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[January 07, 2014]

ZEISS Broadens Portfolio of Intraocular Lenses

JENA, Germany & ONTARIO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG announces it has acquired, through its subsidiary Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., 100% of the shares in Aaren Scientific Inc., a US-based manufacturer of intraocular lenses (IOLs). Aaren Scientific, headquartered in Ontario, California, has been manufacturing IOLs for more than two decades. The majority of shares in Aaren Scientific had previously been owned by a private investment company as well as other investors, including the CEO and co-founder of Aaren Scientific, Rick Aguilera, who along with the entire management team will stay on board after the transaction.

"The two companies, ZEISS and Aaren Scientific, are highly complementary and enable ZEISS to offer ophthalmic surgeons a broader portfolio of solutions," says Dr. Ludwin Monz, member of the Executive Board of ZEISS AG and President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. "By giving our customers a wider range of IOL choices than any other company, we will be in a position to provide them with tailored solutions for their patients."

Aaren Scientific was the first manufacturer of IOLs in the US to receive a CE registration and is well known for its innovative R&D capabilities. The company currently has 235 employees. In 2012, Aaren Scientific achieved total revenues of approximately USD 20m, primarily generated outside of the US. The company will be integrated into the Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Surgical Ophthalmology of Carl Zeiss Meditec and complements the existing ZEISS IOL development and manufacturing sites in Berlin, Germany and La Rochelle, France. The SBU Surgical Ophthalmology has continuously reported above market groth rates for the last 3-4 years driven by strong demand for innovative IOLs.


Rick Aguilera says: "Aaren's world-class line of intraocular lenses perfectly augments ZEISS' renowned ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical product portfolio. This is an excellent and sensible partnership for both companies and we encourage all involved to view this as we do - a major turning point in our companies."

Insertion of an intraocular lens after cataract surgery is the most commonly performed ophthalmic surgical procedure. While the vast majority of IOLs implanted to treat cataracts are monofocal lenses, ZEISS has significantly shaped the market with its multifocal intraocular lenses. The most recent addition to the portfolio of multifocal lenses, which offer excellent vision at near, intermediate and long distances, the AT LISA tri toric, is the only lens of its kind to bear a CE mark. ZEISS offers cataract surgeons a complete integrated solution to treat cataracts from diagnosis to surgery and aftercare. About 70 percent of all cataract patients come in contact with a ZEISS product.

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ISIN: DE 0005313704), which is listed on TecDAX of the German stock exchange, is one of the world's leading medical technology companies. The company supplies innovative technologies and application-oriented solutions designed to help doctors improve the quality of life of their patients. It provides complete packages of solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, including implants and consumable materials. The company creates innovative visualization solutions in the field of microsurgery. The medical technology portfolio of Carl Zeiss Meditec is rounded off by promising, future-oriented technologies such as intraoperative radiotherapy. In financial year 2012/2013 (ended 30 September) the Group's more than 2,500 employees generated revenue of € 906 million. The head office of Carl Zeiss Meditec is in Jena, Germany.

The company has subsidiaries in Germany and abroad; more than 50 percent of its employees are based in the USA, Japan, Spain and France. The Center for Research and Development (CARIn) in Bangalore, India and the Carl Zeiss Innovations Center for Research and Development in Shanghai, China, strengthen the Company's presence in these rapidly developing economies. Around 35 percent of Carl Zeiss Meditec shares are in free float. The remaining approx. 65 percent are held by Carl Zeiss AG, one of the world's leading groups in the optical and optoelectronic industries.

For more than 160 years Carl Zeiss has been contributing to the progress of technology on the markets for Industrial Solutions, Research Solutions, Medical Technology and Consumer Optics, improving the quality of life for many people. Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen, is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

For more information visit our website at: www.meditec.zeiss.com


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