2014 CFO Awards: Robert Miller, Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc.

Chief financial officer and chief operating officer1129 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma 94954; 707-283-0550; oculusis.com

Employees: 90

Professional background: Investment banker; chief financial officer for GAF Corporation, Penwest and Bugle Boy; treasurer of Mead Corporation; CFO consultant to Evit Labs, Wildlife International Network, Endoscopic Technologies, Biolog and Webware; acting CFO, Scanis, 1998--June 2006; consultant, Oculus, March 2003--May 2004; CFO, Oculus, June 2004--present.

Education: B.A., economics, Stanford University; MBA, finance, Columbia University

Age: 71

[caption id="attachment_96402" align="alignleft" width="288"] Robert Miller[/caption]

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?: In combination with the team, leading the company to high revenue growth and diversification, with current technology becoming standard of care. My key role is raising money to facilitate this growth.

What are the biggest changes you've seen in your industry?: The ability to raise money for early-stage companies has become much more difficult since the economic problems in 2008.

Tell us about the particular challenges and opportunities your organization has met in the recent past?: There is great opportunity with our superior technology in terms of treatment of patients. Microcyn should become a standard of care to replace antiseptics.

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