2023 Speakers



2023 Speakers 
Robert L. Avery, MD

California Retina Consultants

Laurent Attias

Executive Committee, SVP, Corporate Development Strategy, BD&L and M&A, Alcon

Caroline Baumal, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kevin Cady

President & CEO, OnPoint Vision Inc.

Chris Calcaterra

Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, Glaukos Corporation

Tara Capalbo

General Manager, Glaucoma, Allergan, an AbbVie Company

Bill Carpou

CEO, Octane

Marie Csete MD, PhD

CEO, OkuloVision

Robert J. Dempsey

Chief Executive Officer, President, AsclepiX Therapeutics, Inc

Lloyd Diamond

Chief Executive Officer, PIXIUM VISION

Andrew Douglas

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Megan Driscoll

CEO & Founder, EvolveMKD

Daniel Durrie, MD

Chairman, iOR Partners, Founder, Durrie Vision

David Esposito

CEO, ONL Therapeutics

Warren Foust

Chief Operating Officer, STAAR Surgical

Sanjeev Ganatra

Chief Commercial Officer, iuvo Biosciences 

Michael Garanzini

Senior Director, Marketing, Sun Ophthalmics

Andrew Gitkin

Vice Chairman, Healthcare Investment Banking, Raymond James

Yehia Hashad, MD

Executive Vice President, R&D and Chief Medical Officer, Bausch + Lomb

Mike Hill

Managing Director, Octane Capital Markets

Allie Holmes

Senior Director of Marketing, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Surgical Vision

John Hovanesian, MD, FACS

Private Practice, Harvard Eye Associates, Laguna Hills, CA Clinical Faculty, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Kristen Ingenito, MBA

Vice President, Market Scope, LLC

Mark Kontos, MD

Empire Eye Physicians

Greg Kunst

Chief Executive Officer, Aurion Biotech

Baruch Kupperman, MD, Ph.D.

Steinert Endowed Professor, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Director, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine

Mark Leahey

President & CEO, MDMA

David LeCause

Vice President – US Eye Care & Marketing, Allergan, an AbbVie Company

Richard Lindstrom, MD

Minnesota Eye Consultants

Norbert Lowe

Vice President, Head of Commercial, Eyenovia

Jim Mazzo

Executive Chairman, Neurotech
Co-Founder, Octane

Selina McGee, OD, FAAO

BeSpoke Vision

Cindy Metrose

Senior Director, Strategic Accounts and Digital Business, Zeiss

Yari Mitchell

President, Y Factor Consulting Inc.

Tom Mitro

Previous President, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Aziz Mottiwala

Chief Commercial Officer, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jeffrey Nau, PhD.

President, Viatris Eye Care Division

Marc Odrich, MD

Chief Medical Officer, LENZ Therapeutics

Max Ostermeier

Founder & CEO, Implandata Ophthalmic Products

Jai G Parekh, MD, MBA

EVP/Chief Innovation Officer, EyeCheq
Founder, EyeCare Consultants of NJ

Leslie Patch, MD

Medical Director, Johnson & Johnson Vision

John Pollack, MD

Chief Medical Officer, jCyte, Inc.

Timothy Pratt, Ph.D.

Executive Director and Global Head Medical Device & Diagnostics Research, ICON

Sheri Rowen, MD, FACS

NVision Eye Centers

Ehsan Sadri, MD, FACS

CEO & Founder, Visionary Eye Institute

Luis Diaz Santana

Vice President Ophthalmology, Cambridge Consultants

Brent Saunders

Chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb

Omar Shakir, MD, MBA,

Coastal Eye Surgeons

Aimee Shimamoto

Director of Marketing, Americas, BVI

Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH

Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service, Stanford University

Richard Small

CEO, Neurotech

Paul Smith

President & COO, Orasis Pharmaceuticals

Stephen Smith, MD

Founder & CEO, iRenix Medical, Inc.

Andrew Stewart

President, Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals, Bausch + Lomb

Mike Sweeting

Founder & President, Viewpoint Therapeutics

Adam Szaronos

President & CEO, Trukera Medical

Ramin Valian

Vice President-US Eye Care

Luis G. Vargas, MD

Head Clinical Science, Johnson & Johnson Vision

John VeLure

CEO, I-Lumen

Marty Waters

Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Jeffry Weinhuff

Founder & Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

James Williams

President & CEO, iOR Partners

Patrick Williams

Chief Financial Officer, STAAR Surgical

Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Partner, Virginia Eye Consultants

Dagny Zhu, MD

Medical Director and Partner, NVISION Eye Centers

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June 2023

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023

June 8 @ 4:30 PM - June 9 @ 7:30 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States

Join industry physicians and top ophthalmologists who are defining the future of the field at Octane’s Ophthalmology Technology Forum (OTF). The event is held annually in Orange County, the center for Ophthalmology in the US. We will be hosting Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023 as a hybrid experience, which will allow our guests to attend in person or online. Learn more Register here

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July 2023

Women Leaders of Octane – July 2023 Quarterly Meeting

July 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Register Here >> Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST, featuring Thought Leader: Cynthia West, Ph.D.  In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports. Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards Committee – Joyce Averna, JP Morgan Private Bank Resources & Communications – Nanneke Dinklo Plus, after…

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September 2023

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023

September 15 @ 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629

Octane’s Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023 will synergize innovative solutions in cardiology with physicians, industry strategics, and investors convening together to advance patient care. The Summit will explore the unmet needs in cardiology, highlight current buying trends of strategics and investors, review current funding models of cardiology innovation, present innovation trends, and showcase top emerging cardiology companies to our ecosystem of strategics and investors.

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High Tech Awards 2023

September 21
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2023 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation.

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October 2023

Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum 2023

October 25 - October 26
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
fireside chat

Octane will host our Medical Innovation Forum 2023 as an in-person experience.  Join us in collaborating with industry experts, strategics, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors who have made significant strides toward an accelerated future in the medical industry.  The Forum will highlight the wide-ranging impact of the most recent medical innovations and how the industry will adapt to enhance patient care.

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