What are the opportunities and challenges for digital tech founders in Oxford?

Kane Fulton, May 10, 2019 2 min read

What does Oxford have to offer ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs? We asked the following stakeholders and business leaders to find out. For granular data on Oxford’s digital tech ecosystem – including its companies (and founders), accelerators, and workspaces – see Data Commons.

Mark Larkin, CEO, Vitaccess, says:

Vitaccess is a digital health consultancy based in Oxford that develops smartphone apps for patients globally, to help the pharmaceutical industry and researchers understand the impact of treatments and diseases in the real world, not just when patients attend clinics

With Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest acute teaching trusts in the UK, plus two outstanding universities and multiple science parks, the city attracts global talent in both healthcare and tech. The Oxford Centre for Innovation is our home and we participate in hackathons and tech events all the time.

Our potential reach is global – any location where clinical research takes place and patients have access to smartphones. Our digital work has so far been launched in Europe, US and Canada. We tackle Japan in 2020. Our team is majority UK based and female, with some colleagues in the US, Paris, Romania and Athens

Hugh Lloyd-Jukes, CEO, Oxehealth, says:

Oxehealth’s Digital Care Assistant helps nurses and carers reduce injuries, improve the patient experience & operate more efficiently. We were founded by Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Oxford, in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  We’ve stayed close to our roots!

Our solution is currently contracted to 17% of English Mental Health Trusts, three UK care home providers, police and prison customers.  We also operate in Sweden, where we serve care home customers. We plan to expand further internationally in the coming year.

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