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ASep Healthcare’s first product, tournistrip was invented by Ryan Kerstein and Christian Fellowes, both doctors, in response to the unmet clinical need for a single use tourniquet to actively reduce risk of contamination. Ryan and Christian worked with Imperial Innovations LLP to provide early stage investment that led to the formation of ASep Healthcare Limited in 2008. ASep benefitted by follow-on funding from the North West Fund for Biomedical which has allowed ASep to grow its product offering and management team.


ASep Healthcare has significantly expanded its tourniquet product range to provide quality products in all segments, from single use to single patient use in adults and paediatric areas. ASep’s goal is to make blood collection simpler, intuitive and stress-free for caregivers and patients. This led to the design of innovative dispensing systems to protect the integrity of the tourniquets, and allow simple, one-handed operation for successful blood draws.

Our Founders

Ryan Kerstein, Founder and Clinical Lead

Ryan graduated Imperial College London Medical School in 2006 and went on to become a Plastic Surgery Specialist Registrar in Oxford.


Ryan has developed his involvement in Medical Innovation by continuing as a Board member of ASep Healthcare, and is the National Lead for Innovation for the British Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS). More recently Ryan was awarded a post as an NHS Clinician Entrepreneur Fellow, championing grassroots clinical innovation.

Christian Fellowes, Founder

Christian graduated Imperial College London Medical School in 2006, also earning a BSc in cardiovascular sciences. Christian started his career as a doctor in major London teaching hospitals such as Hammersmith Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital before moving into the commercial world with KPMG Corporate Finance and Transaction Services where he qualified as a chartered accountant.


Christian is currently an Associate at GHO Capital in London, where he brings a combination of medical, transaction and entrepreneurial experience, and is focused on investment opportunities within the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics sub-sectors.

Management Team

Alan Edwards, Chairman

Alan has spent over 40 years in the healthcare industry both in the UK & USA he has wide-ranging and comprehensive commercial and technical management background, having acted as a Chairman, Board member, Managing Director, Chief Executive & Executive Vice President of a number of companies.


For the last ten years he has specialised in developing and growing early stage medical technology development companies in the UK.

Ian Mawhinney, CEO

Ian Mawhinney has 30 year’s experience in the successful commercialisation of new technologies in a wide variety of healthcare sectors.

Ian has driven numerous complex medical devices through the regulatory approvals processes to market introduction and profitability through direct sales and partnering agreements.


Ian brings a wealth of global experience in both multinational and start-up medical technology businesses, including Radiometer Ltd, Graseby Medical Ltd, Drägerwerk AG, Smiths Medical SE Asia Ltd, Cambridge Consultants Inc., Plasma Surgical Inc., ESP Technology Ltd and Rapid Rhythm Ltd


Bringing great design to medical challenges is a key motivator for Ian, who combines an entrepreneurial spirit with a deep understanding of technology, to consistently deliver growth through development of innovative products and the teams that sell them

Charles Giblin, Director of Sales

Charles Giblin is a successful sales professional, with 20 year’s experience of key account management and building sales through recruitment, training and motivation of direct sales teams in the UK, and distributors in International Markets.

Prior to joining ASep Healthcare, Charles has been a top performer in a number of leading medical device companies, including Vygon, Graseby Medical, Smiths Medical, Welch Allyn, and PDI.


Charles is committed to expanding the global reach of tournistrip and the exciting new products in development.

Investor Relations

Barry Richards is a qualified Operating Department Practitioner, with 15 year’s experience in the healthcare and medical device industry.


Barry led the introduction of a novel surgical technology in Europe, and was instrumental in generating the supporting clinical evidence for its expansion in UK & Europe.


Barry combines his clinical know-how, marketing experience and track record in supporting international distributors with a seasoned approach to new product support in the global healthcare market.

Barry Richards, Director of  Clinical Marketing

ASep Healthcare operates in sectors with excellent growth prospects. Its products are designed to reduce the risk of cross-infection by offering a range of simple, easy to use alternatives that work effectively and are single use or single patient use.


ASep works with clinical professionals and its design team to develop products that are specifically designed to minimise unintentional or intentional reuse, backed by intellectual property to protect this design advantage.


ASep holds intellectual property in a number of infection-reduction product designs, including blood pressure cuffs designed to allow simple, effective cleaning to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

Core Strategies

Revenue Growth

Cost Control

Adding Value

Grow product range to provide a comprehensive range of infection prevention devices

Work with the latest materials and processes from direct or contract manufacturers to provide high quality product at acceptable cost

New product development through enhanced understanding of clinical need

Expand geographic coverage through direct sales teams and strategic partnerships with distributors

Continuous improvement in the materials technology and know-how to optimise product performance

Range extension through adaptation to unmet needs

Grow existing product sales through effective communication and excellent levels of customer support

Partnering with highly qualified design teams and customers to increase effectiveness of research and development activities

Customisation for hospitals and distribution partners

Quality Policy

ASep Healthcare Limited is committed to understanding and meeting the quality needs of all our customers. As a basic business principle, we strive to provide our customers with quality, innovative products and services.


We have established a comprehensive quality assurance system that will allow us to meet our commitment to customer satisfaction, providing superior medical devices to our customers which:


  • Meet our customer’s expectation of quality with a goal of every product being our best product
  • Provide leadership in medical device innovation
  • Meet our customer’s expectation of on-time delivery
  • Comply with all applicable regulatory requirements


Continuous quality improvement is the responsibility of every company employee and we build quality into everything we do.

Company Overview

ASep Healthcare Ltd, Liverpool Science Park , 131 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TF

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