CorneaGen commits to supporting Black community
CorneaGen is committing $100,000 per year to ensure that members of the Black community in the United States can receive a cornea transplant regardless of their financial situation.
“We make this offer to every surgeon in the U.S. regardless of geography or relationship with CorneaGen,” a community statement on the company website said. “Together we can impact this one area and ensure that race is not a limiting factor to receiving corneal care.”
CorneaGen is also committing $20,000 per year divided between three paid internships to recruit young professionals of color to gain experience as lab technicians, quality control coordinators and operations professionals.
“[CorneaGen is] stepping up to help the next generation break through,” Gaynor Fries, executive director of Ophthalmic World Leaders, said in a virtual webinar. “It is an amazing way to show how to step up, to take action and to walk your talk.”
Ophthalmic Women Leaders. Instigating change, an honest discussion on race in ophthalmology, webinar 2. July 8, 2020.