New products are only part of the solution, and in addition to our research and clinical trials of self-refraction products, we work with a network of partners to develop distribution programmes for the efficient and effective delivery of self-adjustable glasses into the hands of those who need them.
James Stephenson is the global strategic marketing manager for Dow Corning Corporation's Healthcare business, and is a member of the Centre's Board of Directors. James joined the Centre at the start of our Child ViSion™ collaboration with Dow Corning in late 2010.
James Stephenson joined Dow Corning in 1997 as a manufacturing engineer at the Barry site in the United Kingdom. Through a variety of commercial roles, James has built more than a decade of experience in business development and commercial leadership. Based at Dow Corning's global headquarters in Midland, Michigan since 2006, James has taken leadership roles in a number of groups, including the Advanced Technologies and Ventures business, the Business and Technology Incubator and most recently in his role in Healthcare. James holds a M.Eng in Chemical Engineering from Swansea University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is also a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE).
In joining the Centre, James has brought his considerable commercial knowledge and experience, as well as a keen interest and understanding in the area of sustainable development.
Based on his research experience with optics and motivated by a desire to tackle practical problems of real world importance, David helped set up the Centre with Professor Silver in 2009. His current research interests cover the range of activities of the Centre, but in particular David is interested in the creation and use of new technology and techniques in order to help provide effective, low cost eye-care to the world.
In her six years at the Helen Hamlyn Centre, Maja worked on a range of healthcare related projects from re-designing surgical instruments and hospital equipment to looking at how patient dignity and the patient experience in A&E can be improved through better design of services and systems. Several products Maja worked on have gone into production, most notably a new knee replacement instrument kit for DePuy, Johnson & Johnson.
Maja holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art, London and an undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University. She brings to the Centre significant experience of developing products from identifying real user needs, through concept design and finally design for manufacture. She has been leading on the detail design stage of the Child Vision project.
Since leaving JPL in 1987, Dr Gupta has successfully led a wide variety of projects in companies ranging in size from startups to large corporations. His work has encompassed many areas of vision correction technology, including intraocular lenses, developing biocompatible materials, contact lenses, multifocals and most recently variable power lenses. Dr Gupta brings a wealth of technical and management experience to the Centre and will play a leading role in providing advice on ophthalmic science and technology.
Dr Moore is active in efforts to design effective vision screening programs for infants and young children. He has also been intimately involved in efforts to develop programs for vision care for young children. He is a principal investigator in a National Eye Institute funded study of vision screening of children which aims to develop vision screening procedures that are applicable to broad use in the preschool population. His text, Eye Care for Infants & Young Children, published in 1997, became the standard textbook in pediatric optometry for students and practitioners.
Another major research and policy interest of Dr Moore concerns eyecare for the developing world. By joining the Centre as a visiting fellow, Dr Moore will bring his considerable expertise and knowledge to help us tackle this major issue.
Following this, Richard spent several years working as a Senior Engineer and then Lead Engineer in the R&D team at Adlens Ltd, working on adjustable fluid-filled lens development. In this time he also had primary responsibility for coordinating intellectual property within the group of companies.
Richard joined CVDW in 2009 as Principal Engineer, and has led work on non-round lens development, lens bonding and leak testing, seal development, and membrane attachment.
Owen is part of the research team, and is mainly responsible for precision metrology of lenses, having built a custom XYZ chromatic confocal scanning system for the Centre. He also works on other aspects of lens construction, including bonding and membranes.
In addition to this role Owen handles administration, IT, finances and day-to-day media relations, and was responsible for the development of the CVDW website.