Luxottica and Mazzucchelli Enter into Collaboration for Sustainable Acetate and for Luxottica Investment of 35 Percent of Mazzucchelli Share Capital

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Friday, June 11, 2021 2:43 PM MILAN and CASTIGLIONE OLONA, Italy—Luxottica and Mazzucchelli announced today a collaboration agreement to develop and produce a highly sustainable type of acetate, accessible to all market players.The agreement provides for the acquisition by Luxottica of a minority stake of around 35 percent of the share capital of Mazzucchelli, in order to further finance the development of the project inside the Mazzucchelli production plants, the announcement said.

EssilorLuxottica’s Bid to Acquire GrandVision Completes Regulatory Approval Process, Awaits Arbitration Outcome

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:27 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands and CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—The proposed acquisition of major international retailer GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica moved closer to completion on Thursday. The companies—GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) and EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA)—said in separate statements that the Turkish competition regulator (Rekabet Kurumu) had cleared the transaction and, with this conditional approval, all regulatory approvals for closing of the transaction have been obtained.

National Survey from VSP Vision Care Finds Our Eyes Are in Overdrive

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Eighty percent of Americans say pandemic-prompted screen time put their eyes in "overdrive," according to the results of a new survey commissioned by VSP Vision Care.

Marcolin and Guess Announce Early Renewal of Licensing Agreement Until 2030

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin and Guess have announced the early renewal of their exclusive licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Guess and Marciano sunglasses and eyeglasses.

If You Know an Influential Woman in Optical Nominate Her Now—Nominations Will Close on Sunday, June 13

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: Accountability - One Year Later' Panel Discussion to be Held on the Occasion of Juneteenth

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Last year, the SUNY College of Optometry’s Office of Continuing Professional Education hosted a three-part Webinar Series on Race in Optometry. These webinars took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists as students, residents, faculty, and practitioners.

If You Know an Influential Woman in Optical Nominate Her Now—Nominations Will Close on Sunday, June 13

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Friday, June 11, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Register Now for VM's Virtual Summit First Session, June 23, for Exclusive Take on Remote, Comprehensive Eye Exams

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Virtual eyecare, in the form of comprehensive eye exams performed remotely with the direct involvement of an optometrist, is rapidly gaining favor with both patients and practitioners. VirtualEYZE!, the lead-off session of the 2021 Vision Monday Leadership Summit, will explore how this reimagining of vision care—a form of “Creative Disruption”—is opening up new possibilities for optometrists in all modes of practice. This one-time-only event is the first in the multi-part 2021 VM Summit program, "CREATIVE DISRUPTION, THE NEW NOW: How to Survive It. Why You Need It." It will bring together experienced optometrists, optical retail executives, insurance reimbursement experts and the former chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s ocular telehealth committee to present an up-to-the-minute take on how this new form of eyecare is gaining ground and credibility.

EyeSouth Partners Expands Network in North Georgia via Addition of Two Independent Physicians

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:30 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has announced the addition of Dr. John Forrest of Forrest Eye Centers based in Gainesville, Ga., and Dr. Thomas Edwards of Advanced Vision, based in Decatur, Ga., to its operating group.

SECO International Names Richard Durocher, OD, as President

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:27 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, a leading educational conference for optometrists and allied health care professionals, announced that Richard Durocher, OD, has become the SECO International president.

Biotech Firm Aurion Biotech Names Greg Kunst Chief Executive Officer

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:24 AM SEATTLE and BOSTON—Greg Kunst has been named chief executive officer of newly launched Aurion Biotech, whose mission is to cure blindness by developing a differentiated platform of advanced therapies to treat ocular diseases.

Mido Digital Edition Brings International Attendance, Trading on B2B Exhibition Platform Continues

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:21 AM MILAN–Mido organizers provided an update on the international attendance at its recently-concluded Mido 2021 Digital Edition, which hosted a series of programs and special sessions, discussions and trend reports on a specially-designed, immersive virtual platform held here on July 5-7 here. Show organizers reported nearly 50,000 interactions on the business platform, 438 display pages, over 5,700 registered users, 50 percent international attendance, numbers for what they call a "transition edition," between the pandemic and the live show next year, which  reaffirm  Mido’s international appeal. The next dates for an in-person Mido exhibition will be Feb. 12-14, 2022.

ABB Optical Group Relaunches Annual ABB Cares Program

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB) has announced the return of its signature community grants program, ABB Cares. Launched in 2014, the program has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to non-profit organizations across the country. Applications for the program will be accepted beginning Monday, August 2. “After a challenging year, the ABB Cares program is needed now more than ever,” said ABB Optical Group CEO Tom Burke. “Non-profits across the country were severely impacted by the pandemic.

Marketing4ECPs Partners With Otto Optics

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:15 AM CALGARY, Alberta—Marketing4ECPs, a Calgary-based digital marketing agency focused on eyecare, has formed a partnership with Otto Optics, a contact lens sales generation and process automation platform. The partnership enables clients of the agency to receive exclusive pricing, integration within their practice website, and a marketing launch package. “We are excited to announce this partnership and join forces with Otto Optics,” said Kevin Wilhelm, Marketing4ECPs co-founder and CEO. “This partnership will allow our clients and network of eyecare professionals an amazing opportunity to grow their contact lens revenue, improve patient experience, while streamlining in-office workflows.”

The Memorial Day Holiday Led to Declines in ECPs’ Gross Revenue for the Week of May 31 to June 6, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Memorial Day holiday led to declines in ECPs’ gross revenue last week, May 31 to June 6, the 23rd week of 2021, according to data from Jobson’s latest Practice Performance Tracker. While the comparable 23rd weeks of 2019 and 2020 both exactly matched an average week for gross revenue (assigned an index value of 100) because neither included the Memorial Day holiday, and 2020 was also recovering from COVID’s impact by that time, gross revenue for this past week fell 17 index points below the levels achieved the past two years during the same time period.