About Occuity

Occuity specialises in the research, design and production of non-contact optical instruments for use in optometry or other optical measurements as well as disease diagnosis and  monitoring through the eye.

Occuity benefits from 9 international patents covering the optical scanning technology that forms the basis of the devices along with additional patents relating to the alignment and measurements within the eye.

Occuity's mission is to create a range of non-contacting handheld devices which by their nature will be useable for either non-clinical screening and measuring or personal monitoring for diseases such as diabetes.

The Occuity Team

Dr Dan Daly

Founder & CEO

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Dr. Dan Daly PhD, MBA, CPhys, MInstP, Chief Executive Officer, has studied and worked in the field of optical metrology and opto-electronics for over 25 years. Dan has a PhD in Micro Optics from Kings College, London and an MBA from Cranfield school of management.

 

Initially Dan studied and worked in the field of micro-optics as well as the broader Optoelectronics industry for over 15 years. His  PhD in Micro Optics specialised in manufacturing techniques for refractive and diffractive micro-optical components and the construction of interferometric and photometric measurement systems. During this time he also spent 3 years as a Project Manager at the National Physical Laboratory and published a book on “Microlens Arrays”.

Dan has worked in Switzerland and the UK for both large and small organisations in various roles as both CTO and CEO.  In 2019 he co-founded Occuity with Dr Taylor with the aim of creating handheld non-contacting optical devices to improve screening and monitoring of chronic health conditions such as Diabetes and Alzheimer's.

Dr Robin Taylor

Founder & CTO

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Dr Robin Taylor has worked in the field of medical device development for over 15 years, 10 of which were developing advanced optical measurement techniques. He has extensive expertise across all of the key engineering disciplines including software, electronics, mechanical and optical engineering. He has developed devices for use in numerous applications across the medical, industrial and research sectors and has significant risk and project management experience.

His PhD in Biomedical Engineering was gained from Aston University in 2008 in the field of surgical robotics in which he designed and deployed the first ever, fully autonomous surgical robot in the operating theatre. Shortly after completing his PhD Robin accepted a position at Lein Applied Diagnostics where he took the lead in the development of their optical measurement technology. Through Lein he developed significant expertise in the field of optical metrology and developed numerous devices for a wide variety of applications.

In 2009, he was shortlisted for Design Engineer of the Year in the British Engineering Excellence Awards and awarded a Commendation.

In 2019 he co-founded Occuity with the aim of applying novel optical measurement techniques to the medical diagnostics market. He is also a full Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mark Jenkins

COO

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After graduating from Royal Holloway College with a Computer Science and Mathematics degree Mark worked in various development roles prior to starting his first software business in 1989. 

This was sold to to a FTSE 250 financial sector business in 1998 following which Mark went on to start or co-found several further businesses in the telecoms sector that he still remains active in. 

Alongside this, Mark has bought and sold a number of businesses and invested in others both as a corporate partner and as an investment angel and remains on the board of a number of those investments in a non-exec capacity. 

Mark’s portfolio covers AI based video analytics, web personalisation software, medical diagnostics, call centre services, the cyclic economy and sports social media.

A member of the IoD for many years, Mark is also a qualified private pilot, rescue diver and a keen sportsman.

Daniele De Iuliis

Design Director

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Having spent his formative years in Italy and England, Daniele completed his degree in Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London. After graduating, he headed to California to join ID Two in San Francisco (now part of IDEO).  His consulting experience expanded to New York where he worked until joining the Industrial Design Team at Apple in 1991.  

Daniele flourished and then finished his 27-year contribution to Apple's world class design team in 2018, leaving behind a legacy of iconic products that helped change the consumer electronics world forever.  Among his many professional accomplishments during his tenure at Apple, he is named as an inventor of over 400 design and utility patents.

Daniel Quirke

Commercial Director

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Daniel has worked in the medical device field for over 40 years, starting as a Respiratory Physiologist at Guys Hospital working both in clinical and research labs and  on clinical trials. Those early days involved the use of many novel techniques that are now available in general practice.  

 

Daniel then moved to a commercial organisation to exploit one of the new techniques as a saleable product. This enabled him to gain international experience as a product manager subsequently leaving to be a founding director of Micro Medical Ltd.  As Managing Director he grew the business over 20 years achieving a British design award for its innovative Micro spirometer and a Queens award for export before a trade sale to Viasys Inc in 2005. 

Subsequently Daniel has worked as an independent consultant, helping develop medical products to both CE and FDA requirements, as well as acting as a non-executive director for various MedTech companies.

Leigh Woolley

Chief Finance Officer

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Leigh is an experienced CFO with a background in multinational technology businesses. Prior to 2001 he held a series of FD roles in large telecoms businesses, including spells in the US and in Europe as Snr Finance Director for DSC’s EAME region (T/O $250m).

Since 2001 Leigh has focussed on developing VC-backed SME’s for growth & exit. These have included Conclusive Logic (data encryption), Native Networks (telecoms), successfully sold to Alcatel in 2005, OB10 Ltd (SAAS e-invoicing), Onzo Ltd (energy data analytics), successfully sold to SSE in 2012, 7digital (music technology platform) Aim-listed in 2014, and MWR InfoSecurity. Three of these companies were Sunday Times Tech Track Top 100.

In total Leigh has supported 11 fundraising events, drawing over £61m from more than 30 VC’s and partners, and overseen 3 successful exit events valued in excess of £80m.

Lesley Parry-Jones

Senior Development Engineer

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Lesley joined Occuity in October 2020 as part  of the Design and Development team. After studying Physics at Oxford University, Lesley gained a PhD in Liquid Crystal Displays and was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship from the Royal Society.

 

Previously, at Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Lesley expanded her research on LCDs into display optics and later joined a project on Digital Droplet Microfluidics that eventually spun out as Sharp Life Science. There she developed an innovative disposable cartridge design and assembly process from the initial concept phase right through to automated assembly on a mass production line.

 

With a passion for all things practical and as the author of 28 patents, Lesley not only brings a wealth of experience  but also contributes hugely to the creativity and problem-solving skills required within the Occuity R&D team.

Theresa Bowers

Finance Manager

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Theresa is a qualified accountant and fellow of the ACCA and IFA, with over twenty years commercial and private accounting experience

 

Having worked both in the UK and globally, she has a wealth of knowledge and supports the business with the day to day management of our accounting systems, procedures, strategic guidance and the provision of information necessary for key organisational planning and decision making.

Clive Griffiths

Chief Electronics Engineer

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With over 30 years experience working in the electronics and software industries, Clive has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of different technologies. From back-end SQL databases, through middleware written in Java and C#, database-driven web sites, to application software and user interfaces written in C++ and Java, Clive's knowledge of electronic engineering is vast.

 

Clive also has a great breadth of experience in analogue and digital electronics and currently specialises in microcontrollers and embedded software. He is particularly interested in software quality, and how this can be achieved through various test strategies.

Jade Smith

Development Engineer

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Jade is part of the design and development team at Occuity.  Having  studied originally at King's College London, where she was the recipient of the King's Experience Research award,  Jade then transferred to Imperial College, London where she graduated in 2019  with her MSc in BioMedical Engineering.

As well as being proficient in the usual design software and languages, her knowledge covers both mechanical and electrical applications and includes experience of risk analysis and regulatory frameworks, such as ISO 13485, that are specifically required for medical device development and production.

Jamie Serjeant

Mechanical Engineer

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Jamie holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University and is part of the design and development team at Occuity where his specialism is in design engineering.  

Having previously worked both for Apple in the US and Dyson​ in the UK Jamie is experienced in taking multi-disciplinary products from early concept stage through to production design for both consumer electronics devices and more recently with medical devices. 

 

As part of the Dyson team that developed the CoVent emergency ventilators in record time early in the Covid pandemic in the UK, Jamie acquired valuable expertise in ISO 13485 and the related medical regulatory frameworks and processes under which this device had to be designed and developed.

Richard Kadri-Langford

Digital Marketing Manager

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Richard joined in November 2020 to lead Occuity’s, digital marketing initiatives.

Driven and commercially astute, Richard is a CIM qualified marketing strategist with over 12 years’ experience, spanning several industry sectors including meetings and events, hospitality, property and most recently software and digital marketing consultancy.

 

With has a detailed knowledge of digital marketing techniques, Richard is experienced at delivering engaging online and offline campaigns to increase awareness and lead generation.

 

A creative and entrepreneurial spirit, means Richard is the perfect fit with Occuity’s innovative culture as he loves looking at the big picture to deliver clear direction and lead the marketing function, whilst being equally comfortable getting hands-on with projects.

James Reynolds

Chief Optical Engineer

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James is a senior optical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in R&D within a wide range of industries.

 

James has worked both in manufacturing and software and has vast experience in optical design, optical physics and sensor design, with a particular emphasis on metrology.

 

As an optics specialist James has considerable mathematical aptitude and has used this extensively in algorithm design and development, mathematical modelling and data analysis.

Derek Bean

Programme Manager

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Derek is a result driven professional, proactive and agile technical programme manager with more than 22 years of international experience. 

 

With a successful track record of taking projects from concept to commercialisation primarily in the medical device and ophthalmic Industries. 

 

Derek has a BSc (Hons) in Polymer Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Sharon Branch

Quality Manager

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With her pragmatic approach and clear attention to detail, Sharon is our Quality Manager specialising in ISO 13485, the mandatory Quality Management System for Medical Devices.

 

Sharon has over 12 years’ experience working within the ophthalmic and medical device industry ensuring that the rigorous operating procedures required under the relevant regulatory frameworks are adopted and fully adhered to throughout the entire lifecycle of the product development and production.

 

Sharon has developed Quality Management platforms on both ISO9001 and ISO13485; is an internal auditor for both standards, and is fully experienced in MHRA and clinical trial studies.

Magdalena Kowalska

Embedded Engineer

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Magdalena is one of the newest members of the Occuity team. 

 

Having studied for a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at AGH,  the University of Science and Technology in Poland, Magdalena continued her studies with a masters degree in biomedical, bioelectronics and biomechanics engineering  at Brunel University London, graduating in September 2020.


Magdalena gained valuable experience as a Junior Software Developer in the Automotive industry before joining Occuity, and is proficient in the use of low-level embedded languages with a strong understanding of ISO 13485, IEC 62304.

Piotr Laszczak

Senior Embedded Engineer

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Piotr joined Occuity R&D team in November 2020 as a Senior Software engineer.

 

After completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2016, he was recognised with the William James award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Piotr has delivered a number of products including an innovative prosthetic foot. As the engineering lead from concept through to launch, Piotr gained experience with multidisciplinary projects, as well as regulatory frameworks within the medical device field, such as ISO 13485.

 

Piotr is a Chartered Engineer with the IET.
 

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