SBIR and STTR Success Story for
Leo Lens Technology

(Information Posted/Updated on 03/30/2008)

Leo Lens Technology
12285 World Trade drive # I
San Diego, CA  92128

Contact:    Praful Doshi
Phone:      858 335 2873
Fax:          858-385-0900

Project Title:  Printing of Digitized Image of Iris for Prosthetic Lens
Related Award(s):  R43 EY013896, R44 EY013896
Technology Developed:
LLT has developed a broad and versatile, FDA approved and proprietary technology platform for inkjet printing a digitized iris image or therapeutic coatings for hydrogel and silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

Key Words:  Digitized Iris Image, Inkjet printing, Prosthetic lens, Antimicrobial, Contact lens, Silicone Hydrogel, Lens dryness, Friction reduction.
Uses of Technology/Products/Service:
Inkjet printing is an enabling technology with ever expanding applications in everyday life. With inkjet printing, a mirror image of a patient's good eye can be reproduced on a contact lens as a prosthetic lens for the damaged eye at low cost. Further extension of its application would provide a most natural looking cosmetic lens to change or enhance the color of the eye. In additionally, in near future our technology would provide a thin uniform coating on the contact lens surface to provide the following properties for enhancing the health of the eye: * Antimicrobial, to minimize eye infection, recall of lens solutions. * Keeping the lens surface moist to minimize the effect of lens dryness * Friction reduction / comfort enhancement for highly oxygen permeable silicone hydrogel lenses.

Use of this technology for drug release to improve efficiency for eye drugs or creating a bionic contact lens is not far off.

Benefit to Company:
In addition to providing seed money to prove feasibility and product safety SBIR enabled LLT to develop a broad based technology platform for contact lenses. While our employee base grew three times we were also able to derive benefits from expertise and resources available at various US universities and small businesses. As a result we have developed proprietary and niche expertise to use advanced inkjet printing equipment and technology to provide health enhancing features to contact lenses. Also we were able to sign co-development and licensing agreement with a strategic partner. The potential annual revenue generated from the sales of products developed with our technology is estimated to be $100s of million in five years.

How Product Was Commercialized:
We plan to commercialize our globally patented and FDA approved technology with a strategic partner.

Past R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $5 M
Estimated Future Annual R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $100+ M