The OMP Team

A unique combination of talents

We are a group of scientists, medical professionals and entrepreneurs who have come together to solve one of the world’s toughest and most urgent medical challenges.

Our unique combination of talents has made it possible to turn a breakthrough technology into an effective weight loss solution. Science and medicine coming together to deliver results neither could have achieved alone.

A team of the brightest minds in business, science and surgery.

Dr Hutan Ashrafian a pioneering bariatric surgeon, realised that they could combine their expertise to create something genuinely new to help people with weight loss. Dr Camilla Easter and Dr Nick Edwards, two medically trained entrepreneurs, joined Oxford Medical Products to turn this vision into a reality.

Team Members

CEO - Dr Camilla Easter

CEO - Dr Camilla Easter

Dr Camilla Easter, has six years biotech start-up experience as COO working exclusively on hydrogel based medical devices. Originally a veterinary surgeon, she has run veterinary clinical trials and launched the veterinary arm of a biotech company. Following on from this she moved into the human biotech sector, here she was involved with all aspects of the company including, R&D, fundraising, regulatory and preclinical trials for medical devices.

CMO - Dr Hutan Ashrafian

CMO - Dr Hutan Ashrafian

Dr Hutan Ashrafian has a MRCS and PhD in surgery and computational physiology. Hutan is currently a clinical lecturer in surgery at Imperial College. His research objectives are to develop innovative and technological strategies to resolve the global, healthcare burden of obesity, metabolic syndrome, obesity-related cardiorespiratory disease, musculoskeletal dysfunction and cancer.

Head of Technology and R&D - Dr Xue Min

Head of Technology and R&D - Dr Xue Min

Xue did her undergraduate in materials at Shanghai Jiaotong University and was awarded Shanghai Excellent Graduate in 2012. She was then enrolled in the biomaterials group at the University of Oxford for her PhD with full funding from the China scholarship council. She joined the OMP in 2016 to develop a novel gastric retentive device for obesity and harvested two PCT patents for OMP. Xue has now returned to OMP after some time away on maternity leave and her DPhil write up. She has 10 years of experience in multiple fields of biomaterials, including metal-based blood vessel stent, hydrogel-based drug delivery nanoparticles and hydrogel-based expandable devices.

CFO - Dr David Stephens

CFO - Dr David Stephens

Dr David Stephens has held financial positions in public UK companies over 20 years. He led flotations on both the UK and US stock markets and international acquisitions as CFO. He has an M.A. from Oxford, is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Chairman - Dr Nicholas Edwards

Chairman - Dr Nicholas Edwards

Dr Nicholas Edwards completed his training in Clinical Medicine at Oxford. He spent 18 years with Accenture and was the global leader of Accenture’s Pharmaceutical R&D business. He is chairman of Prescient Healthcare group and an investor and supporter of several life science start-ups.

BD Director - Dr David Jackson

BD Director - Dr David Jackson

Dr David Jackson has over twenty-five years’ experience of early stage high technology companies. He has a proven track record of business development and international management, having played a leading role in taking Oxford Molecular Group plc from start up to a major international company. He has operated at board level as Chairman, CEO and COO.

Scientific Advisory Panel

Professor David Bucknall

Professor David Bucknall

Professor Bucknall holds the Chair in Materials Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University (HWU). His research interests are in areas associated with understanding the structure-property-processing relationship in polymers and composites. His current research includes the behaviour in polymers and composites in harsh environments (incl. high strain rates, pressures and temperatures), functional adaptive materials, energy harvesting, sustainable polymers and elastomer bio-recycling. He is founder and co-director of the HWU led Consortium on Plastics and Sustainability (COMPASS), which is applying multidisciplinary teams to understand and find solutions to issues for the plastics circular economy.

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