MAR 2014

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March 2014 by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Staff Writer OIS to have longer day of programming at ASCRS T his year, the ASCRS Ophthalmology I nnovation Summit (OIS@ASCRS) will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston. Unlike previous OIS meetings at the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, this year's meeting will consist of nearly a full day of panels a nd other speakers. OIS is chaired by William Link, PhD, managing director of Versant Ventures, Newport Beach, Calif.; Emmett Cunningham Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, partner at Clarus Ventures, adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine, and director of the uveitis service, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco; and Gilbert Kliman, MD, managing director of InterWest Partners, Menlo Park, Calif. Although still shorter than the OIS meeting at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), which lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the OIS meeting at ASCRS will begin around 10 a.m. and finish at about 5:30 p.m. This will help to accommodate more topics and speakers. Dr. Kliman said this decision was made based on popular de- mand. Initially, OIS@ASCRS was a half-day event to test the demand and see if people were interested in a longer program. He said that pro- gramming for this meeting will be mostly focused on the anterior segment of the eye, as this is the major topic addressed at the ASCRS meeting. There are several panels in the works for OIS, but Dr. Kliman said there will be three main panels. "We've got one on the role of out- side U.S. clinical studies and com- mercialization in innovation, and I'll be moderating that with Dick L indstrom, MD," he said. The other two will look at the challenges and opportunity with dry eye disease and corneal crosslinking. "We're trying to pick out the things that are top-of-mind for those working with the anterior segment of the eye," Dr. Kliman said. This year's OIS meeting will b e adding a focus on failures and setbacks that can come with innovation. "We've always show- cased successes in innovation, but we thought we would have a session on some of the failures and setbacks that have been experienced to give a more balanced view." All participants have not yet been finalized, but Dr. Kliman said most of the major participants from the OIS meeting at AAO are expected to be involved to some extent. He added that the meeting is also trying to incorporate companies that have never presented before. Dr. Kliman said there are a num- ber of reasons that people should be excited to attend the OIS meeting. "It continues to be a very unique meeting where we're bringing to- gether clinicians, entrepreneurs and strategics, and the investment com- munity," he said. "It's a very unique place to network, dialogue, and hear presentations that are quite different than what you'd hear at a clinical meeting." EW Contact information Kliman: gkliman@interwest.com A SCRS•ASOA Preview • A pril 25–29, 2014 Keep up on the latest in ophthalmology! Follow EyeWorld on Twitter at twitter.com/EWNews EyeWorld @EWNews 48-63 Boston Preview_EW March 2014-DL_Layout 1 3/6/14 7:27 PM Page 48

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