VisionCare announced that Thomas Ruggia has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 6, 2020. VisionCare provides the only FDA approved surgical treatment for macular degeneration, the telescope implant and CentraSight treatment program.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tom to VisionCare. His nearly 20 years of ophthalmology business experience means he has a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the health care environment in the United States and abroad, as well as significant experience in the development and commercialization of vision products with differing regulatory and pricing structures,” Richard Powers, Executive Vice President, said in a company news release. “Tom brings new energy to VisionCare at a pivotal time when we are poised to expand the reach and appeal of the CentraSight treatment program.”
Before joining VisionCare, Mr. Ruggia spent 5 years at Johnson & Johnson, working at Johnson & Johnson Vision and The Janssen Pharma Co., respectively. Most recently at Johnson & Johnson Vision, he was the Vice President WW Customer Experience and Ocular Surface Disease, responsible for two global commercial teams working in customer strategy, customer service, and field technical service. At Janssen, he was the commercial strategy leader in ophthalmology assigned to an asset in development for AMD. Previously, Mr. Ruggia spent 14 years at Alcon, a division of Novartis, working in a variety of ophthalmology sales and marketing roles with escalating responsibility. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey in 1998.
“For nearly 2 decades, I’ve been fortunate through my work to witness the direct impact of introducing vision-enhancing technologies, devices, and therapies on the quality of life of people with low vision around the world,” said Mr. Ruggia. “The opportunity to lead and grow VisionCare to serve a broader patient candidate pool is one that I embrace. I look forward to communicating more about our plans to further develop our novel technology and introduce an enhanced delivery system that will improve the patient and provider’s surgical experience.”
Wolfgang Tolle, who most recently served as CEO and Executive Chairman of the Board, has left VisionCare to focus on new opportunities.