Founders of IXICO

    IXICO was founded in 2004 by Imaging KOLs from the three leading London academic institutions, with the vision to bring the best possible imaging technology and know-how to the R&D and healthcare communities, to enhance understanding of disease, and to bring patients earlier access to effective and safe treatments.


    Prof Derek Hill

    Derek was CEO of IXICO since its incorporation in 2004 to 2017. As such, he has built IXICO into a profitable international business including taking the entrepreneurial leadership role in raising both equity and grant finance as well as in customer-facing activities.

    He has been working on medical imaging science for over twenty-five years and has authored more than eighty journal papers in this field.  He is a member of the MRI Core of the Alzheimer’s disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) in the US, has served on the scientific advisory board for several pharmaceutical companies and is involved in the US FDA Critical Path Institute’s Coalition Against Major Diseases (CAMD) biomarker qualification initiatives.

    Derek has a PhD in medical image analysis at the Medical School of Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, University of London,  an MSc in Medical Physics at University of Surrey and a BSc degree in Physics from Imperial College. He undertook business training at London Business School as part of the CSEL programme. He holds an academic appointment as full professor at University College London and was formerly a professor at King’s College London.


    Prof. Jo Hajnal

    Jo Hajnal is Professor of Imaging Science at Kings College London, having recently moved from Imperial College where he was head of the Imaging Sciences Department and chaired the imaging research section of the Clinical Sciences Centre, a UK national research institute.

    He trained as a physicist at Bristol University, England, UK and obtained a PhD in the physics of electromagnetic waves before working in Australia at Melbourne University and the ANU on interactions between atomic beams and laser light. In 1990 he began research in medical imaging with a special interest in MRI. His current research interests include MR data acquisition and processing, image registration and data fusion as well as novel scanner technology, parallel imaging and motion artefact correction. He has invented and pioneered techniques that are now widely used in the medical imaging industry and published over two hundred papers in peer reviewed journals. His research is supported by research councils, industry and charities.


    Prof. David Hawkes

    Dave Hawkes has 28 years' experience in medical imaging, working in both hospital and academic environments. He graduated in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Oxford in 1974 and obtained his PhD in X-ray computed tomography in 1981. He has worked at Southampton General Hospital, Surrey University, the Royal Marsden Hospital and St. George's Hospital, London, before moving to Guy's Hospital. Following the restructuring of the KCL School of Medicine in August 2002, he became Chairman of the new Division of Imaging Sciences.

    Since January 2005, he has been Director of the Centre for Medical Image Computing (MedIC) at University College London. His current research interests encompass image matching, data fusion, visualisation, shape representation, surface geometry and modelling tissue deformation with applications in medical image analysis and image guided interventions. He is Director of the EPSRC and MRC funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Medical Images and Signals (MIAS-IRC), an £8M six year programme. He is also principal investigator of four EPSRC funded projects, one CRUK project and manager of three industrially sponsored projects. He has 180 publications in medical imaging.


    Prof. Daniel Rueckert

    Daniel Rueckert joined the Department of Computing at Imperial College as a lecturer in 1999 and became a Professor in 2005. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College in 1997. Before joining the VIP group, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Division of Radiological Sciences and Medical Engineering, King's College London in the EPSRC-funded project "Application of information theory for medical image matching" for use in computer assisted interventions, navigation and surgery. During his doctoral and post-doctoral research he published more than 60 journal and conference articles. Prof. Rueckert has served as guest editor for a special issue of IEEE Transaction on Medical Imaging on 3D cardiac image analysis and as a referee for a number of international journals and conferences on medical imaging. He is currently principal investigator in three EPSRC projects in the area of medical imaging.