Catalys Precision Laser System named a top tech product

We’re delighted to hear that LUNAR client OptiMedica Corp.’s Catalys Precision Laser System for cataract surgery has been selected as a winner of the prestigious R&D 100 award.

Selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

The R&D 100 Awards have gone to a wide range of revolutionary technologies that have become household names, including the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980) and HDTV (1998).

Other 2012 winners include products developed by Agilent Technologies, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.


Catalys is the outcome of an extensive effort by OptiMedica to deliver the precision and safety benefits of femtosecond laser to cataract surgery, a procedure performed on more than 19 million patients worldwide every year. Clinical studies have shown that Catalys delivers incisions that are an order of magnitude more precise than those performed with manual techniques and are accurate to within tens of microns.

“The R&D 100 award is a great tribute to an outstanding group of people who together produced a truly remarkable system in Catalys,” said Mark J. Forchette, OptiMedica president and chief executive officer. “We are deeply gratified to be recognized for this achievement and for the potential Catalys has to benefit millions of cataract patients around the world.”

The Catalys Precision Laser System is in good company. Congrats to the stellar team and our good friends at OptiMedica!

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