2019 ascrs annual meeting

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Get ready to enter the Shark Tank* with the all new Winning Pitch Challenge Symposium at the 2019 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting: An Ophthalmology Shark Tank without the Bite.

This unique session gives four finalists the opportunity to bring innovation to the field of ophthalmology. During the symposium, selected finalists will present their pitch live to the judges. The winner receives $10,000 and guidance from experts to operationalize the concept! View these creative, transformative, groundbreaking ideas today.
session moderators
Vance Thompson, MD
Vance Thompson, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist in Sioux Falls, SD specializing in laser vision correction and advanced cataract surgery. As the director of refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision, Dr. Thompson leads a collaborative team of medical professionals in treating vision conditions using advanced technology and innovative techniques. Dr. Thompson also currently serves as a professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine.
Edward J. holland, MD
Dr. Holland is the Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, and formerly served as the President for ASCRS from 2011-2012. As the Director of Cornea Services at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, Dr. Holland has attracted worldwide referrals for medical and surgical corneal problems and for stem cell transplantation.
session panelists
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD
Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants and an internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He currently serves as an Adjunct Clinic Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his career.
James Mazzo
James V. (Jim) Mazzo is Global President for Carl Zeiss Meditec’s Strategic Business Unit Ophthalmic Devices, which includes Ophthalmic Diagnostics, Surgical Ophthalmology and Refractive Lasers. Mazzo is one of the ophthalmic industry’s best known and most respected business leaders with over 38 years of proven experience.
William J. Link, PhD
Dr. Link specializes in early-stage investing in medical devices. He is a founder and Principal of Flying L Partners and he is a founder and Managing Director of Versant Ventures. Prior to co-founding Versant Ventures, Dr. Link was a general partner at Brentwood Venture Capital and has over two decades of operations experience in the healthcare industry.

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