Healthcare company makes the most of shared experiences at Bessemer Society networking events
For Keith Errey, chief executive of Oxford-based healthcare technology company Isansys, manufacturing organisations are a class apart. He believes there is a special kind of bond among those who ‘make things’, born of collective experiences from bringing products to life. That’s why Keith has been a central figure at the Bessemer Society and a regular attendee at its networking events which encourage technology innovators to get together to share their issues and experiences in an informal setting.
“That’s why the Bessemer Society is such a fantastic organisation. It acknowledges the fact that creation through manufacturing is different from other sectors.”
“Historically, there has always been a strong social aspect to manufacturing – people like talking to their peers to learn from their experiences,” says Keith. “That’s why the Bessemer Society is such a fantastic organisation. It acknowledges the fact that creation through manufacturing is different from other sectors. The Bessemer events provide a valuable community, giving a fascinating insight into other innovative organisations.”
Indeed, Isansys has its own exciting story to tell. The company was co-founded by Keith Errey in 2010 and since then it has grown to become a world-leading provider of remote patient monitoring technology. Its proprietary Patient Status Engine combines wearable sensors, connectivity and artificial intelligence to deliver a scalable and simple-to-use patient monitoring platform. The system is less obtrusive and lower cost than other similar remote monitoring technologies, says Keith, while providing better quality data.
The company has been on a rapid growth curve since it was established, and the Bessemer Society has been at its side every step of the way. “We have attended several Bessemer Society events, and they have all been extremely valuable,” he says. “The primary benefit has been relationship building – we have met lots of other manufacturing and technology companies at different stages of their development, and it has been great to learn from like-minded people. An introduction at a Bessemer event also resulted in an opportunity for me to speak at the Royal Society, and there have been various other business relationships established. Bessemer is a meritocratic and democratic environment which is open and friendly.”
Looking ahead, Keith says Isansys will continue to expand, having opened subsidiaries in Germany and India and established a network of distributors and partners across the globe. But no matter how big the company gets, Keith will always find time to attend Bessemer Society events.
“There is nothing else like it,” he adds. “I thoroughly enjoy the informality of the Bessemer events. They continue the great tradition of problem-solving over a drink and a chat.”