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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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78 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics frames can be obtained with smartphones. And the frames can be made with 3D printers completely individually. Which such innovations, research institutions, start-up and established companies in the capital region are paving the way for the future in ophthalmic optics. Research and education Several institutions in the region of Berlin and Brandenburg do research and offer academic teaching in the fields of optometry and optical engineering. Excellence in ophthalmic optics Nowhere else the connection between optical components and treatment of eye diseases is closer than in ophthalmic optics. Rathenow, after all, was the cradle of the German optical industry. More than 210 years ago, Johann Heinrich August Duncker invented the multi-grinding machine here. Today, approx. 1,300 people work in this field in Rathenow. The town is home not only to global player Fielmann. Moreover, more than 25 small and medium-sized enterprises are active in optics. The Department of Engineering of the Technische Hochschule Brandenburg (THB) provides five study programs (Optometry / Optical Device Engineering, E-Mobility, Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering), which lead to the Bachelor of Engineering. Furthermore, several postgraduate programs (Photonics, Energy Efficiency of Technical Systems and Mechanical Engineering) are offered, where the degree Master of Engineering can be obtained. Three professorships do research in ophthalmic technologies, particularly with regard to image analysis with deep neuronal networks, optical biometry, laser applications in ophthalmology and nano-structuring of surfaces. About 1,000 people work at Fielmann AG in Rathenow. The eyeglass company is the parent company of Rathenower Optik GmbH and runs a production and logistics centre in the town. In two-shift operation, more than 19,000 eyeglasses are delivered per day on average and more than 56,000 orders are processed. In response to new trends such as digitization in the field of ophthalmic optics, they founded Fielmann Ventures GmbH. Fielmann Ventures employs a dedicated team that continuously scouts the market for existing solutions and services with disruptive potential. Recent examples has been our investments in augmented reality leaders Fitting- Box and in Ubimax. https://technik.th-brandenburg.de/ www.fielmann.eu www.fielmann-ventures.com The Beuth Hochschule für Technik (University of Applied Sciences) in Berlin conducts academic education in Ophthalmic Optics/Optometry on both, the Bachelor and the Master of Science degree. Participants acquire a combination of physics, engineering and medical knowledge. Internships and modules with scientific content enable students to transfer practical and scientific content into professional practice. The course contents are accredited by the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO). But Rathenow is also defined by its smaller, specialised companies. For example, OPTOTEC Optotechnischer Gerätebau GmbH, which specialises in the manufacture of ophthalmic optics devices. And those who enjoy the luxury of exclusive products will be at home at such Rathenow companies like MOM GmbH, where titanium eyeglass frames are manufactured using state-of-the-art laser technology. Three chairs at the Beuth Hochschule focus their research on various fields of ophthalmic and optometric devices as well as medical phenomena in the eye. www.optotec-shop.eu www.mom-gmbh.de www.beuth-hochschule.de/b-ao

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics 79 SuperVista AG, the operator of the www.brillen.de website, is based in Wildau and attaches great importance to offering great value for money. www.specsfactory.co.uk In Berlin, too, there is a lot of ophthalmic competence. The start-up-friendly climate has led to a number of start-ups that are now operating successfully on the market. ic! berlin brillen gmbh manufactures and sells screwless glasses and sunglasses in Berlin with a team of 140 employees (as of 2016). The worldwide success is impressive, so much that one in eight spectacle wearers in Taiwan now wears an ic! Berlin frame. www.ic-berlin.de Thanks to the screwless joint, glasses can be disassembled and reassembled in seconds by hand and without additional tools (current world record is 3.3 seconds). © ic! berlin brillen GmbH Ophthalmica Brillengläser GmbH & Co KG grinds a wide range of plastic and mineral eyeglass lenses. Obrira Optik Rathenow offers a variety of special lenses: from magnifying glasses to telescopic lenses and mirror glasses to refraction lenses. Another Rathenow specialist in special lenses is SOLIRA Sonderlinsen GmbH Rathenow. It also supplies high dioptre thicknesses and offers various special types of grinding. www.ophthalmica.eu www.obrira.de www.solira.de Like ic! Berlin, MYKITA GmbH was also founded in 2003. The brand offers a screwless eyeglass frame now sold in 80 countries. The company’s headquarters with 400 employees (2016) is in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where designers, opticians, marketing strategists, and technicians work in their eyewear factory. In 2016, they were able to set a new milestone in eyeglass production with the integration of 3D scanning and additive frame manufacturing. www.mykita.com/en Individual design is also the focus of Mister Spex GmbH. Mister Spex claims to be the largest online seller of eyewear in Europe. With its own optician workshop and a partner network of over 500 local opticians, the online optician offers all the advantages of online and in-person shopping from a single source. German and Japanese styles come together at Aoyama Optical Germany GmbH. Each year, this frame supplier sells around 300,000 pairs of glasses, not only in Germany, but also in the Scandinavian countries, and Eastern and Central Europe. The frames are manufactured in Japan (titanium) and Rathenow (acetate). www.aoyama-optical.com www.misterspex.co.uk The family business Kaps Vision Brillenglas GmbH started in 2017 with a clear vision: to replace spectacle lenses consisting of parts of several lenses of different strengths with special lenses made of one piece. The reduced effort results in significantly shorter delivery times. Glasses from minus 220 to plus 60 diopters are offered by the company. A joint project with Prof. Dr. Justus Eichstädt at the TH

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