Christopher is a biomedical engineer with expertise in medical device design, biomaterials and bioelectronics. In 2018 he completed a PhD in regenerative medicine at The University of Manchester where his research focused on the development of novel graphene bioelectronic devices and the use of electrical stimuli to control cell behaviour. A passionate entrepreneur, Christopher now acts as the Managing Director of QV Bioelectronics and oversees the business and technical development aims of the business. He is an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Richard Fu MB ChB MRes MRCS
Clinical Director & Co-Founder
Richard is a specialty registrar in neurosurgery based in the North West of England. He is an honorary research fellow at The University of Manchester and former NIHR academic clinical fellow in neurosurgery. In 2017 he won the Sir Hugh Cairns Essay Prize from the Society of British Neurosurgeons for his research previously undertaken at Imperial College London into the effects of pedunculopontine deep brain stimulation (DBS) on freezing gait in patients with Parkinson’s disease. He is committed to improving the clinical outcomes for neurosurgery patients. His research interests now focus on brain tumours. Richard acts as the Clinical Director of QV Bioelectronics and oversees the clinical aspects of device development. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.
Qasim AkhtarBSc MSc
Business Development Officer
Qasim is a biotechnologist with an entrepreneurial background, having previously run a number of consumer businesses. Following on from completing his undergraduate degree in biotechnology, Qasim recently completed his MSc in Biotechnology and Enterprise at the University of Manchester, where his research focused on the development of biomaterials for wound-healing applications. During this time, he also further developed his expertise in enterprise planning and analysis with a focus on biomedical technology. Passionate about the future of healthcare, his role is focused on developing the growth strategy of QV Bioelectronics.
Hani MarcusBA MBBS MA PhD FRCS
Mr Marcus is an academic consultant neurosurgeon, and was among the first cohort of trainees to be selected for a Walport Integrated Academic Training Pathway, with rotations at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and University College London.
His clinical interest is in “keyhole” endoscopic neurosurgical approaches. To this end, he completed fellowships in endoscopy and anterior skull base surgery (including pituitary surgery) at the Klinik Hirslanden, Zurich and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. His research interest, and the subject of his doctoral thesis under Prof Lord Darzi, is the development and evaluation of new devices that makes these keyhole approaches more safe and effective, including augmented reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
His work has received over £1.5 million in research funding, has resulted in over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and has frequently featured in the national press. In recognition of these achievements he was commissioned by Springer to act as Editor on their first book dedicated to Neurosurgical Robotics, serves as a Member of the Advisory Group on Robotic Surgery in the United Kingdom, and has been awarded several prizes, including the prestigious Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2019.