CooperVision Acquires Blanchard Contact Lenses, Expanding Its Presence in Specialty Segment

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PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision has acquired Blanchard Contact Lenses, Inc., the scleral lens company, according to an announcement from CooperVision. The acquisition includes Blanchard’s U.S. and Canadian entities. “The acquisition further expands our scleral lens portfolio, extending the way we help improve the way people see each day,” said Juan Carlos Aragon, president of CooperVision’s Specialty EyeCare Division. “Its innovative products, services, technologies and people will augment what we are building with Paragon, Procornea and Soflex. This creates even more opportunities for CooperVision to partner with eyecare professionals, and for them to meet a range of patient needs,” he said.

Blanchard, with its network of distributors, enjoys a particularly strong brand position in North America, Europe (including Scandinavia), Central America and South America. Its recently introduced OneFit MED scleral lens is being rapidly adopted by ECPs, and the company has grown globally over the past several years, with its products available in more than 20 countries, according to the announcement from CooperVision.

“The new relationship with CooperVision will be instrumental in extending our reach and potential, providing access to a broad range of research, operations and commercial resources for the benefit of customers and wearers,” said Jean Blanchard, president of Blanchard Contact Lenses, who will continue to lead the organization. He has also been appointed as a member of the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare global management team.

Founded in 1986, Blanchard has operations in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and Manchester, New Hampshire. Blanchard employs approximately 70 people. Like CooperVision’s other specialty businesses, it will retain its name and continue to operate as a separate yet complementary organization. Customers should continue to work with their current representatives.