D. Verne Sharma is a former Chairman, Chief Executive
Officer and President of both public and private companies. Mr.
Sharma was most recently Chairman, CEO and President of Rx
Sight Inc. (formerly Calhoun Vision Inc.), Aliso Viejo, CA,
serving in that capacity from 2008 until his retirement in early
2015. Rx Sight has been engaged in the development of a highly
innovative technology – an intraocular lens that is inserted in the
eye during cataract surgery, and that can be adjusted shortly
thereafter to the precise prescription of each patient by application
of light, eliminating the need for glasses. The company received
FDA approval for its lens in November 2017, based on a 600-eye
clinical study Mr. Sharma substantially completed prior to his
retirement. Mr. Sharma has had 25 years of senior level medical
device experience having served in top executive positions at
public companies including General Electric Medical Systems, US
Surgical Corp. and Summit Technology Inc. As President and
Chief Operating Officer of Summit, he pioneered the development
and worldwide commercialization of the now popular eye surgery
procedure known as LASIK, leading to the sale of the company in
2000 for $963 million.
In addition to Calhoun Vision, Mr. Sharma served on the Board of
publicly held American Medical Systems, where he was Chair of
the Technology Committee and the Compensation Committee.
AMS was acquired in 2011 for $3 billion. He was also a director of
the life science company ZetaRx, which was developing an
immunotherapy cure for cancer when Juno Therapeutics acquired
it in 2013. Juno was itself acquired by Celgene in 2018 for $10.1
billion. Mr. Sharma currently serves as a member of the Board of
Directors of two early stage medical device companies in Los
Angeles, Hydrophilix and Blacklight Surgical Inc, as well as on the
Board of Pathlight International, a Pleasanton, CA-based NGO.
Pathlight partners with schools, churches and residents of Belize in
Central America so that young people receive a quality education,
build their spiritual foundation and pursue pathways that lead to
meaningful vocations.
Mr. Sharma holds an MBA with distinction from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate
degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the West
Indies. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant in
New York with the leading global consulting firm of McKinsey &
Company.