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LEADING OFF: Also Notable

Also Notable

  • ABB Optical named Tom Calhoun to senior vice president of operations and Donna “Dede” Reyes to its team of specialty contact lens consultants.
  • Advancing Eyecare named Brad Staley CEO to oversee the operations of Lombart Instrument, Marco, INNOVA and Enhanced Medical Services.
  • Aerie Pharmaceuticals appointed David Ellis, Ph.D., to director, chemistry; Angela Justice to western regional director, medical science liaison; Brian Sakurada, Pharm.D., to director, scientific market access; and Karisma Sharma to vice president, human resources.
  • The American Academy of Optometry announced that Peter Scott, C.A.E., A.P.R., M.B.A., has assumed the position of executive director. He replaces Lois Schoenbrun, C.A.E., F.A.A.O., who retires after serving as executive director of the AAO and the AAO Foundation since 1996.
  • CooperVision named its Best Practices honorees. They include: Azman Eye Care Specialists/Global Complex Eye Care, Timonium, Md.; Briggs Vision Group, Dunswoody, Ga.; Drs. Quinn, Foster & Associates, Athens, Ohio; Lakeline Vision Source, Cedar Park, Texas; Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, Kent, Stow and Akron, Ohio; Shoreline Optometry, Mountain View, Calif.; Spring Hill Eye-care, Spring Hill, Tenn.; Vancouver Vision Clinic, Vancouver, Wash.; Vision Source of Farr West, Farr West, Utah; and West Shore Eye Care, Ludington, Mich. Also, the company affirmed its support of eight white papers by the International Myopia Institute. See https://bit.ly/2IjmdYH .
  • Global Myopia Awareness Coalition Chairperson Matt Oerding presented coalition updates at Vision Expo East that included advances in message development, partnerships with creative partners and discussions with prominent industry bodies, to align, complement and coordinate ongoing efforts. For more information email managingdirector@worldoptometry.org.
  • MacuLogix completed a Series D round of financing totaling more than $38.7 million.
  • New England College of Optometry inaugurated Howard B. Purcell, O.D., as the school’s 13th president. Dr. Purcell is a graduate of the program, continuing the legacy of his father, Saul Purcell, a graduate of the class of 1954. Dr. Purcell outlined his strategic priorities for the college to help “prepare today’s optometrists for tomorrow’s optometry.”
  • Ocular Therapeutix elected Leslie J. Williams to the board of directors. Ms. Williams is the founder of biotechnology company ImmusanT Inc.
  • Transitions Optical offers a revamped Eyeglass Guide. See https://builder.eyeglassguide.com/admin . Also, the company launched www.healthysightworkingforyou.org to increase regular eye exam awareness and premium eyewear options available through a comprehensive vision benefit.
  • VSP Global intends to open three brick-and-mortar Eyeconic stores, with the launch of VSP Ventures, a new business unit, in Chicago over the year. The stores will be an arm of VSP’s ecommerce site. OM