Medical - Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies


Dr Parik


Dr Parikshit Goswami

Dr Goswami obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Textile Technology and then worked within different industries including a world leading third party textile testing and quality certification company. Subsequently he did a Masters degree in Advanced Textile and Performance Clothing and a PhD at the University of Leeds.

Dr Goswami heads the Fibre and Fabric Functionalisation Research Group at the University of Leeds.

Dr. Goswami’s domains of research are product development using flexible materials and application of chemistry for functionalising textiles. Dr Goswami manages a large profile of research concerned with fibre/ polymer science, nonwovens, medical textiles (implantable materials, non-implantable materials), sustainable materials (fundamentally understand the properties of new material), application and development of nano/ sub-micron fibres for novel applications, plasma treatment for functionalising textiles and textile chemistry.

Dr. Goswami is presently supervising twelve PhD students, one MSc by research, and five research fellows. He is a Member of SDC’s (Society of Dyers and Colourists) Education, Qualifications and Accreditation Board (EQAB) and was a member of EDANA’s Board Working Group on Sustainability.






Prof. Dr. Sebastian Probst
Professor of tissue viability and wound care at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Geneva, Switzerland

Current research

  • Occurrence of recurrent leg ulcers – the relationship between self-efficacy, social support and quality of life
  • EWMA-leg ulcer guidance document
  • EWMA health-related quality of life document
  • EWMA Home Care Wound Care document – implementation of recommendations




Dionysia Patrinou


Dionysia Patrinou
Market Intelligence Lead, WTiN

Dionysia is a market intelligence lead and subject matter expert (SME) in the medical textiles industry. Through the WTiN Medical Textiles channel she has designed and delivered industry’s first-to-market strategy, product development and innovation intelligence, market sizing models and best practice thought leadership. Dionysia has conducted more than 250 intelligence assignments for CXO-teams in pharma and biotech. She is a certified intelligence practitioner with an MBA from the University of Durham, UK, and an MSc in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics.




Robabeh (Zohreh) Gharaei


Robabeh (Zohreh) Gharaei
Materials Innovation Analyst, World Textiles Information Network (WTiN)

Textile engineer in background, she has a PhD in Fibre Science and Technology with focus on Medical Applications of Textile Materials from University of Leeds in the UK. Her recent research concerned the process – structure - property relation of nano-fibrous materials and the chemical and biological evaluation of biomaterials for use in Tissue Engineering. She is now working as materials innovation analyst at WTiN and her role involves researching and identifying innovations in polymers, fibres, textiles and nonwovens with focus on new areas of functionality and performance in healthcare, consumer hygiene, sportswear, protective wear, automotive and other high value markets. 






Paul Greenhalgh
Director of Design, Team Consulting

Paul heads up Team’s design group, working closely with clients and colleagues to improve the user experience of medical devices through design. Paul is a passionate advocate of the importance of ‘good design’ and is involved in all stages of product development from front end innovation to detailed design for manufacture.

Paul’s experience

During his time at Team, Paul has lead the design & project management of many innovative products including inhalers, injectors, surgical instruments, diagnostic platforms, child resistant packaging and consumer medical products. He is particularly focused on ensuring the right direction is set from the outset, that user needs are thoroughly understood and represented throughout.

Before joining Team in 2002, Paul earned his stripes working as an in-house designer for several manufacturing companies, gaining a deep knowledge of design for injection moulding and volume manufacture and an ability to ‘see it from the other side’. He has a degree in Product Design from Central St. Martin’s College in London.






Dr. Bernd Schlesselmann
Freudenberg Performance Materials SE & Co. KG


1988 – 1993: University of Hamburg
Chemistry (Diplom)Main Focus: Technical and Polymer Chemistry

1994 – 1997: University of Hamburg
Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
PhD-program, Prof. W. Kaminsky
Subject: Pyrolytic Recycling of Polymers

Job History:

1997 – 2003: Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH&Co. KG, Hamburg
Manager Chemical Development
Subject: Product Development of Abrasives

2003 – present: Freudenberg Performance Materials SE & Co. KG, Weinheim
Manager R&D Medical, Hygiene Adsorptives, Regional Business Unit Europe
Subject: Product Development of Medical and Hygiene Nonwovens and Composites