Our Vision
TheHill is Oxford’s healthcare ideas and innovation lab, building the next generation of healthcare projects and businesses. We are open to everyone, including: nurses, researchers, doctors, engineers, healthcare professionals, designers, patients, developers, entrepreneurs, carers, investors and others.. From a team including the founders of the 2023 Innovation Challenge and Digital Health Oxford, TheHill is the place to come for support and inspiration to solve the big challenges in healthcare.
What We Do
Join our Acclerator programme, or participate in our Experts-in-Residence programme.  Find mentors and team members, researchers, clinicians and patients. Learn about growth, markets and clinical implementation. Access core business support and funding.
Network and Community
We encourage and support the innovation community in Oxford by working with universities, hospitals, digital industry, patient groups, and communities such as Digital Health Oxford, Innovation Forum, Enterprising Oxford and others both in and outside of Oxford.
Co-working space, events, and core business support in a physical innovation hub. Located at the nexus of the Oxford’s hospitals, other healthcare providers, tech community, and universities.
TheHill Accelerator
We brought our first cohort of teams through our Pre-Acclerator programme in the Winter of 2016, and are currently preparing for the next programme.  You can read more about the Winter 2016 teams here.
10-week Programme
Be part of our intensive 10-week program, with weekly evening sessions once per week.
Receive individual support and mentoring from TheHill team and a mentor. Get expert feedback to refine your proposition and pitch.
Benefit from the interactions and peer-to-peer support and learning from other teams in the incubator, plus our alumni network.
Build on an idea
Create a Business Model Canvas, develop your proposition, iterate your ideas, test your assumptions.
Demo Day
Our programme culminates with the opportunity show off at our Demo Day and pitch to a panel of funders, business experts, and relevant organisations.
Open to everyone
Our incubator is free, with no fees, and we don’t take an equity stake. You can take your idea in whatever direction you wish, but hope that you’ll carry on engaging with TheHill through our alumni community.
Experts-in-Residence programme
TheHill will be running an Experts-in-Residence (EiR) programme from April 2017 to August 2017, through the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford.  The programme will involve bringing together six experts from different fields in the healthcare innovation, and provide teams and individuals an opportunity to interact with and meet with these experts, to work on specific discrete items of work, and/or to develop potential future working relationships.   The programme will take place on the final Thursday of each month, with a half day of 1-to-1 sessions, which will soon be made available for booking, and each day will be concluded with invited speakers, and open to the wider community.  Details of our experts can be found below, and further information will be emailed closer to each EiR day.
Industry Experts

Our program brings world-leading expertise and advice across multiple industry sectors to Oxford.

1-on-1 Meetings

Arrange 1-on-1 meetings with our experts to discuss your project ang get feedback with no strings attached


Attend hands-on workshops, develop new skills, and get inspiration to apply to your research and work.


Come to our seminars to hear fantastic talks about innovation in healthcare and digital health.

Experts for our 2017 Programme

Stefania Marcoli

Principal Director, Design for Healthcare, frog Design

Stefania lead teams in healthcare projects at the world famous frog Design, working at their Milan studio.  She brings 15+ years experience in Human Centred Design and Strategic Thinking, and her experience spans from connected care solutions to medical equipment, from understanding communities’ needs in low income settings to digital transformation.
Dr Neil Bacon

CEO, iWantGreatCare

Neil is an Oxford and Harvard trained nephrologist with a clinical and academic career spanning 18 years.  He is founder and CEO of iWantGreatCare, the open, independent service allowing public and patients to rate and review health care professionals and experiences.  Through his political awareness, public speaking and advisory roles he has supported the drive for the patient voice to be a central measure of quality and a transformational focus of quality improvement in health and social care… (read more)
June Thomson

European Healthcare Business Development Director, IBM UK

June has worked for IBM for over 20 years, and has experience working with both the NHS and pharmaceutical sector.  With healthcare in Europe at an exciting stage in its adoption of technology to deliver real benefits to the patient, June’s mission is to enable healthcare providers to deliver successful outcomes and improve efficiency through transformation with technology.  June is a member of IBM UK Women’s Leadership Team responsible for the development and execution of the gender diversity agenda for IBM in the UK.
Dr Alex Pasteur

Partner, F-Prime Capital Partners

Alex is a partner in F-Prime Capital based in London, UK, and has worked in life sciences since 2001.  He covers investments in therapeutics, medical devices and healthcare IT with a portfolio that includes Orchard Therapeutics, Acacia Pharma Limited, Pulmocide Limited and Adaptimmune Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ADAP)… (read more)
David Cole

Co-founder, Thinking of Oscar, and Senior Sales Consultant, IBM Watson

David is a social entrepreneur and technologist with a passion for innovation in paediatric healthcare.  He has had a career with IBM spanning over 18 years and has spent the last two years working within IBM’s artificial intelligence arm, Watson.  Outside of IBM, David runs a children’s charity, Thinking of Oscar, which supports children and their families whilst in hospital care, funding innovation and technology over and above that provided by the UK health services…  (read more)
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Our Team
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Dr Alexander Finlayson, MBBS

Co-founder, Director

Dr Richie Harrington, PhD

Co-founder, Director

Dr Nick de Pennington, MBBS

Co-founder, Director

Dr Nick Scott Ram, PhD, MBE


Geraldine Murphy

Project Manager

Chris Goard


Prof Sir Muir Gray


Founding partners