An end to reading glasses – developing a lens implant that stops the ageing process of eyes, giving clear vision in old age. Along with The University of Leeds and The University of Manchester, UltraVision CLPL has successfully collaborated to support and fund Mr Devesh Mistry in a doctoral project, “Development of liquid crystal based ophthalmic devices with switchable focusing of ageing eye”. This has resulted in Devesh Mistry being awarded an Industry Fellowship from the ROYAL COMMISSION FOR THE EXHIBITION OF 1851.
The 1851 Royal Commission now awards a range of fellowships and grants to support science & engineering research as well as industrial education across the UK, previously funding luminaries such as Nobel Laureates Professor Peter Higgs, Sir James Chadwick and Paul Dirac.
UltraVision CLPL has an ongoing commitment to bringing contact lenses and related products to market, both directly and with industrial partners. In collaboration with academic institutions and public and private companies across the globe, UltraVision CLPL’s R&D team is constantly working to develop new visionary products and technologies. This specific awarded project involves incorporating liquid crystals into intraocular lenses to address presbyopia without compromise. This is building on work between UltraVision CLPL and The University of Manchester which started in 2010 involving creating and patenting technology incorporating liquid crystals into contact lenses, again for addressing presbyopia without compromise.
John Clamp, COO of UltraVision CLPL said “Working with Devesh has been inspirational and we are thrilled that all the hard work has resulted in Devesh being awarded the prestigious Fellowship from the 1851 Royal Commission. We are continuing to partner with academic institutions and business partners to support translating innovative concepts into commercial products: contact lenses and intraocular lenses.”
Bernard Taylor, Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, said: “Britain is renowned for carrying out world leading research but often we have fallen behind in turning that expertise into commercial applications. These Fellowships have been designed to identify research with potential to solve current problems in a commercially viable way. In doing so, we continue the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851 which showcased the inventive genius that led the world in innovation”.
Pictured, left to right are:
Mr J Keith Lomas Group CEO, UltraVision CLPL
Professor Helen Gleeson OBE Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Leeds
Mr Nigel Williams Secretary, 1851 Royal Commission
Mr Devesh Mistry Industrial Fellow, PhD Student, University of Leeds
Mr John Clamp Group COO, UltraVision CLPL
Dr Kevin Critchley Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor, University of Leeds