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Glaucoma Research Foundation Gala to Honor Leading Venture Capitalist William J. Link, PhD

San Francisco, CA - January 14, 2014 - Glaucoma Research Foundation President and CEO, Thomas M. Brunner announced today that William J. Link, PhD, and Judy Collins will be honored at their Annual Gala on February 6, 2014 at San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel.

The Catalyst Award will be presented to William J. Link, PhD, a leading venture capitalist, instrumental in the advancement of many important new technologies including innovative treatments for glaucoma. GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins will receive The Visionary Award in recognition of her long time social activism and efforts to promote glaucoma awareness. Collins will perform a private concert for attendees.

“Dr. Link has dedicated his career to advancing innovative concepts to help patients and preserve vision. We are delighted to have an opportunity to recognize Bill for his outstanding achievements and dedication to the development of new treatments for glaucoma,” Mr. Brunner said.

“With vision loss in her family, Judy Collins has a keen interest in increasing awareness about glaucoma. She served on the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, Inc. for many years. We are thrilled to recognize Judy’s efforts to prevent vision loss from glaucoma through early detection and intervention.”

Co-chaired by Nobuko Saito Cleary and Gary Cleary, PharmD, PhD, and Jaci and Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, the Annual Gala includes a reception and silent auction in the Garden Court and dinner in the Gold Ballroom as guests celebrate the scientists who have done so much to help in the fight against glaucoma. Highlights of the Gala program include the Award presentations, a live auction to raise funds in support of glaucoma research, and a special performance by Judy Collins.

The Foundation's Annual Gala kicks off Glaucoma 360, a unique series of three events that includes the New Horizons Forum, a full-day meeting dedicated to new innovations in glaucoma, and concludes with a continuing medical education symposium for ophthalmologists. All proceeds from Glaucoma 360 events will support Glaucoma Research Foundation's research and education programs. To learn more about the February 6-8, 2014 events or to register, visit: www.glaucoma360.org.

About Glaucoma Research Foundation

Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Glaucoma Research Foundation is America’s oldest and most experienced institution dedicated solely to its mission: Preventing vision loss from glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education and support with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. The Foundation has a proven track record of results-oriented and innovative research, and produces definitive educational materials used by eye care professionals across the country. The Glaucoma Research Foundation website, www.glaucoma.org, provides valuable information about glaucoma to more than 1.7 million visitors annually.

For more information about the Glaucoma Research Foundation's Annual Gala, to sponsor a table, or to purchase individual tickets, please contact Nancy Graydon at 415.986.3162 or visit www.glaucoma360.org.


Contact: Andrew Jackson, Director of Communications (415) 986-3162

Last reviewed on January 14, 2014

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