Renaissance man – North East Times

Richard Kirk is CEO of a County Durham-based medical technology company that has developed a non-invasive treatment to prevent, treat and even reverse blindness in diabetics – potentially saving the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds. His career can best be described as unorthodox, as Alison Cowie discovers. Richard Kirk, CEO and chief technical officer […]

Noctura 400 in France

Richard Kirk, PolyPhotonix, attended the Retina Lyon conference in France, held from 9th-10th December 2016. Lyon and its Festival of Lights served as the framework for the 2016 edition of the annual conference and brought together internationally renowned speakers. This conference was a perfect setting for presentation of Noctura 400 to scientific and medical professionals […]

NETPark company says patients are flying in from US to use Noctura 400 mask

A County Durham firm behind revolutionary blindness treatment is plotting further global expansion as strong transatlantic demand bolsters its market standing, The Northern Echo can reveal. PolyPhotonix says patients are flying in from the US to use its Noctura 400 mask. The eye cover, developed thanks to £14m of taxpayers’ funding, delivers light therapy to […]


There was no eureka moment. Richard Kirk didn’t just suddenly discover a cure to prevent some forms of blindness. It was the result of years of painstaking research and cumulative business experience. Yet the former artist turned medical pioneer can claim to have founded a company that has revolutionised eye care treatment for diabetics and […]