Hosts & Sponsors
Hosted by: Ron Blum and Vision Care Inventing, LLC
Ronald D. Blum, O.D., is Founder, President and Chairman of Vision Care Inventing, LLC., The Egg Factory, LLC., and BeautiEyes, LLC. He has had great success in building diverse management teams needed to develop products as well as executing business strategies. He is a visionary, innovator and businessman. Dr. Blum is named as the inventor or co-inventor on over 500 patents and patent applications worldwide. By way of example only; eye drop treatment for presbyopia, electronic focusing eyeglasses, electronic eyeglass frames, electronic focus contact lens, electronic focus IOL, composite lenses, UV and heat curing of ophthalmic lenses, thermally enhanced high performance photochromatic lenses, high performance PALs, selective blue light filter for lenses and palpebral fissure enhancing soft contact lenses.
Dr. Blum has also had substantial commercial innovation success. Dr. Blum has been involved with the founding of over 10 companies in the vision care space, including Innotech which, was sold in 1997 to Johnson and Johnson. Innotech was founded by Dr. Blum in 1990, and under his direction as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer was taken public on the NASDAQ exchange in 1996 before being sold to J&J in 1997. Dr. Blum remained with J&J until March 1999 serving as General Manager of Advanced Technologies for the Spectacle Lens Group of Johnson & Johnson, where he lead and managed the team that invented and developed the Definity (Progressive Addition Lens). The Definity Lens was acquired in 2005 by Essilor (the largest lens manufacturer in the world). Dr. Blum was also the founder and the initial President and CEO of PixelOptics.
Hosted and Produced by: Frank Giammanco and First Vision Media Group
Frank Giammanco is president & CEO of First Vision Media Group, Inc. A 32-year veteran of publishing and communications for the optical industry, he began his career as editor of Optical Index, a monthly magazine owned by Fairchild Publications. Moving into publishing management and sales, he eventually became a vice president/group publisher at Jobson Publishing. Prior to establishing First Vision Media Group, Inc. in 2000, Giammanco was president of Gramercy Marketing & Media, Inc. a business-to-business marketing communications firm headquartered in New York City.
About Vision Care Inventing:
Vision Care inventing (VCI) is an interactive knowledge exchange dedicated to identifying, supporting, and promoting today's and tomorrow's most innovative and impactful eye care inventions. VCI has been established to assist inventors, entrepreneurs, young and established companies, researchers, and consultants with a venue / forum for obtaining needed advice, counsel, and introductions. It is believed that such a venue / forum can prove beneficial in spurring innovation and advancing vision care.VisionCareInventing.com
About First Vision Media Group:
Established in September 2000, First Vision Media Group, Inc. is a health care communications company based in Northern New Jersey. Our primary emphasis is to provide product intelligence and continuing education information on vision care and the professionals, manufacturers, and distributors that serve this community.First Vision Media Group publishes magazines, supplements, and custom print products for these markets, and hosts a suite of electronic products such as Web sites, e-mail newsletters, a business-specific e-zine, and Internet-based education. visioncareproducts.com