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Dr Diana Siew

Strategic Relationship Manager at Auckland Bioengineering Institute


Dr Brian Robinson

Lecturer Pathophysiology and Patient Safety

Dr Brian Robinson has a background in physiology and established the first patient simulation centre in New Zealand. At VUW, he lectures in pathophysiology and patient safety, and his research collaborations include clinical human factors, medical device design and usability, machine learning, and virtual reality applications, in health.



Kiriti Rambhatla

Founder of Metakosmos

Kiriti is a creative technologist and innovation professional with 15 years experience in domains like technology, digital media and engineering across markets in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. His focus areas include emerging technologies,  systems engineering, industry 4.0 & bioastronautics. with education qualifications including a bachelors in Electrical Engineering (Canada) and a Masters in Business Administration (Italy). He is also a graduate of the ELP program at London Business School and an executive certificate in Innovation from MIT, USA. Former speaker at TeDx and European Commission while past work was covered in publications like Forbes.


Lance Chia

Manager of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct

Lance is Manager of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, in South West Sydney. He is a former National President of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and spent 13+ years in leadership roles at ResMed. Lance mentors for a number of startup accelerator programs, is a NED for a NFP and Chairs the board of startup, Navi Medical Technologies


Dr Samantha Holdsworth

Medical Physicist

Dr Samantha Holdsworth is a medical physicist with expertise in MRI, with a special focus on imaging of the human brain. Samantha is a senior lecturer at the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging at the University of Auckland and a principal investigator at the Centre for Brain Research. She established and directs Mātai, a medical imaging research and innovation centre in Gisborne-Tairāwhiti. Samantha is a pioneer of fast, high resolution MRI methods. She has worked on ways of improving the resolution, speed, and motion-robustness of various MRI methodologies, including structural, physiological, functional, and amplified MRI. Dr Holdsworth is helping to draw together multi-disciplinary teams around mild traumatic brain injury, among other health-related areas. 



Garth Sutherland

CEO at The Insides Company

Garth has 30 years’ experience in the high-technology sector – including 20 years in medical technology CEO roles – and founded digital therapeutics company Adherium. In that time, he has established operations and built teams in North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia, leading global sales and technology licensing.  

Gillian McCarthy

Director of Post-graduate studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Jamie Platt

Strategy and Business Development Manager at Medtronic

Jon Herries

Group Manager of Emerging Health Technology at the Ministry of Health


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