OPERA, new joint lab between LAAS-CNRS Carnot Institute and Essilor R&D

Monday, 14 December, 2015

Partners since 2004, Essilor and CNRS have signed a new research agreement on December 14, 2015 for a 5 year collaboration between Essilor and the Laas-CNRS Carnot Institute laboratory.

Within this new Toulouse-based laboratory named OPERA, a joint, multidisciplinary team of researchers and engineers will pursue research on lenses and glasses with active and connected functions. These emerging technologies will help us to invent future generations of optical lenses with improved performance in visual correction and comfort as well as new uses of eyewear.

LAAS-CNRS' area of expertise includes embedded electronics, photonics, and robotics. They also developed a high level technological platform dedicated to the design and construction of prototypes. Essilor will bring its expertise in optics and vision, optical materials technologies, and its knowledge of consumer needs in the field of ophthalmic products to this joint research venture.

This shared laboratory is part of the research areas that Essilor and CNRS identified in their joint research agreement signed in April 2015 by the two organizations.

In line with its mission of improving lives by improving sight, Essilor has placed innovation at the heart of its strategy for more than 165 years. The Group aims at bringing better vision correction, protection, and prevention to billions of people in the world who need eyeglasses.


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