The Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) was conceptualized by ophthalmologist/venture capitalist Emmett Cunningham in 2006 while participating in IBF’s annual MedTech Investing Conference.
Following the conference, Dr Cunningham shared his vision with Craig
Simak of IBF to develop a forum dedicated to advancing ophthalmic
innovation by uniting the leading investors, physicians, entrepreneurs
and corporate executives in the ophthalmology space to facilitate
information transfer, deal-flow, and strategic partnerships and
acquisitions. To help make the OIS vision a reality, Emmett recruited
legendary venture capitalists
Bill Link and Gil Kliman.
Their combined efforts have resulted in the OIS franchise, which has
attracted thousands of key individuals within the ophthalmic space since
the first meeting in 2009.