Rockin’ for New Eyes Plans ’60s Theme for Annual Fundraiser

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Friday, January 18, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—If you love the music of the ’60s, you’ll have a chance to experience the fun and excitement of it at Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy. Organizers are spreading the word about the March 23 show as they prepare for the ’60s-themed night of live music and dancing. “Our RFNE concert has become a must-see event during Vision Expo East,” Jean Gajano, New Eyes for the Needy’s executive director, told VMAIL.

ESL Investments Officially Named as Winning Bidder in Sears’ Bankruptcy Auction

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Friday, January 18, 2019 12:24 AM HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Sears Holdings announced Thursday that ESL Investments Inc. was selected as the winning bidder in the company's court-supervised auction earlier this week.

Riata Capital Group’s Acuity Eyecare Announces Acquisition of Family Eyecare of Winterset

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Friday, January 18, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group said Thursday that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired Family Eyecare of Winterset, a single location practice based in Winterset, Iowa.

10 Organizations and Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Unite to Launch Clear Vision Collective

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Friday, January 18, 2019 12:18 AM SHERPUR, Bangladesh—A group of 10 eyecare organizations and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have united to form the Clear Vision Collective, a group dedicated to correcting the vision of 58,000 adults and children in the district of Sherpur, in Bangladesh. The Clear Vision Collective is comprised of: BRAC, Essilor, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Jeeon, Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital, National Vision (USA), National Eye Care (NEC), National Institute of Ophthalmology, OneSight, Orbis, RestoringVision, and VisionSpring.

VMAIL Scheduling Note for Jan. 21, 2019

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Friday, January 18, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Martin Luther King Holiday, there will be no VMAIL on Monday, Jan. 21. Look for VMAIL to land back in your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 22. And don’t miss this Saturday’s edition of VMail Weekend, which will feature Today’s Read and Voices + Views in addition to all the regular Weekend departments. On Monday, Jan. 21 access the January digital edition to read about VM’s first megatrend of the year—Screen Time, which takes an in-depth look at the effects and treatments of digital eye strain.

Shopko Announces Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing and Restructuring Plan

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:30 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko announced Wednesday that it has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. As part of the restructuring process, the company said it will conduct another major round of store closings across its various store formats. At the same time, the company said it intends to relocate at least 20 optical centers that are located inside stores scheduled to close to new freestanding locations.

Eyecare Services Partners Names Susan Ludwick as SVP of Optical Services

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:27 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, has appointed Susan Ludwick as senior vice president of optical services. Ludwick brings more than 25 years of optical industry leadership experience to ESP, most recently as senior vice president and brand manager of Refac Optical Group, which operates U.S. Vision Inc., the sixth-largest retail optical chain in the U.S. market, according to an announcement this week. Ludwick also was executive vice president, retail partnerships, at Refac, and she held escalating operational leadership roles at U.S. Vision and was a regional training operations director and general manager for Luxottica.

Natural Ophthalmics Appoints Linda Axelrod as New President

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Natural Ophthalmics, Inc. has appointed Linda Axelrod as their new president, according to an announcement from the company. Axelrod has been with the company for 15 years and has become a familiar face at conferences and symposia across the country.

LOFT NYC Expands to Two Extra Locations for Spring

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—LOFT Eyewear Shows will be expanded to two extra locations in the spring. The annual independent eyewear show will run from March 21 to 24 at the current Hudson Mercantile event space as well as Mercantile 37 and Mercantile 38, the two adjoining spaces approximately 500 feet away. This year will mark the first time that the LOFT NYC event will expand to include separate locations. “Since we started this event back in 2000 with just a couple of independent brands, it has evolved each year into something really special,” Richard Mewha, founder said. “As we grew, the independent eyewear movement also grew and we have been at the forefront of showcasing the most cutting edge eyewear designers from across the globe.”

Firm Sets Sealed-Bid Auction of Frameri’s Patent and Trademark Portfolio

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Heritage Global Patents & Trademarks has been appointed to auction the intellectual property of Frameri Inc., according to an announcement by the liquidation company on Tuesday. The intellectual property portfolio to be sold consists of granted patents, patent applications and trademarks and will be sold as one auction lot to the highest bidder. The deadline for submitting bids is Feb. 21, according to the announcement. The auction details are available here.  Frameri, which was launched in Cincinnati in 2014, was featured on the television show “Shark Tank” in 2015 for its innovative interchangeable frames and lens system.

Filion, New Chief Executive at Rev360, Will Focus on Core Services, Products

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:24 AM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360, a practice software and business services company for ECPs, began the new year with a new chief executive officer. Longtime health care IT executive Scott Filion assumed the title from company founder Scott Jens, OD, FAAO, at the beginning of this month. The challenge for Filion, who had joined Rev360 in September 2018 as president and chief operating officer, is to deftly build upon past successes and to drive further growth by helping the company’s ECP customer base operate more successfully.

100% Optical Boasted Expanded Offerings at 2019 Show

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—100% Optical, the U.K.’s largest optical show, attracted a diverse group visitors and boasted over 200 exhibitors with a comprehensive range of stands in each section, debuting 500 eyewear brands and 100 exclusive product launches while also showcasing its strongest equipment area to date during its three days at London ExCeL from Jan. 12 to 14. The well-known 100% Optical catwalk was emceed by radio presenter, Annaliese Dayes and showcased over 60 frames in a variety of colors, styles and materials.

Vision Expo East Courses to Feature New Sessions on Innovations, Leadership and Patient Care

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East 2019 will introduce new and widely-requested education courses to this year’s Show featuring various business and health care focused programs specifically designed to fit every professional agenda to afford attendees a complete education experience.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Launches Contact Lens Recycling Program in the U.K.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:15 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision is launching the Acuvue contact lens recycling program in the U.K., according to an announcement Tuesday. It will be the U.K.’s first free nationwide program that enables consumers to easily recycle their contact lenses and the blister and foil packaging after use, J&J said. The program, which is available to all soft contact lens wearers regardless of the contact lens brand they use, is rolling out in Boots Opticians and select independent practices, the announcement noted. The program will give 3.7 million UK contact lens wearers the opportunity to convert waste into new products, according to J&J.

Takeda Completes Acquisition of Shire Earlier Than Expected

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:24 AM OSAKA, Japan—Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) announced late last week that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Shire plc. Takeda said that, with the closing of the estimated $62 billion deal, it has become “a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan.” Takeda now will have an expanded geographic footprint and a leading position in Japan and the U.S., and will be in position to bring its innovative medicines to approximately 80 countries and/or regions with dedicated employees worldwide, the announcement noted.