William J. Link PhD, Managing Director for Versant Ventures, announces the winners of the 2013 OIS Innovator Award. Describing the caliber and achievement that merits this award, Bill recognizes Thomas Burns, President & CEO for Glaukos, and Richard Hill MD, Co-Founder for Glaukos, for their high impact ophthalmic innovations that have successfully improved the lives of patients around the globe.
William J. Link, PhD
Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chiron Vision, sold in 1997. Bill founded and served as President of American Medical Optics (AMO), sold in 1986.
Mr. Burns has provided the leadership for Glaukos since its founding in 2001 to create the premier device franchise in glaucoma treatment– a business that was recently ranked #19 by the Wall Street Journal in a review of over 5000 venture-backed companies.
Richard Hill, MD
Richard (Rick) A. Hill, MD, is a Founder of Glaukos Corporation and Orange County Glaucoma. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Irvine, and a Founding Member of the Armenian EyeCare Project.