For the series “a chat with the team”: Brice Thurin
Brice is one of Occuity's newest recruits having only joined at the beginning of February. His comprehensive knowledge and industry experience in optics make him an immensely valuable addition to our engineering team.
Brice, who completed a MSc/MEng in Optoelectronics Engineering in Paris, moved to the UK 18 years ago where he completed his PhD, specialising in high-resolution retinal imaging and ophthalmic wavefront sensing.
As a Retinal Imaging Scientist, Brice will be working predominately alongside Alistair Bounds on Ocuity's £1.4m grant-funded Future Leaders Fellowship project that is geared toward healthcare technologies of the future and how the healthcare market is expected to evolve. However, he will also be working closely with our electrical, mechanical and software teams to advance the instruments beyond the prototype stage, thoroughly documenting the design and engineering decisions in order to facilitate commercial translation.
We caught up with Brice to reflect on his experiences of Occuity so far and what project excites him the most.
How did you get involved in Occuity and why did you feel it was the right thing for you?
I became aware of Occuity whilst I was Head of Optics at Bühler, a multinational company developing optical sorters for the food and recycling industry. Whilst I was greatly enjoying myself, I was impressed by Occuity's achievements; manufacturing and releasing a product to the market in just a bit more than three years. This gave me great confidence in the future of the company and its potential. Ultimately, the synergy within the team was palpable even after my first visit and it has only got stronger since.
What is your position at Occuity and why is your role important?
I am part of the research development team. My area of expertise is optics, but I could also be considered a system engineer. I have experience running and executing hardware and software projects, using agile methodologies. As an optical engineer, I act as a link between the mechanical, electronics, software and manufacturing team.
What excites you the most about your job and Occuity?
Occuity is developing state-of-the-art technology addressing societal healthcare challenges - which provides a real purpose. The technologies are very cool and really require a wealth of knowledge, offering constant learning opportunities and challenges to address. This is only possible with a knowledgeable, diverse and open team which can be found at Occuity. I have enjoyed benefitting from the team's expertise and sharing my experiences. Finally, there are real opportunities to grow within the company.
What do you think Occuity’s future will look like?
Occuity has an impressive pipeline of new developments and products, which have no equivalent on the market. In addition, there is a comprehensive team with a lot of knowledge of the whole product life cycle, the regulations and the market. Hence from my point of view, these are all the ingredients for making Occuity successful.
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