1. Zonular Capture Haptic concept invented and described by Dr. Paul Marius Beer in 2006.
2. The first patent application was perfected June 2011.
3. Z Lens LLC completed proof of principle animal testing at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. ZCH Technology has been able to transfer near full ciliary body amplitude of movement in Rhesus monkeys in the first haptic-only experiments.
4. Z Lens LLC completed second and third provisional patent applications May 2012.
5. Z Lens LLC completed animal testing of the first prototype AD-IOL (single optic, passive shift) at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.
6. Z Lens LLC was granted “High Program Relevance” status by the National Eye Institute October 26, 2012.
7. Z Lens LLC received a “recommendation for award” from the National Science Foundation for funding on the SBIR Phase I proposal 124814, December 18, 2012
8. Z Lens LLC received a “recommendation for award” from the National Eye Institute for funding on the STTR Phase I proposal 1R41EY022828-01A1: Zonular Capture Accommodative-Disaccommodative Intraocular Lens System.
9. Z Lens LLC received a “recommendation for award” from the National Science Foundation for funding on the SBIR Phase IB proposal 124814, May 3, 2013.
10. Z Lens LLC received a “recommendation for award” from the National Science Foundation for funding on the SBIR Phase I proposal 1430465: SBIR Phase II: Development of a Lens Replacement Device that Provides Enhanced Visual Acuity, June 12, 2014
11. First US patent issued on Method of Accommodationon December 29, 2015, (U.S. Patent No. 9,220,590)
12. Second US patent issued on Method of Disaccommodation, June 14, 2016. (U.S. Patent No. 9,364,318)
13. Preclinical model of axial shift AD-IOL beats all competition in both amplitude of accommodation and amplitude of movement. 2016.
14. Z Lens LLC completes forth provisional patent application for shape shifting optic and dual mode AD-IOL August 2016.
15. Z Lens receives Notice of Award from the NSF for the Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships grant supplement for the flexible optic, Dual Mode AD-IOL. March 2017
16. Z Lens completes fabrication and initial testing of Dual Mode Accommodating & Disaccommodating IOL August 2017. A Dual Mode AD-IOL had both shape shift and axial shift of the optic to obtain maximal accommodation, similarly to the natural crystalline lens. The prototype features were presented at three international meetings in Lisbon, Portugal: Ophthalmology Futures Forum October 5th, International Society of Presbyopia October 6th and ESCRS October 9th. The range of power change for this novel lens greatly exceeds all other lenses in development.