Key Personnel

Michel Guillon PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, CCTImichel-profile
Michel Guillon (Managing Director) has run the company since its inception; prior to this he was the Director of Clinical Research at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His previous appointments have included Research Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinical Director at Hydron Europe Research Centre. Professor Guillon is a Past President of the International Society for Contact lens Research and Past European President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.  To see some of Michel’s publications, click here.

Deborah Moore
Deborah Moore (Finance & Administration Director) joined the company as Administrator in 1994 and became a Director in 1996 with the responsibility for the company’s overall administration and financial management. Prior to joining she was the Personal Administrative Assistant to Professor Brien Holden at the Institute for Eye Research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Sylvie Franz BOptom, MComm
Sylvie Franz (Director of International Operations) joined the company in 2016 and is based in California. Sylvie is an optometrist with over 20 years of experience in management of clinical research, product development, regulatory affairs and international business. She is responsible for developing and managing the company’s activities outside of the UK.

Trisha Patel BSc (Hons), CCRC
Trisha Patel (Director of UK Operations) is by initial training a biomedical scientist who further trained in clinical research management specialising in the ophthalmic field for the last five years. Trisha is involved with all aspects of clinical studies including data collection management, managing the clinical site and study operations and running the CRO part of the operation under the ISO quality system.
She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and is currently a board member of the UK Chapter of the ACRP.

Kishan Patel BSc (Hons)
Kishan Patel (Principal Clinical Investigator) has been with the company since 2013, and is involved with all clinical optometric aspects of study protocols. Previously Kishan has gained experience in Glaucoma research at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2008 he has developed his professional skills in private practice, domiciliary and hospital work in addition to involvement with Eye medical camps in Malawi, Africa. 

Ruchi Gupta MOptom (Hons), Optometry MCOptom
Ruchi Gupta is a Research Optometrist at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd. She graduated with a Masters of Optometry (Hons) from The University of Manchester in July 2014. During the Masters she worked both within a private & hospital setting, as well as studying specialist modules. Ruchi joined OTGi in 2015 and is involved within the clinical investigation during trials and has worked on numerous studies including contact lenses, dry eyes and in-vitro laboratory investigations.

Anand Patel BSc (Hons) 
 Anand Patel is a Sub Clinical Investigator and has been with the company since 2016. He is involved with all clinical aspects of study protocols. Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2009 he has developed his professional skills in private practice, including domiciliary and hospital work. He has also done further training in refractive surgery including LASIK, LASEK and Intraocular Lens procedures.

Priya Bhagani BSc (Hons) Optometry MSc Innovation Entrepreneurship and Management
Priya Bhagani is a Sub Clinical Investigator at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd and has been with the company since 2016 Ltd. Priya graduated in Optometry from The University of Manchester in July 2012. During her pre-registration year she worked both within a private & hospital setting. Since then she has further developed her skills whilst working in community based practice. She has also completed a Business Masters in 2016 at Imperial College London.

Berdina Ebanks
Berdina is our Receptionist/Patient Liaison and Recruitment Specialist for over 20 years at OTGi. Berdina is responsible for the professional and inviting environment of the clinic and is highly regarded by our volunteers. Berdina is responsible for organising and scheduling the appointments for our many volunteers for the various contact lens and dry eye studies.

Eivyde Matuseviciute MSc, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Eivyde Matusevicute is the Senior Research Assistant at Ocular Technology Group. She is involved in many aspects of clinical trials from initial set up and recruitment to archiving and destruction including carrying out specialised tests on volunteers. Eivyde has also studied MSc Clinical Drug Development at University College London.

Misha McIntosh BSc (Hons)
Misha McIntosh is a Clinical Research Data assistant at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd. Since graduating at Salford University in 2015, she has worked at Leeds teaching hospital as a biomedical support worker, providing laboratory administration support for the haematology and biochemistry scientists. She has experience managing Phase I to III clinical data from previously working at Covance. Her duties involve data collection, monitoring and statistical analysis.

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Our Medical Monitor is Mr Ali Mearza . He has been an ophthalmic consultant for 10 years and is currently the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His sub-specialist interests are cornea, cataract and laser refractive surgery.He has over 30 publications to his name and has presented his work at numerous National and International meetings.

Pasquale Pepe BSc (Hons) Statistics, Msc (Hons) Statistics with Demography
Pasquale Pepe is a Biostatistician at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd. Pasquale is a Biostatistician with 14 years of experience in Clinical Research and Epidemiology. He gained his 1st class BSc(Hons) in Statistics and an MSc in Social Statistics with Demography at the University of Florence, Italy. He has extensive knowledge of the most used software for statistical analysis (R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, WinBugs). He has also co-authored 37 papers in peer-reviewed journals.