29 November, 2021

E129 – Manuri Gunawardena, HealthMatch

Manuri Gunawardena is the Founder and CEO of HealthMatch. HealthMatch was founded in 2017, after Manuri won TechnCrunch’s Startup Battlefield. It is a Medtech platform built to help patients connect with clinical trials. It operates as a marketplace, allowing patients to have access to the latest treatments and trials.

Manuri is an ambitious founder with an extensive medical background. She is the winner of the 2021 Bold Future Award by Veuve Clicquot and has been named as one of The Australians top 100 innovators of 2021. As a former medical student turned entrepreneur, Manuri is passionate about combining her medical experience and technology to deliver better healthcare.
Ian & Manuri discuss a variety of topics, including…

  • The importance of patient accessibility to clinical trials
  • Empowering patients as drivers in healthcare
  • Manuri’s journey from medical student to entrepreneur
  • The impact the Covid-19 vaccine development had on the medical world
  • The consumer approach of HealthMatch
  • HealthMatch’s recent expansion to the United States

…and much more!
Quickfire Recommendations

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  • Favourite TV Show: Succession
  • Ted Talk Topic: The shift that is happening in healthcare toward more empowered patients

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