"Time is your most precious asset" Dr Elin Haf Davies

Dr Elin Haf Davies is both tenacious and personable. In this week’s podcast she shares her professional journey and her love of extreme physical adventures. Elin’s career began as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street hospital. After 20 years of clinical, research experience and gaining her PhD she founded Aparito.  The company provides a solution to the ever changing challenges of bringing innovative drugs to market by offering a patient-centric design of wearable long term monitoring devices. Aparito’s data collection is key to monitoring patients, allowing to feed into care plans and treatment pathways. Whilst their wearable devices enable the delivery of an effective and personalised treatment.

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Elin Haf Davies – biography

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Elin Haf initially qualified as a Children’s nurse at Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital (GOSH), going on to gain a BSc (Neuroscience) and MSc (Research Methods). After years of recruiting children to clinical trials Elin embarked on a PhD at the Institute of Child Health (UCL) to develop a clinical outcome measure and biomarker of ataxia in children with neuro-metabolic disease.

Elin Haf was part of the paediatric team at the European Medicine Agency from 2007-2013, responsible for implementing the Paediatric Regulation in Europe. She has a personal interest in empowering children to become involved in the health / research agenda.

In January 2015 Elin Haf launched her own company, Aparito. Using wearable technology and mobile phone apps to monitor disease progression and patient well-being in real-time. The company now has studies running in the UK, India, America, South Africa, with offices in London, Berlin and Wrexham.  

When not working Elin is an adventure-addict! She played rugby for Wales A for seven years before embarking on a completely new challenge - spending 77 days rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with fellow GOSH nurse and raising £190,000 for metabolic research. In 2009 she was part of the first ever-female crew to row across the Indian Ocean, a 3,600m trip that took 78 days. Elin Haf completed a hat-trick of oceans by sailing 6,000 miles across the north Pacific. Her adventures over the years have raised £300,000 for charities close to her heart. Her book, On Tempestuous Seas holds the record for the most number of books sold in one night at the National Geographic Store in London.

Elin was appointed Team Wales Ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Produced by Mark Cotton, Twitter.

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More details at www.elinhafdavies.co.uk or @elinhafdavies and www.aparito.com and @aparitohealth

Article in WoW Women in wearable tech and health tech.

Elin Haf Davies: empowering children by rowing the world’s oceans