Vaclav Potesil
CEO, Optellum

Vaclav drives the Optellum vision and commercial strategy fundraising and recruitment.

He first investigated machine learning medical imaging to help doctors diagnose cancer a decade before it became practical. He holds a M.Phil from the University of Cambridge funded by Microsoft Research and a Doctorate (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford based at Siemens Molecular Imaging with Optellum cofounders Timor Kadir, Sir Mike Brady, and Jerome Declerck.

During his D.Phil he first-authored 9 publications in top-tier journals and conferences, while winning the Oxford business idea competition twice and founding two Oxford societies that flourish till today (plus one and a startup that did not).

He has gained work experience in ten countries, in leading medical technology and high-tech R&D labs and companies in Europe, North and Latin America and Japan.

Prior to founding Optellum, he was a Global Product Manager at Hocoma AG (Zurich, Switzerland), the world leader in neuro-rehabilitation robotics.

When not helping to cure cancer out of Oxford, his main passion is mountaineering and ski-mountaineering.

Speaker sessions


09:30 - 10:30

Leading in the age of AI & Data

Sponsored by Oxford Brookes

Union Hall

AI has the potential to transform industries.  It already has had a positive impact by helping improve manufacturing and quality of healthcare.  More recently AI has been also transforming the professional services sectors such as law, accountancy and human resources. The outcomes have included: increased productivity and margins, differentiated products and services, more jobs and increased growth.  New developments in AI and Data science have the potential to continue to help us maintain our global leadership position for many years to come.

In this session, we will hear how some of the companies at the heart of this AI and data revolution are innovating and disrupting our world and how our universities are contributing to supporting our companies to meet the challenge.

Speakers: Nigel Crook– Oxford Brookes University, Vaclav Potesil – Optellum and  Jakob Howard – Latent Logic

Chaired by Deborah Spencer– University of Oxford

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