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Alex Leach

Acting Director of Innovation and Growth - West of England, Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

Alex Leach is the Acting Director of Innovation and Growth with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), supporting the discovery, development, and deployment of proven innovations with the NHS. Alex originally trained as a nurse at King’s College London and specialised in infectious Diseases and haematology. She then moved to the medical device industry, gaining over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with a range of companies selling and marketing products, ranging from consumables, implants, capital equipment, diagnostics, and generic pharmaceuticals. She worked widely across the whole health care marketplace and has extensive experience of pathway redesign and business case development. Prior to the AHSN, she worked as Commercial Manager for assistive technology charity Designability, leading on the commercialisation and exploitation of new products and services for those living with disabilities and long-term health conditions.