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Cliff Wright, OD

San Francisco Bay Area

* Levelheaded expertise * Challenge driven, Accomplishment motivated * Strategic foresight * Flexible, adaptable and curious * Continuous learner * Seeks advice at all levels * Willing to listen * Player-coach, team builder Dr. Cliff Wright (Optometry) has been successful at both clinical care and corporate management and understands selling and using ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical medical devices, pharmaceuticals and capital equipment. He is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) for Life Sciences with The Angels’ Forum and is most interested in mHealt...

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Areas of Expertise

  • Licensing and acquisitions

    I have done licensing and acquisitions for Johnson & Johnson, HOYA Surgical and Bausch + Lomb. I have been the COO and CEO of a diagnostic medical device company and have managed a telemedicine organization

    • Business
    • Management
    • Ophthalmology
    • optometry
    • Medical Devices
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • telemedicine
  • Telemedicine

    I managed the account between the infrastructure provider (my company) and the worlds largest retailer to deliver telemedicine on a private pay basis

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Telehealth
    • Diabetes
    • macular degeneration
    • screening
    • private pay
    • Reimbursement
  • start up

    I have founded 3 companies in the ophthalmology space. I have raised capital for each. I have mentored entrepreneurs and their teams to successfully raise funding. I am the Life Science Entrepreneur in residence (EiR) at The Angels' Forum

    • Funding Sources
    • Corporate venture
    • angel fund
    • seed capital
    • pitch preparation
    • access to capital
    • Board of directors


  • DM
    I first learned of Cliff Wright at Johnson & Johnson for his reputation as an insightful and highly knowledgeable business development executive. He is regarded as having an in-depth understanding of innovations and trends in the optical industry and a strong network. As Franchise Director in Marketing at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, I found Cliff's work indeed supported his reputation. His investigation of ocular surgery in presbyopia was creative and very helpful in educating my colleagues and me on the industry dynamics, innovations and strategic options.
    David Murphy
  • W(
    I worked with Cliff at B&L in his position as VP of Business Development. I respect Cliff for his “can do” approach to difficult and complex business deals. He consistently supported agreed upon development strategies and maintained excellent working relationships with all internal team members and external partners. He is a strong negotiator and accurately assesses the positions of each participant. I strongly recommend Cliff, and would welcome the opportunity to work with Cliff again
    William (Chip) Furniss

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Health IT, Diagnostics
Markets, Health Indications, Health Issues
  • Ophthalmic and Optical Devices
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • California
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • United States


  • Entrepreneur in residence (EiR)

    The Angels' Forum | July 2014 - Current

    I am the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Life Sciences with The Angels’ Forum and am most interested in mHealth, telemedicine, Software as a service (SaaS) in healthcare, healthcare analytics and single-use medical devices. As an EiR, I help source and evaluate potential investment opportunities for The Angels’ Forum. Please connect with me and submit your business plan.

  • CEO

    Centervue, Inc. | July 2013 - July 2014

    Chief Executive Officer of Centervue, Inc. a medical device company with applications in telemedicine for diabetic screening in general medicine and for imaging and diagnostic devices in optometry and ophthalmology. Managing a rapidly growing, socially responsible, medical device company that enables doctors to quickly find and manage potentially blinding eye conditions.

  • Chief Operating Officer

    CenterVue, Inc. | November 2010 - July 2013

    Optometry, Ophthalmology medical devices capital equipment and software services. Telemedicine. Managing and growing the economic success of CenterVue, Inc.

  • Affiliate

    The Magnum Group | March 2010 - January 2011

    Optometry, Ophthalmology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clinical regulatory, licensing acquisitions, Managed technical aspects of deal preparation and prosecution.

  • VP Business Development, Surgical

    Bausch & Lomb | September 2008 - February 2010

    Ophthalmology surgery, surgical medical devices and capital equipment. Opportunity sourcing, due diligence, business case development, presentation to senior management, deal negotiation. Research and Development coordination. Clinical regulatory management.

  • VP Business Development

    Hoya Surgical Optics | February 2008 - August 2008

    Ophthalmology surgery, medical devices licensing and acquisition management, deal sourcing, valuation, negotiation, financing and integration.

  • VP Business Development

    Johnson & Johnson | June 2000 - January 2008

    Optometry, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic medical devices and pharmaceuticals: Licensing and acquisitions. Deal sourcing, due diligence, business case development, presentation to senior management, negotiation, funding, integration and product development. Implantable surgical device development, clinical regulatory development. First in man surgery management.

  • CEO and Founder

    OpticalBuyer.Com | January 1997 - June 2000

    Conceived and established a global web based e-business for the ophthalmic industry built on community, content, commerce and convergence of services and products.


  • University of California, Berkeley

    OD | Optometry

  • University of California, Davis

    BS | Human Physiology