Founder, Principal, Flying L. Partners
WHY: Co-founded healthcare VC firm 1999; considered guru in early-stage medical device firms, especially ophthalmology. Founder, American Medical Options, sold to Allergan 1986; founder ophthalmic surgical company Chiron Vision, sold to Bausch & Lomb.
RECENT: Formed new venture in February with legendary Wall Street firm KKR to evaluate emerging ophthalmic medical device and biopharmaceutical companies.
QUOTABLE: Told exec at one of first jobs, “‘I know an ophthalmologist.’ That started my career in ophthalmology.”