Quick, objective, accurate and reliable test to screen for vision loss

For pre-school children

Can test very young children

No chin rest or head mount required

Addressing a large unmet need

Identifying Vision Problems in Young Children

Many countries have local and national vision screening programmes for pre-school children around the age of 4. The aim of vision screening is to identify amblyopia (lazy eye) and vision loss. Identifying vision problems as early possible is important because undetected vision problems can reduce school achievement, harm the development of hand-eye coordination and lead to a lifelong reduction in vision.

The recommended gold standard measurement for vision screening in most countries is visual acuity. However, many existing screening tools are letter and picture chart based visual acuity tests. These tests are subjective and require the child to give a verbal response, which in this age group is often difficult and leads to unreliable results. Other objective and easier to use tests only measure risk factors of amblyopia, not amblyopia or vision loss directly.

To overcome these problems, Objective Acuity is developing the first objective visual acuity screening test for pre-school children. Our mission is to identify vision problems earlier and better than existing screening tools today.​

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Technology

Optokinetic Nystagmus

Optokinetic nystagmus is an involuntary reflex of the eyes that occurs when an individual sees a moving object or pattern. It is well-recognized as a method of assessing visual acuity, but has, to-date, always been a highly subjective process for the detection of gross visual problems. Optokinetic nystagmus is the basis of our new approach to measuring visual acuity.

The Device

R&D

Objective Acuity has completed a multinational proof of concept clinical trial. This clearly demonstrates that the Objective Acuity system reliably measures visual acuity in a vision screening application. The trial showed a high level of agreement between the Objective Acuity children’s test currently considered the global clinical trials gold standard electronic (HOTV) visual acuity test, but not used in screening.

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Meet Our Team

We are experienced and diversified in our strength but together we found a sound team.

With extensive experience in research, development and commercialisation we are dedicated to ensure that this exciting innovation gets taken to market.

Management

Adam PodmoreCEO

Adam has over 13 years’ experience in commercialisation, start-up formation and capital raising of medical and health technologies. Adam has had experience in technology commercialisation, attracting foreign direct investment into New Zealand, strategic development and trade promotion. Adam has been involved in business planning, R&D planning raising seed/venture capital and several licensing deals.

Adam PodmoreCEO

Craig BrownCFO

A seasoned CFO, Craig has a proven track record of growing companies and increasing shareholder returns. His experience has been focussed on high tech, fast growth companies, with intellectual property and a unique selling proposition, enabling and navigating companies through start-up and high growth periods. He has worked across a broad range of Bio-tech companies as CFO and / or Company Director. Craig has raise over $140m in funds with start-up companies.

Craig BrownCFO

Graeme CrossCTO (Consultant)

Graeme has over 25 years of medtech and scientific product development experience, with specialist skills in software and systems engineering, project management, scientific/biomedical instrument design, and business strategy. Graeme holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from La Trobe University.

Graeme CrossCTO (Consultant)

Dr Benjamin ThompsonCo-Founder & CSO

Ben is a Professor with joint appointments at The University of Auckland, McGill University and University of Waterloo. He brings significant expertise in vision science and in particular the translation of basic science findings to clinical applications.

Professor Benjamin ThompsonCo-Founder & CSO

Dr Jason TuruwhenuaCo-Founder & Advisor

Jason is a senior research fellow at Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He brings significant expertise in development of engineering based methods for use in vision related applications, which has centered to date on simulation of light transport in the eye, measurement of the corneal surface, and image processing techniques for clinical diagnostics.

Dr Jason TuruwhenuaCo-Founder & Advisor

Mehrdad SangiHead and Eye Tracking Software Specialist and Co-Founder

Mehrdad has over 8 years’ research experience in computer vision and signal processing. Mehrdad received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Auckland. Mehrdad provides project leadership and is involved in technology development.

Board of Directors

Greg SittersChairman

Greg has a distinguished business career spanning more than 40 years. His roles have primarily been in venture investment, executive management, sales and business development, and corporate and professional governance. He has held posts on a number of key industry forums and received many international business awards. Greg has a passion for assisting and investing in disruptive technologies that address some of the world’s major challenges.

Greg SittersChairman

Will CharlesDirector

Will Charles has been General Manager Technology Development since 2005. During this time UniServices has transacted over 165 licensing deals, started 30 companies and raised over $50 million in venture and seed funding for these companies. He set up the Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund, a A$30 million seed fund with four Australian Universities and sat on the Investment Committee of the fund. He is a director of a number of start-up companies.

Will CharlesDirector

Jim MervisDirector

Jim Mervis is a catalyst for success in company development in life sciences and communications. He has an extensive background in securities and commercial transactions, defining and establishing strategic alliances and securing the financial and human resources for corporate growth. Over the last decade, Mr. Mervis played a pivotal role in the structure, finance and management of four of the most notable bio-pharmaceutical start-ups of the period.

Jim MervisDirector

Caroline QuayDirector

Caroline has extensive experience in the high growth healthcare technology and innovation sector gained from more than a decade as global General Counsel of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Caroline currently also holds strategic development and commercial advisory roles with high growth technology companies in various sectors including the medical devices and biotechnology sectors. She is also Chief Investment Officer of Cure Kids Ventures.

Caroline QuayDirector

Advisory Board

Dr. Shaun DaiAdvisor

Adult & Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Auckland Eye Doctors

Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Shaun DaiAdvisor

Dr. Eileen BirchAdvisor

Crystal Charity Ball Paediatric Vision Laboratory

Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Dallas, Texas, US

Dr. Eileen BirchAdvisor

Dr. Christine NearchouAdvisor

Optometrist at The University of Melbourne

Paediatric Vision & Therapy Clinic

Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Christine NearchouAdvisor

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