2015 Agenda

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Speaker Presentation
Vitor Pamplona: Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, EyeNetra & Blink
New eye care delivery model that provides eye exams almost
anywhere using highly accurate smartphone diagnostic instruments
Larry Rodriguez: CEO, High Performance Optics
New selective filtering technology that blocks damaging blue while
passing good blue light needed for key human body functions
Prof. Brian Barsky: University of California, Berkeley
A vision-correcting display to enable a specific viewer to see it in
sharp focus directly without using any corrective eyewear. Selected
by Scientific American as one of 2014's ten "World Changing Ideas."
Nick Tarantino, OD: Chief Clinical & Regulatory Officer, Acufocus
A non-optical corneal implant that provides clear near vision for
presbyopes without reading glasses
David Lowe: Director Global Sales & Business Development, Witricity
New MIT invented wireless power system that uses magnetic
fields to transmit power eliminating power cords

Vitor Pamplona, Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, Blink is a specialist on direct-to-consumer eye care diagnostics with focus on cellphone-based hardware add-ons for optometry. A passionate inventor, anti-disciplinary researcher, product developer and community builder, Vitor is the tech lead behind portable and remote vision testing and vision-enhancing displays at EyeNetra. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, is Brazilian-German descendant, an entrepreneur since 1996 and has a penchant for open-source software..

About Blink
Launched in 2015, Blink uses technology developed at MIT Media Lab and powered by a smartphone to dramatically improve the convenience and accessibility of vision testing services. Blink uses highly trained Visioneers to conduct in-home vision tests in concert with a network oflicensed optometrists to provide personalized eyecare solutions. The Blink service is based on FDA registered technology and products from EyeNetra. EyeNetra, the company behind Blink, was founded to develop and commercialize current and future MIT Media Lab research on methods to use smartphones to deliver personalized vision correction to the masses. The founders gained their insight into new solutions for eyecare through their experiences using new computational methods for measuring optics and the human eye at MIT Media Lab, David’s experiences in a family of optometrists, and the benefits telemedicine and point of care diagnostics has on health care. Blink/EyeNetra are backed by Khosla Ventures and a large strategic investor. Blink is currently available in NYC.

Larry Rodriguez, President and CEO of High Performance Optics (HPO) with more than 30 years of experience launching and building new companies. He has led sales, marketing, operations, analytics and professional affairs with multiple companies ranging from pre-revenue start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in the ophthalmic lens, contact lens, capital equipment and banking industry. Previously he was the Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer for Capital One with revenues increasing from $500 million to $13 billion in 8 years. Mr. Rodriguez has led the launch strategies for 5 separate businesses over the last 30 years.

About High Performance Optics
HPO was founded with the mission of protecting the human retina from the hazards of blue light and high energy visible light. This is accomplished through intellectual property and technology that selectively filters high energy visible light from the human eye. Selective filtering means that the most intense dangerous high energy blue light is filtered out to protect the retina, while the “Good” Blue light in the 470-485 nm range is allowed to pass to the eye therefore not disrupting the circadian biological clock needed for key biological functions. This key point, selective filtering capability, is the cornerstone to our I.P.
HPO has successfully licensed their technology to several of the largest companies in the world across the eye care industry. Future applications of the technology include industrial glass (windshields, building, residential), lighting and hand held devices. HPO continues to expand its patent footprint with over 75 issued or pending patents worldwide.

Brian A. Barsky, PhD - Professor of Computer Science and Vision Science, and Affiliate Professor of Optometry, at the University of California, Berkeley, where he joined the faculty in 1981. He is an Affiliate Member of the Graduate Group in Bioengineering, an interdisciplinary and inter-campus program, between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. He attended McGill University in Montréal, where he received a D.C.S. in engineering in 1973 and a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science in 1976. He studied computer graphics and computer science at Cornell University in Ithaca, where he earned an M.S. degree in 1978. His Ph.D. degree is in computer science from the University of Utah in 1981 in Salt Lake City. He has published 160 technical articles and has been a speaker at many international conferences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.), a UC Berkeley Presidential Chair Fellow, a Minner Fellow in Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

About Eyeglasses Free Display
A vision-correcting display to enable a specific viewer to see it in sharp focus directly without using any corrective eyewear. The technology pre-distorts the presented content for an observer so that the target image is perceived clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. This was selected by Scientific American as one of 2014's ten "World Changing Ideas."

Nick Tarantino, OD, FAAO is Chief, Global Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Officer and Head of Research and Development for AcuFocus, Inc., a company specializing in innovative solutions for the treatment of presbyopia. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry In this role, he is responsible for leading R&D and execution of the worldwide clinical and regulatory strategy for the organization. Dr. Tarantino has over 30 years experience in the ophthalmic medical device industry serving in various Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, and Medical Affairs executive positions with Allergan Pharmaceuticals and AMO. He has given over 50 scientific and clinical presentations and has over 15 publications in the areas of intraocular lenses, vision science and corneal response to contact lens wear. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He recently served as the primary industry representative to the FDA Ophthalmic Advisory Panel and served as the Chair for the American National Standards Institute Z80 Committee on accommodating IOLs.

About KAMRA™ Inlay
Kamra Inlay, which recently received FDA approval, is a corneal inlay for those with presbyopia, or near vision loss, who want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses. It is 3.8 mm in diameter with a 1.6 mm central opening and is microscopically thin. The inlay rests comfortably and securely within the cornea and has 8,400 microscopic openings surrounding the central aperture to allow oxygen and nutrients to flow freely and naturally through the cornea. The central aperture extends depth of focus so patients are able to see near to far without blurry zones. In addition, it offers long-term performance that delivers clear near vision even as presbyopia progresses.

David Lowe, Director of Business Development, Consumer Electronics for WiTricity Corporation, a leading innovator in wireless power transfer technology. David is responsible for developing and managing customer and partner relationships across a broad array of industries, ranging from mobile phone and mobile accessories manufacturers, to CM/EMS/ODM partners, to mobile phone carriers/operators. Prior to WiTricity, Lowe was VP of Worldwide Sales for Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire Mobile) and served in similar sales and business development capacities for VCentrix, Audiocodes, Kaon Interactive, Wysdom, and Brooktrout Technology. David has a BA in Psychology from Bates College and an MBA from Northeastern University.

About Witricity Corporation
Founded in 2007, Witricity offers a revolutionary method of safely and efficiently transferring power wirelessly over distance using magnetic resonance. Based on the foundational technology invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, WiTricity is creating unlimited innovation by untethering products and technologies from power cords. The company envisions a world where products and devices no longer need disposable batteries or cords, but instead use WiTricity technology. Unlike induction chargers that require physical contact, exact positioning, and placement on top of a surface, WiTricity technology turns any surface into a wireless charging “hotspot” without the need to cut into the underside or through a surface. WiTricity is helping organizations in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical, industrial and military industries design and develop new products outfitted with WiTricity technology including global licensees Intel, Toyota, MediaTek, Thoratec, IHI, and Delphi.