National Sunglasses Day 2019 Garnered Over 1.2 Billion Impressions

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Council has released its final numbers for National Sunglasses Day 2019. This year, National Sunglasses Day achieved more than 1.2 bullion online, social media and broadcast consumer media impressions. In addition, #NationalSunglassesDay trended on Twitter throughout the day on June 27, 2019. According to The Vision Council, online placements garnered more than 223 million impressions, with top placements coming from websites such as businessinsider.com, yahoo.com, marketwatch.com, parade.com and golfdigest.com.

Silmo Names Designer Christophe Pillet the Chair of Silmo D'Or 2019 Awards Jury

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:21 AM PARIS—A French designer and interior architect, Christophe Pillet, has been named chairman of the Silmo D'Or 2019 jury, the Silmo organization announced. Silmo will be held Sept. 27 to 29 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Pillet graduated from l'École nationale supérieure d'art of Nice in 1985, and then joined the Domus Academy in Milan to study with the greatest talents in the field. He received his degree there in 1986. While living in the capital of Lombardy, for four years he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi, Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Martine Bedin.

Nicox Reports Rise in Net Revenue for 2Q 2019

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:18 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France—International ophthalmology company Nicox (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX) reported net revenue of €5.2 million in the second quarter ending June 30, 2019 versus €0.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The Nicox Group had cash and cash equivalents of €17.3 million as compared with €23.5 million at March 31, 2019 and €22.1 million as of Dec. 31, 2018. These cash and cash equivalents do not include the €2 million upfront payment from Ocumension nor the $3 million milestone payment from Eyevance received in July, the company said.

Vision Source Wins $2 Million Contract for Achievements in Value-Based Care

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:15 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN) will be awarding over 1,100 select Vision Source member practices achievement payments of up to $2,500 per practice, for their performance in the transformation towards value-based care, in 2019. Vision Source member practices constitute greater than 99 percent of the total award recipients. Practices currently enrolled in SNE-PTN will be eligible to receive achievement payments for having completed activities that prepare their practices for success in value-based care and alternative payment models.

Eyecare Services Partners Agrees to ‘Strategic Partnership’ With Florida’s Eye Surgery Associates

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:27 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners Management has entered into a “strategic partnership” with Eye Surgery Associates (ESA), one of the leading comprehensive eyecare providers in South Florida.

Eyecare Services Partners Agrees to ‘Strategic Partnership’ with Florida’s Eye Surgery Associates

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners Management has entered into a “strategic partnership” with Eye Surgery Associates (ESA), one of the leading comprehensive eyecare providers in South Florida.

AAOPT Announces 2019 Award Recipients

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:21 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry (AAOPT) has announced the winners of its awards for 2019.

Eyemart Express Launches 4th Annual SU2C Cancer Fundraiser

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:18 AM DALLAS—For the fourth consecutive year, Eyemart Express is launching a Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) fundraiser across all of its stores, now numbering 201, and the company has pledged a $10,000 minimum donation to the effort, according to an announcement earlier this week. The company is partnering with Visual Eyes Eyewear in the fundraising effort. Eyemart Express also will include customers in the philanthropic initiative, with a donation of $5 for every pair of SU2C glasses purchased in stores nationwide through Sept. 7. The special SU2C collection, which offers men’s and women’s on-trend frame styles with colorful designs and subtle shapes, was created by the retailer in collaboration with Visual Eyes Eyewear.

Trefoil Therapeutics Raises $28 Million Series A to Advance Treatment for Corneal Diseases

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Trefoil Therapeutics raised $28 million in an oversubscribed Series A financing, the company announced Tuesday. Trefoil is developing novel engineered fibroblast growth factor-1 proteins (eFGF-1) as a regenerative pharmacologic therapy to treat serious corneal endothelial diseases and epithelial disorders, the announcement noted. The financing included new investors Bios Partners, the Dallas-Fort Worth-based group that led the round, and Access Biotechnology. All existing investors, including Hatteras Venture Partners, Aju IB Investment, Correlation Ventures, ExSight Ventures and InFocus Capital Partners, participated in this financing, according to the announcement.

HAL in Talks With EssilorLuxottica About Possible Sale of GrandVision

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:40 PM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—HAL Holding (Euronext: HAL) confirmed today that they are having discussions to sell HAL’s 76.72 percent ownership interest in GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) to EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL). “No agreement has yet been reached and no assurance can be provided that these discussions will lead to such an agreement,” HAL said in a statement posted on its website.

Johnson & Johnson Reports Solid 2Q 2019 Results

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:24 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) posted solid results for the period ending June 30, 2019. The health care giant reported net earnings of $5,607 million for the second quarter versus $3,954 million in the year-ago period, a 41.8 percent increase. Sales totaled $20,562 million compared with $20,830 year ago, a 1.3 percent dip. However, adjusted operational sales, excluding the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures, rose 3.7 percent. "We delivered solid second-quarter underlying sales growth and strong earnings growth that enables us to make investments in innovation to accelerate performance in each of our businesses," said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO.

Eyemart Express' CEO Michael Bender Elected to Kohl’s Corporation Board

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:21 AM MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.—Kohls Corporation (NYSE: KSS) announced that its board of directors increased the size of the board to 11 members and elected Michael Bender to fill the new seat, effective immediately. Bender, president and chief executive officer of Eyemart Express, LLC, has been elected to a term expiring at Kohl’s 2020 annual shareholders meeting, the company said, and will be eligible for re-election by Kohl’s shareholders at that time. He will initially serve on the board’s Audit and Governance and Nominating Committees.

FYidoctors Acquires Alberta Eye Health Clinic as it Expands Presence in Edmonton Area

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:18 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, an optometrist-owned eyecare company, has acquired Edmonton-based Alberta Eye Health Clinic, according to an announcement Tuesday. The acquisition, which marks the fifth FYidoctors location in the Edmonton area, brings Dr. Aaron Patel, Dr. Rajan Mistry and their staff to the FYidoctors family. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alberta Eye Health Clinic has a special interest in low vision options, such as specialty contact lenses (known as scleral lenses), as well as dry eye treatments, and “prides itself in using the latest technology to monitor, diagnose and educate on eye diseases,” the announcement noted.

Joel Kamp Named U.S. Commercial Director at Paragon Vision Sciences

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:15 AM PHOENIX—In a move intended to further strengthen Paragon Vision Science’s expansion across the U.S., the company has appointed Joel Kamp as U.S. commercial director. This promotion comes following his success as a director of corporate accounts at CooperVision, where he focused on customer partnerships, satisfaction and growth. Paragon is part of the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare division. In the new role, Kamp has responsibility for sales and marketing strategy and execution, including enhanced support for eyecare professional (ECP)-centered initiatives.

Meet the #Achievers—VM's Most Influential Women in Optical 2019

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This week, Vision Monday announced its roster of #Achievers, women from throughout the business and profession who were nominated and selected by VM's editors as 2019’s "Most Influential Women in Optical." This special program, now in its 17th year, is eagerly awaited by VM readers. This diverse group consists of executives, sales and marketing professionals, ECPs, administrators, researchers and teachers. This eclectic mix is emblematic of the broad reach of women in our industry and indicative of how deeply they are embedded in its fabric.