GP Specialists Acquires American BiocurveCustom Soft Lens and GP Laboratory

San Clemente, CA. February 17, 2011 GP Specialists Inc., a manufacturer of specialty rigid gas permeable contact lenses with an emphasis on lenses for Ortho-K, cornea reshaping or vision rehabilitation, has acquired the assets of American BioCurve™, Inc., a GP and custom soft contact lens manufacturer located in Rancho Bernardo, CA.  GP Specialists plans to move its existing GP Lab into the larger facility where American BioCurve™ is located.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to combine our expanding GP business with BioCurve™’s state of the art facility” said Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations.  “The equipment, the experienced personnel and the facility are among the best in the industry” said Cosgrove.

The acquisition of the BioCurve™ custom soft lens manufacturing business will enable GP Specialists to expand its business beyond GP’s.  “BioCurve™ is a well recognized brand name that practitioners trust and that cannot be found in mass merchants, warehouse clubs or online” said Steve Wagner”, GP Specialists Principal.  Brad Shapiro, also a GP Specialists Principal, noted that the BioCurve™ custom toric soft lenses offer distinct advantages over its competitors, such as fast delivery and an aggresive spare lens program.  “We believe that ECP’s are looking for alternatives when dispensing custom soft lenses and we intend to breathe new life into this business and expand it aggressively,” stated Shapiro.  Matthew Pogue, a long time executive at BioCurve and now Director of Sales for GP Specialists says, “As large global. Manufacturers continue to focus their efforts on disposable lenses; there is a growing need for a lab to step forward to meet the needs of the specialty lens market. We intended to be that lab with our unique  knowledge of popular industry soft and rigid lens designs such as the Polycon 2.”  BioCurve in the past was the exclusive contract manufacturer for Ciba’s Polycon™ spherical GP lenses which were recently discontinued;   BioCurve currently produces a lens using the exact specifications used to produce the Polycon lens under the trade name BioCurve PCS.

Background:

GP Specialists has been manufacturing gas permeable lenses for more than 35 years.  Orginally based in Pheonix, Arizona, the lab was relocated to San Clemente, California in 2003 where it began to increase its ortho-k business.  Today GP Specialists is one of the world leaders in the ortho-k field, offering its FDA approved Fargo™ series, Gobal-OK Vision’s GOV series and Paragon’s CRT lenses.  With the purchase of American BioCurve in 2011, GP Specialists now offers the BioCurve custom soft contact lenses.

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