January 09, 2014
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Carl Zeiss Meditec acquires Aaren Scientific

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Carl Zeiss Meditec AG has acquired 100% of the shares in Aaren Scientific, according to a press release.

Aaren Scientific will be integrated into Carl Zeiss Meditec’s surgical ophthalmology strategic business unit and will complement the company’s IOL development and manufacturing sites in Berlin and La Rochelle, France. The surgical ophthalmology strategic business unit has reported above market growth rates for the last 3 to 4 years due to strong demand for innovative IOLs, the release said.

Aaren Scientific, based in Ontario, Calif., was the first U.S. IOL manufacturer to receive a CE registration. The company has 235 employees and, in 2012, had total revenues of approximately $20 million, primarily generated outside of the U.S., according to the release.

The management team of Aaren Scientific, including CEO and co-founder Rick Aguilera, will stay with the company after the transaction is completed.