Lance Patton

OAKLAND, N.J.—Topcon Healthcare, Inc., a provider of ophthalmic devices and software solutions, has announced the appointment of M. Lance Patton as its chief commercial officer. According to the announcement, Patton will lead the company’s commercial transformation to a direct sales and service organization in the newly created position. His focus will be on providing customized solutions to address clinical and business needs, the company stated. He is also leading efforts to educate clinicians on Healthcare from the Eye, a connected care ecosystem using artificial intelligence-powered disease detection and management applied to noninvasive retinal imaging, the company said.

“Lance is a proven leader in our industry who has set the standard in establishing customer-centric organizations,” said Ali Tafreshi, CEO and president of Topcon Healthcare, Inc. “His empowering leadership approach, unparalleled experience, and impeccable ability to commercialize innovative technologies, make Lance a unique force and exactly the person needed to drive our ambitious mission to success.”

Patton has a 28-year track record of success in eyecare, the company said, playing a key role in driving industry-wide strategic shifts. His leadership roles at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Heidelberg Engineering, Inc., and most recently at Optos plc. have been instrumental in the wide adoption of diagnostic imaging technologies across the globe, according to the announcement.

“It is an honor to join an organization at the forefront of transforming health care,” said Patton. “I look forward to the challenge of scaling a business that intelligently combines hardware and software solutions to make Healthcare from the Eye a reality.”