Matthew Neville

London medical imaging startup relocates to Sheffield with plans for expansion

A medical imaging spinout from University College London’s Institute of Neurology has secured office space in Sheffield’s Sheaf Bank Business Park with plans to expand in the region.

Gold Standard Phantoms develops products to improve the accuracy of medical imaging devices such as MRI scanners. By using one of the company’s phantoms to calibrate readings, such as the FUNSTAR (Functional Stability Reference), MRI operators can test the stability of their system.

The company also offers a cloud data storage solution, GSP Cloud, which tracks routine quality assurance metrics and provides an overview of system performance for researchers and institutions.

Professor Xavier Golay, CEO of Gold Standard Phantoms, commented: “Sheffield benefits from a pool of highly trained technicians and engineers with skills critical to a manufacturing startup. With Sheffield’s community of universities and researchers, it is a logical place for us to expand.”

Professor Golay is chair of magnetic resonance physics and translational neuroscience at UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology. A world-renowned MRI specialist with over 25 years of experience in MRI R&D, he is the author of more than 180 scientific papers and “among the most frequently cited researchers in the field”.

The Sheffield office will be led by Dr Aaron Oliver-Taylor, the company’s CTO and an MRI physicist with close to 15 years experience working in MRI.

He added: “As we continue to drive forward R&D and develop new products, proximity to Sheffield’s research and innovation cluster will play an increasingly important role. The next steps for our company are building a team here in Sheffield and strengthening partnerships with regional researchers and healthcare providers.”

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