Dr Jano van Hemert, FRSE

Science, software and scripts


I am the Research Director at Optos (a Nikon company) where I direct a group of researchers and engineers to develop novel technology for retinal imaging in eye healthcare. I lead academic and industrial relationships from proposal through R&D into clinical trials with the aim to commercialise research from partnering universities and businesses globally.

My ambition is to lead teams in research and innovation to deliver groundbreaking products into the market.

Dr Jano van Hemert


  • Strategic planning in research and innovation
  • Directing both commercialisation and research activities
  • Directing a patent portfolio
  • Facilitating academic-industrial collaborations and relationships
  • Getting research prototypes into and through clinical trials
  • Influencing university and industry collaboration at a national level
  • Acquiring external funding, specifically publicly-funded R&D projects

Current board, committee and professional memberships

  • Enterprise Fellowship Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2018
  • Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics Sectional Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2018
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2018.
  • Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee of the Scottish Funding Council, since 2016.
  • Full College Member of the Review College of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), since 2016.
  • Advisory Board of the East of Scotland Knowledge Transfer Partnership Centre, since 2016.
  • Graduate School Strategic Advisory Board of the University of Glasgow, since 2015.
  • Advisory Board of the EPSRC CDT in Integrative Sensing and Measurement, since 2015.
  • Economy and Enterprise Committee (former Business Innovation Forum) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2014.
  • Medical Devices Special Interest Group of the Scottish Life Science Association, since 2013.
  • IEEE, since 2009 and elected Senior Member in 2013.
  • Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, since 2010.
  • Association of Computer Machinery, Lifetime Member since 2009


  • PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Nov 2002.
  • MSc in Computer Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Sep 1998.