Cooperative Research Centres
For over 40 years we have collaborated with industry, research, education and health care institutions to create advanced products and vision care solutions. This includes 25 years leading some of Australia’s most successful ‘Cooperative Research Centres’
25 years leading Cooperative Research Centres
World-leading contact lens products were co-developed though the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (CRCERT, 1991-2003) and Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC, 2003-2015), generating over $300 million in royalties for CRC partners and around $1.5 billion in cash and in-kind investment.
Other achievements include contact lens and spectacle designs for myopia management, major advances in knowledge of contact lens-related infection and inflammation, new technologies to aid eye surgery, significant growth in the contact lens market, professional education for thousands of practitioners, training of more than 100 postgraduate research students and the establishment of an international NGO building sustainable eye care in developing communities.
What was delivered
- Co-developed Focus Night & DayTM contact lenses with Ciba Vision, the first lenses to be US FDA approved for 30 days continuous wear. The silicone hydrogel material first developed through this program now represents over 50% of contact lens sales globally.
- AIR OPTIX®AQUA MULTIFOCAL lenses for presbyopia were co-developed by Vision CRC with Ciba Vision and launched in 2009. They are now the leading multifocal contact lens in the United States.
Myopia control contact lens designs have also been developed and licensed to an industry partner. The Vision CRC myopia program has now transitioned to Brien Holden Vision Institute.
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Since then, the Brien Holden Vision Institute (previously International Centre for Eyecare Education), in collaboration with CRCERT and Vision CRC, has delivered optometric services and spectacles to over 14 million people in over 50 countries.
Importantly, they have also helped train over 250,000 eye care personnel and established and/or supported the development of 14 optometry schools as part of its strategy to build sustainable eye care systems.
Find out more about these programs here.
To ensure eye care services are sustainable the Vision CRC Models of Vision Care program trained over 300 Aboriginal health workers in eye care, developed a range of training materials and conducted extensive research to improve eye care delivery pathways.
Find out more about ongoing education programs here.
Find out more about optometry education resources here.
The CRCs also helped develop the next generation of industry leaders, researchers and academics through educating 116 PhD students.
Find out more about Leica Microsystems technology here.
The Accommodating Gel technology would be initially marketed as an alternative to conventional intraocular lens (IOL) replacement in cataract surgery procedures, wherein the opaque lens is removed and replaced by a synthetic IOL. The Accommodating Gel technology is available for co-development or licensing to commercial.