Tom Frinzi

Tom Frinzi

September 30, 2020

Thomas Frinzi is the former Worldwide President, Surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision business, which includes a broad ophthalmology portfolio across the areas of cataracts and refractive surgery (LASIK). Tom was appointed to his position in February 2017 at the conclusion of Johnson & Johnson’s acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott. Mr. Frinzi joined AMO in January 2016 as Senior Vice President of Abbott Laboratories and President, Abbott Medical Optics.

Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. Frinzi held a number of leadership positions in ophthalmology and medical device companies. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of WaveTec Vision, a developer of surgical systems for eye surgery. He also held senior positions in commercial operations, business development, and sales and marketing at Bausch & Lomb Surgical, Refractec and Johnson & Johnson. In recognition of his leadership, expertise and vision in the field, Mr. Frinzi was awarded the 2015 Ophthalmology Innovation Award by the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tampa.

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John Gebhart

John Gebhart

October 1, 2020

John Gebhart is a seasoned entrepreneurial leader who has worked in emerging health and technology companies for more than 30 years in the roles of CFO, COO, and CEO. His areas of specialization include financial and operations management, capital formation, strategic planning, financial modeling, organization development, and investor relations and has raised more than $150 million for his companies. Most recently he was CFO Acucela, Inc., a clinical stage ophthalmology developing diverse portfolio of drugs and devices to preserve and restore vision. He previously served as CFO for Qliance Medical Management Inc, a leader in direct primary care services, and CEO of Carewise Inc., a pioneer in telephone nurse triage and patient advocacy.. He has also he operated an independent consultancy providing project management and interim executive services to a variety of health services and technology companies including Remote Medical International, Ventripoint, PhysioSonics, Carena, Clarity Health, Nexcura, and DS-IQ. He began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young and received his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

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Bernie Iliakis

Bernie Iliakis

October 1, 2020

As President for CorneaGen, Bernie is responsible for all aspects of the tissue services organization. Over his career, he has been responsible for the distribution of more than 150,000 sight restoring grafts to nearly 50 countries worldwide.

Bernie began his career in eye banking in 1995, when he joined SightLife as an eye bank technician. In 2003, he became the Chief Operating Officer overseeing all operations, including clinical services and quality assurance.  He transitioned to CorneaGen COO after its creation in 2016.  In early 2021, Bernie was promoted to President of the organization.

For 15 years he served on the Medical Advisory Board for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), which creates and revises the medical standards that govern eye banking, and was an Inspector on the Accreditation Board for 15 years, which determines EBAA accreditation status of eye banks. In 2016, Bernie was honored by the EBAA with the Leonard Heise Award for his outstanding devotion to the field of eye banking.

Bernie has been a member of the American Association of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery course faculty for Femtosecond Laser Keratoplasty.

Bernie received his master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Washington and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, also at the UW.

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Patrick Lally

Patrick Lally

April 12, 2022

Patrick Lally is a partner at Petrichor Healthcare Capital Management, a life sciences-focused investment firm. Prior to joining Petrichor, Mr. Lally was a vice president at OrbiMed Advisors in their healthcare special situations and structured finance practice. Before OrbiMed, Mr. Lally was a healthcare investor in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund at Fortress Investment Group. Mr. Lally holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

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Richard Lindstrom

Richard Lindstrom

October 1, 2020

Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Clinic Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

Dr. Lindstrom is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his career, as a recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, lecturer and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lindstrom completed his doctorate degree in medicine in 1972. He has been awarded over 40 patents in ophthalmology and has developed a number of corneal preservation solutions, intraocular lenses and instruments that are used in clinical practices globally. He has co-edited seven books, published over 350 peer reviewed journals and 60 book chapters.

He is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service by national and international ophthalmology associations, including the LANS, Barraquer and the first lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

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