The Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) was conceptualized and developed by ophthalmologist/venture capitalist Emmett Cunningham of Clarus Funds. To make his vision for OIS a reality, Emmett partnered with legendary venture capitalists, Bill Link of Versant Ventures and fellow ophthalmologist/venture capitalist Gil Kliman of InterWest Partners to Co-Chair the programs. The final addition of experienced conference producer, Craig Simak brought the event to life. Their combined efforts have resulted in the OIS franchise which now precedes 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

Versant Ventures