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June 2015 : Ocuco acquires the optical business of Acumenex

TORONTO, Canada and DUBLIN, Ireland. Ocuco, the international optical software company, has acquired the optical business of Acumenex, provider of eCommerce solutions to leading chains, insurers and independent ECPs in the USA and Canada. The acquisition is part of Ocuco’s global Omni-channel strategy for its independent and chain customers around the world. Ocuco will add Acumenex’s webstore and supply chain integration capabilities to its own independent Eye Care Practitioner (ECP) focussed eCommerce solutions, and integrate them to its current PoS, practice management and e-Scheduler products to allow its customers offer a seamlessly integrated online and off-line experience to their customers. “We believe that all optical practitioners will have to offer Omni-channel services such as on-line access to appointments and purchasing and replenishment to their customers, both to protect their business from predation by increasingly sophisticated online retailers, and to grow their business. Integration with the practice management system will be a key part of making this work and keeping track of the client’s overall relationship with the practice” says Leo MacCanna, Ocuco CEO.

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March 2015 : Ocuco’s Acuitas activEHR now Drummond Certified

Ocuco is pleased to announce that Acuitas activEHR 2.0, a new Ocuco product being tailored specifically for the US optometry market, has achieved Certification as a 2014 Edition Complete EHR. Certification has been granted by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB with whom the organization has worked since 2011. This is an exciting development in Ocuco’s objective to deliver a complete practice management/Certified EHR offering to the North American Optometry market. Acuitas activEHR 2.0 will allow Eligible Professionals to meet all necessary obligations and qualify for stimulus funds as per current requirements for either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use, as directed by the ONC and CMS. Certification of Acuitas activEHR 2.0 included use of the DrFirst e-Prescribing platform, as well as Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) technology to demonstrate compliance with all current Meaningful Use requirements. DrFirst provides necessary tools for electronic prescribing of medications and interaction with pharmacies across the US. Secure Exchange Solutions technology is used to share health information and facilitate secure communications between providers, as well as between doctor and patient by way of individualized Patient Portals. Ocuco anticipates that Acuitas activEHR 2.0 will become available to the North American market in the summer of 2015.

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August 2014 : Ocuco Acquires CC Systems

Ocuco, provider of the Innovations Lab Management System (LMS) has acquired Florida and Toronto based CC Systems which provides the Labzilla LMS. This brings total staff in Ocuco to 175 across its retail and lab divisions, with the lab division forming the largest lab software company in the world, with 45 staff and an estimated 2,750 labs supported in 50 countries. CC System’s Labzilla and Ocuco’s Innovations businesses will be merged into Ocuco’s Lab Division under the business leadership of Stephen Cohen and the technical leadership of 2013 OLA Hall of Famer Robert Shanbaum. CC Systems has become a leading distributor of private label freeform lenses in addition to its LMS business. Its recent rapid growth has been driven by the explosion of freeform onto the marketplace and its unparalleled expertise in freeform digital lens manufacturing and LDS integration. Both Innovations and Labzilla integrate with all major freeform LDSs including IOT, Innovations Digital, Seiko, Shamir, Signet, Essilor, Thin Tech, Optovision, Carl Zeiss Vision, Crossbows, VSP, Scopus and Hoya. Stephen Cohen said: “This gives us global reach and the ability to compete for business in all types of lab - from small to large, and wholesale to vertically integrated labs.” Robert Shanbaum said “Besides a much larger support team, one benefit of the acquisition for our customers will be that it will help us accelerate development of Ocuco-CC Systems next generation LMS which will reflect the expertise of both companies.” Leo Mac Canna, Ocuco CEO, said: “With over 175 staff in 10 countries, this brings us closer to our vision of creating an independent software company of scale to service the optical sector."

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25 June 2014 : Ocuco Opens New Office in China

Ocuco are opening today their first office in China. The office is located in the prestigious Nanjing West Road area of Shanghai. Having secured contracts of over 300,000 Euro in the past 12 months, Ocuco will continue to develop the Chinese market with Business Development and Technical Support based there. To date the China market expansion has directly created new Irish jobs in Dublin with more to follow. Ocuco has a global workforce of 130, with the largest office being their Dublin Head Office.
The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to China, led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.
Speaking from Shanghai, Minister Bruton said: "ICT is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and one of our key aims is to support more Irish companies to export, particularly in high growth markets, and ultimately marketing and opening an office in Shanghai is very welcome. Ocuco is a highly innovative optical software company and this is a strong sign of its commitment to the Chinese market. I wish them every success with this operation and look forward to working with them in the future".
Mark Dolan was appointed as Business Development Manager for the Chinese Lab market.  Mark joined Ocuco after successfully leading two separate market entries in the competitive Chinese market.
Mark, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, visited China after completing his Economics and Finance degree in UCD Ireland, and chose to relocate to Shanghai to obtain a master’s degree in Asian Business from Jiao Tong University.  “I was fascinated by the countries development and huge size, as well as the phenomenal potential for business opportunities present and future.” says Mark.
Initially Ocuco are focused on selling the Innovations Lab Management Software to spectacle lens manufacturing labs. Innovations is the market leading optical software suite which automates prescription lens processing, by providing a powerful set of tools to manage the process and business of lens manufacturing. China has a large concentration of lens factories providing much of the world’s spectacle lenses.
“The appointment of an expert in business development in China is fundamental to the success of our existing and future projects in the region”, says Robert Shanbaum, President of Ocuco USA.  “We already have customers in China, and we are soon going to be able to offer Support locally.”
Mark’s first mission is to manage and execute Ocuco’s market entry strategy.  He will be supported in that endeavor by the whole network of Ocuco’s international offices, as well as Ocuco’s key industrial partners.

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31 March 2014 : Ocuco Acquires See20/20

Ocuco, the UK's market leading ophthalmic practice management software vendor, has acquired See20/20, the supplier of the world's first entirely cloud-based practice management system.
The acquisition effectively secures the future of the See20/20 product for the current customers. It will also enable Ocuco to build on its current UK market presence in cloud-based practice management solutions. The See 20/20 product will continue to be supported and all staff will join the Ocuco team. "We recognise that the Software as a Service or Cloud deployment business model offers a low upfront cost service option which is particularly appealing for smaller independent opticians. The acquisition of See20/20 will extend our already existing capability to offer cloud-based (SaaS) practice management solutions to opticians."

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19 February 2014: Ocuco has acquired Vancouver-based EMRlogic

Ocuco has acquired Vancouver-based EMRlogic, provider of the ODPro Practice Management Software (PMS) and activEHR certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) software systems for opticians and optometrists. Ocuco is the global software company behind Innovations Lab Management System (LMS) and the Acuitas Practice Management System (PMS).
"We're very excited to have acquired a great, US-certified, EHR product," said Leo Mac Canna, CEO of Ocuco "But we are also very happy to have found such a great software team, and an excellent customer base to complement our own."
"Since rolling out Acuitas in the US to a Group in Northern California last December we have been seeking to establish a major support base in the U.S. Pacific time zone, and grow our team to better support the North American optical retail software market. We already have a strong presence in Canada with FYidoctors, and many Canadian opticians and optometrists have already chosen our Acuitas PMS software."

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8th July 2013 : Ocuco's Seiko Freeform Challenge to Proceed

Robert Shanbaum, president of Ocuco Inc., reports that Ocuco’s request for a re-examination of Seiko’s U.S. patent 6,019,470 has been granted.

“This is the first hurdle we had to pass in our effort to get Seiko’s patent cancelled.”  Shanbaum said.  “We’re encouraged by this action, however, most requests for re-examination are granted.  Historically, 22% of such re-examination proceedings result in all of the challenged patent’s claims being confirmed, but only 12% result in all claims being canceled.  In most cases, the patent’s claims are changed so as to avoid the questions raised in the re-examination request.”

“We hope to end up in the 12%!” Shanbaum added, noting that re-examinations typically take over 20 months.

5th June 2013 : Ocuco Requests Re-Examination of Seiko "Freeform" Patent

Ocuco Inc., developer and provider of Innovations Lab Management Software, have filed a re-examination request with the U.S. Patent Office, seeking re-examination of Seiko Epson’s Patent 6,019,470, which claims the invention of back-surface progressive lenses.

“I began this inquiry because I was familiar with engineering projects back in the early 1990’s at both Gerber Optical and Coburn Optical, which had as their objective the production of back-surface progressives.  It struck me as absurd that Seiko Epson, or anyone else, could claim to have invented a category of lenses that we were feverishly trying to make years before they were allegedly invented,” said Robert Shanbaum, president of Ocuco Inc., Ocuco’s U.S. subsidiary.

“Digging into it, we found that both back-side and dual-sided progressive lenses were anticipated in prior patents, going back to the 1930’s.  We further discovered numerous defects in Seiko Epson’s patent, which we have enumerated in our re-examination request”, Shanbaum said.

A “re-examination” is an administrative procedure established in the patent regulations that allows any person to request that the Patent Office reconsider its grant of a patent, based on “substantial new questions of patentability”, which the requester must clearly set out.

“A patent is valid until it’s not – no one should think that our action in any way invalidates the patent at this point”, Shanbaum said.  “We hope that our request is sufficiently persuasive that the PTO will grant our request, and then cancel the patent.  We do not think that Seiko Epson is entitled to exact a rent from the industry, because their patent does not teach us anything that we did not already know.”

19th April 2011: Senior Product Consultant based in Manchester, CT, USA

Ocuco is pleased to announce that Russell Gagain has joined the company as Senior Product Consultant based in Manchester, CT, USA. Russell brings over 20 years in-depth experience of the ophthalmics industry. He holds a Bachelor Degree in computer Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.Russell is also skilled in the area of marketing having led the introduction of numerous products into international markets.

A licensed optician, Russell has also earned credentials from the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the recipient of the UNCONN Hall of Fame for Business, in recognition of his academic achievements.

Russell is very accomplished in the area of optical software and has worked closely with Robert Shanbaum over a period of 20 years. He first supported RxCalc and then Innovations lab software while at Gerber Optical (later Gerber Coburn). Russell has also facilitated numerous machine vendors in the development of interfaces for OMA communications. He has extensive experience in the integration and improvement of manufacturing processes, and has managed projects enabling the development of consumables used in optical manufacturing.

Russell says "It is really exciting to join a dynamic company that makes a positive impact to the international community through its optical software and ultimately the patients that benefit from it."

30th March 2011: New Group Clinical Director

Ocuco announces that Victor Scrooby has joined the organisation as Group Clinical Director. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Victor will also have general management responsibility for Ocuco in the Asia Pacific region.

Victor Scrooby brings extensive experience to the organisation. "I am humbled by this opportunity to infuse some of my wide and varied optometric experience into a software application which will impact so many patients."

Victor qualified as an Optometrist in 1995 in South Africa with a BSc (Hons) Optometry and Mc Optom. Victor practised in South Africa with Eagle Vision and in private practice. He moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked with Opticians such as David Clulow and D&A before setting up the UK Classic Eyes chain which has stores in the UK and South Africa.

Victor began his relationship with Ocuco over 10 years ago while in the UK, when his was one of the first companies to purchase the Acuitas product. He relocated to Australia to join Big W Vision, a full service optometry chain before becoming a partner in the one of the busiest Specsavers stores in Australia.

A Sports Vision Optometrist, Victor was a consultant for the Great Britain Target Shooting Federation and worked with the British Olympic shooting team. He also has a keen interest in Childrens Vision and has given his time over the past 12 years to help children with reading problems.

Leo Mac Canna, CEO of Ocuco says "Victor is a great addition to Ocuco, providing both a clinical face for Ocuco, and deep commercial experience having run his own independent practices and chain franchise. He will enhance our ability to put ourselves in our customers' shoes and produce great clinical and commercial software."

9th March 2011: Largest Italian optical retail chain chooses Ocuco enterprise software

Ocuco announces a major deal with 500 store chain Salmoiraghi e Viganò, the largest in Italy.

In November, Ocuco successfully completed phase 1 of the project, rolling out its Acuitas Enterprise software across the 375 owned stores at rates of up to 36 stores per week over a 3 month period. Phase 2 of the project which encompasses the remaining 125 franchise and concession outlets is being planned, and is expected to be completed by June 2011.

Salmoiraghi e Viganò (S&V) began their IT selection process in 2009. They evaluated many software suppliers, both from the optical retail software vertical, like Ocuco, and from the generic EPOS software horizontal. "With the increasing complexity of IT systems it is more economical to co-outsource to a specialist company, leveraging their economies of learning and of scale. We underwent an extensive procurement process, and are very satisfied with the breadth of capabilities which Ocuco brought. Their products are robust, their infrastructure is well developed and their staff are very experienced." said Antonio Nicoletti, IT Director of Salmoiraghi e Viganò.

Ocuco's development and project management teams integrated with S&V's IT department to tailor the Acuitas Enterprise application for S&V's specific environment and plan the rollout campaign. The project was jointly managed. S&V IT managed the relationship with S&V Business (stores and Area Managers), user acceptance testing and integration of Acuitas with back-office systems, while Ocuco took responsibility for development, production of training material, logistics and the installation and training across Italy during the rollout.

According to Angelo Furlotti, CEO Ocuco Italia, "successfully delivering this project on time and within budget was made possible by the solid partnership developed between S&V and Ocuco in the planning, development and rollout phases of the project. User acceptance at the stores has been very positive, largely because the S&V IT team solicited input from the store users during the planning phase, with the system now automating many of their repetitive tasks, making their work more enjoyable and leaving more time for customer care. The commitment of store staff has been extraordinary through this period of organisational change."

"This is an extremely challenging project with very tight timelines. We are very proud to have been selected by Salmoiraghi e Vigano for this project." commented Leo MacCanna, CEO of the Ocuco group.

31st August 2010: Ocuco sells it pharmacy software division

Ocuco recently concluded the sale of its pharmacy management division to Touchstore limited, in a deal valued at over €1 million. The pharmacy management division is home to its very successful ‘Integra’ suite of pharmacy management software products.

Ocuco’s revenues of €8.7m (2010) are derived primarily in the Ophthalmic software space, with over 90% generated internationally. Ocuco’s domestically-focused pharmacy management division is amongst its smaller divisions, so Ocuco has decided the time is right to give the pharmacy software division its own wings. “Although Integra’s revenue has almost doubled from 2009 to 2010, within Ocuco, Integra could not receive the focus required to capitalise on recent success and achieve the prominent market position it deserves. We have a long relationship with many of our pharmacy customers and I am happy that Integra is finding a good home with Touchstore”, said Leo MacCanna, CEO of Ocuco.

29th October 2009: Ocuco ranked 11th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50

Ocuco was this week ranked 11th within the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Ocuco's 5 year growth rate to 2008 was 505.26%. Ocuco has been among the Top 50 consistently over the past 4 years since 2006.

Ocuco's CEO, Leo Mac Canna, attributes the company's revenue growth over the past five years to its innovation in the field of the professional practice management software and its expansion into optical retail chains in the UK, in continental Europe and in the USA.

"We are glad to be recognised among the most dynamic companies in Ireland. Our constant innovation is the engine that has given us this growth over the last few years, resulting in Ocuco putting clear blue water between us, as specialists in the Optical field, and the generic suppliers of POS systems," said Leo.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its tenth year in Ireland, ranks the fastest-growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Details of the final Technology Fast 50 ranking list are available to download at www.fast50.ie

4th March 2009: Vision Express extends contract with Ocuco to 2016.

Vision Express and Ocuco have signed a five year extension to their software and support contract. Ocuco's software, Acuitas Enterprise, was first installed across their 200 store estate in 2005 with a commitment to 2010. Since then VE has grown to over 300 stores, including 75 Batemans stores acquired last year. A key tool in the acquisition's integration, Acuitas was rolled out to them in four weeks last June.

Leo MacCanna, Chief Executive Officer for Ocuco said "We invested a lot in R&D to keep our customers and we are committed to keeping our product on the leading edge into the future. We look forward to renewing again in 2016.'

Acuitas is an enterprise retail system specifically developed for the optical market. It can cover the full patient journey out of the box without the need for the cost and delay of the extensive bespoke development required when implementing generic EPoS systems such as SAP retail, PCMS and Win/DSS. A new basic EPoS-only version is now available priced to compete directly against these generic EPoS systems, but with the option to add practice management, optometry, clinical and manufacturing modules.

The product is now in use in the UK, Spain, French and Italian markets due to be released by end of June 2009. The system caters for the various optometry models in Europe and the Americas.

Founded in 1993, Ocuco is the largest optical retail software company outside the US with $10m in revenues and 100 staff. It is on the Deloitte European fast 500 list, with installations in most countries across the globe. Ocuco has offices in Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the USA. The company will be exhibiting at Hall 11 Stand T-02 at MIDO.