This morning Andrew Smith MP and Anneliese Dodds, Labour's top MEP candidate for the South East, visited Adlens, an Oxford-based innovative developer and manufacturer of variable-focus eyewear.
Aldens was founded in 2005 with the joint aims of addressing the need for refractive vision correction in the developing world, whilst developing commercial applications of variable focus lens technology. 400,000 people around the world are now using Adlens' products, and the business has overseas offices in Japan, Hong Kong, China and the USA.
During their visit Andrew and Anneliese met with senior members of the Adlens team, including their Executive Chairman and CEO Mike Ferrara, and were briefed on the products and growth of this global leader in variable focus and fluid-injection technology. They also toured their state-of-the-art research and development facility.
Aldens' founder, James Chen, has also set up the Vision for a Nation Foundation, a charity which is currently running a programme in Rwanda with the aim of providing all Rwandans with access to eye-care services and affordable glasses.
Andrew said: "It is really great to see an impressive new technology with such potential global benefit being developed here in Oxford."