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Menicon launches Menifocal™ Z, a concentric bifocal GP lens, in the U.S


Menicon America, Inc. announced the launch of its Menifocal™ Z in the U.S. though Lens Dynamics, Inc., effective as of 7 December 2006. This patented GP concentric bifocal lens design features distance-center/peripheral-near front surface optics for excellent vision at all distances.

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New MeniCare™ lens care system for GP lenses in the US


Menicon America, Inc. has recently launched the new MeniCare™GP lens care system for GP lenses in the U.S., replacing CLARIS® products. The MeniCare™GP lens care system is especially recommended for hyper Dk GP lenses or plasma-treated GP lenses such as Menicon Z TM material lenses.

The MeniCare™ GP lens care system consists of two solutions: the MeniCare™ GP Cleaning, Disinfecting and Storage (CDS) solution, available in a 4 oz. container, and the MeniCare™GP Wetting and Rewetting Drop (WRW), available in a 1 oz. container.

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MeniconTinue: the first contact lens approved for up to 30 days of continuous wear in Japan


Menicon Co., Ltd., the world's largest GP manufacturer, received Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approval for up to 30 days of continuous wear of its MeniconTinue GP contact lens, effective as of 25 October 2006.

MeniconTinue contact lenses are manufactured in tisilfocon A material, which is commercially known as Menicon Z outside Japan. Tisilfocon A has the highest oxygen permeability of all commercially available GP contact lens materials (163 Dk following ISO 9913-1).

This is the first time in the history of Japan that approval for up to 30 days of continuous wear of contact lenses has been granted for normal eyes, whereas such approval has already been widely given to other contact lenses in the USA and Europe.

Menicon obtained CE marking and FDA approval for up to 30 days of continuous wear for its Menicon Z lenses in January 2001 and July 2002, respectively. With this new approval, Menicon intends to launch this product as Japan's first ever 30 days continuous wear contact lens early next year.

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Menicon & Toyota develop advanced composting process


Menicon Co., Ltd., Japan's largest manufacturer of contact lenses, and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced joint development of an efficient and environmentally-friendly manure composting process for the livestock industry called "resQ45". The new process uses a new enzymatic agent and a thermophilic bacteria created based on Menicon's degradation enzymes and microorganisms. Ingredients used in the process will be manufactured and sold by Toyota Roof Garden Co., Ltd., a TMC subsidiary. Sales to limited areas will begin on July 1 through the livestock feed sales channels of Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho).

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Menicon and NKL agree to long-term strategic alliance


NKL B.V. and Menicon Co., Ltd. the Dutch and world's largest GP manufacturers, respectively agreed to collaborate in all areas of operations including R&D, manufacturing, logistics, marketing and sales on a global basis.

NKL will begin manufacturing and distributing contact lenses with Menicon materials as well as distributing Menicon's Lens Care Products in the Dutch market. Menicon will also begin distributing NKL's contact lenses through its European subsidiaries in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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