2022 Speakers

David Acheson

Senior Vice President, North America, Apellis Pharmaceuticals

Tera Roy Ackerman

Sr. Vice President, Nextech Systems

Laurent Attias

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Strategy, BD&L and M&A, Alcon

Robert L. Avery, MD

California Retina Consultants

Bobak Azamian, MD, PhD

CEO, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals

Scott Barnes, MD

Chief Medical Officer, STAAR Surgical

Kerrie Brady

President and Chief Executive Officer, OcuTerra Therapeutics

Tara Capalbo

General Manager, Glaucoma, Allergan, an AbbVie Company

Bill Carpou

CEO, Octane

Arturo Chayet, MD

Codet Vision Institute

Alan Crunkleton

President and CEO, IOPtic, Inc.

Jag Dosanjh

President, U.S. Neuroscience and Eyecare, AbbVie

Andrew Douglas

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Daniel Durrie, MD

Chairman, iOR Partners, Founder, Durrie Vision

David Endicott

CEO, Alcon

Sanjeev Ganatra

SVP, Sales & Marketing

Ranya Habash MD

CEO, LifeLong Vision; FDA Digital Health Network of Experts, Medical Director, Technology Innovation, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Mark Hagler

Senior Vice President, Head, Ophthalmics, Oncology & Radiopharma

Chuck Hess

Vice President of Global Commercial Development and Digital Health, Bausch + Lomb

Mike Hill

Director, LaunchPad SBDC

Kamran Hosseini, MD, PhD

CEO, Surface Ophthalmics Inc.

John Hovanesian, MD, FACS

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

Mark Humayun, MD, PhD

University Professor of Ophthalmology, Director, Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics,Co-Director USC Roski Eye Institute,Director of Sensory Science Initiatives, Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, USC

Sean Ianchulev, MD, MPH
Professor of Ophthalmology
New York Eye and Ear of Mount Sinai
Chairman and CEO, Eyenovia Inc.
Cristos Ifantides

Director, Ophthalmic Global Outreach, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Patrick Johnson
Chief Business Officer, Sydnexis
Bob Katz

President & CEO, ForwardVue Pharma, Inc.

Elad Kedar

CEO, Orasis Pharmaceuticals

Darius Kharabi, JD, MBA

Chief Business Officer, Kala Pharmaceuticals

Savas Komban

CEO & Co-founder, Smartlens

Greg Kunst

Chief Executive Officer, Aurion Biotech

Baruch Kuppermann, MD

Roger F. Steinert Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Director, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute School of Medicine

Bill Link, PhD

Managing Partner, Flying L Partners

Tim Lugo

Head of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Equity Research at William Blair

Richard Lindstrom, MD

Minnesota Eye Consultants

Caren Mason

President & CEO, STAAR Surgical

Cynthia Matossian MD, FACS

Founder, Matossian Eye Associates

James V. (Jim) Mazzo

Executive Chairman, Neurotech, Chief Executive Officer, Avellino Labs, Advisor, Zeiss, Advisor, Bain Consulting, Board Member, Centricity Vision Inc.

Terry McGovern

Co-Founder, Kato Pharmaceuticals

George Mimura

Chairman and CEO, SalutarisMD

Yari Mitchell

Chief Business Development Officer, AcuFocus, Inc.

Aziz Mottiwala

Chief Commercial Officer, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals

Lisa Nijm MD, JD

Warrenville Eye Care & LASIK Center

Marc Odrich MD

Chief Medical Officer, LENZ Therapeutics

Michael J. O'Rourke

CEO, Re-Vana Therapeutics

Erin Powers

Vice President, Global Marketing & Product Strategy, BVI Medical

MK Raheja, PhD

Head, Surgical Vision R&D, Johnson & Johnson Vision

Michael Rowe

Chief Operating Officer, Eyenovia Inc.

Sheri Rowen, MD, FACS

NVision Eye Centers

Ehsan Sadri, MD, FACS

Founder & CEO, Visionary Eye Institute

Michelle Senchyna, PhD

Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Nikki Sidi

Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Surgical Vision, Johnson & Johnson Vision

Richard Small

CEO, Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Euan Thomson PhD

Global President Ophthalmic Devices
Head of Digital Business Unit, Carl Zeiss Meditec

Toby Tyson, MD, FACS

Tyson Eye, Visionary Venture Fund Co-Founder

Ramin Valian

Vice President, Eye Care, Allergan, an AbbVie Company

Marty Waters

Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Jeffry Weinhuff

Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Julia Williams

Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Visus Therapeutics

Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Partner, Virginia Eye Consultants

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January 2023

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting – January 2023

January 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, January 18th from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Anastasia Williams, The A List.  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 &…

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Next Wave Founder’s Circle January Program

January 19, 2023 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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Join Octane and our Next Wave Founder’s Circle for a program featuring Asante Cleveland, podcast host and former pro-football player on January 19th 5-6:30pm at LCAD Gallery. During this session, Asante will talk about his background, upbringing and how it shaped him to where he is today. He will also discuss the importance of arts, culture and diversity as it relates to sport and growth on and off the field. The program will be interactive, where we will encourage you to ask questions as…

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Aesthetics Technology Forum 2023

January 26, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - January 27, 2023 @ 5:00 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States

The 2nd Annual Aesthetics Technology Forum will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. This event will bring together leading physicians, industry, and entrepreneurs to discuss groundbreaking medical aesthetic technologies as well as unmet clinical needs and new business opportunities. Join leaders in the aesthetics field to examine how they fuel innovation in the medical aesthetic industry in Southern California. Learn more here.

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May 2023

Tech Innovation Forum 2023

May 10, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - May 11, 2023 @ 4:35 PM
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

Tech Innovation Forum 2023 will focus on the acceleration of innovation in technology. The Forum will concentrate on topics such as the next industrial revolution- the role that Southern California is playing in both climate tech and space, and feature topics related to the investment landscape for emerging and growth companies. Learn more. Register here.

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June 2023

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023

June 8, 2023 @ 3:30 PM - June 10, 2023 @ 1:00 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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September 2023

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023

September 15, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monarch Beach Resort, 1 MONARCH BEACH RESORT

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, 2023
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, 2023 - October 27, 2023
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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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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