STAAR® Surgical Company, which has been dedicated solely to ophthalmic surgery for over 25 years, designs, develops, manufactures and markets implantable lenses for the eye and delivery systems therefor. All of these lenses are foldable, which permits the surgeon to insert them through a small incision. STAAR’s lens used in refractive surgery as an alternative to LASIK is called an Implantable Collamer® Lens or “ICL.” A lens used to replace the natural lens after cataract surgery is called an intraocular lens or “IOL.” Over 500,000 Visian ICLs have been implanted to date. STAAR has approximately 300 full time employees and markets lenses in over 60 countries. Headquartered in Monrovia, CA, conducts operations in the following locations: Nidau, Switzerland; Ichikawa City, Japan; Aliso Viejo, CA; and Monrovia, CA.
STAAR SURGICAL OPERATIONS
STAAR® has significant operations globally. STAAR sells its products in over 60 countries, with direct distribution in North America, Japan, and Spain, with independent distribution in the remainder of the world.
STAAR maintains manufacturing and administrative facilities in the United States and an administrative facility in Japan. While STAAR has initiated a project to consolidate all of its manufacturing to its Monrovia, California facility, its current global operations are as follows:
STAAR operates its global administrative headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Monrovia, California. The Monrovia manufacturing facility principally makes Collamer® IOLs, silicone IOLs, silicone preloaded IOLs, Visian ICL® products and injector systems for IOLs and ICLs. STAAR also currently manufactures the raw material for Collamer lenses (both IOLs and ICLs) and the AquaFlow™ Device (for the treatment of glaucoma) in a facility in Aliso Viejo, California.
STAAR operates an administrative, manufacturing and distribution facility in Nidau, Switzerland under its wholly owned subsidiary, STAAR Surgical AG. The Nidau manufacturing facility makes Visian ICL® products and also manufactures the AquaFlow Device. After consolidating manufacturing in Monrovia, California, STAAR plans to continue to maintain an administrative and distribution facility in Switzerland.
STAAR operates administrative and distribution facilities in Japan under its wholly owned subsidiary, STAAR Japan Inc. STAAR Japan’s administrative facility is located in Shin-Urayasu and its distribution facility is located in Ichikawa City. Manufacturing has been consolidated to Monrovia, Californi
STAAR SURGICAL HISTORY
STAAR® developed, patented, and licensed the first foldable intraocular lens, or IOL, for cataract surgery. Made of pliable material, the foldable IOL permitted surgeons for the first time to replace a cataract patient’s natural lens with minimally invasive surgery. The foldable IOL became the standard of care for cataract surgery throughout the world. STAAR introduced its first versions of the lens, made of silicone, in 1991.
In 1996 STAAR began selling the Visian ICL® outside the U.S. Made of STAAR’s proprietary biocompatible Collamer® lens material, the ICL is implanted behind the iris and in front of the patient’s natural lens to treat refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Lenses of this type are generically called “phakic IOLs” or “phakic implants” because they work along with the patient’s natural lens rather than replacing it. The ICL received CE Mark in 1997, permitting sale in countries that require the European Union CE Mark, and it received FDA approval for the treatment of myopia in the U.S. in December 2005. The Visian ICL now makes up approximately 62% of our business. We sell the Visian ICL in more than 60 countries, and it has been implanted in more than 500,000 eyes worldwide.
Other milestones in STAAR’s history include the following:
I have been working at STAAR Surgical part-time (Less than a year)
STAAR provides a professional working environment and provides excellent compensation and benefits.
STAAR is a very high pressure environment. They take their work very seriously.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at STAAR Surgical (Monrovia, CA) in November 2014.
Interview with 6 people 30 minutes each, all in leadership roles across different departments so you get a good feel for the company as a whole. Standard questions were asked but they actually seemed interested in the answers provided. It was more a test of how you interact with others than your credentials (intangibles vs tangibles).
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