Dr. Yehia Hashad to Join Bausch + Lomb as EVP of R&D and Chief Medical Officer

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:27 AM LAVAL, QC—Bausch Health Companies has announced that Dr. Yehia Hashad will join Bausch + Lomb Corp. as executive vice president of research & development (R&D) and chief medical officer (CMO), effective Jan. 31.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Promotes Jason Menzo to President and Chief Operating Officer

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:21 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness announced the promotion of Jason Menzo to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Digital Diagnostics, Formerly IDx, Provides New Designation to Two Top Executives

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:18 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics recently announced the designation of co-founder has been given to the company’s CEO and president/COO, John Bertrand and Seth Rainford, respectively after a board vote. The new designations follow the company name change from IDx to Digital Diagnostics. These C-suite updates recognize the growth plans and innovation as the company seeks to advance the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across additional clinical applications.

Veteran Fundraising Executive Joins Optometry Giving Sight

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:24 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announces Sharyn Gallatin as the new director of development, North America, and the retirement of Eric Anderson, director of donor engagement, North America.

Former SOLA International Executive, Hedley Lawson, Retires

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:15 AM SANTA ROSE, Calif.—Twenty-year senior corporate executive for SOLA Optical USA, Inc. and SOLA International, Inc., and long-time, highly-regarded optical industry advisor, contributing editor and professional speaker, Hedley Lawson, has announced his retirement. Lawson began his optical industry career in 1980 with SOLA Optical USA as director of human resources. He was a key member of the executive leadership team, serving in various senior management roles. He was instrumental in the integration of numerous acquisitions including Syntex Ophthalmics, Coburn and American Optical.

Melinta Therapeutics President and CEO Christine Ann Miller Elected to Iveric Bio Board

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Monday, January 10, 2022 12:15 AM MORRISTOWN, N.J.—Melinta Therapeutics, LLC, a commercial-stage company providing innovative therapies for acute and life-threatening illnesses, announced that president and CEO Christine Ann Miller has been elected to the board of directors of Iveric Bio, Inc., effective immediately. Iveric Bio is a science-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. The company is committed to having a positive impact on patients’ lives by delivering high-quality, safe and effective treatments designed to address debilitating retina diseases including all stages of age-related macular degeneration, according to a statement from Melinta Therapeutics.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Appoints Raj Kannan as Chief Executive Officer

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Monday, December 20, 2021 12:21 AM DURHAM, N.C.—Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, announced that Raj Kannan will join the company as chief executive officer and a director, effective Dec. 20, 2021. Benjamin F. McGraw, III, PharmD, executive chairman of Aerie’s board of directors, said that Kannan “brings a track record of building effective organizations and teams, launching and growing products in the U.S. and globally, building commercial operations, providing strategic direction to pipeline development and successfully guiding companies through important inflections in their growth trajectories.

EyeCarePro Kicks Off Annual Practice Manager of the Year Award Program

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:15 AM NEW YORK—Tis' the season of giving, and what better gift is there than recognition. In the spirit of the season, EyeCarePro is asking eyecare practices to take part in a special program titled Practice Manager of the Year. The company, which specializes in web and marketing services for eye doctors, is urging ECPs to nominate their practice manager for their annual Practice Manager of the Year Award and a chance to win up to a $3,500 bonus.

Ophthalmic Medtech Startup OcuDoc Names Grady Lenski as CEO

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Friday, December 3, 2021 12:30 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus-based ophthalmic medtech startup OcuDoc has named veteran optical industry executive Grady Lenski as chief executive officer. In his new role, Lenski will draw on his extensive experience and deep relationships across the industry to help the firm launch and market a mobile autorefractor known as OcuDoc Mobile that is developing. “Grady is a globally-minded optical industry executive with experience in the C-suite, as a board member, and as consultant for several world-class organizations—he’s the perfect leader for the team as it finalizes development and commercial planning,” emphasized OcuDoc board member and optical industry trailblazer, E. Dean Butler.

CooperCompanies Expands Corporate Role of Dan McBride and Promotes Jerry Warner to President of CooperVision

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Friday, November 19, 2021 12:30 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) on Thursday announced two senior leadership changes that will enable the company to maximize current and future opportunities. Effective Feb. 1, 2022, Dan McBride, who is executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer of CooperCompanies, will take on additional responsibilities that span the organization. In conjunction with this move, Jerry Warner EVP, Americas and global commercial functions of CooperVision, will be promoted to president of CooperVision, effective Feb. 1, the announcement noted.

TearLab Appoints James Mazzo to Board of Directors Following Recent Restructuring

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:15 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—TearLab Corp., an ophthalmic diagnostics company that develops and markets laboratory point of care technologies that enable ECPs to improve standard of care, has added James V. Mazzo to the company's board of directors.

Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals Appoints Alice T. Epitropoulos, MD as Chief Medical Officer

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:18 AM BLUE BELL, Pa.—Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN), a leader in physician recommended nutriceutical products for ocular health, announced the appointment of Alice Epitropoulos MD, FACS to the position of chief medical officer. Dr. Epitropoulos will oversee global clinical development and educational initiatives for PRN as they continue to grow past the 5,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists who recommend nutriceutical products to their patients. Key PRN products include De3 Omega Benefits, for patients with occasional eye dryness; Numaqula Vitamin and Numaqula Omega 3, for support of a healthy macula; and Nuretin, for support of retinal health.

Eyecare Industry Execs Examine Trends at Sanitas #BusinessOutside Innovation Summit

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:15 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Sharing ideas, challenges and perspectives on future business trends, against the Rocky Mountain backdrop, was the goal of the recently-completed Eyecare Innovation Summit 2021, an invite-only event for senior vision business executives and emerging tech companies, who met earlier this month to discuss and debate changes affecting the eyecare industry. #BusinessOutside was a theme of the Summit, organized by Sanitas Advisors, where attendees shared observations and heard from speakers about consumer trends affecting the industry and with a chance to mix with peers from other companies.

Diego Jimenez Joins Coburn Technologies as Sales Manager for Latin America

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies is welcoming Diego Jimenez as sales manager for the Latin America market. Coburn Technologies continues to expand their presence and service in Latin America, and Jimenez will further develop the company’s growth in lens processing labs and eyecare practices across the region, the company said. “We are fortunate to have Diego join the team with his idyllic blend of professional experience in the technical support, service and sales areas of the optical industry in Latin America,” said Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales. “His decade-long experience and customer-focused approach makes him a great addition.”

Bollé Recruits New Design and Engineering Executives

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:12 AM LYON, France—Over the past few months, Bollé has strengthened its expertise in helmet and sunglass design with the addition of key industry talent in significant new roles. The company is also making a significant statement in its commitment to developing sustainable products. Quentin Chapelain, formerly head of the carbon neutrality project at Air Liquide, has recently joined Bollé Brands as the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) manager.