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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology

It will be for the 18th time.

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(PRESS RELEASE) U.S News & World Report has once again ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System as the nation’s best in ophthalmology. Recognized as a global leader in vision research, medical education and patient care, this year marks the 18th time that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 30 years ago.

“For more than five decades, we have been making life-changing discoveries in every field of ophthalmology, including innovative treatments for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, optic nerve diseases, ocular oncology, and surgical procedures like removal of cataracts with intraocular lenses and surgery, correction of vision with Lasik and retinal detachment repair,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “Now, our dedicated team of clinicians, scientists and educators are focusing on the future in keeping with our tradition of leadership in vision beyond 2020.”

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Bascom Palmer has long been at the forefront of innovation in ophthalmology, advancing vision research in fields like gene therapy, retinal chips, orbital prostheses and stem cell therapy. “Our scientists are expanding knowledge about vision diseases and disorders at a rapid rate,” said Dr. Alfonso, who is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology. “Our researchers work closely with our clinicians to translate their findings into leading-edge patient care.”

“Currently, Bascom Palmer’s highly innovative Artificial Intelligence and Computer Augmented Vision Laboratory is developing personalized and customized digital glasses to augment vision of patients who have lost their vision from various conditions including glaucoma, macular and retinal diseases or strokes,” Alfonso added. “We are also developing artificial intelligence algorithms – the first of their kind in the world – to rapidly diagnose and appropriately treat eye diseases.”

“We are proud of their accomplishments, which make it possible for us to provide the nation’s most advanced ophthalmic care to our patients,” said Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth.

Bascom Palmer is also ranked as the #1 Overall Ophthalmology Program, the Best in Clinical Care, and the Best Ophthalmic Residency Program in the United States by Ophthalmology Times, a national publication focused on cutting-edge advancement in vision care.

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“Bascom Palmer’s training programs are creating exceptional physicians who go on to care for patients around the world,” said Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Miller School of Medicine. “Bascom Palmer faculty members also collaborate with their colleagues across the Miller School to bring innovative treatments to our patients.”

The U.S News & World Report rankings are based on data from nearly 5,000 medical centers and survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians. The 2019-2020 Best Hospital rankings are accessible at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings and in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals” 2020 guidebook.

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Safilo Group and Marc Jacobs Renew Licensing Deal

The new agreement will now run until Dec. 31, 2026.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/NEW YORK — Safilo and designer Marc Jacobs announced the early renewal of their licensing agreement for Marc Jacobs-branded optical frames and sunglasses collections.

The agreement will now run until Dec. 31, 2026.

The renewal of this partnership, which has reached its 15th year of collaboration, further strengthens Safilo’s portfolio in the contemporary segment.

It also extends the positioning of the brand in the luxury segment with the launch of the Marc Jacob’s Runway eyewear collection, which will hit the market in January 2021.

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Marcolin Group Enters a Partnership with Positive Luxury

This is by sponsoring the inaugural Positive Luxury Awards 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Marcolin Group, a worldwide leading company in the eyewear industry, announces its partnership with Positive Luxury for their first edition of the Positive Luxury Awards. The ceremony is taking place in London on the 25th of February 2020 and the Group will present the Innovation of the Year Award.

Founded in 2011, Positive Luxury is an award-winning sustainability platform that connects luxury brands with people working towards a better future through the unique Butterfly Mark, a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a key business principle.

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The Positive Luxury Awards 2020 is a global celebration of sustainability and innovation within the luxury industry, featuring a variety of categories recognizing companies or individuals affecting positive change in businesses and the global community.

Marcolin Group will sponsor the Innovation of the Year Award which identifies true innovators taking an entirely new approach to their service, product, technology or business model, improving their social or environmental performance while also offering large scale improvements internally and externally.

The evening’s winners will be selected by a special jury consisting of 12 global business leaders, including American-British model and activist, Arizona Muse, United Nations officer, Simone Cipriani, author of The New Green Consumer Guide, Julia Hailes, business writer and advisor, John Elkington, author and British Fashion Council’s Advisory Board member, Frances Corner, model, actress and activist, Amber Valletta, Parsons School of Design Dean of Fashion, Burak Cakmak, communications consultant and writer, Emma Young, journalist and author, Isabelle Lefort, Business for Social

Responsibility Managing Director, Elisa Niemtzow, and Imagine Co-founder and International Chamber of Commerce Chair, Paul Polman.

Massimo Renon, Marcolin Group CEO, affirmed: “Marcolin Group is the first international eyewear company collaborating with Positive Luxury. We will demonstrate to our partners and consumers that we are tracing a new path in the sustainability. Our relentless pursuit of innovation and experimentation has led Marcolin Group to become the first sponsor for The Positive Luxury Innovation of the Year Award”.

Diana Verde Nieto, Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury, stated: “Marcolin Group’s commitment to craftsmanship and quality has helped them build an unparalleled reputation in the eyewear industry. We are proud to work with them and have their support for the Positive Luxury Awards 2020, more specifically, the Innovation of the Year Award”.

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Bollé Brands Adds to North American Marketing Team

Chris Abbruzzese has been appointed to the VP trade marketing role.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOSTON, MA — Chris Abbruzzese has been named vice president of trade marketing for Bollé Brands, North America.

Abbruzzese will be responsible for developing trade marketing strategies that align with Bollé’s global brand strategies. In this new role, Abbruzzese will act as the key bridge between global marketing and product teams and the North American sales team with an emphasis on in-store programs that promote retail success and drive sell-through.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to the team and excited to have him help us take these great brands to the next level,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Bollé Brands

Abbruzzese brings 15 years of experience with Maui Jim Sunglasses, where he served as VP, Global Marketing. In that role, he developed and executed global marketing initiatives for the high-end sunglass line. As a member of the core team, he was instrumental in the early growth and expansion of the brand internationally.

Abbruzzese has also performed marketing and sales consulting services for clients in the outdoor, home automation, energy, optical, and digital fabrication industries.

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