About | Founders

Professor Adrien Desjardins

Professor Adrien Desjardins – Chief Technical Officer

Adrien has a PhD from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics with a specific focus on cardiovascular devices, fibre optic sensing, and optical coherence tomography. After his PhD, he led technical developments in an internal venture at Philips Research (Netherlands) to develop devices with integrated optical sensors and brought this technology from benchtop prototypes to in vivo human studies. In addition to his responsibilities at Echopoint Medical, he is a Full Professor at UCL where he leads the interventional devices group with a vision to develop novel methods for performing physiological measurements and imaging with minimally invasive devices. He has over 52 patent applications and granted patents.

Dr Malcolm Finlay

Dr Malcolm Finlay – Chief Medical Officer

Dr Malcolm Finlay is a Consultant Electrophysiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts Heart Centre & UCL, London, specialising in minimally invasive treatments for heart disease. In addition to Echopoint, he has invented several medical technologies, including Epicardio Ltd. (4D heart simulation) and STAR Mapping (Rhythm AI Ltd) to aid treatment of atrial fibrillation. Dr. Finlay qualified from Oxford University in 2001, and gained his PhD in Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2014 from UCL, where he held a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. His work in technological innovation has been recognised by his appointment to the European Heart Rhythm Association Innovations Committee, he is a faculty member for several national and international academic conferences including Heart Rhythm Congress and the European Heart Rhythm Association. Outside of cardiology,
his interests include aviation (holding a private pilot’s license), filmmaking (check out “the last trip” from straight8.net), music and sports.

 Ioannis Papakonstantinou

​Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou

Ioannis holds a PhD in Optical Interconnections from University College London. After his PhD, he joined Sharp Laboratories of Europe to work on the design and fabrication of photonic nanostructures for Optical Displays. Subsequently, he joined CERN-European Organisation of Nuclear Research where he led the work on fibre optic communication systems for particle physics detectors. He is currently a Professor of Photonics and Nanofabrication in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL where he leads the Photonic Innovations Lab (www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/pilab). The mission of his lab is to exploit the synergies between nanotechnology and photonics for energy and biomedical applications. Ioannis has authored/co-authored over 130 journal publications and conference proceedings and is the holder of over 10 patent families.

Richard Colchester

Dr Richard Colchester

Richard was born in Ipswich, U.K., in 1990. He received the MSci degree in physics from Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 2012, and the MRes degree in photonic systems development from University College London, London, U.K., in 2013. He finished his Ph.D. in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London in 2016. On completion of his Ph.D. he was award an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at University College London to develop an all-optical ultrasound imaging system for cardiovascular procedures. Since, he has received a Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship to continue his work in this field and establish his research. His research interests include developing interventional medical imaging systems based on laser-generated ultrasound and photoacoustics.