New Speakers Set for VM Summit: Futurist Michael Rogers and Experts in Vision Technology and Retailing

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Futurist Michael Rogers, an award-winning journalist known for his reporting in The New York Times and MSNBC, will bring his entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals to Vision Monday’s upcoming 9th Global Leadership Summit, the event’s organizers announced today.

Shamir Promotes Naftalovich to President of Shamir North America

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:32 AM

SAN DIEGO, Calif.— Shamir Optical Industry, the Israel-based spectacle lens manufacturer, announced that Raanan Naftalovich, the longtime executive and CEO of its San Diego-based Shamir Insight subsidiary, has been appointed president of Shamir North America.

Holmberg Named Chairman of Highmark, Inc.; Parent Highmark Health Names Guyaux New Chairman of Board

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:30 AM PITTSBURGH— Highmark Health announced that David Holmberg, president and CEO, will become chairman of the board of directors of Highmark, Inc.

LegitScript Launches iCareRx Online Optical Retailing Certification Program

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:27 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—LegitScript launched an online optical retailing certification program today that the internet compliance firm developed in conjunction with members of several U.S. professional vision-related associations and leading optical retailers and suppliers, as first reported by VMail, Nov. 24, 2014.

TearScience Names Joseph Boorady CEO

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:24 AM MORRISVILLE, N.C.— TearScience, a privately held medical device company, has named Joseph Boorady president and CEO. Dr. Boorady joins TearScience from Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. where he was senior vice president of U.S. sales, marketing, and customer service for all medical products.

Safilo Names Kevin Hyland New North American Sport Channel Commercial Leader

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:21 AM PADUA, ITALY— Safilo Group has appointed Kevin Hyland as North American sport channel sales leader. Hyland will be responsible for channel sales of the Group’s sports and outdoor lifestyle brands like Suncloud by Polaroid, Smith Optics and future brands in this segment, the company said.

VSP Vision Care Launches #EyeGiveBack Donation Program for VSP Direct Individual Vision Plan Purchases

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— VSP Vision Care has launched a new #EyeGiveBack donation program providing free eye exams and glasses to children in need for those individuals who purchase a VSP Direct individual vision insurance plan by June 30.

Creative Types on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, March 02, 2015 12:15 AM NEW YORK—It’s rare to find someone who is creative in just one field—usually creativity expresses itself in many ways. The three stars in this week’s edition of Bold Face: Creative Types may best be known for one particular thing but their desire to create knows few boundaries, much like the eyewear they sport from Marchon, Baumvision and Sama Eyewear.

Nikon Agrees to Buy Optos for $400 Million Cash

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Friday, February 27, 2015 9:05 AM NEW YORK— Nikon (T:7731) has agreed to buy Optos (L:OPTS), the British retinal imaging company for £259.3 million, or $400 million in cash.

Bortuzzo to Head Kering Eyewear in the Americas

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Friday, February 27, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Long-time optical eyewear industry executive, Antonio Bortuzzo, has joined Kering Eyewear, a division of luxury fashion company Kering (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP) as the head of the Americas for the company, VMail has learned.

Rochester Optical Secures ANSI Z87+ Safety Rating for Google Glass Shield

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Friday, February 27, 2015 12:24 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester Optical has secured a safety rating for its Smart Safety Shield for Google Glass, becoming the first optical manufacturer offering safety solutions for Glass. The shield passed ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 to meet the rating of Z87+, Rochester Optical reported.

Eyewear Designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vision Expo to Present ‘Speaking of Design’ Panel Discussion

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Friday, February 27, 2015 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—International Vision Expo East will host the Eyewear Designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA) in a special high-end designer discussion event on Friday, March 20.

Marcolin Opens Sweden Office

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Friday, February 27, 2015 12:18 AM LONGARONE, Italy— Marcolin SpA has announced the opening of a branch in Sweden, based in Frösundaviks (Stockholm).

FDA Adds Three Companies to Red List

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Friday, February 27, 2015 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently updated Import Alert 86-07 with three new companies from China, according to the Vision Council.

Valeant to Acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:30 AM LAVAL, Quebec and RALEIGH, N.C.— Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLXP) announced on March 22 that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158.00 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5 billion.
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