At the top of the Medical Valley - Anna Goldsworthy in portrait
Founding - researching - networking are just three of the advantages from which members of the Medical Valley EMN medical technology cluster benefit. Anna Goldsworthy chairs the network, which has 250 members from business, academia, health and politics. She kicks off our new series in which we present female pioneers with their stories and experiences in medical technology. Goldsworthy fast-tracked her way from student to managing director at the age of just 29 with commitment and a taste for diversity.
"Computer science, preferably programming in the medical field": this came true for the then Master's student when she started at Medical Valley as a software developer in 2018. But working on just one project at a time quickly became too little for her. "I enjoy doing many different things. If I have a whole day blocked in the calendar for one topic, then that is not very fulfilling for me. I need variety, different impulses." She found this variety when she started working in start-up support shortly afterwards. An internal change that paid off.
Multi-talent of social and professional competence"The personal highlight was when I then took over as managing director," she says, somewhat abashed. "I was 28 years old at the time when the talks started, so I wasn't that old. And I didn't have a huge track record of having worked at three global players or founded five companies myself." Nevertheless, the board proposed her for the executive position. The deciding factor was above all her previous work at Medical Valley. According to her colleagues and the board of directors, the young managing director is a multi-talent with social and professional competence. Anyone who talks to her notices that she can network, and anyone who works with her knows that she also implements.
Her new position demands a lot of her. Goldsworthy is leaving her comfort zone. She is now in a decision-making position for many projects instead of a single one. She describes the first months as "like being on fire". She wants to go full steam ahead in all directions, do everything right, even preferably do everything. Saying no to possibilities and opportunities was forgotten for the time being. "That was, I think, one of the hardest things, finding yourself as a person, in the role and in the collaboration at first."
Anna Goldsworthy - Managing Director Medical Valley
Young fresh wind drives towards digitalizationWhen she took up her new position, she set herself three major goals: Financing, digitalisation and sustainability. Anna Goldsworthy wants to improve the financing of start-ups in medical technology and make the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg (EMN) a model region for the best healthcare, especially with regard to the degree of digitalisation. Furthermore, the Medical Valley and its members should become as sustainable as possible. Thus, in cooperation with the Environmental Cluster and the Forum MedTech Pharma e. V., a project on the topic of "Circular Economy in Medical Technology" was developed. "This is a small but exciting project for now," Goldsworthy thinks. "The topic will become so big in the next few years that the medical technology manufacturers and clinics will need support, expertise and know-how in order to position themselves really well.”
Variety instead of routineA normal working day does not arise with the ever-changing large and small projects. "I am usually involved in new projects that are in the process of being initiated," explains the managing director, "and I am also responsible for the EDIH DigiCare project, for example. This is part of a Europe-wide network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH's) set up by the EU Commission." The aim is to shorten the time to market for products. To this end, Medical Valley and Bayern Innovativ support small and medium-sized enterprises as well as healthcare providers in their digital transformation.
"I actually draw most of my energy for the work from networking and exchange. For example, at events, either organised by ourselves or by partners, where you can discuss new ideas and solutions with many different people." At events such as the E-Health Congress or MedtecLIVE, she is eloquent and focused, never allowing herself to be thrown off track in any situation. It's as if she's been sitting on the podium next to Klaus Holetschek, the Bavarian Minister of Health, and corporate executives like Siemens Healthineers manager Bernd Ohnesorge for 30 years.