Ophthalmology Innovation Summit Gives Nod to Successful Public Start-ups

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Largest ever gathering will showcase recent IPO Companies, early stage companies and speech by Allergan’s CEO

The seventh annual Ophthalmology Innovation Summit today (OIS) will draw more than 900 clinicians, investors and executives upon the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas for a glimpse of the world’s most exciting and promising breakthrough treatments for ophthalmology disorders.

Thirty-six companies will convene and confer with the most influential audience in ophthalmology. The must-attend event for innovators and entrepreneurs will provide invaluable advice on intellectual property protection and monetization along with indispensable financial insights from the leading venture capitalists in ophthalmology. For the first time, the conference will also host a public company showcase, giving the stage to six companies that have gone public in recent years.

"This year's public company showcase and afternoon panels recognize the continued maturation of the ophthalmology sector - a sector and community for whom we built OIS," said OIS founder and Co-Chair Emmett Cunningham, MD, of Clarus Ventures    "As both an investor and an ophthalmologist, I'm glad our influential OIS audience will have the opportunity to hear firsthand how these companies are progressing in their bids to treat some of ophthalmology's most vision-threatening diseases."

Representing the ophthalmology sector and discussing the latest research and newest breakthroughs will be top-ranking industry executives, including:

  • Aerie Pharmaceuticals – Vince Anido, Jr., PhD, CEO & Chairman
  • Alimera – Dan Myers, Co-Founder, President & CEO
  • Ophthotech Corporation – David Guyer, MD, CEO & Chairman
  • Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. – Robert Greenberg, MD, Chairman
  • Spark Therapeutics – Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, Co-Founder & CEO

The presentations will be available via webcast at https://ois.digitellinc.com/ois/live/1

Following their presentation, OIS Co-Chair Emmett Cunningham, MD, of Clarus Ventures, will lead a panel of Wall Street analysts in a discussion about market cycles and growth of the ophthalmology sector. The panel will include:

  • Adnan Butt, Research Analyst – RBC Capital Markets
  • Caroline Corner, PhD, Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst – Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Philip Nadeau, PhD, Managing Director – Cowen and Company
  • David Nierengarten, PhD, Managing Director & Head, Healthcare Equity Research – Wedbush Securities
  • Yigal Nochomovitz, PhD, Director & SMid Cap Biotech Analyst – Citigroup

One of the principal newsmakers of late, Brent Saunders, CEO and President of Allergan, will deliver the plenary address. Allergan has confirmed it is in merger talks with Pfizer, making possible a powerhouse that could alter one of the more venerable names in ophthalmology. This address will only be seen by OIS attendees.

Saunders will join leaders from Alcon, Valeant/Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG and Santen in the penultimate “Masters of the Universe” discussion led by Jim Mazzo, chairman and CEO of Acufocus and OIS Co-Chair Bill Link of Versant Ventures. Co-Chair Gil Kliman, MD, of InterWest Partners will close out the daylong affair.

About Ophthalmology Innovation Summit
Founded in 2009, the bi-annual Ophthalmology Innovation Summit convenes leading physicians, investors, entrepreneurs and executives to discuss the future of eye care, focusing on new drugs, devices and digital technologies. The Summits are held twice a year, prior to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. The Summits are credited by many in the industry for shining lights on promising new technologies that are changing eye care. In addition to the annual conference, Healthegy also processes a weekly OIS Eye on Innovation Newsletter as well as the OIS Podcast, a weekly series of conversation with eye care leaders.

About Healthegy
New York-based Healthegy is a spin-out from International Business Forum. It is leveraging more than two decades of conference experience across multiple vertical markets to build a powerful channel for health care entrepreneurs, investors, executives and physicians. By partnering with successful venture capitalists, forward-thinking executives and unstoppable entrepreneurs, Healthegy is creating conferences; podcasts and written and video reports that will empower healthcare leaders to conceive, connect and commercialize technologies that improve healthcare delivery. For more information, please visit http://healthegy.com.

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