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Gucci Group and Safilo Group extend license agreements PDF
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Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Gucci Group and Safilo Group announce the extension of the license agreements for the production and worldwide distribution of branded eyeglass frames and sunglass collections for Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen.

The renewals extend the Gucci brand contract to 2018, Bottega Veneta to 2010 and Alexander McQueen to 2013. These agreements are a testament to Gucci Group and Safilo Group's strong professional relationship, as shown by Gucci’s extension of the license prior to its natural expiry. The business relationship between the two groups began with the presentation of Gucci’s first eyewear collection in 1989.
 
Alcon Sponsors Online Educational Initiative for Patients Considering Cataract Surgery PDF
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Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Cataract surgery patients and their caregivers now have a new online educational resource to gather information on cataracts, found at www.cataractsurgery.com. Cataracts affect nearly 20 million Americans age 60 and older and are the leading cause of treatable blindness in the world. The new website is sponsored by Alcon, which has focused on preserving, restoring and enhancing sight for more than 60 years.

The Alcon-sponsored educational website provides information on cataracts, cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) options. In addition, CataractSurgery.com includes details on preparing for an eye exam and features videos, cataract illustrations, patient testimonials and a cataract resource library.
 
New Director appointed to the Board of Vision Group Holdings PDF
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Vision Group Holdings Limited announced the appointment of Dr David Kitchen as a Director of the Vision Group Board.

In announcing the appointment Vision Group Chairman, Mr Shane Tanner said that Dr Kitchen, aged 44, brings important attributes to the VGH Board. “Dr Kitchen represents the younger generation of doctors in Vision Group. He has operational expertise in establishing and growing practices, having built the Central Queensland business from one Doctor Partner to its current complement of six Doctor Partners in just two years,” Mr Tanner said.

“Dr Kitchen has a substantial direct shareholding in VGH so while he represents the interests of our Doctors, his investment also closely aligns his views with those of all shareholders.” Graduating in medicine and surgery from Flinders University of South Australia (BMBS) in 1988, Dr Kitchen was awarded the staff prize in Surgery for excellence in this field at graduation. Following public hospital postings and general practice work, he undertook training in Ophthalmology and graduated with dual Fellowships in 1996 (FRANZCO, FRACS).

Dr Kitchen then moved to Central Queensland where, over the next decade, he established and grew The Central Queensland Eye Centres from its initial base in Mackay, to also include Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. During that time Dr Kitchen was also instrumental in establishing the free-standing Mackay Day Surgery, which is now a multi-disciplinary day surgery facility.

Dr Kitchen also established Elite Laser Clinic, a cosmetic and plastic surgery facility (divested in 2006), demonstrating a good understanding of a surgical specialisation that is currently being investigated by Vision Group for potential expansion opportunities.

In May 2006, Dr Kitchen joined his Central Queensland practices with Vision Group. Since then he has led the further expansion of these practices through the recruitment of five new Doctor Partner ophthalmologists and the redevelopment and expansion of Vision’s facilities in Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Rockhampton.

“Dr Kitchen is a major shareholder in our company and looks forward to being able to bring his business acumen and other attributes to the Board to help achieve sustainability and growth for all shareholders,” Mr Tanner said.

The Vision Group Board has six members: three independent non-executive directors (Mr Shane Tanner, Mr Iain Kirkwood and Ms Karen Wilson) and three Doctor Partner directors (Dr Michael Lawless, Dr Darryl Gregor and Dr David Kitchen). The Chief Executive Officer designate, Mr Craig Stamp, will commence with Vision Group on 8 December 2008.
 
Allergan enters into agreement with Polyphor PDF
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Polyphor Ltd and Allergan, Inc. have entered into an exclusive worldwide discovery and license agreement, under which Allergan obtains the rights to develop protein epitope mimetics (PEM) cytokine inhibitors for the treatment of conditions and diseases of the eye.

According to the agreement, both companies will conduct a research program designed to identify compounds that are optimally suited for local delivery to the eye in combination with Allergan’s proprietary drug delivery system. Polyphor will receive an upfront payment of US$7.0 million from Allergan and is entitled to receive up to US$61.0 million in research, development and first commercial sales milestones, plus royalties on product sales.
 
New video based tests to ease evaluation of drivers' skills PDF
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Australian News
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
A video-based hazard perception test is being developed by researchers that will measure a driver’s ability to recognise and respond to dangerous situations while driving. Mark Horswill of Queensland University School of Psychology said the test introduced in July this year would help lower accident toll.

The test consists of a series of video clips that present various traffic scenes containing potential traffic conflicts that require the user to take action, such as braking, overtaking or changing course.

The user’s hazard perception skills are assessed by clicking the mouse on one of the potential traffic conflicts displayed in each video clip.

His research suggests that the reason drivers adopt smaller safety margins when pulling out in front of motorcyclists is partly due to an optical illusion called the size-arrival effect, in which smaller objects are perceived to arrive later than larger objects.

Horswill is developing a video-based hazard perception training package, which will be sent to all new drivers in Queensland with the aim of improving their hazard perception skill.

These findings were recently published in the American journal Optometry and Vision Science.
 
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