The success of our technology is dependent on great people. Our team comprises highly skilled technical engineers supported by experienced business leaders and world-renowned academics.

Nick new

Dr. Nick New

CEO, Director, Founder

Nick previously co-founded Cambridge Correlators (the forerunner to Optalysys) and is the driving force behind the technology. Nick graduated from Cambridge University with a doctorate in Optical Pattern Recognition, following his Engineering degree at Liverpool University. He has been instrumental in raising investment and establishing links with several international academic and commercial institutions, including NASA, MBDA and British Aerospace.

Emma Blaylock

Director, Chief Commercial Officer

Emma is an experienced business strategist. She holds a First Class honours degree in Computer Science and an MBA with distinction from Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, USA. She spent time working at a senior level at both Andersen Business Consulting (London and San Francisco) and Deloitte & Touche (London) before joining Sony Corporation of America (New York) where she climbed to the role of Director of Corporate Development and M&A. Most recently she joined Amazon Kindle in the UK managing key publisher relationships and driving the UK digital content strategy.

Peter White

Non-Executive Director

Peter works closely with scientists and technologists to create and develop innovative and sustainable market-driven enterprises. He consults with many investors, and regularly reports on future trends, market dynamics and venture opportunities for companies in the UK and US. He is Chairman of YTKO and currently sits on the board of three start-ups. He is a mentor and teaching member of the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre, an Honorary Alumnus of the Theseus Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France, an elected member of the Marketing Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Development.

Bev Hurley CBE

Non-Executive Director

A serial entrepreneur with three previous successful businesses under her belt. Bev has been CEO of YTKO since 2000, a business consultancy specialising in market strategy for technology companies. Under her leadership, YTKO has grown significantly, and now employs over 100 staff in offices across the UK and in Europe. Bev herself has been honoured with the Queens Award for Enterprise, and is a UK Enterprise Ambassador, an Enterprise Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a member of the Secretary or State’s Entrepreneurs Forum. She is an experienced angel investor and NED, and has held a range of directorships in the public and private sector.

Robert Todd

VP Engineering

Robert founded RDT Precision Optics in 1998, after working with optics companies Vickers and Biorad. He brings a wealth of experience in manufacturing optical components. In recent years he has provided a design-to-prototype-to-manufacture solutions for bespoke systems. Rob leads the manufacture of optical components and mounts for the Optalysys technology.

Dr Ananta Palani

VP Technology, USA

Ananta holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge specialising in Photonics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optical Computing. He has co-authored several publications in Advanced Optical Materials including a diffraction grating using carbon nanotubes and liquid crystals, and visible diffraction from graphene. His research specialises in artificial intelligence, holography and optical computing. Ananta also holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada-Reno and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Georgia.

Martin Gollery

VP North America Business Development, USA

Martin has been in Bioinformatics for 19 years. He co-founded the Nevada Center For Bioinformatics, is the author of several books and book chapters, has written several research papers that have been cited over 2,000 times, and has been a named participant in over $40,000,000 in Grants. He was a Senior Scientist at Active Motif, and the Director of Bioinformatics Research at TimeLogic. He has presented talks, training and posters worldwide. He has been named a Governor's Fellow, and has served on the Distinguished Panel of Experts for Bio-IT World for the past seven years before joining the Optalysys team.

Peter Simpson

Optics Developer

Peter initially studied for a BSc Astrophysics before moving into the field of Optoelectronics while studying for his MSc in Queen's University, Belfast. Since this, Pete has been involved in ultra-high intensity laser-plasma physics, neutron cargo screening and CNC polishing of precision optics. During the past few years, he has been involved in polishing X-Ray Telescope systems, and has trained personnel in China, Czech Republic, South Korea and NASA.

Alex McFadden

Dr. Alexander Macfaden

R&D Engineer

Originally from Northumberland, Alex graduated from the University of Oxford in 2011 with a Masters in Physics. He spent the following year studying for an MRes at University College London as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development. He has continued on to a PhD in the CMMPE group at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering under Professor Timothy Wilkinson. Alex is a member of Christ’s College. Alex has previously worked in the nuclear sector, for Studsvik UK, and in research engineering roles in the oil and gas sector for The Engineering Business and BP.

Dr. William Rowe


William holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UMIST; examining the potential of surfactants and other multiphase materials in the phase separation and crystallisation of membrane proteins. Following two years at Unilever Research and Development, he returned to academia, applying Machine Learning and optimisation techniques in the design and analysis of a variety of OMICS experiments. After ten years at the University of Manchester, he went on to work at Loughborough University, before joining the Optalysys team. His primary research interest is in bioinformatics and is the author of numerous publications in the field.

Omri Kalinsky

Senior Software Engineer, USA

Omri has been a professional software engineer since 1998. He has a varied background of applications ranging from medical imaging, military simulation and games to business and productivity software, embedded systems and mobile applications. He has specific expertise in C++ including developing and teaching C++ courseware and extensive experience in 3D visualization and animation.

Corwin Joy

Senior Software Engineer, USA

Corwin has over 20 years experience writing algorithms for high performance numerical computing. He holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Statistics from Rice University. Past projects include OLAP visualization tools at the Baylor Human Genome Center, statistics pipelines for high throughput proteomic arrays, and low latency numerical routines for high frequency trading.

Nicole Firth

Project Engineer

Nicole has a variety of experience working in mechanical engineering. She joined us from Ginetta Cars where she was awarded “Apprentice of the Year” and was involved in developing new components for racing cars, building 3D models for testing and rapid prototyping of new systems. Nicole has recently completed her qualifications in Mechanical Engineering whilst working as CAD Engineer at Optalysys. She is now developing new parts and processes for Optalysys prototypes as well as ideas with specialists on future commercial products.

Wendy Harrison

Head of Administration

Wendy is a highly skilled administration professional with 17 years hands-on experience. Prior to joining Optalysys, she was a Property Support Officer at Wakefield Council and Clerical Officer at Northfield J & I School with Autism Resource. She is an experienced communicator, self-starter and professional achiever with outstanding clerical and computer skills.

Millie Harrison

Administration Assistant

Millie studied at Minsthorpe Community College - a specialist Science College - and went on to complete an apprenticeship in level 2 Business and Administration from 2014 - 2016 with a publishing company, where she was offered a permanent position. Millie’s ambition is to always achieve high standards and work accurately and efficiently. This was recognised earlier in the year when she was awarded a certificate of excellence by Sheffield University.

Prof Timothy Wilkinson

Technical Advisor

Tim received his BE (Elec.) from Canterbury University, New Zealand and his PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has been working in the field of freespace optics, devices and systems for over 25 years. He developed the binary phase-only matched filter (BPOMF) and 1/f joint transform correlators during his PhD, and has since filed several patents and authored and co-authored over 70 refereed journal papers. Recent research has involved applications of holographic technology. He is currently researching into the next generation of spatial light modulator (SLM) and liquid crystal devices based on nanophotonics for holographic applications within the University of Cambridge Engineering Department.

Dr. Richard Juday

Technical Advisor

Richard is a retired NASA Johnson Space Center scientist where he spent 35+ years. Most recently he was head of the Hybrid Vision Laboratory at NASA where he oversaw image processing and pattern recognition using digital computations and coherent optics encoding and filtering. He is a Fellow member of SPIE and of OSA, holds nine US patents, and is co-author of Correlation Pattern Recognition, a Cambridge book for which he wrote the optics sections. His other current notable areas of work include a NASA funded project to explore the principles of future space travel technology using White-Juday warp field interferometers. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Optalysys, Ltd. Raises $4 Million Seed Round to Break Bottlenecks in Genomic Research and Big Data Analysis

Light-Speed Optical Processing Startup to Democratize Access to High-Powered Computing and Drive Advances in Research and Development GLASSHOUGHTON, WEST YORKSHIRE, U.K. and RENO, Nev.–September 20, 2017 Optalysys Ltd. (@Optalysys), a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical coprocessors, today announced the company raised 3.95 million U.S. dollars / 3.05 million British pounds from undisclosed angel […]

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Bio-IT World interviews Earlham Institute and Optalysys on using optical processing for genetic sequence alignment

Bio IT World interviewed the Earlham Institute and Optalysys in an article published on 18th September 2017, on how Optalysys’s optical computing technology is being applied to genetic sequence alignment.  This follows our recent joint press release, demonstration and presentation at the Genome 10k / Genome Science Conference on 29th-31st August 2017.   Click HERE to […]

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New video from Optalysys showing demonstration of latest prototype

Optalysys demonstrated its latest prototype at the Genome 10k/Genome Science conference on 29th to 31st August 2017 in Norwich, UK. The video shows the technology housed in a desktop computer performing genomic sequence alignment. At the conference, Optalysys collaboration partner, the Earlham Institute, presented the latest test results on the accuracy of the technology where […]

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Optalysys and The Earlham Institute Demonstrate Results of Breakthrough Optical Processing for Sequence Alignment

Prototype Technology to Advance and Democratize High-Performance Genomic Research NORWICH, U.K. – 30 August 2017—Optalysys Ltd. (@Optalysys), a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical co-processors, will demonstrate the latest prototype of its breakthrough technology for genomic searching at the Genome 10k / Genome Science conference. Optalysys partner, The Earlham Institute (EI), will present the […]

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