The 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.

Professor Jan Czenurska a world-renowned expert in hydrogels and 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.

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 Board

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.

Clinical Advisory Board

Professor Jeff Brunstrom

Professor Jeff Brunstrom

Jeff Brunstrom is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. He co-leads the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit, which is one of the largest groups of its kind in the UK. Major research themes include appetite, weight control, diet, portion size, and food choice, and Jeff has published over 120 papers on these topics.

Mr James Byrne

Mr James Byrne

James is an Upper Gastrointestinal specialist surgeon, working primarily out of University hospital Southampton. James has been responsible for the creation of a multidisciplinary bariatric surgical research group in Southampton with membership of public health, health economics, diabetes and endocrinology, primary care and user involvement through this centre James has been an investigator on several small and large clinical trials. He is also a NICE advisor for Upper GI surgery and a member of the Council of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society.

Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman is a specialist obesity dietitian at North Bristol NHS Trust and an NIHR-funded Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on how people access and experience weight management services and the selection of outcomes to evaluate weight management interventions. She is the Research co-lead for Dietetics for the British Obesity and Metabolic Society (BOMSS) and a Member of the Steering Committee for the National Obesity Database. She co-authored the 2020 BOMSS nutritional guidelines (published in Obesity Reviews).

Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield

Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield

Julian is a Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology at the University of Bristol and The Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol. He has research interests in childhood diabetes, the management and complications of obesity, lipid disorders and metabolic health. His research is based in the Nutrition theme of the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (https://www.bristolbrc.nihr.ac.uk) and he is lead for industry facing research collaboration.

Dr Elanor Hinton

Dr Elanor Hinton

Dr Elanor Hinton (NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, Nutrition theme, University of Bristol) has 16 years post-doctoral research experience, after gaining her PhD at the University of Cambridge. A psychologist by background, her primary interest is in understanding the neuroregulation of appetite and obesity by conducting studies in people living with obesity, people with genetic or acquired conditions that effect energy balance, and healthy volunteers. Elanor is lead for public engagement with science for the Nutrition theme and is focussing on increasing Public and Patient involvement in research.

Ms Mary O’Kane

Ms Mary O’Kane

Mary O’Kane is an Honorary Consultant Dietitian with extensive experience supporting people with obesity in specialist weight management and bariatric surgery services. She is a member of BOMSS and chair of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Integrated Health Committee. She has participated in many national guideline committees and led the development of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) nutritional guidelines.

Mr Dimitri Pournaras

Mr Dimitri Pournaras

Dimitri is an Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon. His research interests are outcomes of bariatric/metabolic surgery beyond weight loss with a focus on obesity associated morbidity and cardiovascular risk. Identification of how these operations work or how bariatric/metabolic surgery changes the way the gut talks to the brain. He is on the editorial board of journals Obesity Surgery and Clinical Obesity and regularly publishes his research.

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