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Eyes on New York Awards to Honor Regeneron for Innovation

It is the first Eyes on Innovation Award.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Regeneron, a biotechnology company, will receive the 2019 Eyes on Innovation Award during the 16th annual Eyes on New York Awards Celebration at Cipriani 42 in New York City on Friday, March 22.

The gala is the signature event of the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY), the affiliated foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. Proceeds from the evening will directly support patient care, scholarships and research at the college.

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Regeneron invents life-transforming medicines, improves the drug development process through its proprietary technologies and advances science through its research initiatives, including the Regeneron Genetics Center, which is one of the leading genomics efforts in the world.

“Regeneron is honored to receive the first-ever Eyes on Innovation Award from the Optometric Center of New York,” said Dr. Robert Vitti, the company’s vice president of clinical sciences for ophthalmology. “We are deeply committed to continuing our research to bring new innovations to patients in need.”

Founded in 1988 and led for three decades by physician-scientists Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer, president and CEO, and Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer, the Tarrytown, NY-headquartered company has a robust internally discovered and developed product pipeline which has led to seven FDA-approved treatments and more than 20 investigational candidates.

EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection is indicated for diseases of the retina – wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema (DME) or diabetic retinopathy in DME and macular edema following retinal vein occlusion. “Losing vision to a retinal disease can be devastating, a reality that optometrists know far too well as the ones often on the frontlines of diagnosis,” Vitti said.

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Beyond its team of more than 7,500 people, Regeneron also focuses on fostering the next generation of scientific innovators. The company supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives for promising young minds, particularly the Regeneron Science Talent Search for high-school-aged scientists.

“Regeneron is an exceptional example of SUNY Optometry’s institutional values, particularly leadership, inquiry and innovation,” said OCNY Executive Director Dawn Rigney. “The company has made significant contributions to the biotech industry and biomedical research and we look forward to honoring them in March.”

Drs. Susan and Mark Fromer of Fromer Eye Centers will receive the 2019 Eyes on Leadership Award during the celebration and Dr. Max Gomez, senior medical correspondent for WCBS-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies.

More than 270 attendees supported last year’s event. For additional information, visit www.sunyopt.edu/gala

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VSP Global Names Board Chairman

He has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

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(PRESS RELEASE) RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — The board of directors at VSP Global has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, VA, for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

“We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global Board of Directors,” said outgoing board Chairman Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO. “As VSP Global continues to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors, Gordon will help provide the strategic guidance needed to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of our key stakeholders, including doctors, clients and members.”

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“I am honored to serve as the chairman of the board,” said Jennings. “As a practicing independent doctor of optometry, I believe the future of private practice is bright with many new opportunities available to us. I look forward to guiding and supporting VSP Global efforts that will help strengthen our profession.”

Jennings received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College and his doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. He routinely pursues continuing education to remain at the forefront of the latest and most advanced treatment techniques and technologies. He has received numerous awards for his service to the profession including the American Optometric Association’s Optometric Recognition Award for his dedication and commitment to the importance of continuing education and lifelong learning. He is also a recipient of SECO International’s Optometrist of the South Award as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award and Optometrist of the Year Award from the Virginia Optometric Association.

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RevolutionEHR Names VP of Operations

He was previously the director of product management.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MADISON, WI — Rev360 has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR.

Crawford was previously the director of product management. In his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the eyecare professionals who use the product.

Crawford has worked in product management for such household names as AOL, MapQuest and Gogo (in-flight internet), along with a track record of delivering enterprise cloud-based solutions in healthcare and other industries. His experience across many different platforms positions him to oversee the progression of RevolutionEHR’s software.

“My goal is to synthesize everything into a comprehensive user experience, starting from the time a customer first looks at our product, to purchasing it, to implementing it, to using it, to mastering it — all of those are important milestones in the customer’s eyes,” said Crawford. “Pulling it all together into a cohesive experience for the customer is something I enjoy doing and have had a lot of success with.”

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“Corey has a tremendous understanding of software SaaS and technology platforms and an ability to transform that into real-world impact to our customers,” said Scott Filion, Rev360’s new CEO. “He also has the great skill of taking complex problems and distilling them down to the most basic common denominator to determine the quickest solution. We’re committed to delivering efficiency and effectiveness to our customers, and that’s why Corey’s going to lead the operations side of RevolutionEHR. He’s a doer.”

Crawford is an instrument-rated private pilot and is also a military veteran, having spent six years in the Air National Guard working on F-16 fighter jets as a Weapons Technician during the Iraq conflict.

Of his new role at RevolutionEHR, Crawford said, “It’s a great opportunity: The customers are awesome, the product is awesome, and yet there are many opportunities to make it better.”

Crawford can be reached ccrawford@rev-360.com

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Santinelli International Names Sales Consultant

He has been an associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – Santinelli International announces that Chris Sharkey has been promoted to sales consultant for the NY – Long Island Sound Territory, covering Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester Counties.

Sharkey has been a Santinelli associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

Sharkey’s knowledge of Santinelli’s product line will be a valuable asset to its existing customer base as well as new prospects. Sharkey’s friendly, consultative approach will refresh Santinelli’s presence in one of its most important territories, its NY-Long Island backyard. Sharkey will be backed by Santinelli’s home office, located in Hauppauge, where the company hosts its technical service team, in-house repair center and much of its executive team.

“We are very excited about Chris’ addition to our sales team,” said Gerard Santinelli, president and CEO. “Chris is eager to take this valuable territory to the next level and is excited for the opportunity to represent Santinelli International and provide the best in-office finishing solutions in the industry. With Chris’ understanding of the industry and our products, the connectivity to our valued customer’s within this territory will be better than ever.”

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