NAGOYA, Japan, December 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Menicon Co., Ltd. has announced the appointment of Steven Newman as Chief Technical Officer for the company.


Newman joined Menicon with the acquisition of ClearLab's Flat Pack technology from 1-800 Contacts in June 2007. Since that time, he and his team have been developing the first production lines for the introduction of Menicon One Day Flat Pack early next year. In his new capacity, Newman will direct, in addition to the Flat Pack Project, product planning, brand strategy, packaging strategy and manufacturing strategy on a global basis in conjunction with Menicon's HQ office and the subsidiaries worldwide.

"Steve's leadership in the development of the Flat Pack technology and his strong creative abilities make him an ideal choice to lead Menicon's global product planning, branding, and manufacturing initiatives," remarked Toshio Matsushima, Menicon's Global Head of Marketing.

"I am extremely delighted to take on these new roles to help shape a major rebranding effort for Menicon," said Newman. "The impending launch of Menicon One Day Flat Pack makes it a very exciting time to be part of Menicon, and I look forward to helping the company continue to grow and innovate."

Dr. Hidenari Tanaka, Menicon's President, commented: "We are very happy to welcome Mr. Newman to his new role at this time, which coincides with two important milestones for our company; the celebration of Menicon's 60th year in business, and the launch of the most innovative contact lens packaging ever developed. We look forward to his further contributions to Menicon's success now and in the years ahead."

About Menicon:

Menicon Co., Ltd. (, founded by Kyoichi Tanaka in 1951, is Japan's first and largest contact lens manufacturer, and now is represented in over 30 countries. Menicon is a manufacturer dedicated to all areas of soft and GP contact lens-related businesses including material development, lens designing, and manufacturing of contact lenses and care solutions. Menicon is a world leader in the development of hyper-Dk GP (Menicon Z) and soft contact lenses (Menicon PremiO).

Contact: Toshio Matsushima Global Strategies & Operations Menicon Co., Ltd. Phone: +81-52-937-5021 Fax: +81-52-935-1121 E-mail: URL:

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CONTACT: Toshio Matsushima, Global Strategies & Operations, Menicon Co.,Ltd., +81-52-937-5021, +81-52-935-1121 (Fax);