Profile: Andrew Goldberg
Rhona MacDonald finds out what drives the founder of Medical Futures, the medical innovation organisation
- By: Rhona MacDonald
I first met Andy under rather strange circumstances. I was a patient and he was the assisting surgeon. He kindly popped on to the ward for a chat to help take my mind off things, and as we were both doctors we seemed to have a lot in common. Although I was a bit preoccupied, I couldn't help but be impressed as he told me all about his own idea, which has now grown into a phenomenon: Medical Futures.
The Medical Futures innovation awards, in May this year, were a huge success. Ten awards were given for innovations as diverse as an automated method for engineering human tissue (surgeon, Chris Mason) and for “Sweet Talk,” a novel text messaging service for teenagers with diabetes (specialist registrar in paediatrics, Victoria Franklin). Twenty six prestigious judges sat on the panel; industry and the corporate sector gave wide support and decided to donate