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AdopticsAGHOYASurgicalOpticsHOYACorp.MorrisonFoersterLLPCapitalinvestment2millioninlate2010500000in2011SverreRoangGradyFrenchickLisaLangeJamesLoweGretchenClevelandEdwardKenrickparalegalTeresaNoeskeparalegalCorporateInternationalTransactionsSecuritiesEmergingEntrepreneurialCompaniesIntellectualPropertyTaxationProteinsinthelensbegintobreakdownandthelensbecomescloudyresultinginblurryvisionandpossiblycataractsacloudingoftheeyeslens.World-renownedinventorDr.KhalidMentakfoundedAdopticsAGaprivatemedicaldevicecompanytofocusondevelopinganaccommodatingintraocularlensAIOLtotreatpresbyopiaandcataractsandinessenceturnbacktime.TheresultAdopticsAIOLisbasedonaproprietarytechnologythatusesanovelopticalsystemtofocuslightontheretina.Thenatureofthisuniquerefractivesystemallowstheimplanttomimicthenaturalaccommodationprocessofayoungeye.UnlikemostreplacementlensestheAdopticsAIOLrespondstoeyemusclessothatthepatientcanmanipulatethelens.Simplyputwhilenaturalagingwillnotbereverseditsnegativeeffectsontheeyewillbe.AfterDr.MentakdevelopedthecoretechnologybehindAdopticsAIOLwhichsomeindustryexpertshavereferredtoastheHolyGrailofcataractandrefractivesurgeryheapproachedHOYACorporationforfundingtotakehisinventiontomarket.TheJapan-basedcompanywasfoundedin1941asamanufacturerofhigh-techprecisionoptics.WhenHOYACorporationagreedtoinvestinearly2010Dr.MentakcontactedWhyteHirschboeckDudekS.C.torepresentAdopticsAGaSwisscompanyinthedeal.TohandlethecomplextaxandlegalissuesinvolvedWHDhelpedcreateaU.S.holdingcompanyintowhichHoyacouldmakeitsinvestmentandnavigatedthecomplexU.S.andinternationalissuesinvolved.InDecember2010whenHOYAdesiredtoinvestadditionalfundsAdopticsagainaskedforWHDsassistance.HOYAamulti-nationalcorporationwasrepresentedbyoneoftheworldslargestlawfirmsMorrisonFoersterLLP.ThestrategicpartnershipwithHOYAwillenableAdopticstobringtomarketthisshape-andlife-changingAIOL.AdopticsAIOLwillbeimplantedthroughasmallincisionusingthesamesurgicaltechniqueasconventionalintraocularlensesandwillrestoretotheagingpopulationyouthfulspectacle-freevision.Dr.KhalidMentakPresidentCEOAdopticsAGbig9PICTUreAdoPTICSHoLdIngSLLCothKPlasTpdalSizdalPicipalWHdTamMmsPacticAasIlPreSbyoPIAACondITIonInWHICHTHeLenSofTHeeyeLoSeSITSAbILITyTofoCUSonCLoSeobjeCTSISPArTofTHenATUrALAgIngProCeSSInAdULTSoverAge40.THeLenSSeLASTICITyITSAbILITyToCHAngeSHAPeenAbLeSIndIvIdUALSTofoCUSonAnobjeCTWHeTHerITISCLoSeorfArAWAy.ASPeoPLeAgeTHISeLASTICITyISSLoWLyLoST.WHDhashandledIPandlicensingneedsforsomeofmyventuresforovereightyears.GradyFrenchickandhisteamhavedoneanexceptionaljobputtingusinasolidIPpositionworldwide.WhenweneededalawfirmtohandleamajormultinationalinvestmentdealweengagedWHDsCorporateTeam.SverreRoangandhisteamhelpedusnavigatethecomplexworldofnegotiationwithalargecorporationandstructurevariousentities.TheyhaveexceededourexpectationsineverywayandIfeelhonoredtocontinuetoworkwiththem.