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2023 Agenda

Panels featured the latest innovations in Medical Aesthetics, LaunchPad Presentations & more.

Aesthetics Tech Forum 2023 Agenda

Thursday, January 26, 2023

7:30 – 8:30 am PST


Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, & Networking

Network with colleagues! You can also set appointments within our virtual platform or take part in a networking session catered to your interests.

8:30 – 8:45 am


Opening Comments

Kicking off Aesthetics Tech Forum with Octane’s CEO.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

8:45 – 9:00 am 


State of Aesthetic Industry Report

A market overview of unmet needs in the medical aesthetics industry. Include private sector.

Jacob Hughes, Senior Healthcare Equity Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities

9:00 – 9:45 am 


Five Perspectives on Patient Treatment Trends

Frank Fazio, President and CEO, Amplifica Holdings Group, Inc. (Moderator)

Leslie Fletcher, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, Beauty Innovator, ArqueDerma Artistic Restoration Lift, Injectability Institute

Todd Watts, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientFi

Jason Bloom, MD, FACS, Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery

9:45 – 10:30 am


MedSpa Evolution in the New Economic Environment

Macro environment. Do certain services become more popular?

Brandie Heredia, RN, Founder/Owner, Unmarked Beauty & Wellness

Kurt Knab, Senior Vice President Sales, Evolus

Jamie Smith, Founder, Nurse Injector, GLO

10:30 – 11:00 am


Break: Exhibits & Networking

Take this time to visit sponsor booths, get to know fellow attendees, and make connections!

11:00 am – 11:30 am 


Keynote Interview

Jonah Shacknai, Founder; Executive Chairman of Skinbetter Science and Chief Strategic Development Officer, L’Oreal US

Rod J. Rohrich, MD, FACS, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

11:30 – 12:15 pm 


Business Development in Aesthetics

What are strategics, investors and potential buyers looking at? What are the requirements for a deal with a larger company? How companies evaluate new opportunities? How do BD execs make decisions?

Tom Albright, President, JuvaStrat

Chinmay Kanuga, PMP, Head of Search and Evaluation, Allergan

Ted Ebel, Chief Business Officer, Colorescience

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Networking & Refreshment Break

12:45 – 2:00 pm 


LaunchPad SBDC, Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

Take this time to visit sponsor booths, get to know fellow attendees, and make connections!

2:00 – 2:45 pm 


Science of Aging- Advancing Technology in Aesthetics

Biotech, digital tech, diversity

Dr. Stephanie Manson Brown, MBBS, MRCS, MFPM, Vice President, Head of Clinical Development, Aesthetic Medicine, Allergan Aesthetics an AbbVie Company (Moderator)

Sophia Ononye-Onyia, PhD, MPH, MBA, Founder & CEO, The Sophia Consulting Firm

Jaide Jensen, Head of Biotechnology, Arcaea

Eleanor Jones, Founder & CEO, Skintelligent

2:45 – 3:15 pm 


Unmet Innovations in Medical Aesthetics

Advancing aesthetic technology. Breast? Body Contouring? Where are the innovations coming from? Stem cells, facial injectables, hair rejuvenation. Exosomes, PRP.

Steve Yoelin, MD, Steve Yoelin Medical Associates Inc. (Moderator)

Brenda Buechler, Chief Marketing Officer, ELEVAI Labs

Darin Messina, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Aesthetics R&D at AbbVie

Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Dermatology, UCI Health

Brad Conlan, CEO & Founder, Bimini Health Tech

3:15 – 3:45 pm 


Break: Exhibits & Networking

Take this time to visit sponsor booths, get to know fellow attendees, and make connections!

3:45 – 4:30 pm 


Innovation Addressing the Evolving Patient’s Mindset

Technologic and commercial advances on how to better serve today’s patient, and unreached patients. Changing accessibility and the treatment model based on the patient’s background and psychology.

Kamil Bhangoo, Vice President Business Development, Perfect Corp.

Nicole Gregory, CEO, Urban You

Amanda Rosenberg, Global Communications Strategy and Planning, Allergan Aesthetics

Leana Wood, SVP Global Strategic Accounts, Eversana

4:30 – 5:15 pm 


Private Equity Investment Opportunities in Medical Aesthetics

PE Perspective, where is the money coming from? Company life cycle? Blockers? Subsidiary model. Practice consolidation, manufacturer roll up. Helping founders understand who they work well with. How to find your best match? What is the difference between types of investments? How to prepare? What does practice look like?

Jeff Weinhuff, Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Chris Chen, Principal, TowerBrook

Adele Oliva, Founding Partner, 1315 Capital

5:15 – 5:20 pm


Closing Comments

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

5:15 – 7:00 pm 


Cocktail Reception

Take this time to get to know fellow attendees and make connections!

Friday, January 27, 2023

8:00 – 9:00 am 


Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, Networking

Network with colleagues! You can also set appointments within our virtual platform or take part in a networking session catered to your interests.

9:00 – 9:30 am 


Medical Aesthetics Industry Q&A

David Moatazedi, President and CEO, Evolus

Annabel Samimy, Managing Director, Biopharmaceuticals, Stifel


9:30 – 10:00 am 


Fireside Chat

Flemming Ørnskov, MD, MPH, CEO, Galderma

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

10:00 – 10:30 am 


Deep Dive: FemRech in Plastic Surgery

Kamakshi R. Zeidler, MD, FACS, Founder & Managing Partner, Aesthetx

Juan José Chacón-Quirós, CEO & Founder, Establishment Labs

10:30 – 11:00 am 


Break: Exhibits and Networking

Take this time to visit sponsor booths, get to know fellow attendees, and make connections!

11:00 – 11:30 am 


LaunchPad SBDC Company Success Stories

11:30 – 12:30 pm 


Loyalty Programs – Love It or Leave It

Physicians and industry on panel discussing different loyalty programs. What has loyalty done to our industry? Bring in new patients? Big company, little company, single site, national chain. The “how to”. EMR. Physicians to discuss challenges.

Tiphany Hall, PhD, MBA, Chief Growth Officer, Aesthetic Record

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm 


Future of Consumer Loyalty in Aesthetics

How will industry evolve? How will consumer behavior change? What happened during the last recession? What will millennials do? Providers and how they compete against med spas and vice versa? 3 physicians from mature practices, 3 med spas.

Wayne Liu, Chief Growth Officer and President of the Americas, Perfect Corp.

1:30 – 1:45 pm


Closing Comments



Partnership Pursuit

This is a unique opportunity for you to meet these innovative entrepreneurs and determine if there is a mutually beneficial fit and interest. These companies will be within the medical industry, not necessarily ophthalmic specific, and provide a good opportunity to contribute your diverse perspective. Octane is uniquely qualified to provide this opportunity as we bridge the relationships we have with physicians and the companies that have used our LaunchPad accelerator. We look forward to welcoming you to Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.

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