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Acquisition of ClarVista Medical

Clinical Stage Intraocular Lens Spinout Company Acquired by Alcon


Aurora, Colorado - Dec. 15, 2017 - The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a national leader in clinical and translational research, announced today the acquisition of ClarVista Medical by Alcon, a subsidiary of Novartis. ClarVista Medical is a clinical stage intraocular lens company that was established with intellectual property licensed from the University’s tech transfer office, CU Innovations. The intellectual property covers technology invented by Malik Kahook, MD and Naresh Mandava, MD, faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology. The acquisition follows a period of collaboration between ClarVista and Alcon to develop a modular intraocular lens platform for implantation after cataract surgery.


About the University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Home to 21,000 employees, more than 4,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future and fuels the economy. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school. All interconnected, these organizations collaboratively improve the quality of patient care they deliver, research they conduct, and health professionals they train.

About CU Innovations

CU Innovations works directly with CU researchers to bring their innovative ideas and concepts to the marketplace, to help improve the lives of patients and for public benefit. By working with industry partners like ClarVista and Alcon to perform efficient concept evaluation and product development, CU Innovations brings critical expertise to the valuable work of CU’s researchers.

About the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology’s home is the newly expanded UCHealth Eye Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus. This state of the art facility is one of the largest eye centers in the country and serves patients in the Rocky Mountain region and from around the world. The technological innovations conceived and developed by departmental faculty have changed the practice of eye care throughout the world. The department’s educational programs train future generations of leaders in ophthalmology, and its clinical programs have established reputations for excellence in routine and complex ophthalmic care. The department invests significantly in tracking clinical outcomes and its clinicians perform at the highest levels in their respective fields.