Simon Poole AO FAA FTSE

Dr Simon Poole AO, FAA, FTSE, FIEEE, FIEAust is an internationally recognised engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur.

Simon has an outstanding track record as a research leader and entrepreneur. The first two companies he has founded (Indx, Engana) have both had extremely successful trade-sale exits, and generated over $2bn in revenues to date. His success as an entrepreneur has led to a number of awards including the prestigious Clunies Ross award from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2013 and he was elected as an ATSE Fellow in 2015. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his contribution to Photonics in Australia in 2018 and, along with colleagues from Finisar Australia, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in 2018. In 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

He is a Co-Founder and Director of Cylite Pty Ltd who are commercialising a new technology platform, Hyperparallel OCT (HP-OCT) which will revolutionise measurements in Ophthalmology and Optometry. Applications of Cylite’s Hyperparallel OCT platform include:

High-speed OCT Imaging
Full Optical Biometry
Anterior and Posterior Corneal Topography
Retinal Imaging

He was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001 for his work leading to the development of the Erbium-doped Fibre Amplifier and Fibre Lasers and has lectured on entrepreneurship around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Specialties: Photonics; Entrepreneurship; Optical Communications; Early-stage technology companies

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