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 6 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.