24. Pando

  • Pando Health, formerly Forward Clinical Ltd, is a healthcare data platform created by Barney Gilbert, Lydia Yarlott, Philip Mundy in London, United Kingdom, in 2015.
  • Pando is an essential tool for teamwork and secure collaboration in health and social care.
  • It is designed to benefit anyone working in health and social care, working in a team, with a need to share sensitive information and images securely.




About Pando


Founded in 2015 by Lydia Yarlott, Philip Mundy and Barney Gilbert, the startup provides over 25,000 professionals in 200 UK NHS hospitals with secure and efficient tools to communicate around patient care. According to a study conducted across several Trusts, 74% of NHS staff who use Pando reported that it improved their workplace satisfaction and 68% said that it enabled them to deliver better patient care.

Pando’s core platform empowers healthcare professionals to collaborate and make expert decisions together. Usage during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom increased very substantially, with more than 2 million clinical messages processed per week in 2020.

Forward Health secures $5m funding and rebrands to Pando


Healthtech startup Forward Health has revealed it is rebranding to Pando Health, following a $5m (£3.8m) investment from a notable Australian venture capital firm in January 2020. It is also the first European healthtech investment for Skip Capital, a billion-dollar fund led by Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar and Kim Jackson. Existing investors Stride.VC and Albion Capital also participated in the round.

Pando planned to use the funding to accelerate their international expansion plans, and increase their headcount to 35 roles. Launches in India, Canada and Australia have been planned for the first quarter of this year.

“Forward was perfect for the start of our journey, but as we look ahead and scale internationally we need a unique name that reflects our broader ambition,” said co-founder Barney Gilbert.

The new name is derived from the pando tree, which is the largest living organism in the world.


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