The new Shape of IOP

A breakthrough in IOP accuracy, the CATS Tonometer Prism™ establishes a new standard in reliable Goldmann IOP measurement.

We developed the FDA cleared, patented CATS Tonometer Prism™ to instantly deliver a 94% improved IOP accuracy* for the majority of the population based upon peer reviewed research. Designed to seamlessly integrate into a clinician’s practice with no additional cost, no new training …while helping you significantly streamline patient care.

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Studies demonstrated the CATS Prism improves IOP accuracy by 94% over the GAT for this patient population. On a world-wide basis, the CATS Prism provides the eye care clinician the sight-saving IOP data required to properly diagnose and treat glaucoma and other ocular related diseases for their patients.

About

Since intraocular eye pressure (IOP) is the second most critical metric next to visual acuity for assessing the ocular health of a patient, our CATS Tonometer Prism™ has the potential to greatly enhance clinical care through increased accuracy related to IOP measurements. The reusable version of the CATS Tonometer Prism™ has been cleared by the FDA for sale in the United States. Measurement of IOP is not only critical to the accurate diagnosis of ocular disease but also a necessary guide to effective treatment strategies. The CATS Tonometer Prism™ is designed to enhance IOP measurements through an easily adopted modification to the surface of the GAT prism. Additionally, the CATS Tonometer Prism™ is designed to be easily implemented by the worldwide eye care community without altering existing practitioner protocols and with minimal costs related to only changing the GAT’s tip.

Five scientific studies demonstrated the clinical performance of the CATS™ prism in comparison to the GAT prism. The peer-reviewed publications included a direct comparison to the existing GAT prism; human cadaver eye intracameral pressure transducer comparison of the CATS and GAT; an actual intracamerally placed pressure transducer comparison of the CATS and GAT in live human eyes, and tear-film hydrostatic study. All five studies confirmed our original mathematical modeling design predictions developed in a National Institute of Health, SBIR Phase I grant. Additionally, subgroups of pediatric patients and post-refractive (LASIK, PRK, SMILE, and RK) surgery patients have significantly improved IOP measurements. These patients are included in the 50% of the population benefiting from clinically significant improved IOP accuracy over the GAT prism. Further testing in these populations with the CATS Tonometer is required to examine the prism’s full potential. Our presentation on this topic won “Best Paper of Session” at the 2018 and 2015 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Conference.

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Our technology

Since intraocular eye pressure (IOP) is a critical metric for assessing the ocular health of a patient, our CATS Tonometer Prism™ has the potential to greatly enhance clinical care through a reduction in errors related to IOP measurements. The reusable version of the CATS Tonometer Prism™ has been cleared by the FDA for sale in the United States. Measurement of IOP is not only critical to the accurate diagnosis of ocular disease, but is also a necessary guide to effective treatment strategies. The CATS Tonometer Prism™ is designed to enhance IOP measurements through an easily adopted modification to the surface of the GAT prism. Additionally, the CATS Tonometer Prism™ is designed to be easily implemented by the worldwide eye care community without altering existing practitioner protocols and with minimal costs related to only changing the GAT’s tip.

Five scientific studies demonstrated the clinical performance of the CATS™ prism in comparison to the GAT prism. The peer-reviewed publications included a direct comparison to the existing GAT prism; human cadaver eye intracameral pressure transducer comparison of the CATS and GAT; an actual intracamerally placed pressure transducer comparison of the CATS and GAT in live human eyes, and tear-film hydrostatic study. All five studies confirmed our original mathematical modeling design predictions developed in a National Institute of Health, SBIR Phase I grant. Additionally, subgroups of pediatric patients and post-refractive (LASIK, PRK, SMILE, and RK) surgery patients - which combined represent 30% of the U.S. population - exhibit clinically relevant GAT errors in more than 50% of patients. Further testing in these populations with the CATS Tonometer is required to examine the prism’s full potential. Our presentation on this topic won “Best Paper of Session” at the 2015 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Conference. Additionally, presentations were also made at the 2017 ASCRS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, May 7th, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Conference, Baltimore, May 8th. We are scheduled to deliver presentations in 2018 at the American Glaucoma Society Annual Meeting in New York in March, the ASCRS Annual Meeting in Washington DC April 2018, and the ARVO Annual Conference in Hawaii in April 2018.

The CATS Tonometer Prism™ is FDA cleared for marketing and sale in the United States and we are in the process of securing the CE Mark.

Our research scientists have published in many scientific journals and presented at scientific conferences as described below:

The CATS Tonometer Prism™ is FDA cleared for marketing and sale in the United States and we are in the process of securing the CE Mark.

Our team

Sean McCafferty, MD, FACS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dr. McCafferty founded CATS Tonometer, LLC and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. He possesses solid expertise in mechanical engineering, optical engineering, and optical engineering, and ophthalmology coupled with demonstrated entrepreneurial skills. This depth of understanding in all three fields is critical to producing products with a wide variety of optical and ophthalmic applications. After completing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, he worked as a product development engineer developing ideas, patents, and profitable products. He then attended the Ohio State University’s Medical School and subsequently completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arizona.

Following residency, Dr. McCafferty became a serial entrepreneur and business manager founding very successful enterprises such as Arizona Eye Consultants, Camp Lowell Surgery Center, Carondelet Foothills Surgery Center, and Intuor Technologies, LLC. Simultaneously, he completed a Master of Science (MS) degree in optical engineering at the University of Arizona expressly to allow his ideas to become reality in the form of products for the ophthalmic industry. During his optical engineering education, Dr. McCafferty’s ophthalmic opto-mechanics research was self-directed under the mentorship of Jim Schwiegerling, Ph.D. He authored several peer-reviewed articles and papers on the subject. In 2017 the University of Arizona Alumni Association selected Dr. McCafferty as the 2017 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Optical Sciences. Click here to see a listing of his publications. Additionally, Dr. McCafferty has produced 10 patents or published patent applications on ophthalmic opto-mechanics.

Nannon Roosa, PMP, CPA, CMPE
CHIEF OPERATING & FINANCIAL OFFICER

Nannon Roosa leads the operational and financial functions for CATS Tonometer. She achieves organizational goals through successful execution of business strategies. Leveraging project management skills, she directs short-term and long-range strategic planning, intellectual property, and budgeting processes. Ms. Roosa guides and participates in growth activities and investor relations to support overall business objectives and plans. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trained, she also participates in monitoring activities related to scientific studies.

Ms. Roosa’s unique skill set results from her career that includes a wide range of consulting and entrepreneurial endeavors. Ms. Roosa has 25 years of experience providing client services and business development activities with PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Clifton Gunderson. Her positions with these companies ranged from identifying client needs, driving new products to market, managing key client relationships, and client service. Most recently, Ms. Roosa was the University of Arizona’s Director for MBA Experiential Learning, where she led the MBA Consulting Program. Under her tenure, Ms. Roosa executed 97 successful projects for clients in the technology and healthcare sectors.

Ms. Roosa is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP©), and a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation from the MGMA, or Medical Group Management Association. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration (Major – Accounting) from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Tax from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

William Lomicka
BOARD MEMBER

William Lomicka has more than four decades of healthcare financial management and venture capital experience. Over the years, he has served as a director or senior leader for several U.S. healthcare companies, including health insurance, hospital management, medical device companies, acute care hospitals, nursing and assisted living facilities, and healthcare technology firms. As Senior Vice President of Finance for Humana, Inc., Mr. Lomicka planned, developed, and implemented financial strategies and controls, which generated revenue growth from $145 million to $3 billion. Following Humana, he worked for a healthcare venture capital firm in New York City, where he developed and managed healthcare investments. Mr. Lomicka also served as Secretary of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, later forming a private investment firm in Louisville specializing in venture capital.

Mr. Lomicka currently serves as Chairman of Coulter Ridge Capital and presently serves on the boards of numerous companies, both public and private. He also serves on numerous service boards including the Board of Heuser Hearing Institute in Louisville and Chairs the Board of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

He earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his undergraduate degree from Wooster College.

Scott Heck
SALES AND DISTRIBUTION

Mr. Heck has over 25 years of diverse experience in the eye care field serving in several executive positions. His career management responsibilities included sales, marketing, finance, product management, business development and medical device manufacturing. Mr. Heck most recently managed Wilson Ophthalmic Corporation, a distributor of eye care specific pharmaceuticals and medical devices as the Director of Operations, and he currently consults for several medical device companies.

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CATS Tonometer, LLC routinely shares the results of our scientific studies with the clinician community at conferences and other venues. We also share our knowledge and experiences with a variety of groups in support of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

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