once abseiled down a sub (in dry dock) for charity even though I’m petrified of heights.

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Russell Keay

QA/RA Associate

Russell has 20 years experience in device and assay development for a variety of healthcare applications and in a range of roles including quality functions covering validation, quality and regulatory.

At Medovate he is responsible for supporting management and development of the Quality Management System (QMS) and regulatory obligations of the organisation and its products throughout the full product lifecycle.

Russell has a degree in Biomedical Technology from Sheffield Hallam University, a Masters Degree in Biosensors and a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Tracy Eke

Marketing Manager

Tracy joined Medovate in April 2020 as Marketing Manager. She has over 15 years experience in marketing as well as a comprehensive background in medical innovation related roles.

​Tracy worked for a leading NHS innovation hub for several years, both in marketing support and innovation management roles. She has additional experience in technology sales and marketing roles from her time working for a leading global technology manufacturer group. ​​

In her role within the Medovate team, Tracy will support the Sales & Marketing Director to plan and deliver marketing activities for Medovate, including key activities such as planning and executing successful product launches and support a network of distributors helping to make innovative new technologies developed by Medovate available to improve patient care worldwide.

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Harry Hellmers

Junior Product Manager

Harry has a background in Life Sciences, having studied Biology at the University of Chester before undertaking R&D roles at The University of Cambridge. Following this, he joined early-stage biotechnology company.

During his time at Cell Guidance Systems in Cambridge, Harry gained a range of experience and skills covering R&D and technical support. After moving into a more commercial role, Harry gained additional experience in the sales and marketing of scientific research products and was responsible for supporting a global network of distributors.

Harry joined Medovate in September 2021 as Junior Product Manager. In this new Product Manager role at Medovate, Harry is primarily responsible for the SAFIRA® regional anaesthesia product range, and will support continuous improvement work on the portfolio as well as liaising with and supporting the global network of distributors, including product training and marketing collateral development.

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Katherine Lee

Office Manager

Katherine has worked for more than 25 years in organisation administration, with experience across the non-profit, public and private sectors in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. She joined Medovate at the end of 2018 where she oversees the daily operations of the organisation which includes finance, project management databases, company procedures, recruitment, and administration.

She talks us through her deeply varied role as Office Manager at the company.

What does a ‘typical’ day involve for you?
If Medovate was a bakery, my finger would be in every pie. I do a bit of everything. My main role as Administration Manager is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the office, generally ensuring it functions efficiently, identifying process bottlenecks and providing solutions. There is a great variety to the role. It involves a mixture of routine tasks such as processing invoices, managing schedules, and developing systems, and also being available for anything that is thrown at me (for example taking part in a mock usability test for a device). It all keeps my day interesting.

What has given you greatest sense of achievement / pride while working at Medovate?
Finding new offices. We moved out of serviced offices into our own (it was like we were all grown up) which I think has been great as the company has grown, as it’s giving the business more chance to establish its own identity and brand presence. It’s also meant greater control and flexibility to make the space our own.

What’s are the main challenges in your role (and how do you manage them?)
Having a deeper understanding of the product. I am not an engineer or scientist, but I love to know what is happening and what devices do. The world of medical devices is so vast and there are so many interesting innovations out there, so it’s great to see how and where the company is pushing the boundaries. My method is to keep asking questions.

What is the best thing about working at Medovate?
I feel that everyone’s contribution to the vision and to everyday tasks is valuable. There isn’t a hierarchy to get in the way of progress and achievements. It is always communicated that Medovate’s progress belongs to all of us, whether we are the person who negotiated and signed a contract, or the person who entered the contract onto the document software system.

Describe the Medovate culture in 3 words
Compassionate, transparent, trustworthy

And finally, a bit about yourself:
Favourite food: Persian rice
Favourite film: 500 Days of Summer
What do you do to relax? Movie script writing
Something your colleagues don’t know about you?
I have been directed by Woody Allen in one of his movies (I was an extra).

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Callum McManners

Operations Coordinator

Callum joined Medovate in October 2021 as part of the ‘Kickstart Scheme’, an initiative run by the UK government to create new jobs for 16-24 year olds.

He previously completed a level 2 diploma in plumbing at Cambridge Regional College before beginning work at Medovate as a Operations Controller, where he has the opportunity to learn, contribute, and experience the day to day running of the business.

In his role Callum works closely with the Office Manager to support the finance procedure through processing invoices and purchase orders, as well as ensuring the safe exportation of products. He also provides valuable support across all other business areas as required.

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