Advisory Board Member
Mr. Martin is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the optical and medical device industry. He founded CIBA VISION Optics (now part of Alcon) in 1980 and CIBA Vision Ophthalmics (now part of Novartis) in 1990. He and his team grew sales of the combined companies to over $1.2 Billion with more than 6,000 employees. CIBA Vision is a world leader in the field of soft contact lenses, lens-care products and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Martin was President of CIBA Vision Corporation USA until 1998, and he has personally successfully negotiated more than 70 licensing and acquisition deals with values ranging from $1 million to $320 million. Mr. Martin holds 6 issued U.S. Patents for his inventions and a number of European Patents. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and attended the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Mr. Martin holds 6 issued U.S. Patents for his inventions and a number of European Patents. Mr. Martin was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.