Contact Lens Precision Laboratories (CLPL) Limited, recently acquired by SEED, has been awarded the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ by the KTP Grading Panel for its Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Liverpool. The Partnership, which ran from March 2014 to December 2017, was set up to develop state of the art contact lenses for people suffering from visual loss due to irregular corneas.
Congratulations to the research associate Dr Ahmed Abass, the business based supervisor Mrs Lynn White, the knowledge based supervisor Dr Steve Jones, the chair of the project local management committee Mr John Clamp, Gerry O’Hagen for the overall support provided to the project from Innovate UK and the knowledge based leader Prof Ahmed Elsheikh.
CLPL, known for its brand ‘KeraSoft®’, has been manufacturing soft contact lenses for keratoconus and irregular corneas for over 15 years, winning the Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation in 2010 for its KeraSoft®IC design.
During the project, a suite of software programs was developed to facilitate analysis of how a soft lens fits on eye. The modelling takes into account the properties of eye and lens and demonstrates how soft lenses drape, stretch and settle onto a cornea. The eye profile software can be used to compare the fit of lenses directly between individual eyes and across different populations, thus improving the efficiency of the design process. The project has already contributed towards the design of new products such as the Avanti monthly disposable.
The aim of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership is to strengthen the competitiveness, wealth creation and economic performance of the UK by the enhancement of knowledge and skills and the stimulation of innovation through collaborative projects between business and the knowledge base.