Board of Directors

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Stéphane Sallmard - Executive Chairman of the Board

Stéphane Sallmard brings with him an exceptional experience in management, paved with numerous accomplishments in innovative product marketing.  As CEO and Managing Director of OPTOS Plc. (Edinburgh) in 2001, he orchestrated the fundraising round that brought over $28 million in capital to the company in order to bring their new retinal imaging instrument to market. Under his management, the company’s sales skyrocketed from $1.5 million to $67 million in just 5 years.  In 2006, the company went public on the London Stock Exchange raising £50 million in new capital.  OPTOS’ growth earned him several honors including the Technology Pioneers Award at the Forum Economique Mondial de Davos.

With an engineering degree (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité Industrielle de Paris) as well a degree in management (Kellogg School of Management, Chicago), Stéphane Sallmard has amassed 30 years of successful experience in business management, marketing and finance at an array of innovative companies including IBM, Wang, Digital, Nixdorf, Général Electric and Acuson Systems.

Nicolas Chateau, PhD (w/Honors) - CEO, Co-founder

Nicolas Chateau has built his career on bringing groundbreaking ophthalmic products to market. After earning his PhD at France’s prestigious Institut d’Optique, he began his professional journey at international leaders including Essilor and Ocular Sciences. During that period, he led the development of novel contact lenses for correcting presbyopia and astigmatism which later became market leading products. At the same time, he realized that the rapid progress of surgical and pharmaceutical treatments for ophthalmic disorders would generate increasing needs for advanced diagnostic instruments. He cofounded Imagine Eyes in 2003 to tackle the challenge. Since the company’s inception, Nicolas has piloted its efforts to incorporate adaptive optics, a technology originally developed for astrophysics, into medical diagnostic devices. Under his direction, the company has marketed several breakthrough products. The irx3™ Wavefront Aberrometer is routinely used in hundreds of laser refractive surgery clinics around the world. The rtx1™ Adaptive Optics Retinal Camera * recently received its first regulatory approvals. This revolutionary instrument can enable clinicians to visualize individual retinal cells and microscopic vascular structures, and possibly track the earliest signs of pathology. Nicolas has ensured Imagine Eyes’ progress over the years by leveraging the team’s core technology competence and applying a well-balanced mix of strategic marketing, partnership building and international business development. Under his management, Imagine Eyes has benefited from several years of double-digit growth and continues to build upon its unique know-how to maintain its leading edge.

Samuel Bucourt - CFO, Co-founder

Soon after his first experience as an engineer at Le Conoscope, Samuel Bucourt became an entrepreneur, co-founding Imagine Optic in association with Xavier Levecq in 1996. In the five short years following the debut of their endeavor, their company had already become an international leader as a provider of optical wavefront sensors. Samuel brings solid expertise in corporate management to Imagine Eyes including sales-force organization, finance, strategic and business development, and growth management.

Xavier Levecq - CTO, Co-founder

Well before he graduated from the prestigious Ecole Supérieure d'Optique, Xavier Levecq had already started inventing and filing patents. Recruited while still at university by CILAS-EADS, he developed high-tech optronic systems for "StarWars" military applications based on advanced space optics technologies. In 1996, Xavier co-founded Imagine Optic with Samuel Bucourt. His work in technology development led to the patents and products that propelled their venture into an international success and his wavefront sensors are now recognized worldwide as the reference for optical metrology devices.

Jamal Labed - Member of the Board

A graduate of l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (Rouen, France), Jamal Labed founded the group SIGHT International in 1987, a data processing training company that is firmly established in France, Portugal, Morocco and Spain. After the sale of the company in 1990, Jamal Labed founded Echo Soft Technologies, a company specialized in developing tools for optimizing SGBD Oracle.  He sold the company two years later to Platinum Technology (today Computer Associates). Currently, he dedicates his time to the operational management of Staff&Line, which he founded in 1988 with Sylvain Gauthier. The company went public in 2005 and rapidly grew, amassing annual sales of over 10€ million.

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