People

Sanandco was founded by Saneth Wijayaratna. Saneth tragically passed away on 5th December 2014, aged 39, leaving a wife and three beautiful children. Saneth spent the last eight years of his life in the field of remote monitoring and telemedicine, and during this time identified why this important aspect of healthcare provision was failing. He developed a vision to bring healthcare monitoring to the masses, taking advantage of cloud storage and big data, by developing simple to use, reliable and clinically proven devices which both users and healthcare professionals could rely on and have confidence.

The MonitorMe telephone is Saneth’s idea and now fulfills the objectives of his vision. Saneth also planned further derivatives of MonitorMe. These include products targeting the consumer market and bluetooth enabled devices.

Professor Bryan Williams

Professor Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams is Chair of Medicine at University College London and Director of the University College London Hospitals National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre. He is also the Director of Research for UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Consultant Physician at UCL Hospitals and a NIHR Senior Investigator. He was previously Professor of Medicine (1996-2012) and Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the University of Leicester School of Medicine, UK.  He graduated from the University of London in 1983 and completed his clinical and research training in London, Leicester, and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Professor Williams research and clinical practice is in the field of hypertension in which he is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities. His research in the sphere of human experimental medicine focusses on developing clinically applicable models for the human non-invasive assessment of aortic pressure and haemodynamics., in which he published the most cited and influential paper in the field – credited with driving an exponential rise in clinical device and technology development.  He has received numerous national and international awards and was the recipient of the Times Higher Education University award, for “Outstanding Innovation and Technology” 2011, for his work on methods for the non-invasive measurement of aortic pressure and the Sleight Award (2014) by the European Society of Hypertension for his “outstanding contribution to research, education and clinical practice in the field of hypertension”.

Professor Williams is Chairman of the European Council on Hypertension of the ESC and Past President of the British Hypertension Society (2001–2003) and Chairman of the most recent NICE Hypertension Guidelines Development Group. He was previously Chairman of the Clinician Scientist Research Grant Awards panels for the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health and a member of the NIHR EME  board. He is a member of national and international hypertension societies and a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Bill Maton-Howarth

Bill Maton-Howarth

Dr Bill Maton-Howarth has a Ph.D in Physics from Imperial College London and an honorary D.Sc. from the University of West London.  In the early stages of his career Bill gained experience of both academic and industrial research before moving into Government.  He worked for the Government’s Chief Scientific advisor for some time and for many years was the Department of Health’s Chief Research Officer for Public Health with overall responsibility for research in areas including communicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance and health care associated infections, air pollution, skin cancer, innovation, medical devices, minimally invasive surgery, genetics, eHealth, and Health Technology Assessment.   In this role he gained wide experience of healthcare systems, health service research, translational research, and evidence-based policy making.  Since leaving the DH in 2012 has continued to work extensively with clinicians, universities, funding agencies and business to assist in the identification of effective and cost-effective developments in health and social care.

Bill was recently invited to join the MonitorMe team with the aim of exploring ways in which the evidence-base can be developed to support the marketing opportunities for MonitorMe and to draw upon his wide understanding of the policy context and of the routes to market for innovative medical technologies in the UK

Jaspal

Jaspal

Jaspal leads the Project Management Team in UCL Business and has over 15+ years’ experience of leading scientific and project management teams. She has a BA (Hons) in Environmental Management and Geography and an MSc in infectious diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As a qualified Clinical Research Associate,  Chartered Project Manager and Programme Manager, Jaspal has successfully managed the development of several UCL research projects from pre-clinical research to clinical trial, including the securing of funding streams and drafting of clinical trial application paperwork. She specialises in taking medical device projects through their developmental pathways through to clinical evaluation. Prior to joining UCLB, Jaspal project managed the Women in Academic Medicine Programme in Imperial College. Jaspal also worked in Singapore’s National Environment Agency where she researched and implemented various vector control strategies for dengue fever. Jaspal is fluent in English, Mandarin, Malay, Hindi and Punjabi.

Julian Holmes

Julian Holmes

Julian is a chartered civil engineer and a graduate in Engineering Geology from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. During a career in both civil engineering consulting and contracting Julian developed excellent project management skills, often leading a multi-disciplinary team to solve complex engineering problems. Julian became a Director of United Health Ltd in 2001. United Health designed, built and operated homes for the elderly and people with learning difficulties. Saneth Wijayarathna was employed by United Health in 2008 to investigate bringing technology into the nursing home setting and this ultimately led to the creation of Sanandco. Julian has been CEO of Sanandco since Saneth passed away and has responsibility for overseeing and managing all aspects of design, development, regulation and customer relationships for Sanandco.

Contact Details.
Email: julian.holmes@sanandco.com

Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson
BSc MDes RCA FCSD.

Mike designed and developed Monitor Me and is the creator of Health 4 mySelf.   

Apprenticeship British Leyland to Masters degree in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art winning RCA Major Travel Scholarship and Braun International Design Prize.

Over a 30-year period Mike built an international healthcare design consultancy with offices in the UK and US and developed technical healthcare products from concept to manufacture, point of care to surgical. These include groundbreaking work on the Clearblue pregnancy test and Persona contraceptive system for Unilever. He continues to maintain in-depth knowledge design and development skills in biotech, nano-tech, microbiology, electronics design, manufacture, manufacturing processes, materials, and the environment.

Contact Details.
Email: mike.pearson@sanandco.com