Commercial Relationships Committee



The Commercial Relationships Committee (CRC) monitors the status of commercial relationships of ARVO members who contribute to the Annual Meeting and publications.


  • Sponsor Annual Meeting workshops and develop informational materials to teach members about commercial opportunities for collaboration, funding, financial arrangements, patent licensing, etc.
  • Suggest new ways that ARVO can collaborate with industry for the benefit of its members.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.

The committee meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, by email and if needed by conference call during the year.


How to Apply: The 2023 applications period closed on Jan. 11

To be considered for membership on the Committee, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement, plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

    • Invest time in their application
    • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2024.



Janet Serle, MD

Section: Glaucoma
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - Ophthalmology Dept.
New York , N.Y.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Sunil Chauhan, DVM, PhD

Section: Cornea
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School - Ophthalmology Dept.
Boston , Ma.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

Jeffrey Willis, MD, PhD

Section: Retina
Genentech / VA Martinez - Ophthalmology
San Francisco , Calif.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

Annette Hoskin, BSc (Optom), MBA

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney
Maylands , Australia
Term: 05/24/2022 - 05/30/2025

Sharon Klier, MD, MPH

Section: Retina
UNITY Biotechnology
Calabasas , Calif.
Term: 05/24/2022 - 05/30/2025


Cynthia Steel, PhD, MBA

Section: Retina
Glaukos Corp.
Tampa , Fla.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Rebecca Hussain

Section: Cornea
RHMM, Inc.
Ross , Calif.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Daniel Lindegger
PhD student

Section: Visual Neuroscience
Geneva , Switzerland
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Vladimir Bantseev, PhD

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Genentech Inc.
San Francisco , Calif.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026

Leopold Schmetterer

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Singapore Eye Research Institute
Term: 05/15/2021 - 05/31/2026

Terri Young

Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison , Wisc.
Term: 05/20/2022 - 05/31/2027

Ex Officio

Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Schepens Eye Research Institute -Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston , Mass.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/09/2024

Executive Vice President

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Colorado
Boulder , Colo.
Term: 05/20/2022 - 05/31/2027

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Jason Spessard, MBA, CAE

Chief Financial Officer