For the series "a chat with the team": Jamie Serjeant, Mechanical Engineer
Updated: May 17
Jamie holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University and is part of the design and development team at Occuity, his specialism being 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.
We had the opportunity to have a very interesting chat with Jamie. Read all we talked about below!
When did you get involved with Occuity? Why did you feel it was the right for you?
I wanted to use my experience in large companies to help build from scratch a start-up with a clear potential to positively impact people’s lives. As a new company we’re captains of our own destiny. This means we can focus on the things that really matter: making excellent, beautiful products that improve people’s lives, and creating a workplace that people love.
Why should someone consider a career at Occuity?
At Occuity we’re not interested in doing things that have already been done. We want our products to be meticulously considered the whole way through, making medical devices as simple and elegant as the things we already use in our personal lives. Anyone who wants to be part of a step-change in the delivery of healthcare, where we champion a great experience for clinicians and patients, should consider joining us. Which are your usual tasks at work? What do you do?
Most days I’m turning sketches and ideas into 3D designs on the computer. I use prototyping and modelling methods to check that parts meet our requirements, and work with suppliers to find the best ways to make them. I also help with other parts of the development process, such as the design of the user interface and refining our assembly procedures. Every day I’m also learning something new – that’s what happens when you’re surrounded by smart people.
Have you always known you wanted to work in the Biomedical engineering industry?
No! But I’ve always wanted to work on products that help tackle the big problems in our world. Our work on diseases like diabetes, which affects several of my friends and family members, will improve the quality of people’s lives, to which I think there is intrinsic value.
How do you think will Occuity’s future look like?
I think Occuity will be laser focussed on just a handful of products, committed to doing each of them right. We’ll be significantly bigger than we are today and use smart teams of people to focus on miniaturising, refining, and commercialising our technologies, so that our products are the best they can be for our users. I hope Occuity will be known for showing the world how much we can learn about a person’s health with an unprecedented level of elegance.