We are humans revolutionizing the future of healthcare diagnostics through artificial intelligence

“We are using technology to reinvent health-care diagnostics with quick, automatic, and contactless solutions.”

Simon Barriga (PHD)

About our company

VisionQuest Biomedical began with an idea — to simplify unpractical method of diagnosing diabetic retinopathy in ever-increasing numbers of diabetes patients and bring cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to everyday eye care.

In just a few years, that idea has evolved into a series of software products that empower hospitals, healthcare centers and laboratories in the early detection of not only diabetic retinopathy, but also diabetic peripheral neuropathy (diabetic foot), cerebral malaria, and retinopathy of prematurity.

Our products and technology are currently and successfully being deployed in seven countries and have served more than 50,000 patients. With the coronavirus pandemic impacting many industries, testing solutions that are quick, accessible, and contactless are here to stay.

VisionQuest Biomedical was founded in 2007 with the goal of developing and commercializing advanced technologies aimed at improving care in diabetes.

Through grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and private investment this stated strategic objective is being met, as evidenced in the commercialization of two NIH-funded technologies at clinics screening for diabetic retinopathy.

VisionQuest has developed and successfully deployed a software product for automatic analysis of retinal images in the detection of lesions in patients with diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and glaucoma.

Our automatic, real-time image quality screening system is also now being used in two commercial retinal cameras to ensure the highest possible retinal image quality, critically important for reading centers to make the best possible determination of a case.

Timeline VisionQuest

VisionQuest Biomedical Milestones


EyeStar deployed in Mexico


Diabetic Foot testing device development.


Aspire clinical testing in Africa


+25,000 patients tested with Eyestar


Bring Eyestar to USA


VisionQuest's products saving visions and lives Worldwide

Our mission is to develop and deploy image-based technologies to improve access to health care for millions of individuals in the United States and around the world, especially in the fields of diabetes and eyecare.


CEO & Founder

Simon BarrigaPhD


Simon is an expert in AI and ophthalmology. He has worked in this field for over 18 years and has deep knowledge of the market.

Born and raised in Peru, Simon led the development of EyeStar and is now focused on its expansion worldwide.

CTO & Founder

Peter SolizPhD


Pete is the principal investigator on the NIH grants that funded the development of EyeStar. He continues his mission of developing AI technologies for health care and securing additional non-dilutive funding.

Our Team

Gilberto Zamora PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Gilberto has over 15 years of experience deploying AI solutions for clinical applications in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. He was born in Mexico and has extensive knowledge of the Mexican healthcare market

Vinayak Joshi PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Vinayak obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. He is the principal investigator for the Aspire AI software.

Sheila Nemeth COMT

Lead Retinal Grader

Sheila has over 30 years of experience in retinal image grading for multiple diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and malarial retinopathy.

Jeff Wigdahl PhD

Research Scientist

Jeff specializes in developing software for retinal image analysis. He has developed software for detection of retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, and hypertensive retinopathy.

He obtained his Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico ad his PhD from the University of Padova.

Jeremy Benson

Research Scientist

Jeremy is a Machine Learning expert and coding guru. He developed the Deep Learning techniques used to develop the EyeStar.

He obtained his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico and is currently a PhD candidate.

Dean Hoy


Dean has over 25 years of accounting experience in various industries including Healthcare R&D, Oil and Gas, and Mining. He has extensive experience in Financial Reporting and Budgeting.

He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Sheraz Saint-Lot

Administrative Assistant

Sheraz has over 35 years of administrative experience. She handles the duties of clinical coordinator for the i-RxTherm project and provides administrative assistance to VisionQuest’s leadership.

Aswathy Kurup

Research Assistant

Aswathy received her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2017 and is currently pursuing her PhD.

Her research focuses on applying machine learning and image processing to real-world problems. At VisionQuest she develops deep learning techniques for Aspire.

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