Open, multidisciplinary, in partnership: R&D of the Essilor Group reflects today’s world – operating as a network, collaboratively and creatively, to stimulate innovation.
Innovation at the core
of our mission
Innovation drives the strategy and growth of the Group. It enables Essilor to provide solutions tailored to the needs of every individual and to meet new vision challenges. We don’t innovate alone. As the fields of ophthalmic research are vast, our R&D approach is both open and decentralized.
Around the world, our multidisciplinary teams – researchers, developers, patent engineers, IP lawyers and specialists in strategic marketing – work in partnership with academia and industry. We pool together our work, exchange perspectives and combine expertise and technologies with public and private sector organizations to better meet the needs of all.
The Essilor Group has 5 research centers including 4 Centers for Innovation and Technologies (CI&T) located at the heart of its major markets, in the USA, France, China and Singapore. Each CI&T brings together marketing teams, R&D and Global Engineering, enabling it to respond to the specific needs of regional customers. In addition, each CI&T has developed a series of unique specializations and looks to develop an innovation ecosystem through seeking synergies between internal and external experts and finding fundamental research teams or start-up companies with something to contribute to our areas of research.
The Essilor Group has forged more than twenty research partnerships with universities and public research organizations including the Vision Institute in Paris, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Universities of Shanghai and Wenzhou in China… The Group has also established joint ventures with other manufacturers through the Nikon-Essilor International Research Center with Nikon in Japan.
France: first chair in visual aging
Created in 2015 in partnership with the Paris Vision Institute and the University Pierre and Marie Curie, the Silversight Chair seeks to further knowledge on the relationship between visual aging and the loss of independence.
China: fighting the development of myopia
The Essilor Group is working with the University of Wenzhou on myopia in children through the WEIRC (Wenzhou Medical University - Essilor International Research Center). The researchers’ objective: to better understand this phenomenon to slow its progression and find predictive factors through following a group of 1,000 children from urban and rural areas.