Carson firm names medical panel
A Carson City company that manufactures
nutritional supplements to keep eyes
healthy named four experts in ophthalmology
as founding members of its scientific
ScienceBased Health has been operating
in Carson City since 1997 and
employs more than 20 people at its headquarters
on Highway 50 East.
A contracted sales force of 30, meanwhile,
sells the company’s products
through a network of several thousand
ophthalmologists and optometrists.
It’s been a successful strategy.
Pamela Howard, a spokeswoman for
ScienceBased Health, said last week the
privately held company is profitable and
The Company’s proprietary formulations
* HydroEye, an oral nutritional supplement
for dry eye. ScienceBased Health is
seeking a patent on the formula.
* OculaRx, a comprehensive multinutrient
formula marketed for eyes and
overall body health.
* MaculaRx Plus, a nutritional formula
based on recent research into age-related
The company’s president and chief
executive, David K. Hanabusa, is a partner
at Aragon Ventures and previously served
as president and CEO of ControlNet, Inc,
an incubator of communication industry
He also has experience as chief financial
officer or controller in early-stage companies
including SiRF Technology,
CommVision Corporation, Quickturn
Design Systems, Kalpana, S3,
Incorporated and Convergent
Named to the company’s scientific
advisory board were:
* Paul Koch, M.D., who serves as chief
medical editor of Ophthalmology
Management magazine. He’s the author of
textbooks on eye surgery and the winner of
the American Academy of Ophthalmology
* Robert S. Lewis, M.D., the senior
partner at Ophthalmic Surgeons and
Physicians of Tempe, Ariz. He teaches
post-graduate courses and is chairman of
the department of ophthalmology at
Desert Samaritan Hospital.
* Stuart P. Richer, an associate professor
of family and preventive medicine at
Chicago Medical School and associate
professor of optometry at the Illinois
College of Optometry. Richer has been
chief of optometry at DVA Medical
Center at North Chicago since 1983.
* John D. Sheppard, M.D., director of
the ophthalmology program at Eastern
Virginia Medical School. He also is a
partner in Virginia Eye Consultants. He
received the American Academy of
Ophthalmology Honor in 1995.
“If you’re going to produce roughly 80,000 ounces (of gold) a year at $800 an ounce … and gold is at $1,900 or $2,000 per ounce, that’s going to create a tremendous amount of cash flow.”