CorneaGen Expands Eye Recovery Services to California

CorneaGen Expands Eye Recovery Services to California

January 10, 2024

CorneaGen to assume eye recovery services for multiple hospitals in northern and southern California.

Seattle, WA – Jan 10, 2024 – Seattle-based CorneaGen is excited to announce an expansion of their eye recovery services throughout northern and southern California.

Through this expansion of service, CorneaGen will now provide both eye recovery and processing services of donor tissue for facilities throughout the state, resulting in an even better experience for the patients, families, and staff of their California partner facilities.

“It’s a great honor to broaden CorneaGen’s recovery responsibilities to California, augmenting our vast processing activities in the state” said Bernie Iliakis, President and CEO of CorneaGen. “Our leadership and staff have deep eye recovery experience, having provided this offering on a very large scale to multiple regions. In fact, we launched eye recovery services to this hospital group in 2009, so it comes full circle.”

With a mission to provide the highest quality donor tissue and products that transform how ophthalmologists treat and care for every person impacted by corneal disease, CorneaGen accomplishes this work through its donation and ophthalmic industry partnerships.  This expansion will increase collaboration with the esteemed California-based organ procurement organizations of Donor Network West, One Legacy, and Sierra Donor Services as well as eye bank partner Lions World Vision Institute.

“Eye recovery services had been provided by SightLife in this region for many years, but after Lions World Vision Institute acquired SightLife in 2022, we determined that this region could be better supported by CorneaGen allowing us to focus our resources in other regions around the country. We are pleased to collaborate with CorneaGen to transition this region to them” said Jason Woody, President and CEO of Lions World Vision Institute.

The world’s leading provider of ocular tissue, CorneaGen’s multiple locations and local relationships are key to helping patients throughout the U.S. and the world. The expansion of recovery services to California continues the company’s commitment to donors and their families, while driving innovation and strengthening their position as market leader.

About CorneaGen
CorneaGen’s mission is to provide the highest quality donor tissue, unparalleled customer service and superior products that transform how ophthalmologists treat and care for every person impacted by corneal disease. Through continuous innovations in tissue processing technology and surgical devices, advocacy for patient access and simplified payor reimbursement policies, CorneaGen is advancing the next generation of cornea care.  As the world’s leading provider of ocular tissue, CorneaGen has multiple locations and local partnerships throughout the U.S. to deliver the life-changing gift of sight to tens of thousands of people each year. Read more at https://corneagen.com/

Media contacts
Jared Young, CorneaGen VP Marketing and Communications
jared.young@corneagen.com
619-518-0734

Julie Fogerson, Fearey Group
jfogerson@feareygroup.com
425-503-3154

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CorneaGen Advances Next Generation of DSEK Surgery Innovation

CorneaGen Advances Next Generation of DSEK Surgery Innovation

April 28, 2022

New FDA approved, pre-loaded cornea graft insertion device maximizes efficiency to save precious time in the O.R.

SEATTLE (Apr. 22, 2022) – CorneaGen, innovating how ophthalmologists treat and care for every person impacted by corneal disease, today announces the release of the EndoSerter®-PL. This new and exclusive FDA approved, single-use graft insertion device is pre-loaded with expertly processed tissue to help streamline DSEK surgeries.

“We’re incredibly excited to deliver the EndoSerter®-PL, our latest innovation in advancing the next generation of cornea care” said Bernie Iliakis, President of CorneaGen. “We strive every day to better serve surgeons, patients, donor families, and industry partners through constant innovation in tissue processing technology and surgical devices.”

“Efficacy and safety are critical for surgery” said Dr. Edward Holland, Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute. “With the tissue pre-loaded, surgery is significantly faster and there is less risk to mishandling of the graft. Experienced DSEK surgeons who used the original EndoSerter® insertion device are going to appreciate the benefits if the EndoSerter®-PL.”

The EndoSerter®-PL will be showcased in booth #944 at ASCRS 2022, from Apr. 22-26. Notable product demonstrations will be performed by Edward Holland, M.D., on Apr. 23, at 1:00 p.m., and John Berdahl, M.D., on Apr. 24, at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to evolving tissue processing and products, CorneaGen works as an advocate for patients. Through efforts to simplify payor reimbursement and its many industry relationships, CorneaGen serves as partner in helping all those impacted by corneal disease.

CorneaGen remains committed to transforming lives, helping deliver the gift of sight to tens of thousands of people in the U.S. every year.

About CorneaGen
CorneaGen’s mission is to provide the highest quality donor tissue, unparalleled customer service and superior products that transform how ophthalmologists treat and care for every person impacted by corneal disease. Through continuous innovations in tissue processing technology and surgical devices, advocacy for patient access and simplified payor reimbursement policies, CorneaGen is advancing the next generation of cornea care. As the world’s leading eye bank, CorneaGen has multiple locations and local partnerships throughout the U.S. to deliver the life-changing gift of sight to tens of thousands of people each year. Read more at https://corneagen.com/.

Media Inquiries for CorneaGen
Julie Fogerson, Fearey
jfogerson@feareygroup.com
425-503-3154

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We Support Black Lives Matter

We Support Black Lives Matter

June 8, 2020

We bore witness to the horrifying images of brutality, systemic racism and the disturbing discrimination and oppression of the Black community. We bore witness to stirring and inspiring images of people across the globe raising their voices demanding that actions finally be taken to end injustice. We listened to words of condemnation and words of support. But words are not enough. We need to act and take meaningful steps toward change.

At CorneaGen we are dedicated to our mission of eliminating corneal blindness worldwide. Not just for economically or racially privileged communities, but for everyone around the globe, regardless of skin color or race. This mission drives all that we do.

We believe BLACK LIVES MATTER. To make a measurable impact within our own industry, we’re committing $100,000 annually to ensure that members of the Black community in the United States are not deprived of a sight restoring cornea transplant due to finances. We make this offer to every surgeon in the US regardless of geography or relationship with CorneaGen and invite other providers of transplant tissue to join us. Together we can impact this one area and ensure that race is not a limiting factor to receiving corneal care.

Additionally, to make sure that the next generation can break through, we are committing $20,000 per year to create paid internships at CorneaGen for trainees wishing to learn the skills and gain the experience needed to become lab technicians, quality control coordinators and operations professionals. Our goal is to recruit young professionals of color to these roles.

Our core values of responsibility and integrity demand that we act. We are searching for additional areas in-line with our mission of eliminating corneal blindness where we can be a meaningful part of bringing social justice to all communities of color. We will invite others to join us as we identify and understand where we as an organization best fit in this nationwide change.

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