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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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Transitions Optical Unveils Updated ‘Healthy Sight Working for You’ Website

It provides resources on the value of vision benefits.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO – Transitions Optical has launched a website that aims to increase awareness of the importance of regular eye exams and premium eyewear options available through a comprehensive vision benefit.

Found at HealthySightWorkingForYou.org, the newly updated website provides a wide range of information, educational resources and quantitative tools to reinforce the value of offering — or enrolling in — a premium vision plan.

Updated Educational Resources

The site allows visitors to enter one of two portals — one for HR professionals and brokers, and the other for employees — to access a toolkit of customized resources.

  • Vision Plan Savings Calculator (for Employers): Employers can enter the specific demographics of their workforce to calculate the savings possible by offering a premium vision benefits plan.
  • Sight on Savings Calculator (for Employees): Employees can enter their age, gender and ethnicity for a personalized report about the eye diseases and vision-related problems they are most at risk for developing. They can also learn more about how a comprehensive vision plan can save them time (in terms of productivity), money (health care-related dollars) and sight.
  • Healthy InSights Newsletter: Employers can sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest vision benefits trends, research and resources available from Transitions Healthy Sight Working for You.
  • Eye Care Tips: Employers and employees can read more about the unique eye health issues more prevalent in different demographic groups.
  • Research Presentations: Employers and Brokers can learn more about their workforce by reviewing key findings from the annual Transitions Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey.
  • White Papers: Gain insights into the latest research and perspectives from industry leaders on essential eye health and vision benefits topics.

To access these resources and more, visit HealthySightWorkingForYou.org

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Avedro Names VP of Sales

He brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WALTHAM, MA — Avedro Inc., a commercial-stage ophthalmic medical technology company focused on treating corneal ecstatic disorders and improving vision to reduce dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses, announced the appointment of Patrick B. Jacques as vice president of sales, effective immediately.

Reporting to James Schuermann, Avedro’s chief business officer, Jacques will be responsible for directing Avedro’s U.S. sales strategy, building relationships with clinicians and other key partners, and contributing to Avedro’s marketing programs.

Jacques brings more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience across various segments in ophthalmology and optometry to Avedro. Jacques began his career with SPS Medical Supply and held roles of increasing responsibility with Briot/Buchman and Advanced Medical Optics. At Abbott Medical Optics, he managed the sales organization for their refractive laser business in the Western United States. Most recently at AcuFocus, which transacted the KAMRA inlay business to CorneaGen in 2018, he was responsible for the domestic launch of the corneal inlay product for presbyopia and for building the company’s field commercial organization.

“We are pleased to welcome Patrick to Avedro to lead our sales efforts in the United States,” said Reza Zadno, PhD, president and CEO of Avedro. “Patrick is a seasoned sales leader with a track record of successfully driving adoption of new ophthalmic technologies. We are confident that our Avedro Corneal Remodeling Platform coupled with our talented and experienced team will grow our leadership position in the treatment of progressive keratoconus and expand treatment capabilities to address additional conditions, such as refractive disorders.”

“I am very excited to be joining Avedro at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. Avedro has made significant progress with reimbursement, earning a unique J code from CMS and securing positive coverage from America’s largest national commercial payers, facilitating access to approximately 95 percent of our estimated total U.S. addressable market. I am looking forward to working with my network of refractive ophthalmic customers to accelerate adoption of FDA approved cross-linking in the United States and help more patients with this sight-threatening disease,” said Jacques.

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Prevent Blindness Announces Winner of 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award

It will be presented to Dr. Cynthia Owsley.

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Cynthia Owsley

(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced the recipient of the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health as Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Nathan E. Miles chair of ophthalmology and director of the clinical research unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) school of medicine, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. The award will be presented at the 8th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, DC, on July 17. Owsley will highlight her work as the closing plenary speaker of the summit.

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, team or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national and/or international level. The award is named for Jenny Pomeroy, who served as CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013 and was an advocate for championing the role of public health in vision and eyecare services and programs.

Owsley was selected by an all-volunteer committee for her decades of work dedicated to vision and public health services. Owsley has over 30 years of experience conducting research on vision impairment, eye disease and aging funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-profit foundations and various industries. Her areas of focus include:

  • Vision impairment and driving
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetes
  • Quality of and access to eye care for under-served, older populations
  • Vision impairment and its impact on quality of life

At UAB, Owsley’s research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment, using a variety of research techniques from epidemiology, clinical trials, psychophysics, health behavior, and health services research.

In addition to work in research and public health, Owsley has also been a longtime volunteer at Prevent Blindness, serving on various committees, including chairing its Scientific Committee for seven years. She served on the national Board of Directors from 2011 to 2018.

“For more than 30 years, my passion has been to use the power of research and data to improve patient outcomes, and expand programs that help to address the various vision issues that impact all of us,” said Owsley. “I thank Prevent Blindness for this acknowledgement and will continue to work to advance these important issues.”

The 2018 recipient of the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was the Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team.

“All of us at Prevent Blindness enthusiastically congratulate Dr. Owsley on her award, and also offer our tremendous gratitude for all of her contributions to improve vision health,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information on the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.

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