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Michael E. Lachman

Michael Lachman brings 30 years of experience in medical technology, including consulting, investment research, business development, marketing, and engineering. His active involvement in the ophthalmology sector spans over 20 years.


Before launching EyeQ Research in 2005, Michael was a Partner, Managing Director, and equity research analyst with ThinkEquity Partners, a growth-focused investment bank based in San Francisco. At ThinkEquity, Michael's research was focused primarily on ophthalmic devices and pharmaceuticals, orthopedics, and specialty cardiology. Before that, Michael was a healthcare analyst on the buy-side with SAC Capital Advisors and Jurika & Voyles. His first experience in equity research was as a medical device analyst with Hambrecht & Quist, where he received a #1 ranking in medical industry stock picking in the Wall Street Journal All-Star Analyst Survey.

As a sell-side research analyst, Michael covered a broad range of eye care companies:

  • Diversified Eye Care: Alcon, Advanced Medical Optics, Bausch + Lomb

  • Refractive Surgery: VISX, Summit Autonomous, IntraLase, TLC Vision

  • Retina: QLT, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, OccuLogix

  • Vision Care: Ocular Sciences

Michael also brings 12 years of medical device industry experience. He worked for five years in business development for the Ethicon Endo-Surgery division of Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Michael spent seven years with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, working in both research & development and product management, with a focus on implantable surgical products.


Michael holds an M.B.A. (with concentrations in marketing and finance) from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He also holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Michael received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering with highest honors from the University of Illinois.




We are affiliated with organizations that promote excellence, innovation, and high standards in the fields in which we work.


AECOS brings together leading ophthalmologists and innovators in order to advance vision care and improve patients’ quality of life. Michael Lachman has been an invited faculty member at the AECOS Deer Valley Summer Symposium, speaking on the topic of trends in the premium ophthalmic surgical practice.

The Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA) is a not-for-profit association of consultants involved in the design and implementation of qualitative research. QRCA is dedicated to promoting excellence in the field, believing strongly that its members must uphold the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior, not only in their work, but in their relationships with clients, suppliers, colleagues and respondents.


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The mission of Eyecelerator is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, companies and ophthalmologists to advance ophthalmic innovation through conferences, live streams and a next-generation networking platform. Eyecelerator is a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

The Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) unites a diverse group of key players in ophthalmology, creating an ecosystem of clinical, technology, and business professionals to drive and foster ophthalmic innovation.


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ESCRS was founded in 1991 to promote education and research in the field of implant and refractive surgery and to advance and promote the study and practice of ophthalmology.


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We support the bold vision of the Glaucoma Research Foundation: a future without glaucoma. GRF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education, and support.


Michael Lachman was an invited faculty member at the Presbyopia International Symposia in London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Vienna between 2014 and 2018, speaking on the topic of the global surgical presbyopia market opportunity, and led a panel on industry partnerships as part of the ISOP 2020 Virtual Lecture Series.

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