BUSINESS Zeiss Invests More than €10 Million in Morrow Eyewear, a Maker of Autofocal Glasses By Staff Thursday, July 14, 2022 12:21 AM OBERKOCHEN, Germany—The Zeiss Ventures announced yesterday that it is expanding its investment portfolio by invested more than €10 million in Morrow, a high-tech start-up from Belgium that is developing autofocal glasses that allows the wearer to switch between near vision and distance vision at the touch of a button. Morrow, founded in 2016, is specialized in developing and manufacturing liquid crystal technology solutions for application in lenses to enable electrified multifocal glasses that switch focal length between distance and near.The innovative liquid crystal technology is embedded between two ultra-precise, thin-cut optical lenses and can be activated by applying a small dose of electrical power, which in turn instructs the liquid crystal to refract light in a predetermined manner. In 2021, Morrow launched its first product in the Belgian market that allows the wearer to switch between near vision and distance vision at the touch of a button. “While AR/VR devices are on everyone’s mind today the general electrification and functionalization of glasses and their lenses is an area many times overlooked. Solutions such as the one developed by Morrow are key in enabling this,” said Gerrit Schulte, head of Zeiss Ventures. The investment is led by Zeiss Ventures together with New Science Ventures (NSV) and joined by all currently invested investors such as imec.xpand, PMV, Tokai and Qbic. "We are extremely glad that Zeiss Ventures subscribes to our vision: to improve yours, by functionalizing eyeglasses. This unique partnership helps us to further roll out our product roadmap, and together with current shareholders, build out a common platform for electronic glasses,” explained Dr. Paul Marchal, founder and CEO of Morrow. Morrow is a technology company developing and marketing electronic glasses for improving people’s vision. The company’s flagship product is Autofocals, glasses that switch focal length with a touch of button, between far and near, and offer a higher comfort. The solution is based on Morrow’s patented tunable lens-in-foil platform. Founded in 2016, Morrow is a spin-off from imec, Leuven and the University of Ghent, headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. The company currently employs more than 23 people from 8 different nationalities. It has received more than €25 million in investments from Zeiss Ventures, imec, imec.xpand, QBIC, NSV, Tokai and the Flemish Government.