Unilens and B+L Extend Licensing Agreement
Unilens Vision Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Unilens Vision Sciences Inc., and Bausch + Lomb (B+L) have reached an agreement that will continue B+L’s exclusive worldwide license for Unilens’ multifocal technology and grants B+L an exclusive worldwide license to use Unilens’ new multifocal technology. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed; however the parties have agreed that the existing royalty rates will remain in effect and that they will apply for both technologies.
B+L recently introduced the PureVision 2 for Presbyopia contact lens in some European markets. The new addition to the PureVision product line incorporates B+L’s contact lens technology using certain licensed elements of Unilens’ multifocal technology.
|Specialist Joins B+L|
|■ Bausch + Lomb Custom Lab Channel Business has contracted with Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, who will provide academic and educational support as well as a global speaking presence for the Boston and KeraSoft IC product lines. Dr. Johns will travel internationally to speak on specialty lens fitting and products, assist Authorized Boston and KeraSoft Laboratories, train eyecare professionals, and provide expertise and guidance on products and educational resources, according to B+L. Dr. Johns most recently worked as the senior optometrist at Boston Foundation for Sight and was on the adjunct clinical faculty of the New England College of Optometry.|
■ Alcon recently launched its Dailies Total 1 lenses in the United Kingdom. The water gradient lens is already available in other countries, with a U.S. launch expected later this year. Alcon says that at the core, the lenses have a water content of 33 percent, which allows high oxygen transmissibility (Dk/t of 156 at −3.00D). Between the core and the surface, the water content changes from 33 percent to more than 80 percent. The water content is more than 80 percent at the surface.
■ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Bausch + Lomb’s New Drug Application for Prolensa (bromfenac ophthalmic solution) 0.07% prescription eye drop, a once-daily nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for treating postoperative inflammation and reducing ocular pain in patients who have undergone cataract surgery. It will be available in 1.6ml and 3ml bottle sizes.
■ CooperVision has launched an allergy survival guide for patients that includes fact sheets and videos about allergies, tips on how to look your best this allergy season, and even a live feed to the Allergy Index from The Weather Channel so that patients can know when pollen counts are high. The guide also includes information about eye allergies and contact lenses. It is available at https://www.facebook.com/CooperVision/app_520850094637911.
■ Vistakon is once again offering a complimentary educational brochure titled “Eye Health and Allergies” to provide patients with information on how eye allergies occur, common signs and symptoms, and practical advice on how to treat eye allergies. This brochure also includes information about eye allergies and contact lenses. A downloadable PDF is available in the Patient Education section of the www.acuvueprofessional.com website. Printed copies of “Eye Health and Allergies” are also available to eyecare practitioners free of charge. To receive bulk copies for your office, please e-mail your request, making sure to include your name and mailing address, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Abbott Medical Optics’ Tecnis Toric 1-Piece intraocular lens (IOL) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and is launching in the United States for the treatment of cataract patients who have pre-existing corneal astigmatism. It can correct a patient’s loss of focus due to pre-existing corneal astigmatism of 1.00D or greater. AMO says that the Tecnis Toric 1-Piece IOL also minimizes spherical aberration to provide sharper distance vision and that it meets ANSI standards for toric lens rotational stability.
■ Topcon Medical Systems has formed a new division within the company that will focus solely on its software product line. The Topcon Software Solutions Division will be run by Robert J. Orsino, VP of Engineering, and will encompass Topcon’s software products including EyeRoute and Synergy.
■ Leica Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of microscopes and scientific instruments, and Bausch + Lomb (B+L) have announced that B+L will distribute Leica ophthalmic surgical microscopes and accessories in select markets across Europe, the United States, India, and Latin America starting in April. The companies said that the partnership combines the strength of Leica’s innovative ophthalmic microscopes with B+L’s global commercial infrastructure, while expanding B+L’s offerings for ophthalmic surgeons.
Companies Partner to Produce Custom Opaque Soft Contact Lenses
The Orion Vision Group and Alden Optical have formed a strategic partnership supporting Orion Vision’s formal entry into the soft opaque tinted lens segment with the launch of BioColors custom opaque tinted contact lenses. Orion Vision now offers a complete line of opaque and prosthetic tinted soft lenses supported by Alden Optical’s custom lenses as the base lens.
BioColors contact lenses are available in 16 opaque colors with numerous iris patterns and are based on the HP line of custom soft lenses from Alden Optical in both spherical and toric prescriptions. BioColors is available directly from Orion Vision Group and the company’s authorized distributors. For Orion Vision call (866) 300-6257 or visit www.orionvisiongroup.com. For Alden Optical call (800) 253-3669 or visit www.aldenoptical.com.
Bausch + Lomb Files for Proposed Public Offering
Bausch + Lomb has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), through its holding company WP Prism, relating to the proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.
Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, acquired the company in October 2007 for a total purchase price of approximately $4.5 billion, including approximately $830 million of debt.
Acuity Pro in NASA Study
In January 2013, scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas successfully uploaded Acuity Pro software (VisionScience Software) to the International Space Station. It will be used for a two-year research project called the Ocular Health Study. Initiated in April 2013, the study is focused on decreased visual acuity that astronauts seems to experience and will monitor changes to the eyes and visual system due to long-term exposure to microgravity.
|Online Resource for GP Lens Fitting|
|■ GP lens fitters now have a new online lens resource with fitting tips and links to educational resources in multiple languages.
The Bausch + Lomb Boston products group’s new website www.fit-boston.com also features information on scleral lens designs and multifocal designs for presbyopes. The site also provides links to valuable educational guides such as “A Guide to Scleral Lens Fitting” by Eef van der Worp, PhD, and “Correction of Keratoconus with GP Lenses” from the University of Waterloo. Fitters can now access these guides instantly from links on the new website. The educational guides are available in many languages including, but not limited to: Spanish, French, Polish, Serbian, and Japanese. Check the links for complete information for each educational guide. Printed guides are still available through authorized Boston Laboratories.
Menicon Issues “Challenge”
The “WebStore Sign up Challenge,” sponsored by Menicon America Inc., is available to all U.S. eyecare practitioners who have a Menicon WebStore account. Before taking the challenge, practitioners log into their account and enroll. By signing up 20 new GP patients who purchase on the WebStore before July 1, 2013, they are eligible to receive a free one-year subscription to i-Vue.
i-Vue is patient education digital signage that runs on a PC connected to a waiting room TV monitor and incorporates medically accurate 3D ophthalmic animations. The software includes a library of 3D animations covering a range of subjects. The i-Vue screen also can display real-time information including news and weather. Users create personalized playlists using a drag-and-drop interface.
According to Menicon, the WebStore is a way to offer patients a convenient online source for Menicon solutions while at the same time providing practitioners with a “virtual” way to sell lens care solutions and monitor patient compliance. All patients on the WebStore are “connected” to their practitioner. To learn more, contact Menicon America at 1.800.MENICON or visit www.meniconamerica.com/promotions.
WCO Recognizes Holden
The World Council of Optometry (WCO) recently acknowledged Prof. Brien Holden with its Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. A pioneer in contact lens development and eye health, and now a global leader of efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment, Prof. Holden is only the sixth to receive the award. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Prof. Holden has created a social enterprise that has generated over $1 billion in research, education, and humanitarian funds to create advanced vision correction products and provide quality vision care to people in need. His work recently has included the current development of a retinal camera for detection and eventually diagnosis of blinding eye diseases.
Slim Contact Lens Case Nabs Top Award
The Contact Lens Refresh Card, an ultra slim, all-in-one contact lens case and multipurpose solution package, and its inventors were awarded the top prize at the 14th annual Duke Start-Up Challenge. Refresh Innovations, a start-up consisting of three young entrepreneurs, received the $50,000 grand prize.
The patent-pending design is the size of a credit card, disposable, and designed to fit in a wallet. The inventors said that they talked to eyecare industry experts and contact lens wearers to determine the need for the product and to hone the design.
The competition was created to encourage startups among the members of the Duke University community. Camras Vision, which makes a shunt to treat glaucoma, was also a top-three finalist.