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IOD Kent chair takes on new role at medical device developer Quvium

Posted on 09/09/16

After 20 years helping companies to grow, Jane Ollis is dusting off her science text books for her new role as sales and marketing director of medical device developer Quvium.

She begins full time this month at their offices in Discovery Park in Sandwich. The company has developed a wearable device which predicts the onset of an asthma attack before it occurs by analysing breathing and coughing.

It will not come to market in the UK until the spring, with the company looking at launching it in Asia first, with Hong Kong a target for later this year. The US and Europe are also targets, where tough regulatory markets are waiting to be meandered. Jane, said:

**“It’s an amazing product and to have the chance to take that to market and make a real difference to people’s lives feels so exciting,””

“It can be life-changing for anyone with respiratory problems.”

Asked why US founders Steven Schmidt and Karen Travers had brought their business to Discovery Park, Jane added:

“There is something quite magic about Kent. There is no better environment for R&D and innovation. It’s easy to access London and international travel.”

  • To read the full interview with Jane Ollis visit the Kent Business website.
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