Heidelberg, Germany – Heidelberg Engineering is strengthening its R&D and technology management to continue to deliver clinically-relevant diagnostic solutions and breakthrough ophthalmic imaging technologies. Dr. Tilman Otto has been appointed Head of Technology Management for Ophthalmic Devices and Dr. Christian Odaker joins the company as Head of Research and Development.
Heidelberg Engineering is responding to the increasing demands of technology development and the growth and diversification in its own R&D team with this high-caliber management setup. The new organizational structure as well as the company’s heavy investment in R&D over the past five years, are geared towards maintaining the position as provider of innovative ocular imaging technologies that stand the test of time and set new standards for patient care.
With immediate effect, Dr. Tilman Otto, who has been with Heidelberg Engineering for over 20 years, is taking on the role of Head of Technology Management for Ophthalmic Devices. He will focus on planning and optimizing disruptive innovation and delivering cutting-edge technology to further advance the company’s position as a technological leader.
Dr. Christian Odaker has joined the company as Head of Research and Development, with a strong background in informatics and experience leading a multi-disciplinary team at a successful and fast-growing software company in the field of virtual prototyping.
“Having worked side by side with our late co-founder Dr. Gerhard Zinser for over 20 years and playing a major role in the development of our patented TruTrack Active Eye Tracking technology, Tilman’s passion is for innovative applications of technology. In his new role, he will concentrate on rapidly evolving technologies and continue to revolutionize ophthalmic diagnostics in close collaboration with leading scientists,” said Arianna Schoess Vargas, Managing Director at Heidelberg Engineering.
“On the other hand, Christian’s passion for leadership, his respect for the technical expertise of our team, as well as his proven track record at delivering optimal results make him the right person to drive our R&D initiatives. Together, Tilman and Christian will prioritize and focus R&D efforts on technology opportunities to sustain our industry leadership and future success.”