Opsydia emerged from Dynamic Optics and Photonics group, part of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. We combine decades of world-leading scientific research with extensive and successful industrial experience.


Andrew Rimmer

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has over 25 years experience in the electronics/technology industry including SME/PE backed companies. He was a member of the leadership team at Irisys, a PE backed start-up which pioneered low cost thermal imaging and people tracking solutions. Andrew is experienced in technology solutions for instrumentation, security, retail, telecare, cleantech and thermal imaging.


Prof. Martin Booth

Founder and Director

Martin is a Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. His research covers various areas of optical microscopy, laser machining and adaptive optics. In particular, his work has centred on the development of adaptive methods for compensation of aberrations in high resolution optical systems and the use of dynamic elements for laser beam shaping and parallelisation. This work has contributed to scientific and industrial applications ranging from biological imaging and neuroscience to quantum optics.


Dr. Patrick Salter

Founder and Director

Patrick is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. With a background in soft matter physics focused on liquid crystal display technology, his research now mainly concerns optical fabrication using ultrashort pulse lasers. The direct laser write processing platform enables high resolution fabrication inside a wide range of transparent materials. Patrick has developed techniques using adaptive optics for aberration correction, parallelisation and beam shaping to enhance the functionality and scalability of the processing.


Dr. Alistair Smith


Dr Alistair Smith spent most of his career in the instrumentation industry running divisions of public companies such as Oxford Instruments plc and VG Instruments plc (now part of Thermo Fisher). He has extensive experience of instrumentation sales to overseas markets. Since 2000 he has acted as Chairman or NXD for a number of technology companies: in two such cases he was a founder, raised venture finance, and steered them to very successful trade sale exits.


Lewis Fish

Systems Engineer

Lewis graduated in 2017 from the University of Oxford with an MEng in Engineering Science. Under the supervision of Prof. Martin Booth and Dr. Patrick Salter, his Master’s project focused on the adaptive laser fabrication and analysis of three-dimensional holographic structures in glass. Lewis joined the company as our first Engineer in September 2017.


Dr. David Myles

Systems Engineer

David has over 7 years experience in developing novel laser micro-machining processes for high volume manufacturing applications. During his industrial doctorate, he developed a patented mask imaging process reducing the cost of high resolution laser ablation and is a named inventor on a number of laser micro-machining patents. Since completing his industrial doctorate with Heriot-Watt University, David has gone onto complete an MBA with Edinburgh Business School.


Ian Allenbrook

Production Technician

After studying Accounting and Economics and working in a production environment, over 40 years were then enjoyed in various roles within the IT Industry - initially with a major financial organization, then the larger part with IBM, followed by another stint with a large SA-based company. Ian has experience in mainframe operating system software development, technical sales with a solid exposure to CPU, storage and general chip technology, project management and then general management.

David Black

David Black

Software Engineer

David graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and has spent the last five years working on a range of industrial applications from high pressure die casting to laser micromachining. In the last three years he has designed, developed and commissioned control software for numerous advanced laser micro machines around the world, including improving the software management lifecycle for bespoke machines using functional programming paradigms.


Chris Hudson

Mechanical Design Engineer

Chris has over 30 years engineering design, drawing, data management and CAD administration experience. He has produced several patented designs and demonstrated his technical ability across a range of applications, including mass produced automotive assemblies, Formula 1, electro-mechanical design, medical device design, plastic injection moulded parts and stainless investment cast parts.


Leigh Henry

Office Manager

Leigh has over 10 years experience in administration, office management and quality management. Beginning her career in the legal sector after graduation from the University of Southampton, she then moved on to working in the University of Oxford before gaining recent experience in an exciting early-stage Oxford tech spin-out. Her most recent focus has been on operational and information security and the implementation of quality management systems to ISO9001 standard.


Dr. Simon Henley

Software Engineer

Simon has over 20 years experience of R&D split across industry and academia. He completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Bristol, investigating the effect of defects on optoelectronic materials. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher developing field diamond-based emission displays and was involved in fundamental research into pulsed laser ablation and deposition of multi-component materials. He then moved to the Advanced Technology Institute of the University of Surrey, researching the use of pulsed lasers in manufacturing nanoscale material and devices. In 2007 he was appointed to an RCUK Academic Fellowship in Nanotechnology and Nanodevices and promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Electronic Engineering Department. In 2013 he left academia to join a laser and inkjet systems manufacturer, working on a range of high-tech development and systems projects. His final role there was leading the large R&D team.