Visionix Ophthalmic Equipment Localized in Russia with the Participation of TechnoSpark Group
Production and sale of ophthalmic equipment under the Visionix brand owned by the French-Israeli joint enterprise Luneau Technology Operations (LTO), has begun in Russia. The localization was carried out by Visionix Rus, a joint venture of LTO and TechnoSpark, a member of the investment network of the RUSNANO Group Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.
The registration certificate allowing to start selling localized equipment in Russia was obtained at Roszdravnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare) for the diagnostic multifunctional autorefractometer (models VX 130+/ VX 120+/ VX 110/ VX 220/ VX 230). By the end of 2019, Visionix Rus plans to have registered the other Visionix branded devices: the VX75 slit lamp, the VX60 / VX55 phoropters and the VX22 display.
The French-Israeli company LTO is one of the world’s largest developers and manufacturers of ophthalmic and optical equipment. Visionix Rus is the brand name for autorefractometers, lensmeters, phoropters and other devices necessary to diagnose glaucoma, cataracts, corneal pathologies, for high-precision measurements of the eye optical properties and individual selection of lenses. For example, the VX130+ combines the functions of an autorefractor, pupillometer, corneal topographer, aberrometer, pachymeter and contactless tonometer. In terms of quality and functionality, Visionix devices compete with premium-level equipment of Japanese and German companies. The target market for these devices includes public and private clinics and optician shops that specialize in customized contact lens vision correction.
Devices with such functionality had not been manufactured in Russia before. According to the DISCOVERY Research Group marketing agency, the volume of the Russian market of ophthalmic instruments and equipment (excluding parts and consumables) increased by 14.6% in value terms in 2017 and amounted to $82.9 mln (or 961,700 units in kind). At the same time, it is absolutely dominated by imported equipment. The Russian production in value terms amounted to 4.4%.
In the middle of 2017, LTO jointly with TechnoSpark made a decision to establish a joint venture and launch a project in Russia to localize the Visionix ophthalmic equipment.
“Over the past two years, in a joint effort with our partner Medica, we have developed a localization scheme for the equipment, organized its production, trained Russian experts at the LTO enterprises, found manufacturers of Russian components, took part in several major ophthalmic and optical exhibitions and, finally, received registration certificates. Now we are ready to start the sales. Our equipment is perfect for clinics and opticians with increased foot traffic, as the time of standard examination is significantly reduced: from 7-10 minutes to 90 seconds, and the doctor has the opportunity to pay more attention to the patient,” Ekaterina Khodunova, Director of Visionix Rus, said.
The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.
The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.
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TechnoSpark Group is a member of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and carries out a full cycle of venture construction: from the creation of startups to their sale. The scope of TechnoSpark Group’s activities in hard-ware industry includes: logistics robotics, energy storage systems, medical high-tech equipment, diamond optics, composite braiding, optical and industrial coatings, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies, and flexible electronics. TechnoSpark ranks first in the national rating of the most efficient technoparks; it entered the National rating of the Russian high technology fast-growing companies TechUp 2018; it is part of the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).
For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru
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The Visionix diagnostic multifunctional device scans the eyeball at 1,500 different points in just 90 seconds and provides reliable results on the condition of the eye’s visual functions. This includes:
- refractometry: determining the refractive power of the eye structures;
- pneumotonometry: one of the most accurate intraocular pressure measurements based on the thickness of the cornea;
- aberrometry: a method to define optical distortions in the visual system;
- corneal topography (based on the Scheimpflug camera and Placido’s disk): scanning the cornea, its anterior and posterior surfaces to detect or eliminate pathology and make calculations for further intraocular lens (IOL) implantation;
- pachymetry: corneal thickness measurements;
- corneal diameter measurement;
- pupil diameter measurement and many other measurements.
The device is a day and night vision simulator. Suitable for the implementation of screening programs aimed at mass screening of the population, such as: screening of keratoconus, control of anterior chamber angles when treating glaucoma, intensity of crystalline lens opacity when treating cataract.
The Visionix VX 120 and VX 130+ series are based on the patented Wave Front technology, which allows analysing from 1,500 corneal surface points, thus certainly making the study more reliable and detailed. This equipment is capable of providing the surgeon with high accuracy calculations required for the intraocular lens installation in the postoperative period. All the devices are equipped with software used to transfer data to the local electronic clinical record (EMH); it is located in the closed circuit of the treatment and preventive care facility and is compatible with the equipment of other manufacturers.