Mark Forchette '81
CEO, Delphinus Medical Technologies
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Forchette, who earned a marketing degree from the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, earned the Innovator of the Year Award at the 2014 Ophthalmology Innovation Summit for his work in defining and developing the laser cataract surgery market.
Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc., appointed Forchette as its President and CEO in September 2014. The company conceptualized and developed SoftVue, a first-of-its-kind whole breast ultrasound system. Before joining Delphinus, Forchette served for seven years as President and CEO of Optimedica Corporation, a privately held, venture capital-backed ophthalmic medical devices company based in the Silicon Valley.
While at Optimedica, Forchette led the company through two market transformations and two merger and acquisition transactions. The company gained foundation patents and designed, developed, and launched the Catalys Precision Laser System for cataract surgery. Optimedica sold the system to Abbott Medical Optics in 2013 for $400 million.
Optimedica also developed the Pascal laser system for use in retinal surgery, which it sold to TopCon in 2009.
“Mark is a perfect combination of a strategist, a marketing guru, a CEO who loved visiting customers, and a `walk around’ leader of the R&D, manufacturing, customer service, and product teams at headquarters,” said Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers Founding Partner Brook Byers, who recruited Forchette to Optimedica. “His infectious optimism, cheerful outlook, and hard work ethic endeared him to his employees, investors, distribution partners, and even competitors.”
Forchette’s more than 30 years of management experience also includes tenures with Alcon Laboratories, Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas, and Grieshaber and Company, Inc., in Kennesaw, Georgia.