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The Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) was conceptualized and developed by ophthalmologist/venture capitalist Emmett Cunningham of Clarus Funds now Blackstone Life Sciences. To make his vision for OIS a reality, Emmett partnered with legendary venture capitalists, Bill Link of Versant Ventures/Flying L Partners and fellow ophthalmologist/venture capitalist Gil Kliman of InterWest Partners to Co-Chair the initial programs. The final addition of experienced conference producer, Craig Simak brought the event to life. Since then, the OIS franchise has expanded to several ophthalmic and optometric academies and unites thousands of industry and clinical leaders each year.


Emmett Cunningham

Emmett T. Cunningham Jr., MD, PhD, MPH

Blackstone Life Sciences
Bill Link

William J. Link, PhD

Flying L Partners / Versant Ventures
Gil Kliman

Gilbert H. Kliman, MD

InterWest Partners
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