3 April 2018

Professor David Clifton joins Drayson Health as Research Director


World-leading expert on the application of artificial intelligence to healthcare brings IP and applied clinical research experience in machine learning to Drayson Health


Oxford, UK; April 3rd 2018: Drayson Health (“the Company”), the healthcare technology company, today announces the appointment of Professor David Clifton as Research Director in a joint appointment with the University of Oxford. Professor Clifton, an Associate Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, brings his expertise in “Big Data” machine learning applications in healthcare to Drayson Health. The appointment will accelerate the application of the University of Oxford’s world-leading research in clinically led applications of machine learning to the development of novel healthcare technologies for deployment by Drayson Health within the UK National Health Service (NHS) and internationally.


Prof. Clifton leads the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) Laboratory located in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at the University of Oxford with a second site at the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research in Suzhou, China. Drayson Health, also located at the University of Oxford at the Big Data Institute, entered into a strategic research collaboration partnership in July 2017 with the University of Oxford, Oxford University Innovation and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop digital health innovations.


The University of Oxford has exclusively licensed Prof. Clifton’s patents in the field of healthcare algorithms to the Company and he is leading research programmes at the University’s CHI Laboratory using deep learning and other techniques to analyse anonymised clinical data for the purpose of generating real-world evidence on health outcomes and discovery research.

“Professor Clifton brings to Drayson Health world-class expertise on the application of machine learning to clinical practice. He will be an integral member of the Drayson Health team and a strong link to Oxford, ensuring that the digital innovations born out of Oxford’s world-class research in AI get to benefit patients as quickly as possible.”

Lord Drayson

CEO of Drayson Health

“Healthcare systems around the world have collected vast amounts of data which could hold the key to new scientific discoveries. Sensitivities understandably exist around moving and using healthcare data, however part of the attraction for me joining Drayson Health is the framework it has in place to ensure that discovery and applied research can be carried out ethically, responsibly and within the right regulatory framework – this is essential. “The first ever system based on machine learning that received FDA approval was developed by us at Oxford, and so we feel confident we have the strongest partnerships at Drayson Health to achieve our goal. Our unique partnership with Oxford University enables us to undertake research using real world evidence from large datasets of anonymised patient data. The potential to deliver innovative digital therapeutics and fresh insights into managing modern disease has never been greater.”

Professor Clifton





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About Drayson Health

Drayson Health is a healthcare technology company using real world data powered by artificial intelligence to develop regulatory approved digital therapeutic products and hospital systems for clinical care. The Company works in partnership with the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for whom it is the exclusive partner for the commercialisation of certain digital health innovations designed to improve patient outcomes and efficiency within the NHS and beyond. Drayson Health has developed three clinically validated software applications (SEND™, GDm-Health™ and Edge™) designed to connect patients, clinicians and researchers, generate large databases of phenotypic data, and enable discovery research.


Drayson Health, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Drayson Technologies, is based in the Big Data Institute (BDI) at the University of Oxford's Old Road Campus. Lord Drayson leads the Drayson Health team, which combines experience in artificial intelligence, digital health and life sciences. The team is advised by a distinguished Scientific Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Sir John Bell.

For more information, please visit: www.draysonhealth.com

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