The Team

Meet our team of clinical experts and experienced industry professionals

The executive team

Prof. Daniel Freeman

Founder 

Daniel is Professor of Clinical Psychology and NIHR Research Professor at the University of Oxford.

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Daniel is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Daniel has been one of the pioneers of the use of virtual reality to understand and treat mental health problems. Having begun working with VR in 2001, he founded and directs the University of Oxford VR lab for mental health disorders. Daniel’s research has been funded by the NHS National Institute of Health Research, the Wellcome Trust, and the UK Medical Research Council. His work is focused on developing the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders, particularly delusions and hallucinations. Daniel has worked on over 15 randomised controlled clinical trials and led the largest ever randomised controlled trial of a psychological treatment for a mental health problem. He is the author of ten books and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Deepak Gopalakrishna

CEO

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Deepak Gopalakrishna is a highly accomplished customer-centric innovator. A seasoned entrepreneur with deep expertise in healthcare, AI, blockchain and digital innovation, he has founded and led the growth of 7 companies that are in aggregate worth >$500M.

With an MBA and a doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Deepak has the unique ability to merge the rigor of a scientist with the creativity of an entrepreneur.

Prior to OxfordVR, he helped scale The Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures studio to 1000+ people & 100+ portfolio companies. He founded healthcare startups spanning biotech to data science. In addition, he spent several years funding early stage health innovation. 

In his prior life, he was a geneticist and academic who researched and published on the molecular basis of congenital disorders

Michael McGarry

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

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Michael McGarry has over 25 years of experience in US and global healthcare developing innovative programs and medical devices from prototype through FDA approval within small start-up organizations and Fortune 500 medical companies. 

Prior to joining OxfordVR, Michael was the President of Forvida, a consulting firm focused on driving efficiency in the development and adoption of early-stage digital health solutions in partnership with mid to large sized health systems.

Before this, Michael worked as the Director, Innovations Accelerator Team, at Ascension, the largest non-profit health care provider in the United States with facilities in 26 states, 150,000+ associates, and approximately 18 million patient visits annually.  In this role, Michael was responsible for the evaluation of technologies and development of new business models focusing on how to meet health-related needs in the future in a way that extends beyond hospitals and clinics.  

Previously, Michael managed the design, development and launch of a custom remote patient monitoring system for Alere Medical to improve care for patients with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.  

Michael has been responsible for the design, development and clinical evaluation of numerous therapeutic cardiovascular products and directed physician training for and market evaluation of products in both the U.S. and Europe.  

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has several published patents and publications.

Mike Desjadon

Chief Commercial Officer

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Mike leads OxfordVR’s commercial efforts including go-to-market strategy, marketing, sales and strategic partnerships. He is an experienced commercial leader and expert in healthcare business strategy with a particular focus on digital transformation and consumer focused growth. Mike’s deep experience with some of the United States’ largest and most innovative health systems has helped him bring an innovative and unique approach to growth strategy.

Prior to joining OxfordVR, Mike led strategic growth for Mytonomy, a leading digital care start-up based in Bethesda, Maryland. While there, Mike drove Mytonomy’s commercial and market strategy resulting its ascension to a recognized leader in facilitating US Healthcare’s “digital front door.”

Before this, Mike served as Managing Director and Senior Principal at Optum, a subsidiary of the United Health Group after their acquisition of the Advisory Board Company where Mike spent 12 years as a commercial leader and a trusted advisor to several of the United States’ leading health systems. In these roles Mike was responsible for understanding the evolution of the US healthcare market and driving the creation and scale of complex tech-enabled products and consulting solutions into the market.

Mike is driven by deep passion for driving innovation in the healthcare industry and helping to advance care options for patients everywhere through the marriage of great care and great technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University and lives in Virginia.

David Beach

VP of Product

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David Beach is an accomplished product leader with over 20 years of experience building innovative consumer applications at scale. He has led product at several startups, Yahoo! and eBay, where he built the mobile product management team and oversaw the end-to-end mobile user experience. In 2017 Beach created the eBay Spatial Computing Group to develop Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences and computer vision applications. In 2019, he founded Tranquility XR, a company dedicated to preventing and alleviating anxiety and PTSD related to cancer treatment through immersive augmented reality and emerging technologies. As a Stage IV Lung Cancer survivor, Beach is a passionate patient experience advocate.

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