2024 Agenda

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

Aesthetics Tech Forum 2024 Agenda

Thursday, January 25, 2024

7:45 – 8:45 am PST


Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

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

8:45 – 8:55 am


A Look Back and the Vision Forward

Kicking off Aesthetics Tech Forum with Octane’s CEO.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

EMCEE – Kamakshi R. Zeidler, MD, Founder & Managing Partner, Aesthetx, Octane Medical Advisory Co-Chair

8:55 – 9:15 am 


State of Aesthetic Industry Report

Erik Haines, Managing Director, Guidepoint Qsight

9:15 – 9:45 am


Framework for Innovation in Aesthetics

Josh Makower, MD, Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, Stanford University Schools of Medicine & Engineering; Director & Co-Founder, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign; Chairman & Founder, ExploraMed Development, LLC

Caro Van Hove, President & CEO, Revelle Aesthetics (Moderator)


9:45 – 10:30 am


Psychology of the Consumer

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

John Agwunobi, MD, MBD, MPH, Former Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Herbalife Nutrition

Clint Carnell, Founder, Greyspace, Executive Chairman, Geneo, Founder & Board Member, OrangeTwist, CEO, InBrace

Lynn Heublein, CEO and Co-Founder, SkinSpirit

Evan Rieder, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist & Psychiatrist

Alexis Wolfer, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

10:30 am – 11:00 am 


Break: Networking, Exhibits, & Coffee

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

11:00 – 11:45 pm 


Unlocking Aesthetic Potential: Exploring Private Equity’s Impact

Micah Bregman, VP, Global Strategy & Pipeline, Allergan Aesthetics an AbbVie Company (Moderator)

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS, CEO & Owner, CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center

Shawna Chrisman, NP, Founder, Destination Aesthetics Medical Spa

Ben Hernandez, CEO & Managing Director, Skytale Group

Alyssa Rapp, CEO, Empower Aesthetics

Jessica Stellwagen, Co- Founder, Bodify


11:45 – 12:10 pm


Perspectives on Market Consolidation with Bruce Maller

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

Bruce Maller, Former CEO, BSM Consulting

12:10 – 1:10 pm 


Networking Lunch

1:10 – 1:25 pm 


Dr. Brian Kinney Award for Innovation in Aesthetics

presented by Rosalyn Cole d’Incelli, SVP, Clinical, Medical & U.S. Regulatory Affairs, Establishment Labs

1:25 – 2:10 pm 


The Weight Loss Revolution

Johnny Franco, MD, FACS, Austin Plastic Surgeon (Moderator)

Jason Bloom, MD, FACS, Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery

Jonathan Kaplan, MD, MPH, CEO & Founder, BuildMyHealth

Steve Kreider, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Cutera

Matthew Montes De Oca, PharmD, Chief Clinical Officer, Strive Pharmacy

Leah Richardson, Partner, K&L Gates

2:10 – 2:40 pm 


Tomoko Yamagishi-Dressler, Chief Marketing Officer, Evolus, Inc.

Moderated by Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

2:40 – 3:10 pm 


Break: Networking, Exhibits, & Coffee

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

3:10 – 3:55 pm 


Show Me The Money

Our esteemed panelists will delve into the financial aspects of the aesthetics industry, offering valuable insights and strategies for success. In an era of boundless innovation, this panel brings together industry trailblazers and financial experts to answer the pressing questions of entrepreneurs and visionaries alike.

Steven Yoelin, MD, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Medical Associates, Inc. (Moderator)

Kristen Slaoui, PhD, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Galderma 

Rajiv Shukla, Chairman & CEO, Carmell Corporation

Jeffry Weinhuff, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Visionary Ventures

Matt Wolf, Director, Health Care Senior Analyst, RSM US LLP

3:55 – 5:00 pm 


Octane Capital & Growth Company Presentations

5 Presenting Companies
Emcee: Brandon Hahr, Managing Partner & CEO, Kingsmen Digital Ventures

Mike Hill, Managing Director, Octane Capital Markets

  1. TruFacial
  3. Collplant
  4. Tissue and Cell Technolgies
  5. Triple Hair
  6. LionHeart Health


Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS, PCEO, Founder and President, Beauty by Buford, Octane Medical Advisory Co-Chair

Jason O’Hearn, VP of Commercial Operations, SIA | An Integra LifeSciences Company

Chinmay Kanuga, Senior Director, Search & Evaluation, Aesthetics & Operations, Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie Company

5:15 – 6:30 pm 


Closing Reception

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

Friday, January 26, 2024

7:30 – 8:30 am PST


Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

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

7:30 – 8:45 am

EXPERIENCE  – Invite Only 

Partnership Pursuit Breakfast

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 aesthetics 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.

9:00 – 9:45 am 


Revitalizing Radiance: Advances in Hair Restoration

Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, BosleyMedical Group (Moderator)

Wajdie Ahmad, Executive Chairman & COO, Amplifica Holdings Group, Inc.

Drew Fine, Chief Marketing Officer, Rion Aesthetics

Daniel Gil, PhD, CEO, Pelage Pharma

Neda Mehr, MD, Founder, Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center

9:45 – 10:30 am 


Exploring Skin Quality, Boosters, and Biostimulators

Ted Lain, MD, MBA, FAAD, Chief Medical Officer, Sanova, Dermatology, Executive Director, Austin Institute for Clinical Research (Moderator)

Amelia K. Hausauer, MD FAADDirector of Dermatology, Aesthetx Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Charlie Hee, PhD, Vice President, Device R&D, Allergan Aesthetics an AbbVie Company

Gus Rhodes, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Turn Biotechnologies

Alan Widgerow, MBBCh, MMed, FCS, FACS, Chief Scientific Officer Galderma, Head Skin Science Center for Innovation, Head Alastin Innovations

10:30 – 11:00 am 


Demystifying Beauty AI – A Deep Dive into AI Skin Tech
Everything you need to know about AI and its application across the skincare and aesthetic industries. Perfect Corp., the leaders in AI, answer all your questions about the impact of AI across the industry today. Catch a glimpse at the groundbreaking AI innovations that are transforming the skincare industry for brands, retailers, spas, and consumers and get all your burning AI beauty tech questions answered.

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

11:00 – 11:20 am 


Break: Networking, Exhibits & Coffee

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

11:20 – 11:35 am 


Unveiling the Aesthetic Legal Landscape: The 5 Most Common Areas of Legal Concern in Aesthetics

Caitlin Blanche, Partner, K&L Gates

11:35 – 12:20 pm 


Navigating AI in Medical Aesthetics: Embracing the Good and Avoiding the Pitfalls

Wendy Lewis, Founder & President, Wendy Lewis & Co LTD. (Moderator)

Kay Durairaj, MD, FACS, Beauty by Dr. Kay

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

Scott Jorgensen, CEO, Appiell.Ai

Jessica Wu, MD, Dermatologist, Founder, Residen

12:20 – 1:05 pm 


Comparing Global Aesthetic Markets

Tom Albright, CEO, Luvantas, the North American subsidiary of Medytox, Inc. (Moderator)

Doug Abel, President & CEO, Advanced Aesthetic Technologies Inc.

Rosalyn Cole d’Incelli, SVP, Clinical, Medical & U.S. Regulatory Affairs

Hou Yongtai, PhD, Chairman and Executive Director, Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co., Ltd.

1:05 – 2:00 pm

Closing Lunch

OC Innovation Week: Opening Reception

UCI Beall Applied Innovation 5270 California Ave # 100, Irvine, CA

Join us for the grand kickoff of OC Innovation Week at our Opening Reception, where excitement and innovation converge.

Fast Pitch

The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation 5270 California Ave, Irvine, CA, United States

Fast Pitch is a unique opportunity for Orange County's tech innovators to showcase their groundbreaking ideas. Participants present their pitches to a distinguished panel of judges, potential partners, and investors.

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