Eye Care tech inventor Bailey to speak at Ashland U. “Lab to Marketplace” seminar

Melissa Bailey

9-27-19 Eye Care tech inventor Bailey to speak at Ashland U. “Lab to Marketplace” seminar

ASHLAND, Ohio – Eye care technology inventor Dr. Melissa Bailey will speak on the topic, “Vision for the Future”, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall at the Schar College of Education at Ashland University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the third annual presentation of the “Lab to Marketplace” seminars sponsored by the Science Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The seminars are designed to bring speakers to the AU campus who are engaged in research that uses scientific knowledge to develop new technologies and other applications.

Bailey, the inventor of the technologies used by Lentechs LLC and Sight4All Inc. and an associate professor of optometry at The Ohio State University, will address the development of optometry testing apps for cell phones to improve accuracy and access to vision care for patients around the world.

In 2015, Bailey helped found Sight4All to develop and market innovations in eye care technologies and two years later helped to found Lentechs LLC, which is working to take a novel, soft, bifocal contact lens to market. She is the inventor of TESA, which allows eye care providers make perform high-quality eye tests using an iPhone rather than bulky equipment that normally limits testing to a clinic or other office, and holds multiple patents covering the underlying software and hardware.

Bailey was the 2014 winner of OSU’s Wexner Medical Center Big Ideas Competition, was one of the finalists for the 2014 OSU Innovator of the Year and in 2015 was selected as the OSU Early Career Innovator of the Year. She received her optometry degree and doctorate in vision science from OSU.

The Lab to Marketplace seminar series is supported by Ashland University’s five-year NSF S-STEM grant, “Science Scholars Program: Opening the Science Career Pipeline Through Enhanced Engagement and Support”, which provides renewable scholarships for academically talented students declaring a major in the natural sciences and planning to pursue a career in science but who also have unmet financial need. In addition, the program provides students with peer and faculty mentoring and additional programing through a dedicated career coach and the Center for Academic Support.

For more information, go to https://www.ashland.edu/cas/science-scholars or contact Associate Professor of Biology Paul Hyman at phyman@ashland.edu or 419-207-6309.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###