Helicon Health introduces its unique stroke prevention package to David Willetts MP

Helicon Health, an exciting growth business with a unique package of stroke prevention services, was one of only three companies invited to present to David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, at the opening of IDEALondon today.

IDEALondon, sited in London’s Tech City, is an innovation ‘hot-house’ established by UCL and partners Cisco and DC Thomson as the Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEA).

Helicon Health, a spin out from UCL Business, has developed unique systems and tools that enable better quality shared care closer to home for patients with long term cardiovascular conditions.  The company’s proven integrated approach, focused initially on stroke prevention, combines patient management tools and advisory systems with accredited learning and clinical governance.  It is being welcomed by a growing number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Helicon Health’s presentation to David Willetts MP was part of a wider celebration of Tech City’s third anniversary.  The Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Tech City today and welcomed independent findings from the Tech City UK report, which highlights how London tech companies are contributing to economic growth, inward investment and high value jobs across the country.

David Patterson, Chief Executive, Helicon Health said:

“Stroke is a growing problem in the UK but it is widely acknowledged that, with the right interventions, the number of strokes can be significantly reduced so we were delighted to have the chance to share our progress with David Willetts.”

 Commenting on the visit, Cengiz Tarhan, Managing Director of UCL Business said,

 “Helicon Health’s approach to care in the community shows the way forward for management of long term conditions. Having the company present its progress within healthcare services to David Willetts at IDEALondon also showcases the high calibre of spinout companies emerging from UCL and making a positive impact on society.”

Further information:

David Patterson, Helicon Health

Marcie Bell, The Foundry House



  • Helicon Health was established in 2012.  The company’s first package of services – HeliconHeart –  supports the management of patients with atrial fibrillation through the establishment of robust anticoagulation advisory and management systems.
  • The Tech City initiative was launched in November 2010 to support the growth of the technology cluster in East London. At the time of the launch, there were approximately 200 digital companies in East London. Today, there are over 1,200 digital companies in the area, including Google, Intel, Cisco, Amazon and Vodafone.  For a copy of the Tech City UK report please click here

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About the Author
David Patterson
David is a practising Consultant Physician and Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL and the University of London.
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