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7/1/2008, Tuesday

FOR RELEASE 7/1/2008, Tuesday

Bausch & Lomb Names Dr. John W. Sheets, Jr., as Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch & Lomb, the global eye health company, has named John W. Sheets, Jr., Ph.D., as corporate vice president and chief technology officer, leading the company’s global research and development efforts.

Dr. Sheets has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, with a specialization in ophthalmic research and development.

Before joining Bausch & Lomb, he served as global president and CEO of HOYA Surgical Optics. Previously, he was worldwide vice president, research and development, and chief technical officer at ETHICON (a Johnson & Johnson company), and vice president, Surgical, IOL and Therapeutics Research and Development, at Alcon Laboratories. He also held roles as director, new product and process development at IOLAB Corporation (a Johnson & Johnson company), and director of research for Pharmacia Ophthalmics, Inc.

“Dr. Sheets brings with him enormous knowledge, insight and experience from the ophthalmic and broader healthcare markets,” said Gerald M. Ostrov, chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb. “We expect his leadership to have an exceptionally positive impact on strengthening our existing and future product pipeline. It’s an honor to have him join the Bausch & Lomb team.”

Dr. Sheets holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as a B.S. degree in Zoology with a post-baccalaureate in Chemistry, all from the University of Florida. He also graduated from the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.


Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world.  Its core businesses include soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses and lens care products, and ophthalmic surgical and pharmaceutical products. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, the Company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information can be found at


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