About HCN

HCN exists to help optimise health innovation value chains by connecting hard sciences, industry, clinical practice and patient advocacy. HCN is in its 3rd iteration. It started as an INTERREG IIIC network operation in 2005, became a UK registered (non-profit) company in 2008 and is now a Stichting registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce.

Our approach can be summarised as helping to close the gap between what we know and what we need to do by generating practical ‘how-to’ knowledge in all our workstreams. This is shaped by 5 guiding principles to create value over time: connectivity, pluralism, innovation, resilience and added value. To achieve this, we have worked with people at all levels from a government minister to community groups, from comprehensive cancer centres to SME owners and from senior decision-makers to students.

HCN has 3 activity streams:


HCN is, and has been, a partner/lead partner in several EU funded projects. HCN has a particular focus on optimising value chains for health and innovation (IA projects – SMILE, INNOLABS, Cross4Health, a CSA project – DanuBalt, a health programme project – Bench-Can, Erasmus + project a4i and securing added social and economic value from health investment at national and sub-national levels (ESI Funds for Health, HealthEquity-2020, EUREGIO III, HCN in its INTERREG IIIC phase).

EUREGIO III was our first project as a lead partner and informed the EU Council Conclusions (June 2011) Towards modern, responsive and sustainable health systems and that cited as a key reference in the report by HSPA (2017) Blocks: tools and methodologies to assess integrated care in Europe, EU, Luxembourg.


We are commissioned to co-write proposals to secure major research funding (H2020, CRUK Grand Challenge, EU Health Programme, INTERREG etc.) for leading consortia who want to bring hard science, clinical practice and patient advocacy together in improving patient outcomes in cancer care. Since 2014, we have helped secure €23m for Storming Cancer (led by UCSF), €17.5m for PRECISION (led by NKI) and €10m for COLOSYS (led by NTNU), INTENT (led by IRCCS-IOV), B-CAST (led by NKI) and BenchCan led by OECI.


This is done in several ways asked (i) to review proposals prior to submission e.g. research infrastructure, high-performance computing to improve personalised medicine, or being (ii) an advisor (WHO/P4H Network 1st Expert Consultation on private sector participation in health financing in Asia, University of Fudan, Shanghai, October 2019; WHO EURO, In Demand, RegHealth-R), (iii) an external evaluator for H2020 ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and the EU Health Programmes, (v) a pre-submission proposal reviewer (ELIXIR, CORBEL), (v) an Advisory Board member for EU funded projects e.g. inDemand, RegHealth-RI (vi) external evaluator for the EIT Health Bridgehead Programme (vii) commissioned to write policy and practice briefings e.g. for WHO and EU.

Previously (vi) an external expert for DG Regio for implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (vii) technical advisor for WHO/EURO Verona Initiative 1998-2000.


Joanna Lane PhD.

HCN Managing Director

Founder and Managing Director of the Dutch-registered Stichting HCN (2019+). Founder and Sole Director of UK registered HCN (2008-2019).

Professor at Centre for Health and Technology, Universitetet I Sørøst-Norge
EU Advisor at Norway Health Tech
REGIO-CEI-AMI Senior Expert

Previously: Special Professor of Health & Public Policy, University of Nottingham; Lay Court member, Edinburgh Napier University; MD of CCL Associates; Director of Research & Evaluation, Health Education Board for Scotland; Visiting Professor, University of York


Edit Sebestyen M.Phil

HCN Coordinator

HCN coordinator
Sociologist, health promotion specialist, qualified fully nurse

Project Manager for BENCH-CAN and previously for EUREGIO III projects, research associate for Innolabs, Cross4Health and a4i projects, communication officer for SMILE project

PhD Candidate for Active and Healthy Ageing, Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest


Pascal Kahlem

Pascal Kahlem, PhD.

EU Program Adviser

Owner Scientific Network Management SL (Spain registered)
Life Science Research and Innovation Funding - Operations Management - Business Development
Expert in Grant Writing - Assessment - Training - Project Management


Stephen Wright, B.Sc (Econ.)

Research Associate

After posts in management consultancy and industry, Mr Stephen Wright joined the European Investment Bank to work on various economic areas – energy, industry, transport, waste management, economic development – before establishing and running the Bank’s policy and project appraisal in the health and education sector. He ended his career in the Bank as a Director. Now he is a freelance consultant in health policies, macroeconomics, social investment, and health finance and investment, for EU Member States, European Commission, EIB, World Bank and WHO. Mr Wright has co-edited a number of books. He publishes and presents frequently on these topics.


Inaki portrait about HCN

Iñaki Gutiérrez Ibarluzea PhD.

Visiting Director

Visiting Director of HTA and Market Access
Director of Organisational Innovation & Management, BIOEF
President of HTAi
Vice Chair of Euroscan
Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of Osakidetza Basque Health Service


Csilla Kaposvari DLSHTM, MA.

Research Associate

PhD student for integrated urban development for CHO, University of Science of Pécs, Hungary
External evaluation of projects under EU Health Programme, evaluation of national policies in nutrition, investment in health promotion
Organizational development


Tatiana Isabela Dölling, M.Eng./MA.

Visiting Director for Latin America Collaboration

Founder and Manager of „funding4health“ Germany: Health technology, innovation management, internationalisation, transnational cluster and ecosystems collaboration
Director of Innovation and Technology of „SIVSA MeQ“ Spain: International Turn Key Solutions in Healthcare
External expert of EU Health Innovation Programmes
In house consulting of different cluster organisations and ecosystems in Latin America & The Caribbean

Previously: Global Marketing, Sales and Financing Manager in the medical technology industry (Europe, Middle East Africa, Americas).


Fabiola Minda

Media Associate

Founder of FMco and FM Photography (both registered in Amsterdam). Media support for SHCN on EU-funded health innovation projects - specifically documentary storyteller and photographer. Fabiola also scouts collaboration opportunities in Latin America for SHCN as part of its LAC Team.

Jenny Camaradou


Areas of expertise: EU Innovation Actions, European Innovation Council, Patient Engagement and Public involvement

Jenny holds an undergraduate degree in Law LLB Hons from the University of Exeter, UK and a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Plymouth, she has 15 years of commercial experience across public and private sectors in multiple countries. A dual UK/EU national Jenny is a freelance grants writer and R&D consultant, a peer reviewer for several research councils and an Independent Expert for the European Commission.
A member of the International Scientific Board of the UK Medical Research Council Advanced Pain Discovery Platform, a lay on NICE Covid, NIHR AI Award and Oxford's QResearch Scientific Committees and a EUPATI (European Patient's Academy on Therapeutic Innovation) Fellow

Twitter: @JennyCamaradou Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jennycamaradou


HCN also has a network of colleagues across the EU that we involve as in-house consultants when needed.


Identify, generate, and appraise practical knowledge about how health sector investment and spending can contribute to sustainable regional development. (knowledge development)
Connect available evidence, strategic planning, and implementation in delivering cost-effective health sector investment and spending. (knowledge brokering)
Provide expert inputs on a needs-led basis at regional, national, and EU levels. (technical support)
Support consortia in preparing H2020 proposals (Health, Research Infrastructure, Innovation Actions, SME Instruments) and proposals for other funding sources e.g., ERACoSysMed. (technical support)
Collaborate with other Scientific Management SMEs (e.g., SBSM Berlin, SNM Barcelona) to provide training for successful proposal writing. (Technical support)

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