Competencies for the commercialization of research

Listening session (virtual): February 8 | 4 - 5:30pm ET

Audience: ARVO members
Registration: Free

The Commercial Relationships Committee (CRC) seeks to gather information from ARVO members to document the core competencies involved in the commercialization process for research. The conversation will be organized around three thematic areas: getting industry interested, intellectual property, and partnering expectations. Your input will inform the committee's future educational programming. 

This listening session is hosted by the ARVO Commercial Relationships Committee. A certificate of participation will be available to attendees upon request (email

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Organizers & moderators 


Vinay AakaluVinay Kumar Aakalu, MD, MPH
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Section Leader and Medical Director, Eye Plastic, Orbital and Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Director, Ocular Surface Research Program
Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Medical School

Margot GoodkinMargot L. Goodkin, MD, PhD
Executive Director of Clinical Development
Allergan, an AbbVie Company

Janet Serle

Janet B. Serle, MD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Ophthalmology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



Getting industry interested: Part I (academia)

Michael FautschMichael Fautsch, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Mayo Clinic

Getting industry interested: Part II (industry)

Doug FaunceDoug Faunce, PhD
Executive Director, Head of Search & Evaluation for Eye Care
AbbVie Corporate Strategy

Intellectual property

Lorenz SiddiqiLorenz Siddiqi, Esq.
Executive Director, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property & Strategy

Partnering expectations

Adrienne GravesAdrienne Graves, PhD
Former CEO, Santen Inc., Chairman of the Board, Iveric Bio
Board of Directors: Opus Genetics, Nicox, Qlaris, Surface Ophthalmics, TherOptix, Greenbrook TMS, Oxurion, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Glaucoma Research Foundation, ASCRS Foundation