Zeeshan Akhtar, CEO of Pod Health, spoke to us of his experience with the Foundry accelerator and what the future holds
Zeeshan Akhtar’s idea was born out of tragedy. A year or so ago Akhtar, who has been a doctor in the NHS for more than ten years, specialising in abdominal surgery, treated a 42-year-old female patient complaining of abdominal pain.
He suspected a bowel blockage, which a CT scan confirmed. However, it also showed that the blockage had been caused by metastatic ovarian cancer. The patient died four weeks later, leaving behind two young children.
‘It was very poignant for me because I have a young daughter the same age as her youngest daughter,’ recalls Akhtar. ‘When you reflected on her history, it was very clear she’d had symptoms for more than a year and she had put off seeing a doctor because it wasn’t convenient for her. If we had done a blood test or had the chance to speak to her a bit earlier we may have prevented this tragedy.’