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Eyecelerator @ ASCRS 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel


*Panels are in development and speakers are subject to change.

Registration + Networking Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Potomac Foyer and Rock Creek Ballroom


8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Gil Kliman, MD
Steve Speares
Stephen McLeod, MD

Eric Donnenfeld, MD  

Digital Health Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Get an inside look at the advanced digital tools and transformative technologies disrupting eye care.

Moderator: Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Digital Ophthalmic Society Overview

  • Eric Rosenberg, DO


  • Artificial Intelligence: Ranya Habash, MD

  • Telemedicine: Grayson W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

  • Remote Education: Hunter Cherwek, MD

  • Eric Rosenberg, DO
  • Chuck Hess
    Vice President & General Manager, Bausch + Lomb Surgical
  • Emily Lyons
    Global Head of Digital Transformation, Alcon
  • Ana Neves
    Global Head of Marketing & Business Management, Surgical Ophthalmology, Carl Zeiss Meditec

 Spotlight Presentations: Cornea

9:10 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.

Moderators: Preeya K. Gupta, MD and Edward J. Holland, MD

Presenting Companies: 

  • Aurion Biotech, a Division of CorneaGen

  • Emmecell

  • GelMEDIX, Inc.

  • Palatin Technologies


  • Robert Dempsey
    CEO, AsclepiX Therapeutics

  • Marjan Farid, MD
    UC Irvine / Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

  • Sumit (Sam) Garg, MD
    UC Irvine / Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

  • Julie Schallhorn, MD
    University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine  


Networking Break 

10:00 a.m. – 
10:30 a.m.

Enjoy refreshments and connect with your colleagues.

Spotlight Presentations: Refractive 

10:30 a.m. – 
11:15 a.m.

Moderators: Cathleen McCabe, MD and Stephen Slade, MD


Presenting Companies: 

  • Allotex, Inc.

  • LENZ Therapeutics

  • Ocuphire Pharma

  • Visus Therapeutics


  • Marguerite McDonald, MD

  • Yari Mitchell
    Chief Business Development Officer, AcuFocus

  • Rajesh Rajpal
    Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Vance Thompson, MD 

Spotlight Presentations: Cataract 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderators: David Chang, MD and Nicole Fram, MD

Presenting Companies: 

  • Beyeonics Vision 

  • Centricity

  • LayerBio

  • ForSight VISION6



  • Terry Kim, MD 

  • Sumitra Khandelwal, MD

  • Erin Powers
    Vice President, Global Marketing & Product Strategy, BVI Medical 

  • Kevin Waltz, MD
    President, Ophthalmic Research Consultants


Networking Lunch

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Buffet served in the Rock Creek Ballroom.

The Winning Pitch Challenge 

12:45  – 1:45 p.m. 

ASCRS brings its 'Shark Tank' -styled competition to the Eyecelerator stage. Three innovative, early-stage companies will compete for free access to experienced mentors, networking opportunities, exposure to financial resources, and up to $45,000 in prize money. This exciting session is not to be missed.


Moderators: Jim Mazzo and Vance Thompson, MD


  • EyeYon Medical


  • Amblyopia Home

Panel Judges: 

  • Juliet Bakker
    Managing Director and Founder, Longitude Capital

  • Vartan Ghazarossian, PhD
    Co-founder/President/CEO, Visant Medical, Inc.

  • Richard Lindstrom, MD
    Minnesota Eye Consultants

  • William Link, PhD,
    Managing Partner, Flying L Ventures


Keynote Lecture
Chuck Adams, Citi

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. 

Money talk and more

So You’ve Got an Idea: Protect Your IP Through Patents

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

Securing intellectual property and patent protection is a strategic consideration for companies at the cutting edge of eye care. Join an expert panel of seasoned attorneys, capital investors, and entrepreneurial clinicians who will break down the key requirements for effectively protecting, funding, and selling your innovations.

Moderator: Richard Lindstrom, MD


  • First Steps For Protecting Your Idea: Gary Wortz, MD

  • Avoid Common Patent Mistakes:
    Jessica Kaiser, Arnold and Porter (former patent judge)

  • IP and Due Diligence Strategic


  • Jamie Clessarus, Esq.
    Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Seba Leoni,
    Global Head & GM, Alcon Vision Suite

  • Jeffry Weinhuff
    Managing Partner, Visionary Ventures

  • Elizabeth Yeu, MD 

Networking Break

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. 

Find refreshments and connect with your colleagues.

Show Me The Money! Position Your Company for Capital Success

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Active investors, government agencies and corporate funders reveal the secrets to presenting an effective pitch, fielding a team everyone believes in, and matching your innovation projects with experienced, like-minded investment partners.

Moderator: John Berdahl, MD


  • ​Juliet Bakker
    Managing Director, Longitude Capital

  • Andy Corley
    Principal, Yelroc Consulting, Inc.

  • Warren Foust
    Worldwide President, Surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Tony Gover, PhD
    National Eye Institute

  • Larry Webb,
    District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

 Spotlight Presentations: Glaucoma

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. 

Moderators: Nathan M. Radcliffe, MD and Ruth D. Williams, MD


Presenting Companies: 

  • TearClear

  • ViaLase, Inc.

  • Eyenovia


  • Lama Al-Aswad, MD

  • Sahar Bedrood, MD

  • Manjool Shah, MD

  • Monisha Vora, MD

  • Aaron Schaechterle
    Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Glaukos 

Antifragility: Create Exceptional Business Opportunities Through Extraordinary Challenges 

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. 

Building resilient, "antifragile" systems into your company’s core culture increases its capability to thrive in a complex and volatile world. In this session, corporate leaders will recount how they responded to demanding times by uncovering opportunities that made their companies stronger. 


Moderator: Eric Donnenfeld, MD


  • Keith Holliday
    Chief Technology Officer, STAAR Surgical

  • Shervin Korangy
    President and CEO, BVI Medical

  • Gustavo de Moraes, MD, PhD.
    Chief Medical Officer, Ora

  • Nikki Sidi
    Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Ramin Valian
    Vice President, Marketing, Allergan, an AbbVie company 

"Best in Show" Awards + Closing Bell Recap Panel

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. 

Moderator: Gil Kliman, MD


  • John Berdahl, MD

  • Eric Donnenfeld, MD

  • David Chang, MD – Cataract

  • Preeya Gupta, MD​ – Cornea

  • Cathleen McCabe, MD – Refractive
  • Ruth Williams, MD – Glaucoma