Scott Carnegie, Chairman and Finance Director, has over 25 years experience of advising on Fundraising and Business Restructuring for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises. During that time, he has also held several Executive Director roles with client companies giving him hands on experience in running businesses in several market sectors. He continues to sit on many Boards in both Executive and Non Executive capacities. In 2006, he founded, and is Chairman of Discovery Investment Fund- an angel group, which focuses on start-up and early stage investments. In 2013 he founded and is chairman of London Scottish Investment Partners, an angel group which focuses on helping later stage companies to grow and exit at value.
Dr Stewart White
Dr Stewart White CEO, has been working in life sciences for 20 years. Stewart has served as Chairman and CEO of several companies, and was founding CEO of AIM-listed Collagen Solutions plc. Stewart’s 20 years of experience includes commercialisation, product development and manufacturing of medical devices, advanced biologics and pharmaceuticals. Stewart is also a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and holds a first class BSc (Hons) in Applied Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Bioprocessing and an MBA. At Ocutec, we were delighted to welcome him in 2021.
Dr Roderick Bowers
Roderick Bowers, Science and business development director, is a veteran in the contact lens industry with over thirty years’ experience working with both multinational and start-ups in the biotech sector, in both the UK and the US. He was responsible for founding the Eyecare Division at Biocompatibles and the development and commercialisation of the Proclear product family, the business which was thence acquired by Coopervision for $100 Million Dollars. He has a number of key patents in the area of biomimetic materials for contact lenses and medical devices.
James H. Barton, Commercial Director, is a veteran of the contact lens industry, having spent twenty-two years as an executive at Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, where he served variously as Vice President of Business Development, overseeing all aspects of technology acquisition and managing numerous licensing deals; Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Development for Contact Lens, responsible for global product development, commercial launches, branding/pricing, and portfolio life-cycle management; and as leader of large marketing and sales organizations in both Japan and China. He is owner of James H. Barton Consulting, LLC and advises clients on biomedical technology commercialization.
Lynn Bowers, marketing manager, joined us having spent years in the design industry. Lynn has dealt with major clients including L’Oreal and 3M before a period in publishing. During that time she worked with Scientists at Cambridge, Imperial and Kings college to bring their work to a wider public. Lynn has been associated with the Contact Lens industry for many years in the US and the UK. Having worked for Ocutec freelance she came on board in 2017.
Lesley Hill, Office manager, began her career in the care sector. Lesley began her association with Ocutec during her degree course at the University of the West of Scotland. Having achieved her degree in Accounting, Lesley joined the team full time two years ago as Office manager, with responsibility for Accounting and finance.
Lesley is at the heart of the business and during her years with us she has helped out in any and all ways within it, affording her invaluable insight into every part of the company’s progress.
Qingpu gained his PhD in polymer chemistry and physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Since then he has gained 25 years of Research & Development international experience in China, South Korea, Netherlands and in the UK in the field of polymer synthesis, modification and processing for biomedical applications.
Latterly Qingpu worked at Vertellus, on their hydrogel contact lens formulations and coatings for medical devices.
We welcomed Qingpu in 2022 as a senior scientist where he is helping us continuously improve our products in the contact lens sector. His experience not only as a polymer chemist, but also in project management, scale up and technology transfer are invaluable.
Having spent his industrial placement at Technologie Servier in Orléans, France, as a synthetic organic chemist, Darren achieved a masters degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 2020.
Darren joined us from NextPharma where, in his role as a Formulation Chemist, he specialised in the formulation of hydrophobic drug molecules to be encapsulated into two-piece hard capsules for targeted oral delivery in the patient. In this role, he developed key skills in formulation design, process development and process scale-up.
We welcomed Darren in 2022 as a Senior Lab Scientist where he will help drive existing product improvement and R&D initiatives.
Dr Abdul Rashid
The most experienced scientist at Ocutec is Dr Abdul Rashid, who’s enthusiasm for polymer chemistry stretches back over 40 years. The elder statesman of our team began working with Professor Neil Graham, Ocutec’s founder, at Strathclyde University in 1980. After years as a freelance consultant working in Scotland and internationally, Rashid joined Dr Graham at Smart Tech Ltd, who’s technology was sold to Scherer drug delivery systems. Rashid has brought his experience to Ocutec, developing our novel PEG technology for Contact lenses. Dr Rashid is the author of numerous patents and publications.
Lyndsey McDade, Q&A technician, began her career at Ocutec after working for Day Soft as a Senior Team Leader for 6 years. Lyndsey is a very experienced member of our research and development team, she ensures that our lenses are 100% quality checked.
Lyndsey is also fully trained in First Aid and plays an important role as our team first aider, in the office.
Daniel Smillie, Lens technician, began his career in science when he joined us at Ocutec. The training we have given him here, has taken him beyond his primary role, where, under the experienced eye of Lynsey, he subjects our lenses to a battery of tests. He is now involved in lab support, in the making of Contact Lenses, as well as the formulation of our Contact Lens solutions. He has become a highly valued member of our team.