Founder & President/CEO
Jay Wei has over 14 years product development and management experience in medical device industry. He pioneered the commercialization of the optical coherence technology for ophthalmic diagnosis since 1994. Jay founded Optovue in 2004 to develop next generation Ophthalmic OCT instruments. His vision in the clinical use of OCT technology has resulted in the first FDA approved Fourier-domain OCT system, RTVue. His current role is president/CEO of Optovue.
Prior founding Optovue, Jay was a director of advanced development and an OCT program manager at Carl Zeiss Meditec (Humphrey Instruments). He led the OCT development from ground zero in 1993 and delivered all generations of OCT products to the market. Jay has been granted over 30 patents in ophthalmic devices.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer
Prior to joining Optovue, Mr. Voris was the Chief Financial Officer at Cyntellect where he provided financial leadership for the sale of that company’s LEAP and Celigo product lines in 2011. He was also CFO of SynergEyes from February 2005 to November 2007, and Chief Financial Officer of Laser Diagnostic Technologies from October 1999 until its sale to Carl Zeiss Meditec in December 2004. Mr. Voris has also held positions in finance with Alaris Medical Systems and Metracor Technologies, and began his career at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA.
Senior Vice President of Product Development & Business Strategy
Paul is an experienced executive and senior manager with 28 years in medical device sales, marketing, strategy, and product development. He joined the company in October 2006 to build the company’s sales and sales team, to manage the distribution channel, and to develop the company’s long term marketing strategy. Paul has extensive knowledge in ophthalmology and an in depth understanding of clinic requirements. He is committed to develop product roadmaps that meet physician needs.
Prior to joining Optovue, Paul had held many executive management positions including Clarity Medical System, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Kowa, POP Medical Consulting group, WCO Ophthalmic Instruments, and House of Vision Instruments. While with Carl Zeiss Meditec, he was the OCT marketing manager, responsible for the early OCT clinical and marketing development work.
Vice President of Regulatory/Quality
Bill is a senior level regulatory, clinical and quality assurance executive with over 30 years of regulatory experience and 25 years in Quality for class II and III medical device manufacturers. Bill has lead submissions to over 75 countries and was on the committee that wrote the medical directives in Europe.
In addition to running a successful consulting practice for over a decade, Bill has held VP level roles previously at MiMedx Group, and TranS1. Bill started his career in the hospital/research environment followed by industry experience at Intermedics Pacemakers, Neuromed, and St. Jude Medical. Bill has authored or participated in several hundred 510(K) submissions and used this experience to teach a graduate level course on the 510(K) submittal process at the University of St. Thomas. Bill holds a BA in Zoology from Concordia College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President of Finance
Gordon has over 25 years of financial and operations experience in both public and private companies in medical device, high technology, business to business internet applications, and biotechnology. Prior to joining Optovue, Gordon was the VP Finance at ink2, Hayes Medical, Solid Data Systems and IBM/Mylex. Gordon received a BS in Food Science from UC at Davis and an MBA from Cal State University at Hayward.
Vice President of North America Sales
John Hawley comes to Optovue directly from Heidelberg Engineering where he was responsible for building the US business over a 15 year period. With over 25 years in ophthalmic diagnostic instrumentation. He has also held management and executive positions at Cilco, BioRad and Interzeag, bringing experience in service, sales, marketing and strategic planning.
Vice President of International Sales
Bill has 18 years of sales and international sales management experience in the ophthalmic industry. Prior to joining Optovue, Bill held positions at Humphrey Instruments (a Carl Zeiss company) and Allergan Medical Optics. Most recently, Bill held the position of Director of International Sales for Laser Diagnostic Technologies and Director of Sales, Diagnostics, Europe, Middle East, Africa for Carl Zeiss Meditec. In both of these positions, he was responsible for developing and implementing global and regionalized strategic initiatives, and managing direct and distribution networks worldwide.
Qienyuan Zhou, PhD
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Zhou has over 17 years of experience in the ophthalmic device industry focusing on research and development of ophthalmic imaging devices and clinical applications. Prior to her current position, she worked as Senior Director of Clinical Research at Optovue Inc., Senior Manager of Advanced Development at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., and Director of Research & Development at Laser Diagnostic Technologies, Inc. She has received multiple US patents and served as principal investigator on multiple NIH SBIR grants.
Dr. Larry Alexander, O.D.
Senior Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Alexander comes to Optovue with an extensive career in the Navy, optometric education, and a medical surgical referral based practice. A renowned clinician, author and lecturer, Dr. Alexander was also a highly regarded member of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry faculty. A sought after speaker on medically oriented optometric practices, Dr. Alexander oversees Clinical Education for Optovue, and brings the clinical experience and practice perspective to the Optovue product development process.
Director of Human Resources
Bob has over 15 years of HR experience. He has held senior HR leadership positions at Abbott Laboratories, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Fujitsu. Bob is a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR)with specific expertise in quantitative competency-based performance management systems.
General Manager Optovue Europe GmbH
Ulrich Harbarth is managing the Optovue Europe GmbH in Dossenheim, Germany. He has 23 years of experience in the ophthalmology business. Prior to this position he was project manager at Heidelberg Instruments and was cofounder of Laser Diagnostic Technologies, Inc. as well as part of their developing team. Ulrich established and was responsible for the subsidiary LDT Europe GmbH and the successful introduction of the GDx technology into the German and Austrian market.