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ABB Optical Group Announces Leadership Changes

6 people have taken new positions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors.

“ABB Optical is evolving, and with our new organizational structure in place, we are better positioned to deftly navigate market changes and strategically focus on the future success of our customers,” said ABB Optical Group CEO Tom Burke. “Each of these leaders brings experience, knowledge and passion to our team. I look forward to working closely with each to them as we bring our strategic vision to life and champion the customer at every turn.”

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Meghan (Meg) FitzGerald
Meg FitzGerald has joined the ABB Optical Group board of directors. FitzGerald serves as managing partner of L1 Health. With $3 billion of capital under management, L1 Health is focused on long-term value creation as the healthcare investment vehicle of LetterOne, an international investment business. Prior to L1 Health, FitzGerald was executive vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and health policy at Cardinal Health and a member of the company’s executive committee. She also is a member of the board of directors for SeniorLink, an innovative proven model of in-home care for elders; Concert Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company; Gelesis, a biotechnology company developing a novel category of potential therapies for obesity; Tenet Healthcare, a leading Fortune 200 healthcare service company; and Arix Bioscience, a public global healthcare and life sciences specialist company supporting medical innovation. Additionally, FitzGerald serves as an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches the business of healthcare and strategy.

Mike Bono
Mike Bono has been named ABB Optical Group’s new chief financial officer and will oversee the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company. Bono has more than 30 years of financial management experience with public and private companies. Prior to joining ABB Optical, he was the chief financial officer of Medical Specialties Distributors, a leading post-acute service solutions provider serving the home infusion, home medical equipment and oncology markets.

Michael Dell, Esq.
Attorney Michael Dell has been appointed as ABB Optical Group’s general counsel, a newly created position. Dell will be responsible for leading strategic and tactical legal initiatives, providing the senior management team with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation and securing and overseeing the work of outside counsel as needed. He has more than 20 years of legal experience as an attorney and general counsel. Dell also joins ABB Optical Group from Medical Specialties Distributors, where he served as general counsel.

Erika Jurrens
Erika Jurrens has joined ABB Optical Group as senior vice president of strategic development and commercialization. Jurrens will oversee strategy and execution of products, programs and services with a close eye on how each area of the business benefits customers and patients. Previously, Jurrens led product development and marketing as vice president for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 15 company with revenues topping $100 billion.

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Aaron See
Previously vice president of marketing, Aaron See is now senior vice president of manufacturer partnerships, a newly created position. See will be responsible for all aspects of ABB Optical Group’s vendor strategies, leading and enhancing a centralized vendor management function to develop strategic vendor partnerships, implement programs and improve processes. The 20-year industry veteran also will oversee ABB OPTICAL’s gas permeable and custom soft lenses business. Prior to joining ABB OPTICAL in 2014, See was vice president of marketing at Johnson & Johnson’s Vision Care division in Japan.

Paul Sherman
Paul Sherman has taken a new position as chief development officer. He previously led ABB Optical Group’s finance team for eight years as chief financial officer. In his new role, Sherman will be responsible for business development, acquisitions and execution of the company’s prioritized opportunities. Sherman has more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience and has held leadership positions in public, private and private-equity owned companies. Prior to joining ABB OPTICAL, he served as chief financial officer of LNR Property Corporation, a $4 billion diversified real estate investment, finance, management and development company.

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Launches Worldwide #ConnectedBySight Campaign in Honor of World Sight Day

It has committed to provide 100,000 children with access to vision screenings and 1,000 sight-restoring surgeries to cataract patients.

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(PRESS RELEASE) JACKSONVILLE, FL and SANTA ANA, CA — Sight is our most valued sense. It allows us to uniquely connect with life’s moments – and with each other. Yet more than 1.3 billion people around the world suffer from visual impairment, 80% of which can be prevented or corrected. That’s why in honor of World Sight Day on October 10, 2019, Johnson & Johnson Vision has launched a worldwide campaign to share the untold stories of eye care professionals, patients, and organizations who are inspiring the elevation of eye health as a global priority and demonstrating how the world is #ConnectedBySight.

“At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we have a bold ambition to improve the trajectory of eye health,” said Shlomi Nachman, company group chairman, Cardiovascular Specialty Solutions and Johnson & Johnson Vision. “That’s something we can’t accomplish alone. We have to support organizations driving positive change and connect eye care professionals and the public with education and ways to support making sight accessible to all.”

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Through its ongoing support of Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Sight for Kids and Himalayan Cataract Project, Johnson & Johnson Vision has committed to provide 100,000 children with access to vision screenings and 1,000 sight-restoring surgeries to cataract patients. The public will also have opportunities to get involved—Johnson & Johnson Vision will be donating $1 for photos uploaded to the company’s Donate A Photo app to these two initiatives.

During the week leading up to World Sight Day, the company will share the untold stories of eye care professionals, patients, and organizations who are inspiring the elevation of eye health as a global priority and demonstrating how the world is #ConnectedBySight. The aim is not only to raise awareness, but drive people to action, whether that be to see an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam, share the stories Johnson & Johnson Vision highlights or their own, or join in supporting the worthy eye health programs Sight for Kids via Lions Club International Foundation and Himalayan Cataract Project. In addition, many employees will be serving in their local communities via fundraising events, bringing eye health education to local schools, and more – all to support the broader global call-to-action of jointly driving awareness for the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

“The needs are great — more than 19 million children are visually impaired,” said Gudrun Yngvadottir, chairperson of the Lions Club International Foundation. “Together we can transform small actions into life-long impacts for eye health. The #ConnectedBySight and Donate a Photo campaigns are raising awareness and engagement and also mobilizing support for much needed community and school eye health outreach like our Sight for Kids program.”

“Needless and preventable blindness is one public health problem we can win with the help of our partners,” said Dr. Geoff Tabin, chairman and Co-Founder of Himalayan Cataract Project. “We are grateful to Johnson & Johnson Vision for their ongoing support and look forward to being a part of the meaningful Donate a Photo program.”

Participants can post up to one photo per day using the free Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends on December 31, 2019. Users without smart phones or who are outside the U.S. can also be part of the solution by posting their photos and commenting using #ConnectedBySight on social media.

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Lighthouse Guild Recognizes 2 Achievers in Vision Research

Awards were given to Dr. Vladimir Kefalov and Dr. Tiffany Schmidt.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, presented the Bressler Prize to Dr. Vladimir Kefalov and the Pisart Award to Dr. Tiffany Schmidt at the 2019 Alfred W. Bressler Vision Science Symposium and Pisart Seminar in New York on Saturday, October 5.

“These two outstanding researchers, chosen by an independent panel of judges who are leading physicians and scientists in the field of vision care and research, are being recognized for their significant contributions to vision science and research,” said Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild.

The theme of the Symposium was “Understanding and Preserving Photoreceptor Function.” Dr. Kefalov’s lecture was entitled “Mechanisms Mediating the Function of Cone Photoreceptors and Daytime Vision.” Dr. Schmidt’s lecture was entitled “Illuminating Visual Circuits.”

Dr. Kefalov, Bressler Prize Recipient

Dr. Kefalov, one of the leading retinal scientists in the world, is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, and the Department of Neuroscience, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has generated new insights into mechanisms of multiple human vision disorders, including the causes of photoreceptor dysfunction and degeneration, which affect color and night vision, that are spurring treatments for vision loss.

Every year since 2003, the Bressler Prize has recognized a mid-career vision clinician or scientist whose leadership, research and service have led to important advancements in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease, or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss.

“I am humbled to be named the recipient of the prestigious Bressler Prize,” said Dr. Kefalov. “I am honored to be recognized for my research contributions and believe the Bressler Prize will further energize our efforts to study the mechanisms of human vision disorders.”

Dr. Schmidt – Pisart Award Recipient

Dr. Schmidt was recognized for her significant contributions in sensory research and circadian biology, which is advancing the understanding of adult retinal function and retinal development. Dr. Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Associate Director of the Neurobiology Master’s Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The Pisart Award recognizes an early-career vision clinician or scientist whose contributions have the potential to substantially influence vision care and/or vision science and has a proven record of accomplishment.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Pisart Award,” said Dr. Schmidt. “I share Lighthouse Guild’s commitment to improving the lives of people with vision loss and look forward to further advancing our understanding of the circuits by which light influences our behavior and physiology.”

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Alcon Celebrates World Sight Day

It strengthens commitment to enhancing global access to eye care as the Official Sponsor of 20/20.

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(PRESS RELEASE) GENEVA – Today, thousands of Alcon associates worldwide are participating in activities to support the advancement of eye health in honor of World Sight Day. To celebrate the occasion, the company announced a theme for the upcoming year, “Alcon: The Official Sponsor of 20/20”, which is designed to highlight its purpose of helping people around the world See Brilliantly in 2020 and beyond.

“Alcon is committed to increasing access to quality eye care. Through our innovative products and the great work of the Alcon Foundation, our more than 20,000 associates work every day to help people See Brilliantly,” said David J. Endicott, chief executive officer of Alcon. “Being the ‘Official Sponsor of 20/20’ is a fun way to demonstrate that everyone at Alcon, regardless of their role, shares a common goal of helping people around the world preserve their sight. We look forward to our associates bringing the theme to life in creative ways by hosting vision screenings and launching other activities designed to promote eye health in the year ahead.”

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According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.3 billion people globally live with some form of vision impairment, and it is estimated that 80 percent of those conditions can be treated, prevented or cured.1 World Sight Day, coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and held annually on the second Thursday in October, is an international day of awareness to bring attention to the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

This World Sight Day, Alcon and its associates are participating in activities that support eye health awareness and access to quality eye care, including:

  • Fort Worth-based Alcon Foundation is sponsoring free eye health and vision screenings at the State Fair of Texas on October 10. The exams are being conducted by staff of Dallas’ Cedar Springs Eye Clinic and Fort Worth’s Community Eye Clinic, which provide low-cost or free exams, treatment and glasses to uninsured/underinsured patients in North Texas.
  • Alcon associates in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in the Cycle for Sight 20/20 Challenge, an annual company initiative that challenges 2,020 participants to ride stationary or traditional bikes to raise funds for vision and eye health charities.
  • In Taiwan, Alcon is partnering with the Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan to promote “Eye Protection 1-2-3,” an initiative to promote awareness of dry eye syndrome caused by excessive screen time.
  • In Portugal, Alcon is joining efforts with the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology to raise awareness of eye health through a variety of initiatives, including free visual screenings for the public.
  • In Spain, we are launching the Visionary Program – an initiative that aims to enhance the research work of women in the scientific field by making their achievements more visible.

Beyond World Sight Day, Alcon’s Corporate Giving efforts, including the Alcon Foundation and Alcon Cares, help people around the world see brilliantly year round by increasing access to quality eye care and driving eye care provider training and skills transfer, including:

  • Approximately 150 Alcon Fort Worth associates are certified children and adult vision screeners who help screen children in schools and day care centers, as well as adults and seniors at local community centers.
  • Throughout Alcon’s 40-year partnership with Orbis, an international non-profit that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness, Alcon biomedical engineers have volunteered their time, skills and expertise to provide equipment training and perform maintenance on the eye care machinery aboard the Flying Eye Hospital – a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room.
  • In 2018 alone, Alcon donated products and equipment to support 600 charitable medical missions, which made possible more than 36,000 sight-saving surgeries and provided more than 414,000 underserved patients with eye care services they would not have otherwise received.

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