Volk Optical Expands Leadership Team with New Vice President Appointment

Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D. joins Volk as Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing
Mentor, Ohio (March 22, 2018) – Volk Optical has appointed Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D. Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing.

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Utkarsh Sharma, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Marketing, Volk Optical

In this new role, Dr. Sharma will lead product development for Volk’s entire range of ophthalmic products. This includes accelerating development of advanced diagnostic, surgical and imaging products that fulfil unmet needs in the vision space, as well as sustaining and improving existing products. The company’s products include a full line of reusable and single-use diagnostic and surgical lenses and portable diagnostic ophthalmic imaging systems. Dr. Sharma will contribute to the company’s strategic plan as a member of Volk’s executive leadership team and board of directors.

Dr. Sharma brings to Volk extensive experience in product development, management and commercialization of ophthalmic imaging systems. Most recently, he served as Director of Optovue’s Advanced Development Team, leading the design and commercial launch of numerous ophthalmic diagnostic products. Prior to Optovue, Dr. Sharma was a Project Team Leader and Scientist at Carl Zeiss Meditec, where he led the development of the first FDA approved OCT Angiography (OCTA) technology.

In addition to his industry experience, Dr. Sharma spent time in academia as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at both Harvard Medical School (Boston, Mass.) and the University of Illinois (Urbana, Ill.). He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.). Dr. Sharma holds 15 patents in medical imaging, applications, optics and lasers. He was recently awarded the prestigious SPIE Early Career Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to ophthalmic imaging devices.

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New Vice President of Global Sales for Volk Optical

Matt Marzullo to lead global ophthalmic lens, surgical and imaging device sales
Mentor, Ohio (January 25, 2018) – Volk Optical has appointed Matt Marzullo its new Vice President of Global Sales.

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Matt Marzullo, Vice President of Global Sales, Volk Optical

Marzullo will be responsible for developing and executing Volk’s global sales and marketing strategy, and leadership of its international sales team and distributor network. As a member of Volk’s executive leadership team and board of directors, he will help shape the company’s strategic plan and guide its continued growth.

Marzullo brings sales experience specific to the healthcare industry to his new role. He joins Volk from O2 Concepts, a manufacturer of portable oxygen machines, where he was most recently Director of Sales. Prior to that, he was in medical device sales for Johnson & Johnson. Marzullo began his career in the United States Army, where he served for eight years, attaining the rank of Captain. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership & Management, with a minor in Electrical Engineering.

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Volk Optical Appoints New President

Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., joins industry leader in ophthalmic lenses and imaging devices
Mentor, Ohio (January 18, 2017) – Volk Optical has appointed Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., to the position of President, following the move of long-time Volk President Pete Mastores to the position of Chief Commercial Officer on Volk’s board.

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Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D., President, Volk Optical

In her new role, Dr. Gupta will be responsible for leading Volk Optical, providing strategic and tactical direction to support the future growth of Volk’s global sales and operations. This includes driving the development of new products to serve unmet needs in the ophthalmic imaging, and diagnostic and surgical lens spaces. The company’s products include the Volk iNview and Pictor Plus portable diagnostic ophthalmic imaging systems, as well as a full line of reusable and single-use diagnostic and surgical lenses.

Dr. Gupta comes to Volk from Unilife Corporation, where she served as Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, responsible for the development and growth of its syringe business. Prior to Unilife, she held strategic marketing roles at Becton Dickinson, and was involved in clinical research at Medtronic Spine and Biologics. Dr. Gupta also serves as an adviser to early state startups originating out of universities.

Dr. Gupta earned a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.). She also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tenn.).

“Jyoti’s experience in the medical space will be invaluable to Volk as we develop products that keep pace with key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease,” said Mastores. “Under her guidance, Volk’s portable imaging devices will continue to evolve, as camera and software technology improve. We will also continue to expand our diagnostic and surgical lens lines, including single-use lenses, developing new offerings to meet the demands of the latest procedures and treatment protocols.”

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Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products Lens Designs Added to Volk Eye Check

Fitting of Bausch + Lomb- Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lenses supported with precise, personal measurements
Mentor, Ohio (October 6, 2016) – Volk Optical announces today that is has integrated Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products custom specialty lens designs into the Best Fit Analysis Report of its Volk Eye Check portable ophthalmic exam tool. Capable of a number of key measurements, the Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode captures and fully automates the analysis and display of ocular characteristics for contact lens fitting, saving time and increasing first time fit rates.

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Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products Lens Designs Added to Volk Eye Check

Volk Eye Check’s CL Mode provides precise measurements to aid in contact lens fitting including Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID), Pupil diameter and Sagittal depth. The Best Fit Analysis feature generates a patient-specific report recommending the most appropriate lenses by brand and type. Now included in the Eye Check Best Fit Analysis module are fitting rules for Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products™’ HP Toric and Sphere, ASTERA® Multifocal Toric, NovaKone® ; and C-Vue™Toric, Sphere, and Multifocal design contact lenses.

All current Volk Eye Check users will automatically have access to the Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products designs.

“The addition of the Bausch + Lomb range of lenses to Volk Eye Check will enable Bausch + Lomb customers to get to the correct fit faster and more accurately, saving them chair-time and enhancing patient experience,” said Yuval Yashiv, Chief Executive of IRISS Medical Technologies, Volk’s technology partner for the Volk Eye Check.

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Volk Lenses Now Available with Ellex Ophthalmic Lasers

Providing clear optics for YAG, SLT, laser vitreolysis, and photocoagulation procedures
Mentor, Ohio (August 9, 2016) – Volk Optical and Ellex Medical (ASX: ELX, Ellex) have partnered to provide ease of access and convenient purchase of Volk ophthalmic lenses to complement Ellex ophthalmic lasers. Ellex will commence an offering of Volk contact laser lenses, as well as mirrored gonioscopy lenses, in both reusable and single-use designs, with the purchase of an Ellex ophthalmic laser for YAG, SLT, laser vitreolysis, and photocoagulation procedures.

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Volk and Ellex have partnered to provide ease of access and convenient purchase of Volk ophthalmic lenses to complement Ellex ophthalmic lasers.

With this arrangement, Ellex will now have the opportunity to provide reusable laser lens styles, and Volk®1 Single Use lens for a global collaborative market presence. Volk lenses are designed with high-quality optics and anti-glare coatings to deliver crisp, high-resolution views. The range of reusable lens styles includes contact laser lenses for capsulotomy, iridotomy, laser vitreolysis, focal grid and peripheral retinal photocoagulation, 3- and 4-mirror gonioscopy, and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). Volk1 Single Use lenses, which eliminate potential cross-contamination and costly reprocessing, are available in a similar range of styles, and can be re-ordered directly from Ellex.

Ellex is recognized as the expert in short-pulsed lasers for use in ophthalmology. Its laser range pairs 30 years of manufacturing expertise with cutting-edge technology to deliver consistently better treatment results. The systems offered with Volk lenses include the Tango™ for SLT and YAG laser procedures; Ultra Q for YAG laser procedures and the Ultra Q Reflex for vitreolysis (as well as standard YAG procedures); and Solitaire, Integre Pro and Integre Pro Scan for photocoagulation.

“It makes sense that Ellex should align its suite of ophthalmic laser products with Volk: if our customers can visualize the treatment site with greater clarity then they can use our lasers to more exacting precision,” commented Ellex CEO Tom Spurling.

“The industry’s best lenses are now available with the industry’s best lasers,” explains Volk president Peter Mastores. “Ellex is a pioneer in ophthalmic laser treatment. They recognize that the clear, high-resolution imaging of our Volk lenses is critical to patient outcomes.”

To learn more about the new laser and lens bundles, or to make a purchase, visit www.ellex.com, or contact your Authorized Ellex Distributor.
About Volk
Volk Optical (www.volk.com) is a recognized industry leader in ophthalmic imaging offering the finest aspheric optics, portable ocular diagnostic imaging platforms, and unique surgical solutions. Dr. David Volk pioneered the design of ophthalmic lenses in the 1960’s and is best known for his revolutionary glass lens design and construction, which includes the patented double aspheric lens technology. Volk ophthalmic lenses are recognized worldwide as having the highest resolution and widest field imaging with the best stereopsis for precision diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical work. Volk’s portable, electronic, diagnostic imaging devices are building the foundation for the future of ophthalmology, optometry, and general medicine. The company is based in Mentor, Ohio, USA and has representatives and distributors around the world. Volk Optical is a subsidiary of Halma plc of Amersham, United Kingdom (LON: HLMA, Halma).

About Ellex
Ellex Medical (Ellex) is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of ophthalmic laser and ultrasound systems used by ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye disease. With more than 20,000 systems delivered to the market, Ellex has evolved since 1985 from a manufacturing company of primarily OEM products, to direct marketing of its own branded products through subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, Germany and Australia, and a network of distribution partners in more than 100 countries.

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Volk Optical’s Pictor Plus Portable Imager Used on Charitable Mission in Uganda

Handheld digital imager screened patients for diabetic retinopathy and pediatric retinoblastoma
Mentor, Ohio (July 9, 2015) – In April, Volk’s Pictor Plus was used by ophthalmologists from the Royal Free Hospital in London during a ten day charitable mission trip in Uganda. Volk’s Regional Manager for Europe, Terry Cooper, joined the Vision 2020 LINKS team, a group led by ophthalmologist Clare Davey, on a mission to reduce preventable blindness. The Pictor Plus was the only fundus camera available to the team and was used primarily for screening for diabetic retinopathy and examinations under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients.

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Specialist retinal nurse Sofia Mendonça uses the Pictor Plus to examine a patient at the Mulago Hospital (Kampala, Uganda). Photo credit: Terry Cooper, @capdailphotos

The trip included clinics held at the Mulago Referral Hospital in the capital city of Kampala, as well as at Ruharo Eye Centre, in the far more remote city of Mbarara. The Pictor Plus handheld digital imager is ideal for mission and field work, delivering high quality retinal views in a compact device that weighs in at just one pound. For the mission trip, the Pictor, its accessories, and a laptop with image capture software travelled in a standard sized backpack outfitted with a solar panel for field use.

“I first learned about the Uganda trip when I met Clare Davey at a Congress,” explained Cooper. “As I learned the scope of the project, I realized that Pictor Plus would be great tool for the physicians on this mission. What’s more, I have a personal interest in charitable activities, so my involvement on Volk’s behalf really came together organically.”

With a 40 degree field of view of the fundus and two modules for both retina and anterior segment imaging, clinicians were able to identify a range of patient pathologies. All stages of diabetic retinopathy, as well as serious conditions such as BRVO (Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion) and CRVO (Central Retinal Vein Occlusion) were seen. It was also used to examine retinoblastoma patients–particularly critical as the incidence of this childhood cancer in Uganda is nearly twice that of the UK (1-2 cases referred per week in Uganda, compared to 45 per year in the UK).

Typically during screenings at the Mulago Referral Hospital, four fundus images were taken of each patient with Pictor Plus: disc-centered and macula-centered, of each eye. The Pictor Plus’ eyecup provided stability to the camera, reduced stray light and generally helped team members get good images. Images were then transmitted wirelessly into Health Intelligence’s Spectra Retineye screening software for review by an ophthalmologist. Those with abnormal retinal findings were then further examined with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and treated with laser as appropriate.

Cooper and the Pictor Plus then travelled to the Ruharo Eye Centre of the Ruharo Mission Hospital to work with ophthalmologist Keith Waddell. During the visit, the Pictor Plus was used for examination under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients. It enabled the team to take fundus images of children ranging in age from two months to 12 years old with relative ease, running on its own solar power, rather the unreliable local mains power.

“It’s personally gratifying to have this opportunity as a part of Volk-to be able to share portable technology that can be used effectively in developing countries,” said Cooper. “The dire lack of eye care resources and infrastructure means people go needlessly blind.”

For team leader Davey, having a member of the team from the optical industry was especially helpful. “This visit was particularly successful because we had a very defined remit, because we have already established good working relationships with the team in Mulago, and because for the first time we had a member from the optical industry (Terry Cooper) who set up the equipment, optimized its use and helped train the local staff,” she said. “I recommend similar Vision 2020 visits to concentrate on taking the most effective team.”

To read Cooper’s personal dispatches from the trip, visit the Volk blog: http://www.volk.com/index.php/news/.

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Volk Optical Receives Presidential Award for Export Success

Second win recognizing continuing export growth for the company’s ophthalmic devices
Mentor, Ohio (May 27, 2015) –Volk Optical was awarded the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a ceremony in Washington, DC, Monday, May 18. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The “E” Star Award that Volk received recognizes previous “E” Award recipients for continued superior performance in increasing or promoting exports.

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Volk Optical receives the Presidential “E” Star Award for export excellence. (From Left to Right) Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Volk Optical President Peter Mastores, Volk Optical Vice President of Operations Bernie Rykaczewski, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar.

Volk manufactures ophthalmic lenses and portable diagnostic imaging products that are used to diagnose and treat conditions of the eye. Eye doctors globally use Volk’s products to improve vision and help prevent blindness.

“We are honored to receive the “E” Star Award in recognition of our continued global export strategy.” said Pete Mastores, Volk’s president. “Since first winning the Presidential “E” Award for Exports in 2011, we have maintained our international focus, growing our business and creating jobs here in the U.S. This year, being one of just four manufacturers awarded the “E” Star designation is a testament to the hard work of our entire team-both here in the U.S. and around the world.

“The President’s ‘E’ Award winners are outstanding American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” said Secretary Pritzker. “By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, winners are creating jobs in Ohio and their local communities. Congratulations to Volk Optical. Exports are critical to our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and solidify our country’s economic leadership across the globe.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 45 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached an all-time high last year with more than 11.7 million jobs, up 1.8 million since 2009.

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

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New Lenses Including TVG and G6 Gonio from Volk at ASCRS

Mentor, Ohio (March 24, 2014) – Volk Optical will be showing its complete lens offerings during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Meeting, April 25-29 in Boston, Mass. Volk’s exhibit at booth 2033 will showcase surgical gonio and gonioscopy lenses including the TVG for MIGS procedures and the G6 Gonio with true 360° views.

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Volk’s G6 and TVG gonio lenses

The TVG Surgical Gonio lens has been designed specifically for precision and comfort in MIGS and all intraoperative gonioscopy procedures. Its floating lens feature eliminates corneal pressure and the resulting distortion of chamber angle views.

With six closely aligned mirrors, the G6 Gonio delivers sweeping images of the anterior segment–a full, gap-free view without rotation. The G6’s imaging is a significant improvement to the classic 4 mirror gonio lens.

Also on display will be Volk’s entire line of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical ophthalmic lenses, equipment, and accessories. Volk will offer special show pricing and a free multi-lens case with purchase. Visit Volk at booth 2033 to see the newest gonio lenses and take advantage of show specials.

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Accutome, Volk and Keeler AAO Meeting Joint Exhibit Recognized in Best in Show Contest

Malvern, Penn. (January 27, 2014) – The joint exhibit of Accutome, Keeler and Volk at the 2013 American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO) meeting in New Orleans was awarded an Honorable Mention in the exhibition’s Best In Show contest. After this success, the three companies intend to exhibit together again at the 2014 AAO meeting.

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Accutome, Volk and Keeler AAO Meeting Joint Exhibit Recognized in Best in Show Contest

Accutome, Keeler and Volk offer complementary ophthalmic diagnostic, clinical and surgical products. All are part of Halma, plc, an international group of safety, health and environmental technology companies. The joint exhibit gave busy show visitors a convenient single stop to try out and buy products from all three companies. The new exhibit included a number of hands-on demonstrations for each company’s products.

“Keeler and Volk have been sister companies for almost 20 years. Since Accutome joined the group in 2012, we’ve been looking for additional ways their relationship under the same parent could benefit customers,” explained Adam Meyers, Divisional Chief Executive for Halma. “The joint exhibit was carefully planned for the best customer experience possible while retaining focus on the individual brands.”

The exhibit was chosen for the mention by evaluators from AAO’s Exhibit Effectiveness Evaluation team and Jefferson Davis of Competitive Edge. It was recognized for its ease of navigation for show attendees and clear corporate branding for each of the three companies.

According to the show report, the exhibit was “a marketing “how to” successfully combine disparate brands and companies under one exhibit property and still make it easy for attendees to comprehend the connection. From top to bottom, all details of this exhibit were strategically conceived and very well executed.”

For more information on the companies, visit the Halma health optics page.

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Volk Features Lens Sets and G6 Gonio at SECO

Mentor, Ohio (January 15, 2014) – Volk Optical will be exhibiting at the Southeastern Congress of Optometry (SECO) March 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta, Georgia), booth 522.

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Volk Digital Series Three-Lens set and G6 Gonio Lens

Volk’s exhibit will include its diagnostic and therapeutic lenses, equipment, and accessories. To simplify lens selection and deliver better value, Volk has created ‘Best in Class’ lens sets, packaging together several complementary lenses.

Its Digital family’s lenses increase general diagnostic capabilities and shorten exam time. Two- and three-lens sets are available with these lenses. The two-lens set includes Volk’s Digital Wide Field®, a 90D power lens with a field of view 40 percent larger than that of a classic 90D, and the Digital High Mag® for true 3D views of the posterior pole. The three-lens set adds the Digital Clear Field. A hybrid of a 20D and 28D lens, with magnification of a 20D and field of view of a 28D, the Digital Clear Field offers the best of both lenses.

Also at the show will be Volk’s G6 Gonio, which provides the most comprehensive sweeping views of the anterior segment. Its six closely aligned mirrors provide a true 360° view during glaucoma screening, without any lens adjustment required.

In addition to hands-on demonstrations, Volk will offer special show pricing and a free multi-lens case with purchase.

 

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