October 1, 2020
Monty Montoya pursues the worldwide elimination of corneal blindness by 2040 with a passion. For those in the global arena of corneal transplantation and eye banking, he is considered a true social humanitarian for working tirelessly to achieve that mission for the past 20 years.
As CEO of CorneaGen, Monty is dedicated to transforming the cornea ecosystem by driving innovations in research, products, prevention and policy to help the 10 million living with treatable corneal blindness.
Monty joined SightLife in 1997, when he was hired to turn the organization around from a period of financial struggle. Under his determined leadership, SightLife’s growth scaled from a modest $1.9 million to more than $30 million in 10 years, with nearly $10.5 million reinvested back into sight-related programs for low-income populations domestically and abroad. In 2017, he shifted his focus to solely lead CorneaGen.
He has been honored with prestigious awards for his vision and service, including the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Pacific Northwest Life Sciences category and the Eye Bank Association of America’s coveted Heise Award. This award is given to a non-medical individual who has made the greatest contribution to advancing the cause of eye banking.
Monty holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University.