Ocumetics Technology Corporation is a Canadian company recently made public, a great success. Its founder, Dr. Garth Webb is an ophthalmologist and innovator that has successfully invented and commercialized several technologies. Dr. Mark Lee has joined Garth in this journey, providing business strategy leadership. Together, they are behind the development of the Bionic Lens, a replaceable intraocular lens that can immediately shift the focus of a human eye from distance to very close range, and vice versa, by utilizing the naturalbio-physical structures that lie behind the pupil.
Garth has observed in his professional practice the shortcomings of lens replacement options and the limitation of current technologies for people losing their vision. He believes that the Bionic Lens could eliminate the need for corrective lenses or laser surgery for people of all ages, and that this improved vision will contribute meaningfully to people’s quality of life. “The eye is how we experience the world.”
Garthand Mark got the funding to make this happen, they had a clear vision of what they needed to achieve, but not a clear path. There were many ideas, suppliers, and no time to coordinate them all. Animal studies were coming, they committed to it, and just 3 weeks to go. They required a team.
That’when we met.
We immediately began planning the project to meet the strict deadline. Everything had to come out right the first time, no room for errors, in order to succeed. Bioana’s design team began translating Garth’s PowerPoint concept drawing into 3D CAD design through several remote and real-time design sessions, with the addition of our design insights. Meanwhile, the rest of the team helped select, source, and import without hassle the final components and materials. 3Dprinted molds were specifically designed to withstand the curing process temperatures of silicone, in order to fast-track mold production for the silicon casting process. We designed creative tools and fixtures for optimizing and accelerating the assembly of the prototypes inside our ISO 7 clean room. We determined sterilization parameters for the package design. Documentation and instructive videos were created to aid doctors/users at the University of Utah Eye Research Center performs the surgery on a rabbit animal model.
We finally delivered 16 sterile prototypes for Usability/Animal Studies in less than 3 weeks.
“Bioana team, you guys are simply amazing. Thanks so much for all your team’s hard work on this. We remain impressed beyond measure.” – Mark Lee.
Ocumetics received feedback from users, and currently we are working together on the next iteration of the design. Providing DHF documentation as we move along for a seamless transition to regulatory approval.
Canada and Bioana are strongly tied and committed to innovation. In November 2021, Bioana was invited to a forum, where we received a visit from Canada’s Minister of Innovation Science and Industry Francois – Philippe. Later that month, we received a visit to Bioana’s facilities from Canadian General Consulate SandraShaddick and from Minister Counselor (Commercial) & Senior Trade Commissioner Mark Richardson to strengthen our bond. Ocumetics and Bioana are an excellent example of how Canada and Mexico are supporting the innovation network to create an impact on people’s health.
Innovation is all about collaboration, so thank you all involved in this project:
“Bioana team, you guys are simply amazing. Thanks so much for all your team’s hard work on this. We remain impressed beyond measure.”
"Our experience with Bioana had been outstanding. Their commitment, eye for detail, punctuality, proactivity and understanding manufacturing principles, workflow, quality and resourcefulness has been beyond our expectations."
CRO , Bolb Inc.