Who we are 

Our Vision

A world where every patient and doctor is supported by the most advanced technologies and successful surgical outcomes are the norm

Our Mission

To provide clinicians with the cutting-edge technology they need to make life-saving decisions and offer their patients the highest standards of care

 The team  behind the science

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Katerina Spranger, PhD

 CEO & Founder 

Katerina is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford and has previously worked in AI research at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. Named a “founder striving to change the world” by Forbes, and “Young Innovator of the Year 2013” at Falling Walls Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.  
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Alister Lam

 Development Lead 

Alister has 20+ years’ experience leading technical development in software, hardware and advanced system laboratories projects. His experience spans multiple industries, including time at Philips Semiconductors (Optical Systems, NFC, advanced product prototyping), and using augmented reality, BLE and wireless motion controller technologies in the 3D digital creative industries.
Katarina Demeter, MA

 Paralegal, QA/RA Manager and PPI Officer 

As a medical paralegal, Katarina is in charge of quality assurance and regulatory matters as well as looking after patient & public involvement. She is a University of Warwick LLB graduate with an MA in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College London.
Francesco Iori, PhD

 Computational Mechanical Engineer 

Francesco holds a PhD in Computational Vascular Mechanics from Imperial College London. He was funded by the British Heart Foundation to study and design cardiovascular implantable devices to be applied to wall hypoxia in Arterio-Venous Fistulae and Intimal Hyperplasia development. 

Feico Ulrici, MSc

 Product Owner 

Feico holds an MSc in Healthcare Management and a BSc in Human Movement Sciences. He has worked for ChipSoft – the largest Dutch electronic patient record manufacturer – where he specialised in minimally-invasive cardiac interventions.

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Mirko Bonfanti, PhD

 Computational Mechanical Engineer 

Mirko holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on personalised hemodynamic simulations of aortic dissection. Prior to joining Oxford Heartbeat, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University College London. He is responsible for the validation of algorithms at Oxford Heartbeat.

Artem Gerassimoff, MSc

 Computational Mechanical Engineer  

Artem holds an MSc in Physical Engineering and a BSc in Physics. He has worked for BAM – a senior scientific and technical federal institute, with responsibility to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany – where he specialised in structural mechanics and FEM computations.

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Róger Bermúdez-Chacón, PhD

 Image Processing Engineer 

Roger holds a PhD in Computer Vision from EPFL Switzerland, and an MSc in Bioinformatics from ETH Zurich. He has close to 10 years of professional experience in software architecture, design and development, and is a specialist in medical image segmentation and machine learning.
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Sujata Sinha, MSc

 Software Tester 

Sujata has 7+ years of experience in software testing for both on- and offline applications in different sectors, including the healthcare industry. She is responsible for extensive testing of every release of PreSize.
Katia Mandaltsi, PhD

 Business Development Manager 

Katia holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford which involved modelling the mechanobiology of aneurysm evolution. She spent 3+ years in a boutique marketing research consultancy shaping go-to-market strategy for emerging products in biotech and pharma. With a blend of technology and commercial experience, she focuses on business strategy development.
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Zayneb McDonald, MSc

 Project Manager 

Zayneb holds an MSc in Theory of International Relations from the LSE. She has close to 10 years’ experience helping organisations grow and operate effectively. Her areas of expertise are around innovation, change management, strategy and operational excellence. She is responsible for the running of our internal operations and successful delivery of all of our projects.

Edward Tweddle

Branding & Communications Manager 

Edward has 7+ years’ experience in building personality-packed brands and creative campaigns for the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support and the UN. He previously ran a watch brand and has experience working both in-house and agency side. He manages content production and design across all of Oxford Heartbeat’s marketing channels.


Akash Lal, PhD

 Computational / Algorithmic Engineer  

Akash holds a PhD in Machine Learning from Imperial College London, and MSc in satellite engineering from the University of Surrey. He has 20+ years of experience in professional software architecture, design and development in various industries, and is a specialist in machine learning and algorithm optimisation.

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Marco Camurri

 Full-stack Engineer 

Marco’s experience developing backend and data-exchange applications goes as far back as the 1990s. His past projects range from creating APIs to support multiplayer apps, to building CMSs for social networks. Moving on from Java, PHP, Database design, IoT, and REST API architecture, he is now responsible for our back-end and security infrastructure in the cloud.


Professor Yiannis Ventikos

 Scientific Advisor 

Yiannis Ventikos is the Kennedy Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at University College London. He is a leading specialist in medical devices design and optimisation.


 Join us 

Be part of shaping the medicine of tomorrow

If you’d like to join a team of innovators changing the future of surgery, we’d love to hear from you.


As part of the Oxford Heartbeat team, you will:


  • be part of something meaningful
  • contribute to developing technology that changes clinical practice and saves lives
  • work with other passionate mission-driven people
  • work in a flexible and lively start-up environment
  • be given opportunities for personal development – training, conferences etc.
  • drink unlimited nespressos
Check out our current vacancies or drop us a line at contact@oxfordheartbeat.com.

Our  Values 

We are
1 Innovative 
2 Rigorous 
3 Transparent
4 Caring
And we put clinicians and patients at the heart of everything we do.
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