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.
Dr Dan Daly
Founder & CEO
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
Dr Robin Taylor has worked in the field of medical device development for over 15 years, 10 of those 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 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 full Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
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
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.
Chief Optical Engineer
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.
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 well as on clinical trials. These early days involved the use of many novel techniques that are now available in general practice.
He moved to a commercial organisation to exploit one of these 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 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.