Meet the team
You will be supported along the way by recognized leaders in the industry, who have diverse expertise to cover the entire spectrum of drug development, including clinical and preclinical trial designs, data safety monitoring, regulatory support, and ophthalmic imaging and device applications.
Christopher J. Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
Dr. Murphy is the founding CEO of EyeKor. He is a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine & Medicine, University of California-Davis. Dr. Murphy has advanced training and expertise in corneal diseases and surgery, comparative physiological optics, comparative ocular anatomy, as well as ocular diseases of laboratory and exotic animal species. He also serves as CEO for Ocular Services on Demand (OSOD) LLC, a distributed network of experts that support preclinical programs in ocular drug development.
Ronald Danis, MD
Dr. Ron Danis is a Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of EyeKor. Dr. Danis is a practicing medical retina specialist, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Principal Investigator on more than a dozen industry and federally funded multicenter clinical trials. His main interests include retinal imaging and the design and conduct of clinical trials. Dr. Danis serves on leadership committees and data safety monitoring boards for multiple collaborative studies in drug and device development. He has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has been awarded the Honor Award and the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Yijun Huang, PhD
Dr. Yijun Huang co-founded EyeKor, and is the Chief Technology Officer. Yijun has 15 years experience in developing software and hardware solutions for ophthalmic imaging applications, both in academic and industrial environments. Yijun is interested in developing methodologies relating to ophthalmic imaging and analysis to increase efficiency, gain additional insights, shorten development time, and reduce costs for ophthalmic clinical trials. Yijun earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania, and was former VP of Engineering at Topcon Medical Systems.
Nathan Diers, BS
Nathan Diers is the director of EXCELSIOR™ Operations for EyeKor. Nathan brings 8 years of preclinical and clinical ophthalmology research experience to EyeKor. He has a wide range of experience with ophthalmology devices/software, image management, and project management. Nathan works extensively with study sponsors and Central Reading Centers to develop imaging protocols and grading forms to meet the needs of each trial. He also leads EyeKor’s team of
personnel dedicated to site certification, image processing, and image quality review.
Anne Goulding, BA
Anne Goulding has over 10 years of experience in preclinical and clinical ophthalmology trials. As the Manager of EXCELSIOR™ Imaging Services at EyeKor, Inc, Anne specializes in developing imaging procedures for Phase I-IV clinical trials, reviewing protocols, and performing training and site certification of technicians and equipment. Additionally, she manages image processing and image quality review across multiple imaging modalities. Her concurrent roles with OSOD and EyeKor have guided the development of the EXCELSIOR™ platform for clinical trial management and the new EXCELSIOR™ Preclinical platform.
Melissa Burger, BS
Melissa Burger is the Manager of EXCELSIOR™ Operations at EyeKor, where she provides assistance to clinical sites and guidance to sponsors at every step of their trial, from start up through close-out. With over 8 years of experience in ophthalmic clinical trial project management, she serves as the point-of-contact for sponsor, CRO and clinical site personnel, providing training, workflow monitoring, and customer support in the EXCELSIOR™ platform.
Jesus is a partner at EyeKor and senior software architect for EXCELSIOR™. Jesus has 12+ years of experience in full SDLC, SOA, OOA, OOD and Project Management with focus in Agile Development and strong background in medical imaging applications. Jesus is also the President/CEO/Founder of DEVSEAL Inc., a software consulting company that specializes in Web & Mobile App, Cloud Solutions, Business Intelligence Solutions, Medical Imaging, Software Integration, and E-Commerce.