The management of Superfocus has a broad range of relevant experience.
Adrian Koppes, CEO
Mr. Koppes has broad successful experience managing vision-related product introductions, and developing global consumer product marketing.
His most notable entrepreneurial step was as General Manager for Chiron-Technolas. In this role he personally managed all aspects of the marketing and distribution for LASIK, including its introduction into North America. Today LASIK generates worldwide annual revenues of more than $10 billion.
More recently, with intent to address some of the limitations of LASIK, Adrian co-founded an intra-corneal lens start-up …for which he built a worldwide commercial organization.
Prior to joining Chiron, Mr. Koppes was Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Allergan where he had global responsibility for its contact lens and lens care businesses. As Managing Director of Allergan’s Dutch subsidiary Adrian led its turnaround, achieving profitability after only two years.
Earlier Adrian held progressively responsible general management and marketing executive positions with Procter & Gamble in Europe, the Far East and North America.
Mr. Koppes holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the Nijenrode Business School (Holland), an MBA in International Economics from the University of Oregon, and is a graduate of Pepperdine’s post-MBA Executive Entrepreneur Program.
Stephen Kurtin, Chairman/Technologist
Dr. Kurtin co-founded Zoom Focus, bringing together a group of experienced executives to commercialize the adjustable focus eyeglass technology conceived, with his guidance, at Lane Research LLC.
For over thirty years Lane Research has specialized in the invention,
development and licensing of innovative products in the fields of optics, electronics, and mechanism. Representative clients and licensees include: Aston Martin (UK), IBM, Deluxe Corporation, Murata Machinery (Japan), Computer Peripherals Inc, NAD GmbH (Germany), Rabbit Systems, Advanced Matrix Technology, Keithley Instruments, Brentwood Associates, Mayfield Fund, and J.H Whitney & Co.
In 1970, Stephen co-founded Lexitron Corporation, the worldwide pioneer of visual display word processing. There he served as President from shortly after its founding through IPO, departing prior to its acquisition by Raytheon in 1976.
Dr. Kurtin holds S.B. and S.M. Degrees in Physics, awarded simultaneously by MIT in 1966. In 1970 he earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, where he initially held a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship, and thereafter became a Hertz Foundation Fellow.
Brian Packard, Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Packard is an experienced marketing and business development executive, specializing in consumer healthcare. He has created new categories, launched renowned brands, and managed significant marketing budgets in the medical device and OTC drug industries.
Most recently Mr. Packard served as the Chief Marketing Officer for InterCure, where he led global commercialization of the world’s first personal hypertension treatment device. Previously Brian served as Business Director at Philips Medical Systems where he successfully launched the first home defibrillator, HeartStart. At Gillette he directed professional marketing activities for ThermoScan, the world’s leading electronic thermometer. Mr. Packard has also held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and business development at Procter & Gamble, and at Bayer, including brand management for Alka-Seltzer and Aleve.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science and MBA degree in international marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
John Darby, Vice President, Manufacturing
Mr. Darby, who has a strong record of implementing lean manufacturing processes in high-reliability regulated environments, was recruited by Zoom. He brings 20 years of experience leading manufacturing and engineering operations, with expertise in reducing cost while increasing capacity and quality.
At Medtronic’s Micro-Rel Division John was Director, Hybrid Operations, with responsibility for planning, engineering and production of electronic modules for medical devices. He implemented Continuous Improvement initiatives, resulting in improved yield, cycle time, capacity and customer satisfaction during a period of significant growth in sales and product complexity.
At Medtronic’s MiniMed Division John was Director of Glucose Sensor Manufacturing with responsibility for project management, design, construction, staffing, validation and start-up of a high volume line.
As Plant Manager at the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division of St. Jude Medical, he managed all strategic and operational activities at the 60,000 square-foot Scottsdale, Arizona plant. Staffing was 160 people. In preparation John lead the team responsible for the plant’s construction, including site selection, design and start-up.
John received his engineering degree from Drexel University.
Jack Klasky, Executive Director, Planning
Mr. Klasky brings business, and quantitative analysis, experience.
After working for Litton Industries as a Program Manager, and running Lexitron Corporation’s Customer Service operations, Jack started his own company (Leadtec Systems) to develop and market shop floor control systems for apparel producing companies.
Jack ran Leadtec for more than 25 years, first as an independent company and then as a division of Willcox & Gibbs, Inc. Leadtec supplied real-time apparel manufacturing control systems to most of the largest world-wide producers of apparel including Levi Strauss & Co, Van Heusen and VF Corporation. Under his guidance Leadtec developed, manufactured and installed more than 60,000 proprietary real-time networked workstation terminals for hundreds of apparel manufacturing companies.
Jack has a BS in Engineering, and a Masters in Business Administration, both from UCLA.