Blood talks’ – Abi Lindsay Clark
At the January Madrid Business Lunch , our guest speaker was William Stoddart the co-founder (with business partner Mario Cantero) of ‘Melio’ a British company whose first market is in Spain soon to be followed with a setup in the UK. Melio opened its doors here in Madrid in October last year offering convenient, frequent health testing to the general public.
William is not a doctor but in 2007, living in Sweden with his wife and small daughter their lives suddenly changed dramatically. On a Wednesday his wife went in for a scan due to headaches and on the Thursday, she was on an operating table to remove a tumour. It was during the following 3 years while receiving healthcare, when William realised how terrible the journey was for everyone. His wife sadly lost her battle in 2010 just after the birth of their son.
This made him realise that he could do something to help and in 2011 he set up a data analytics company with his twin brother helping people who used Jawbones to interpret the data and answer questions such as ‘If I stop drinking coffee, do I sleep better?’ They later realised that with blood testing they could be more accurate and so, 4 of them including a specialist doctor set up a Stockholm based consumer healthcare company. William explained how in Sweden at the time you had to explain your symptoms and then you might get a blood test based only on those. There was no access to new diagnostics and ranges of tests unless you went private and at great expensive. They tested over 100,000 customers and a huge 80% of these had some form of health problem.
At Melio, you can take control of your health with a simple blood test. Choose your analysis package, pay for it online and then drop in to one of the 20 centres in Madrid for a test. Within 48 hours you will have your results and a specialist will look at these along with your questionnaire and then any necessary follow-ups will be organised. For more information and to book a blood test here.