LONDON, UK, 16 October 2013 – Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), a leading medical retinal imaging company, announces that Rob Kennedy, currently Interim CFO has been appointed CFO with immediate effect. Rob succeeds Louisa Burdett, whose decision to step down was announced in July.
Prior to assuming the Interim CFO role Rob had served as Group Director of Finance and Company Secretary since joining Optos in August 2011. Rob joined Optos from the University of Dundee where he had been the Director of Finance since 2007. Prior to this, he held a number of senior finance roles including six years with Gamma Holding NV, a Dutch listed company, the last three as Group Finance Director of the Filtration Division. He also spent three years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Before joining PwC, Rob spent six years with BICC / Balfour Beatty plc in a number of finance roles. Rob has an Economics degree from the University of Sheffield and a MBA from the University of Manchester. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Dr Peter Fellner, Non-executive Chairman of Optos, said: “I am delighted to announce that, following a comprehensive search process, we have decided to appoint Rob as CFO and we welcome him to the Board. Since joining the Company in 2011, Rob has been central to growing, and latterly leading, the finance function within Optos. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of the business and is the right person for this position as we expand our footprint and presence.”
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Roy Davis, CEO
Rob Kennedy, CFO
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Optos plc has the vision to be The Retina Company. We aim to be recognised as a leading provider of devices and solutions to eyecare professionals for improved patient care. Optos' core devices produce ultra widefield, high resolution digital images (optomaps®) of approximately 82% of the retina, something no other device is capable of doing in any one image.
Optos has a range of imaging devices that support different customer segments and patient levels: the P200 and 200Dx devices are concentrated on wellness screening carried out by optometrists and ophthalmologists in primary care; the P200C devices are designed to meet the need for more exacting clinical imaging capabilities and standards in secondary care within the ophthalmology market and at optometric practices that are clinically managing a patient base with advanced ocular disease; and the P200MA and 200Tx devices supports ophthalmologists and retinal specialists in the medical care market.
Daytona represents the next generation of Optos ultra-widefield retinal imaging technology, and has been scaled to accommodate smaller office spaces while providing high resolution imaging, and adding new autofluorescence capabilities. Weighing only about 25 kg, Daytona’s new, ergonomic body is designed to increase patient comfort, as well as make it easier to correctly position the eye. In addition to the smaller, sleeker design, Daytona features an improved user interface with its intuitive, workflow based software. Daytona also offers “plug-n-play” installation, a modular robust build-design to simplify product support, image review capabilities and electronic image storage options. Daytona was designed to allow the globalisation of the core Optos imaging technology, giving the opportunity to offer the benefits of optomaps® technology to more eyecare professionals and their patients around the world.
The acquisition of OPKO instrumentation in October 2011 brought the group optical coherence tomography (“OCT”) diagnostic devices and optical ultrasound scanners, used in the diagnosis and management of eye disease and conditions. Optos’ widefield retinal imaging technology, combined with the specific data that can be derived from OCT images, has the potential to offer ophthalmologists and optometrists the most powerful tools for disease diagnosis and management. The optomaps® images provide enhanced clinical information which facilitates the early detection, management and treatment of disorders and diseases evidenced in the retina such as retinal detachments and tears, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Retinal imaging can also indicate evidence of non-eye or systemic diseases such as hypertension and certain cancers. OCT delivers an image that shows a three dimensional, cross-sectional view of the retina in any particular area, typically in the central pole area of the retina around the optic nerve and macula and is used to detect the presence of and understand the severity of disease, determine treatment approaches and monitor post-treatment effect. As part of the consideration for the acquisition, Optos agreed to pay royalty payments based on future revenues.
Our expanded product range now includes ultra-widefield imaging, OCT, visual acuity, perimetry and treatment laser products.
For more information please visit our website www.optos.com.
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