Webinar – Co-design in child health technology


7th May 2024, 3.30pm – 5.00pm, BST

Co-design in child health technology
Chair: Roberta Nossa, Bioengineering Lab – Astrolab, IRCCS E. Medea (Italy)

EPTRI is delighted to welcome you to our fifth webinar on Co-design in child health technology. Our 90 minute webinar will focus on the impact of partnerships and co-design in shaping child health technology. Learn from experts on informal networks of care within paediatric healthcare and design partnerships, and the advantages and challenges of inclusivity and diversity in co-design to increase innovation in paediatric health technology. We will delve into the strategies and benefits of design partnerships and how to bring different stakeholders such as national health systems, academia and biotech companies together. We look forward to seeing you at our next exciting webinar event.



Gemma Wheeler, Project Manager at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HealthTech Research Centre (HRC) in Paediatrics and Child Health.

The NIHR HRC in Paediatrics and Child Health brings children, young people and their families together with professionals from healthcare, academia and industry to support innovation in child health technologies. In her current role, Gemma supports projects and teams to adopt meaningful approaches to involving children, young people and their families in research and innovation. She also designs and delivers doctoral and post-doctoral training programmes in co-design, and leads the organising committee for the global Child Health Technology conference annually.

With a background in product and service design, Gemma is passionate about the use of creative activities to flatten hierarchies, to unpack complex challenges, and to support diverse groups of people in reflecting on, and sharing, their knowledge and experiences.


Ursula Ankeny, design researcher and PhD student at Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Ursula is working in design technology in health to create meaningful solutions for condition-specific challenges. Her background is in product design, and she uses the designing and making of objects to translate and trial different concepts in a 3D medium with co-design being central to her approach. Ursula’s work ranges from medical devices and wearable technologies to condition specific resource packs and service design. Outcomes are co-designed with relevant stakeholders from the outset, to help ensure that the interventions accurately identify needs and address them.

Arie Melamed Yekel, Deputy Director General Strategic Planning & General Manager, ALYNnovation and The Helmsley Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Research Center, ALYN Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Arie Melmed-Yekel is a senior high-tech executive with over 20 years of global experience and a proven record of leading teams to outstanding business results. He Joined ALYN Hospital in 2019 and since then manages ALYNnovation, an innovation hub for the research, development and commercialization of pediatric rehabilitation and assistive technologies; there are currently 16 companies in the ALYNnovation portfolio. In 2021, established and now manages ALYN PARC, the Helmsley Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Center. Arie holds a BSc in Applied Physics and ElectroOptics and an MBA from Ben Gurion University.