Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: JOHN SHEETS JR. His Sights Are Set on a Bright Future John Sheets' Ophthalmic Work Is Leading to Better Care throughout Florida

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: JOHN SHEETS JR. His Sights Are Set on a Bright Future John Sheets' Ophthalmic Work Is Leading to Better Care throughout Florida

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Byline: ANGELA DRYDEN

John Sheets Jr. is changing the way people see the world. Sheets, 53, holds a number of U.S. patents for ophthalmic devices and drugs, and, in his most recent position, was the worldwide vice president of research and development and chief technology officer for Ethicon Inc. The University of Florida recognized him with its "2007 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni" award earlier this month, where he remains active on the University Technology Commercialization Advisory Council. The Wolfson High School graduate spoke with the Times-Union about receiving the award; products he has developed and their impact; future plans, and downhill mountain biking. Edited excerpts of phone and e-mail interviews follow.

Q: You recently received the "Outstanding Alumni" award from UF. Does this have significance to you?

The Outstanding Alumni award has great significance to me because of what a great institution the University of Florida has become, and the high regard I have for so many of my classmates. It is a great honor to be recognized in this way.

Q: How did you become interested in such a specialized field as ophthalmology?

While I was in graduate school, my Ph.D. committee chairman, Eugene Goldberg, was approached by the head of the Department of Ophthalmology. They were experiencing what they believed to be a toxicity problem with implants, but turned out to be adhesion of ocular tissue to the implant. It resulted in my dissertation work, which characterized the adhesion, and developed patented surface modifications to prevent the adhesion and resulting damage to tissue.

Q: What are some of the products you hold patents for?

The majority of patents [of which] I am the named inventor relate to intraocular lenses, the implant which is used to restore vision in cataract surgery.

There are some others on other ophthalmic products - like an implant to treat glaucoma and lasers for surgery. However, like most issued patents, there is not a single product that is specifically the product named in the patents. …

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