Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., the global leader in advanced refractive technologies for eye care professionals and patients, has named Simon Kilvington, Ph.D., director of microbiology. Dr. Kilvington will be responsible for scientific and managerial leadership of AMO's microbiology activities in support of the discovery and development of new products for contact lens and corneal care.
“As an internationally recognized leader in microbiological research on contact lenses, lens care and the cornea, Dr. Kilvington’s appointment will significantly strengthen AMO’s research efforts into the development of novel technologies, particularly in the field of contact lens disinfection,” said AMO Executive Vice President, Research and Development Leonard Borrmann. “We also look forward to his continued collaboration with external thought leaders and academic research centers.”
Prior to joining AMO, Dr. Kilvington was senior lecturer at the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom (U.K.). He is an international authority on pathogenic free-living amoebae and has expertise on bacteria, fungi and viruses, particularly in the field of ocular infection. He has published extensively in the field of contact lens disinfection, the epidemiology of infection and the development of assay methods to assess the efficacy of contact lens disinfectant and therapeutic agents.
Dr. Kilvington has broad experience as a consultant and researcher with the pharmaceutical, contact lens and water treatment industries. At the University of Leicester, he taught medical microbiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is regularly invited to present research findings at national and international scientific conferences.
Dr. Kilvington received his Ph.D. from the University of Bath, U.K.