Rooted in Science.
Driven by Innovation.

Our Team

Our technology and team was born at Oxford University, building on almost a decade of research in imaging diagnostics.

Ross Upton CEO, DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC FOUNDER

Ross is specialised in utilising computational technologies to build diagnostic algorithms within cardiovascular imaging. Ross has a strong academic background within the medical sciences and has undertaken two MSc degrees and a DPhil, receiving multiple grants for technology innovation and being selected as finalist for the 2015 Young Investigator Award in Lisbon. Together with Professor Leeson, Ross founded Ultromics’ underlying technology and as CEO, he drives all aspects of the company from technology development to business strategy.

Paul Leeson CMO, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC FOUNDER

Paul is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford and and Director of the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility. Following a MB/PhD at Cambridge and research at UCL in London, he moved to Oxford and set up a clinical research programme to pioneer the use of novel imaging approaches for prevention of cardiovascular disease. He is also involved in some of the largest cardiovascular imaging research studies in the world and is lead author of Echocardiography, the best selling training handbook for echocardiographers.

Helen Routh CHAIRMAN

Dr. Helen Routh is a global healthcare executive with a record of solving complex problems at the intersection of innovation and business. She has spent much of her career at Philips, in both business and functional roles, building strategies and solutions that combine products, software, and services to improve clinical and operational outcomes.   This has included time as the General Manager of Philips Research in North America, as General Manager of Philips’ clinical software divisions, as Senior VP of Strategy and Innovation, leading the development of Innovation Strategy across the company and as head of the  Integrated Solutions team.

Dr. Routh currently serves as the chairman of the board of Ultromics, and also works as a strategy advisor for a UK health innovation partnership, linking industry with hospitals, universities, and research.  Dr. Routh has a PhD in medical ultrasound, is an invited keynote speaker and panelist on both technical and business topics, and currently serves on the International Scientific Committee of ESPCI in Paris. She lives with her family in the Boston area.

Zachary Yerushalmi INVESTOR DIRECTOR

Zachary is Principal at OSI (Oxford Sciences Innovation Plc.) where he works with the University’s world-leading researchers to commercialise and develop the university’s intellectual property into market-leading companies. OSI has raised £580M to build an ecosystem that brings Oxford’s ideas to the world.

Bill Fleming CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bill’s career spans over 25 years in a broad range of finance positions. Holding a law degree from Cambridge University and as a qualified ACMA, Bill has accumulated international FD/CFO experience in small venture-backed companies, large blue chips and the bio-tech arena.

Bill served as European Finance Director for Visible Genetics, a pioneering company in the field of nucleic acid diagnostics, subsequently holding senior finance positions for Bayer Healthcare in Europe and the USA. Bill played a leading role in securing investment for Oxford University spinout Oxitec and in its successful acquisition by Intrexon Corporation.

Joining Ultromics in February 2018, Bill brings with him extensive experience in life sciences and technology sectors and holds a non-executive directorship at the leading life sciences network, OBN.

Nancy Spagou HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Nancy is heading up the clinical operations team within Ultromics and is responsible for the deployment and operations of the technology in clinical settings. Nancy also works as Operations Manager for the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility (CCRF) run by the University of Oxford, and is responsible for the operational, business, financial and personnel aspects of CCRF. She also manages the delivery of the EVAREST trial within CCRF one of the largest stress echo trials in the world.

Following a BSc and MSc in Chemistry, a PhD in metabolomics for metabolic biomarker discovery in personalized healthcare, Nancy has worked as a researcher in multidisciplinary clinical research studies at Imperial College London. She had developed expertise in chemometrics and statistical modelling of complex omic data in addition to mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. Nancy has acted as a consultant to both the National Phenome Centre and Metabometrix, and has delivered lectures on short courses in the International Phenome Training Centre. She has co-supervised Mres and PhD students, and has managed the delivery of several clinical research projects before moving into her role within Oxford CCRF at the University of Oxford.

Achim Mayer VP OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Achim is an accomplished software development executive with 20 years of experience in the industry.
He holds a Doctor sc. hum. from the University of Heidelberg and has been engaged in research on high performance image processing and volume visualisation.
Working at TOMTEC Imaging Systems for most of his career, Achim has held a number of different positions, from Software Developer to Vice President of Platform and Technology.
He has set up development processes in line with regulatory requirements, driven and shaped the growth of the development department and set up product strategies adapted to changing market requirements. Achim was instrumental in helping TOMTEC to successfully cover a major share of the echocardiography analysis software market.
Joining Ultromics in June 2018, Achim is driving product development and regulatory compliance both for the European market and the USA.

Sean Blair VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING

Sean is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former military officer with warrant authority over a $160M defense contract program. Following his military service, Sean moved into sales where he quickly established a reputation as a top level performer for both Johnson and Johnson and Canon Medical Systems resulting in a series of promotions and roles of expanded responsibility. As a highly successful sales leader, Sean specializes in complex sales to Integrated Delivery Networks and Academic Centres. With experience in surgical, radiology and cardiology imaging systems, Sean has the ideal background to lead our sales and marketing teams to drive adoption of our revolutionary clinical decision support technology.

Cherise Correll CLINICAL APPLICATIONS MANAGER

Cherise Correll, BS, RCDS is an experienced cardiology specialist with over 25 years of commercial ultrasound registered in adult and pediatric echocardiography. With global experience in product development, verification and validation, clinical communications, and sales and marketing, Cherise is an ideal clinical lead for our sales and marketing team. As the clinical lead, Cherise will help to define product solutions, manage clinical trials, develop training and education programs and will lead a team of Clinical Analysists who will provide customer education and support.

Deborah Markham RESEARCH LEAD

Deborah uses computational techniques to solve complex scientific challenges, with a specific focus on clinical applications. In addition to a D.Phil. in Mathematical Biology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Science from MIT, Deborah has a range of experience in both academic and commercial settings.

Ed Wilkes DATA SCIENTIST

Ed focuses on the use of computational methods for the analysis and visualisation of large clinical and biochemical data sets. Following his PhD and post-doctoral work at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Ed secured a place on the NHS Scientist Training Programme to train as a Clinical Biochemist. He is most interested in the use of machine learning and other computational techniques to unlock the potential of routine clinical laboratory data and is currently undertaking an elective project at Ultromics as part of his training.

Arian Beqiri COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Arian focuses on developing computational methods to solve mathematical problems. He has previously worked as a research scientist at King’s College London on optimising medical imaging with MRI. He achieved this using various computational techniques to maximise benefits produced with experimental hardware. Prior to this he completed a PhD in MRI Physics at King’s College London and an MSci in Physics at Imperial College London, with a brief stint in the private sector in between.

Angela Mumith MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCHER

Angela utilises machine learning techniques to solve real world problems. During her PhD at Brunel University London she applied reinforcement learning to a complex design problem. More recently she has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brunel University London leading a project to carry out empirical studies in heat transfer. Prior to this she completed an MSc in Engineering Design at Brunel University London and Mechanical engineering at Bachelors level at King’s College London.

Andrew Parker COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Andrew uses computational methods to answer questions that arise in applied Mathematics. After completing a MMath at the University of Oxford, he began a PhD in Mathematical Biology, where he applied statistical techniques to answer questions regarding cell spreading, integrating mathematical and computational models with experimental data.

Hannah James EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Hannah studied Events Management at Leeds Beckett University, upon graduating she was offered a Personal Assistant role at the John Radcliffe Hospital where she worked for two Consultant Thoracic Surgeons. Hannah is now Executive Assistant to Ross Upton, in addition to this she ensures the smooth running of the Ultromics office including operations, finance, personnel and communications.

Oxford Computer Consultants PARTNER

Ultromics are partnering with Oxford Computer Consultants (OCC) whose Innovation Delivery group specialise in complex engineering software and have a track record in health applications. OCC build commercial applications from research prototypes and will accelerate the delivery of Echuity, bringing a range of skills including UX Design, System Architecture and Application Coding while supporting the growth of Ultromics inhouse teams. The collaboration with OCC is close, and started with the university research group from which Ultromics was formed.

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