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New England College of Optometry Names President Emeritus

He’s spent 50 years in service to the college.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOSTON, MA – New England College of Optometry announces that former President Clifford Scott, OD, has been appointed with the title of president emeritus. The honor comes in recognition of his accomplishments during a decade of leadership and 50 years of service to the college.

Pano Yeracaris, MD, MPH, Board of Trustees chair for New England College of Optometry, noted, “Dr. Scott has been associated with the New England College of Optometry for his entire 50 year stellar career, serving as president from 2009 to 2018. During the last 10 years, Dr. Scott, with visionary leadership, has guided NECO to continued excellence in strengthening our unique clinical and academic programs. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bestow the emeritus title to Dr. Scott at the December 5th 2018 meeting to recognize the vital contributions he has made through the years.”

Scott served as the 12th president of the college from 2009-2018.

“His spirit of innovation helped shape a curriculum and clinical program for NECO’s graduates to be successful in the tumultuous world of health care reform,” the college stated.

Scott was instrumental in implementing the clinical campus concept where all of NECO’s clinical functions — patient care, learning and clinical research — are brought together under one roof, sharing space and incorporating high-tech instrumentation. The final phase of this clinical campus was completed earlier this year with the opening of NECO’s student clinical training center.

“Dr. Scott has been a positive presence at the College for over 50 years, serving as a member of the faculty, as dean, and as president,” said former President Alan Lewis. “As unpretentious as he is capable, he embraced the long tradition of valuing NECO as a family and community rather than just as a workplace. Above all, he was dedicated to the welfare and the professional success of the students. This signal honor recognizes his many contributions to the College and to the profession as well as the deep respect with which he is held by his colleagues.”

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Former president Larry Clausen said, “President Scott stands as one of NECO’s greatest champions of the College and leaves a legacy of exceptional service to both the college and the optometric profession. Throughout his fifty-year career, he was an ever-present, positive influence on the college’s advancement. It was fitting that he was named president in 2009; it is fitting that he is to be honored as president Emeritus in 2018.”

During his tenure as president, Scott worked as a community leader, building partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. James T. Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council notes, “Dr. Scott’s contributions over five decades of service to the New England College of Optometry have left behind an incredible legacy, and I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor this remarkable leader than by naming him President Emeritus.”

Throughout his 50 years in the profession, Scott also worked tirelessly to advocate for optometry. Executive Director Jay Gardiner, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, said, “Dr. Clifford Scott’s inclusive leadership style and forward thinking vision of optometry has profoundly advanced the profession. Dr. Scott has played an influential role shaping the future impact of optometry at both a state and national level.”

“Dr. Scott’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped mold and change the profession for the better during his time as professor, department chair, academic dean and president,” said Professor Bina Patel, faculty chair and director of international programs at NECO. “Throughout his career, he strengthened our relationships with community partners, pushed for optometric legislation on a state and national level, helped establish optometry within the VAMC (Veteran’s Administration Medical Center) system, and supported the wider scope of optometry internationally. While helping to advance the profession, he also remained a huge advocate for students at the College.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to help lead the College in becoming a such a dynamic institution that produces knowledgeable, caring optometrists fully prepared for success in the rapidly changing world of health care,” said President Emeritus Clifford Scott. “It is personally very gratifying that Dr. Howard Purcell was selected to accelerate that momentum with the support of the NECO community. I’m truly honored by the Board of Trustees’ recognition and will continue to be a resource for the College.”

Current President Howard Purcell said, “The impact Dr. Scott (Scotty) has had on NECO is far reaching and significant. His legacy is only surpassed by his passion for the profession and for every graduate that has been part of the NECO family. We are forever indebted to his unwavering support and countless contributions. We look forward to his continued contributions to the Board of Trustees, the College leadership, and the faculty in years to come.”

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Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Pearle Vision Among Top Health Products Franchises in 40th Annual Franchise 500 List

This is its 11th consecutive year to be ranked among the Franchise 500.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MASON, OH – Pearle Vision has been recognized as one of the nation’s top health franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s highly competitive Franchise 500 list, Entrepreneur’s annual rankings rate outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

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Pearle Vision was ranked No. 75, placing the brand in the top 15 percent of all franchises ranked. This is the 11th consecutive year that Pearle Vision has been ranked among the Franchise 500, and the 35th year out of 40. Entrepreneur’s 40th annual list was culled from more than 1,000 applications, making this year’s edition one of the most competitive rankings in its history. The annual list is recognized as an invaluable tool for potential franchisees.

“Pearle Vision’s position on the Franchise 500 list exemplifies its strength as a franchise opportunity and as an industry leader,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager of Pearle Vision.

“Our company is committed to providing genuine eye care to our patients, embracing innovation and staying on top of trends. We are proud to lead the way in the optical industry and look forward to welcoming more licensed owners who share our passion for eye care.”

Pearle Vision’s ranking comes during a period of robust growth. In 2018, new franchise locations opened across the U.S., including multiple locations in Florida and California’s booming markets. In early 2019, Pearle Vision is positioned to open franchises in cities across Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and Ohio, and the brand will continue an aggressive push into Canada, as well.

“We look forward to bringing genuine eye care to more communities in the U.S. and Canada by partnering with entrepreneurs across various backgrounds,” Wilkes said. “We are especially excited about our Ignite program, which allows independent optometry practice owners to take their business to the next level by converting their practice to a Pearle Vision franchise location. Ignite allows owners to do what they love while reaping the benefits of partnering with a national, legacy brand in Pearle Vision.”

The key factors considered in the Franchise 500 are costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order. Details on the Franchise 500 will be available at entrepreneur.com/franchise500 on Jan. 15; the rankings also will be featured in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands Jan. 15.

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Safilo and Levi Strauss Sign Licensing Deal

It takes effect in January 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/SAN FRANCISCO – Safilo and Levi Strauss & Co. announce their multi-year global licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of Levi’s branded eyewear.

The agreement takes effect in January 2020, with collections hitting the market for the 2020 spring/summer season, and it will run until November 2024, renewable for an additional five years up to 2029.

“This new partnership is particularly significant for our brand portfolio, the Levi’s brand being the number one denim brand globally which genuinely appeals to Millennial and Gen-Zers all over the world,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group.

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“With the Levi’s brand, we add an important opportunity to grow in the contemporary market segment, which is the largest for size and development potential and especially appealing for further development in key emerging markets, such as China.”

“Eyewear is an important product category for the Levis brand,” said Karyn Hillman, chief product officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “Our partnership with Safilo will allow us to further strengthen our position as a true lifestyle brand by offering amazing eyewear to consumers around the world.”

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Innovega Patent Allowance Advances Smart Contact Lens Technology

The company also has a financing round underway.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance to complement the 12 patents already issued to Innovega Inc., a company whose stated goal is “to deliver stylish, lightweight, wearable display technology with high resolution and a panoramic field of view.”

The recently allowed patent, titled “Contact Lens and Method and Systems for Constructing a Contact Lens,” claims the ability to supply the required oxygen to the cornea when the lens contains components that are not oxygen permeable.

“Our team continues to advance our intellectual property, refine our display eyewear reference designs, sponsor clinical testing and conduct discussions about our technology with potential contact lens and display eyewear partners,” said Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder, president and CEO.

Innovega is currently conducting a round of financing with New York-based SeedInvest for the purpose of completing its Phase III FDA clinical investigations for the iOptik and eMacula contact lenses.

The family of Innovega patents claim systems and methods for coupling eyeborne optics with display eyewear in pursuit of two goals: eliminating the need to wear a heavy, cumbersome apparatus; and delivering a panoramic field of view instead of the narrow field that’s inherent with conventional waveguide optics. Innovega’s latest patent allowance adds to one allowed in mid-2018 that claimed methods for regulating water vapor transmissibility while maintaining oxygen transmissibility in ultra-high oxygen permeable lens materials.

Both patents were filed by inventors and scientists Jerome Legerton, William Meyers and Jay Marsh.

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