jsbThe Key Facts:

Name: Global Innovation and New Technology (GIANT) Health Event

Date: 28th – 30th November 2017
Location: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

Hashtag: #gianthealthevent

Number of stages: 7

The GIANT health event is an annual showcase of all things health innovation across Europe. Interested in the opportunities for innovation within health, I was invited by Doctorpreneurs to see what it was all about.

Here are my top 3 snippets from GIANT 2017.

1. How to build a team.


“Go and find one person like you, hire them, and get them to find one more person like them and get them to find one more person like them”

Malind Kamkolkar, CDO of Sanofi, French multinational pharmaceutical company.

2. How to become an expert in self-preservation (of oneself and our patients)

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“Keep your hobbies, they are what define us. The things that when you’re dead you say. ‘Yeah, I’ve had a good life’”

Michael Townsend-Williams, CEO of BreathSync, a biofeedback breathing app.

“Number 1. Sleep”

Dr Jack Kreindler, Founder of The Centre for Health and Human Performance (left).

“I guess if you buy insurance you are protecting against a serious risk to health. Investing in wellness should be seen as a better way of mitigating this risk”

Vernon Bainton, ex-anaesthetist and now CMO Havas Lynx Grouphe.


3. How to cope when you do not have a clue what to do with your life  


‘If you stay in the uncomfortable state of not knowing what you want to do with your life, for long enough, life brings you opportunities. This is not about ‘working it out.’ It’s not an intellectual process’’

Michael Townsend-Williams, CEO of BreathSync.

GIANT was too big (sorry!) to attend everything but also offered stages detailing how to navigate the NHS, finance your business and also competitions for young startups, as well as fantastic opportunities to network.

Words by Dr James Schuster Bruce.

Photos courtesy of Sebastian Yuen.

About The Author

James Schuster Bruce

James graduated from University Bristol in 2017 and currently works as a junior doctor. He holds an intercalated BSc degree in Pharmacology. His interests include: medical education, technology, global health and surgery. Most recently, he has incorporated technology into undergraduate otoscopy teaching, presenting his work internationally. He has also spent time abroad researching digital solutions to tackle Ear Health in East Africa.

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