Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Badawi is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sight Sciences, Inc. He is a co-inventor of the VISCO™360 Viscosurgical System, TRAB™360 Trabeculotomy System, Helix™ Microstent, and TearCare™ System.
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Prior to launching Sight Sciences, Paul led the U.S. healthcare venture capital practice for 3i Group, a global private equity firm. At 3i, Paul managed a portfolio of 12 medical device investments and $120MM invested. He served as a lead investor and board member for Ulthera (acquired by Merz), Xthetix (acquired by J&J), NeoGuide (acquired by Intuitive Surgical), OmniGuide, and Sotera Wireless, and as an observer on the boards of Small Bone Innovations (acquired by Stryker), Zonare (acquired by Mindray), and Transmedics.
Prior to entering the medical device world, Paul worked at the National Institutes of Health as a Research Fellow in the biochemical genetics laboratory of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist credited with cracking the genetic code.
Paul received a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, an MBA from UCLA, and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.
David Badawi, MD
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Dr. David Badawi is a Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sight Sciences, Inc. He is a co-inventor of the VISCO™360 Viscosurgical System, TRAB™360 Trabeculotomy System, Helix™ Microstent, and TearCare™ System.
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David leads the company’s application and development of technology towards the treatment of the underlying causes of ophthalmic disease. He also oversees the preclinical and clinical development of each of the company’s products.
In addition to building Sight Sciences and helping to bring multiple innovative technologies to the operating room and the ophthalmology clinic, David runs a busy referral and surgical practice in the Chicago suburbs.
David received a BS in Microbiology from the University of Maryland and an MD from Georgetown University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and a cornea fellowship at Emory University.
Vice President of Global Sales
James (“Jamie”) Chakales leads the global sales efforts for Sight Sciences. Jamie is a seasoned ophthalmic executive who brings over two decades of commercial ophthalmic experience with increasing responsibility to Sight Sciences.
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His career includes sales and marketing management with direct responsibility for building commercial teams that introduced a number of innovative products and platforms across several medical specialties.
In the ten years before joining Sight Sciences, Jamie led the global commercial effort as VP of Global Sales at iScience Interventional, a venture-backed ophthalmic medical device company that introduced interventional surgery to the field of ophthalmology. At iScience, Jamie personally introduced ab externo canaloplasty to over 25 countries around the globe.
Earlier in his career, Jamie brought first generation intraocular lenses to market as part of the commercial team at Ioptex Research before its acquisition by Allergan. In addition to his broad and deep ophthalmic commercialization experience, Jamie has also led sales efforts within the interventional cardiovascular space at Guidant Corporation before its acquisition by Abbott and Boston Scientific. Throughout his career, Jamie has served within administration or executive staff within the medical device, hospital, physician group practice and healthcare consulting industries.
Jamie earned his MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.</
Ingrid Kane, MD
Vice president of Global Medical Affairs
Dr. Ingrid Kane is an ophthalmologist who, over the past twenty years, has demonstrated great success working with ophthalmic medical device companies in all stages of product development, clinical trial research, and commercialization. Before joining Sight Sciences, Ingrid spent a decade introducing an interventional surgical glaucoma procedure to surgeons in 25 countries around the world.
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As Vice President of Medical Affairs at iScience Interventional and later at Ellex, Ingrid provided hundreds of didactics, wet labs, and hands-on surgical evaluations around the world for ab externo canaloplasty – one of the most technically challenging procedures in ophthalmology. Through her deep knowledge of ophthalmic physiology and disease and her personal approach to clinical training, Ingrid has formed very strong relationships and gained the trust of ophthalmic surgeons around the globe. Ingrid is applying this same level of clinical excellence and personalized training as she introduces Sight Sciences products and procedures to surgeons worldwide.Ingrid began her career in the ophthalmic industry after moving to the United States and joining Oculex Pharmaceuticals (ultimately acquired by Allergan). At Oculex, Ingrid was instrumental in the development of a commercially successful ophthalmic drug delivery systems and is a patent holder on Ozurdex, an intravitreal implant for the treatment of macular edema, diabetic macular edema, and uveitis.
Ingrid earned her medical degree at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and completed her ophthalmology training at the First Eye Clinic at Charles University.
Vice President of Research & Development
Daniel O’Keeffe leads the research and development efforts behind the company’s portfolio of surgical and non-surgical products. He is a co-inventor of the VISCO™360 Viscosurgical System, TRAB™360 Trabeculotomy System, Helix™ Microstent, and TearCare™ System.
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Daniel has been instrumental in the successful growth and development of Sight Sciences since the company’s earliest days.
Prior to joining Sight Sciences and entering the world of ophthalmology, Daniel amassed over ten years of successful research and development product development experience in cardiovascular catheters, vascular surgery delivery systems and surgical instruments. Daniel has designed and developed innovative products for industry leaders such as Boston Scientific and smaller start-ups such as Aptus Endosystems.
Daniel received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations
John Ordway leads the manufacturing and operational efforts for Sight Sciences. John has over 25 years of experience in medical device manufacturing, supply chain, and operations management.
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Prior to joining Sight Sciences, John was the Vice President of Operations for Moximed, a venture-backed orthopedic medical device company. Previously, he held senior positions managing supply chain, supplier quality, incoming inspection, manufacturing, and global distribution for commercially successful venture-backed start-ups including Angioscore (acquired by Spectranetics), St. Francis Medical (acquired by Kyphon/Medtronic), and Surgical Dynamics (acquired by Stryker). John began his career in manufacturing and supply chain management at Guidant.
Prior to entering the world of ophthalmology, John consistently helped develop and transition a variety of innovative medical devices in both orthopedics (knee implants, spinal fusion, discectomy, spinal stenosis) and cardiovascular (scoring balloon catheters, saphenous vein harvesting systems, and minimally invasive devices for general surgery) to full scale manufacturing.
John holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Oregon.
Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
Anne-Marie Ripley oversees the company’s clinical research, clinical trials, regulatory submissions and product approvals, and marketing studies across the company’s portfolio of ophthalmic medical devices. From 2005 to 2016, Anne-Marie served as Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Second Sight Medical Products through its IPO in 2015 (“EYES”).
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At Second Sight, Anne-Marie successfully guided the world’s first implantable retinal prosthesis device to restore some vision in blind patients through FDA HDE approval, CE Mark, and commercialization in the United States, Europe, and Canada.
From 2002 to 2005, Anne-Marie worked for the Alfred E. Mann Foundation, a non-profit organization that was conducting research and development for innovative bionic devices for people suffering from disabilities due to stroke and spinal cord injury with a final position as Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs. Earlier in her career, she worked in clinical and regulatory affairs at Eclipse Surgical Technologies (now Cardiogenesis), a maker of interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery and orthopedic devices.
Anne-Marie received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Vice President of Quality Assurance
Richard Rush is an experienced Quality Management executive with over 20 years in the medical device industry, working in companies ranging from small early stage start-ups to large established industry leaders. A former Vice President at Guidant Corporation, Richard has also held leadership positions at internationally respected ophthalmic device companies such as Alcon Laboratories and Coherent.
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Richard consulted for Sight Sciences for several years before joining the company full-time in 2016. Richard has been instrumental in creating and managing the Sight Sciences Quality System and obtaining numerous regulatory approvals including the 510(k) clearances and CE Marking for the company’s surgical devices.
Richard received a BS in General Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and is a long time member of the American Society for Quality.