GlakoLens is a medical devices company developing innovative biosensors based on proprietary technology, first of which is a non-invasive continuous intra-ocular pressure (IOP) monitoring device. The company’s strategy is to focus on introducing a single, state-of-the-art product at a time.
GlakoLens was co-founded as a technological spin-off from Boğaziçi University in 2017 by three distinguished academicians conducting research on biosensors, integrated circuits, MEMS and electro-optical systems. They have been working together for more than a decade and have successfully completed several international collaborative R&D projects.
GlakoLens was co-founded by three distinguished academicians. All three academicians have received various prestigious awards regarding their research. Among these awards, TÜBİTAK nationwide research encouragement award (Günhan Dündar), Turkish Academy of Sciences research award (Arda D. Yalçınkaya), and Young Scientist Award by the Science Academy in Turkey and Innovator under 35 Award from MIT Tech Review (Hamdi Torun) are just a few of the individual awards to be mentioned. Together, for their work on biosensors, they have received the Technology award from the Elginkan Foundation.
Özgür is a biomedical engineer who has contributed to over 10 R&D projects in various roles (project manager, researcher, design engineer, and author). His experience in the areas of project management, electronics engineering and biomedical engineering combined with his background (family of medical doctors) makes him the ideal person to lead a team of excellent engineers working in an interdisciplinary field. He previously worked as a research assistant at Koç University, Erasmus MC, and Boğaziçi University. Özgür Kaya acquired his BSc degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Koç University and MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering at TU Delft. He is about to complete his PhD in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Boğaziçi University. Özgür Kaya holds certificates for applied entrepreneurship, project management, laboratory animal experimentation and good clinical practices. He is also an occupational health and safety specialist (class C).
Aybüke received her BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 2016. She is currently working at Glakolens as a Research & Development Engineer, responsible for the design and simulations of metamaterial inspired passive biosensor architectures targeting continuous IOP monitoring and electrically small antennas which are resonant with passive sensors. Besides, she is involved in the clean room fabrication of biosensors on biocompatible polymers, and development of phantoms and test setups for the characterization of the biosensors. Aybüke is currently working towards her MSc degree at Boğaziçi University, focusing on the characterization and fabrication of metamaterial-based sensors for biosensing applications and resonator coupled antenna systems.
Deniz is a research and development engineer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul and now she is studying for an MSc degree in the same department and university. She improved herself by learning different programming languages and designing electronic circuits in addition to her education. She is always passionate about using her knowledge in engineering for the good of people.
Gökhan is a pioneer in deep tech investing in Turkey with a particular focus in life sciences. He is a Managing Partner at ACT, a technology VC fund. Previously, he managed a life sciences heavy portfolio for 5 years at Inventram, one of the first tech commercialization companies of Turkey. Prior to that as an M&A professional at GIH and PDF Corporate Finance, he had the opportunity to build expertise in finance and mergers & acquisitions. Having studied and lived in the US and UK for over 12 years, Gokhan designed and developed many complex electronics and software products at Lucent Technologies, Xilinx, Cadence Design Systems, and Moseley Wireless Solutions. He was also a founding member of SanBar Networks, a high tech start-up in California. He received his MBA at London Business School, MSc, PhD (abd) in Electrical and Computer Eng. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University.
Murat Akman worked as an executive in the Information Technology sector at various multinational and national companies around the globe (in the USA, Turkey and the People’s Republic of China). He was a managing director in six successful start-ups and joint ventures (Digital Equipment Corporation – Turkey, KOÇ-Systems Connect Group, Superonline, Beijing RAM, QAD/Turkey). In 2009, he returned to his alma mater to set up and jump-start Technology Transfer and Commercialization Department. Murat Akman received his BSc (1982) and MSc (1985) degrees from Boğaziçi University.