JOB DESCRIPTION: 

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (CTO)

Albus Health (registered as ‘BreatheOx Limited’) is a medical technology spinout company from the University of Oxford that develops intelligent remote monitoring systems. Within three years of forming, we have won several innovation awards, raised nearly £3 million in funding and commercialised our first product through a contract to supply to one of the world’s largest pharma companies in the respiratory space.

We are now looking for a CTO who can help make our vision of improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world a reality.  Please find below the details of our company, product, role and requirements.

What do we do and why do we do it?

Chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD are common, affecting a billion people worldwide, and are some of the leading causes of death and disability. Several billion dollars are spent each year into research and clinical trials in these conditions. However, the best tools available to monitor symptoms at home are subjective or require active engagement from the users, leading to very poor adherence and data quality. Lack of reliable tools leads to slower, costlier, and inefficient research, as well as hundreds of millions of hospital admissions which could be prevented through efficient symptom monitoring at home.

 

Albus Home RD, our first product, is an award-winning device that remotely monitors symptoms without anyone having to do or wear anything. With our proprietary algorithms, this enables the collection of continuous and objective data when people are at home without requiring any input or action. Being passive and plug-and-play, it is suitable for people of all ages, regardless of their technical ability or location. Moreover, it does not need any contact between two people or between the user and the device, making it ideal for the post-Covid world! Our product has exciting applications in clinical trials, and through the use of predictive analytics, in the prevention of respiratory emergencies such as asthma attacks.

 

Who are we?

 

Our team comprises industry-leading clinical, technical, and commercial experts, including the head of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Oxford, globally renowned respiratory researchers, the head of Computational Intelligence and Biomonitoring Lab at Oxford, and the former CEO of a medical technology unicorn. Our co-founders have a combined background in computer science, finance, and clinical practice. Please visit our website www.albushealth.com for more details.

 

What have we done so far?

 

We spun out of Oxford in 2017 and have since won 3 innovation awards (InnovateUK) funded by the UK government as well as the AI in Health and Care Award announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Care at the London Tech Week 2020. We commercialised our first product in 2019 to help pharmaceutical companies collect objective data in their clinical trials and secured a contract to supply our technology to a clinical study by one of the world’s largest pharma companies in the respiratory space.

 

What’s in it for you?

 

We are at an exciting stage of the company - moving from early adoption to a rapid growth phase, scaling our first product and building the next one. We are looking for a full-time CTO to join us in our offices in central Oxford (post-February 2021, until when we will be working from home). You will be at the forefront of product development and growth, working across a range of aspects from ideation and development to deployment and scaling. Working in a young medtech start-up means that you will work directly with an exciting team of engineers, computer scientists, doctors and researchers who are passionate about solving one of the most enormous unmet needs in healthcare.

 

What will you be doing as the Chief Technology Officer?

 

You will be responsible for taking vital technical decisions in the company, executing them and playing an integral role in setting the company’s strategic direction, innovation and future growth. This involves working with the rest of the management team, managing the technical budget, joining conversations with external stakeholders, and liaising with the R&D, product, clinical and regulatory teams within the company. On the engineering side, you will be developing and implementing the software stack, leading the internal and external team on end to development and manufacturing of hardware, responsible for the integration of various modules as well as the security of the products and company’s IT infrastructure. You will be optimising the stack for the existing products and designing the architecture for new ones. You will be responsible for deploying products to our clients and partners across Europe and the US. You will lead the existing team, hire new members and take a hands-on role in helping scope, architect, develop and deploy projects. Externally, you will be required to manage subcontractors, work with partners on collaboration projects and join conversations with investors.

 

You will be a key part of the management team that brings our vision of being the world’s best home monitoring company to life.

 

What is the background or experience we are looking for?

 

Essential

  • 6+ years of industry experience in managing and growing hardware and software development teams (preferably 2 years in each)

  • 2+ years of experience managing a tech team in a startup

  • Experience in productisation from ideation to scaling (full cycle for at least 1 product) for medical technology or health-tech products that have significant IP, data and regulatory components

  • Experience of managing teams using agile development methodologies

  • Experience liaising with external stakeholders (investors, clients, partners, subcontractors)

 

Desirable Criteria:

 

  • Founding member or one of the first 10 hires in a tech startup

  • Productisation experience for products with a significant machine learning, signal processing and electrical engineering components

  • Experience developing remote symptom monitoring products

  • Experience taking products through CE marking as a medical device (preferably class IIa, IIb or III)

  • 2+ years experience developing products based on health tech security and interoperability standards

 

How will be you compensated?

 

You will be compensated with a combination of a competitive salary and equity in the company.

 

By when would you need to join?

 

Jan 2021 or soon after

 

What to do next?

 

If you would like to join us in our journey to change the world, please forward your CV and cover letter (optional), or any questions you might have, to careers@albushealth.com with the title of the role in the subject line.

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