This year’s forums will be hybrid, allowing for greater global exposure, while allowing us to meet in-person.

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Thursday 07 September 2023
07:50 – 20:30 (CET)
Hilton Danube Hotel, Vienna

The Ophthalmology Futures European Forum brings together clinicians, scientists, regulators, and business leaders to discuss the latest developments and trends in ophthalmology. This year’s forum will cover a range of important topics including the progress of cell and gene therapy, novel drug delivery for glaucoma, and the role of technology in managing myopia in the digital age. The forum will also address broader issues such as the impact of war on investment, global harmonization of regulatory processes, and leadership in the field. Additionally, the forum features a special interview with pioneer Gavin Herbert, where he shares his experiences and insights with a panel of senior corporate executives. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights and knowledge that will shape the future of ophthalmology.

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Key topics for this year’s European forum

Will Novel Glaucoma Drug Delivery Be Competitive or Synergistic with MIGS?

Cell and Gene Therapy and other New Technology for the Anterior Segment – Progress?

Has Cornea Based Refractive Surgery Peaked?

Myopia in the Digital Age: Is Technology the Answer?

How has the Investment Environment Changed in the last 2 Years?

Leadership in Ophthalmology: Lessons From a Pioneer and His Disciples

Which Phaco and IOL would I want Today?

The Impact of Global Harmonisation of Regulatory Process on Medtech Innovation in Ophthalmology



07:00 - 07:50

Registration and Refreshments

07:50 - 08:00

Welcome from the Co-chairs

Keith Barton
Kuldev Singh

08:00 - 08:10

Market Overview

Michael Giaquinto

08:10 - 08:50
10:15 - 10:40

Networking Break

10:40 - 11:10

Panel 2: Cell and Gene Therapy for the Anterior Segment and other new Technology - Progress?


Jodbhir Singh Mehta
Viridiana Kocaba



Greg Kunst
Laura de Benito Llopis
Franck Leveiller
Marcus Ang
Mor Dickman
Nahum Ferera

12:30 - 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 - 13:55
13:55 - 14:30
15:30 - 16:00

Panel 5: How has the Investment Environment Changed in the last 2 Years?


Katya Smirnyagina


Ehsan Sadri
Ranya Habash
Bill Link
Dima Chaya
Laurent Attias
Limin Wang
Mike Giaquinto

16:00 - 16:25

Networking Break

16:25 - 17:10

Panel 6: Leadership in Ophthalmology: Lessons From a Pioneer and His Disciples. An interview followed by a panel session


Jim Mazzo


Gavin Herbert


David Endicott
Chris Calcaterra
Peter McDonnell
Kuldev Singh

18:40 - 19:10

Panel 8: The Impact of Global Harmonisation of Regulatory Process on Medtech Innovation in Ophthalmology


Kuldev Singh


Michael Mrochen
Jeannette Bankes
Sally Tucker
Magda Michna
Jan Willem De Cler

19:10 - 19:15

Summary and concluding comments from the Co-chairs

19:15 - 20:30

Cocktail Reception

Presenting companies

  • Atia Vision
  • Aurion Biotech
  • CustomLens AI
  • Dopavision GmbH
  • Elios Vision
  • Epion Therapeutics
  • Eximore ltd
  • EYE-GO A/S
  • EyeYon Medical
  • Fitlens
  • Glaukos Corporation
  • Implandata Ophthalmic Products
  • iSTAR Medical
  • Kuria Therapeutics
  • LensGen, Inc.
  • LEP Biomedical
  • m-lab GmbH
  • MachineMD
  • Myra Vision, Inc
  • NovaSight Ltd.
  • Oculis
  • Ophthalmic Therapeutic Innovation
  • Orasis Pharmaceuticals
  • PhotonTherapeutics
  • Sanoculis
  • Tarsier Pharma
  • Twenty Twenty Therapeutics
  • ViaLase


Our Ophthalmology Futures Forums are clinician-driven innovation meetings focusing on new technology, entrepreneurial ventures, market access, and other aspects of commercialisation in the ophthalmic healthcare sector.

They cover all aspects of global innovation in ophthalmic devices, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals by connecting scientists, physicians, regulators, reimbursement specialists, corporate leaders, venture capitalists, and other investors who support the advancement of eye care.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our forum sponsorship opportunities offer organisations of all sizes a unique platform to promote their organisation, products, and services to prominent business and scientific leaders.

If your organisation would be interested in presenting at one of our Forums, please submit your application via the Apply to Present page.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our European, Asian and Retina Forums or special rates are available for combined sponsorship. Please contact us for further information or for a sponsorship prospectus.