Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4 – PlenOptika, Inc., creator of QuickSee™, the world’s most accurate handheld autorefractor, was recognized with an Eddie Award from Mass Innovation Network. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Staples, Genzyme, MassChallenge, Carbonite, KRONOS, ZipCar, iRobot, Keurig, and Vistaprint.
“PlenOptika is grateful for the recognition of our technology and its value to people in the U.S. and around the globe,” said Shivang Dave, PhD, CEO and Co-founder of PlenOptika, following the announcement at a special event in Lincoln, Massachusetts. “We are humbled to be among an elite cohort of companies that have had such profound impact on the world, and the other startups in this edition who also have bold plans for the future.”
Previously known as the New England Innovation Awards, they were rebranded as the Eddie Awards in a nod to Thomas Edison and his prolific work (and 1,093 innovation patents!) in a variety of industries. Any business headquartered in New England that has a revolutionary product, technology, or process may be nominated for the Eddie Award.
Earlier this year, PlenOptika was one of five “most promising” deep tech startup companies recognized by the Mass Ventures START program, which helps deep tech startups convert their Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer research (SBIR/STTR) into businesses.
QuickSee is an essential tool to address the challenge of uncorrected refractive error, a matter of major global concern, including wealthy nations. Poor vision tremendously impacts quality of life, education, and workforce opportunities. A report published by The Lancet in February 2021 estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide had distance-or near-vision impairment, resulting in at least $410 billion in productivity loss annually.
PlenOptika designs and produces tools to help vision professionals perform their best care anywhere. Inspired to solve the global burden of poor vision, we developed QuickSee™, the world’s most accurate handheld autorefractor. Vision professionals and NGOs have used QuickSee on over 3 million patients in more than 45 countries to transform their lives with clear vision.