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    • This year, leading up to 2020, now we have product, it is going to be finding the right distribution partners so we can hit 1 million glasses distributed in 2020. So it's establishing those government relationships and grants to build the distribution capability. By 2020 I want to have a distribution center somewhere in Africa - either Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, possibly South Africa, so much to think about. But for 2020, the goal is to get the networks established that can hit our goals of distribution.

      The issue that conventional glasses distribution has is the bottleneck of training people who can dispense eyeglasses. We've taken that training from one year to one day. We still have the same limitation of refraction - we can't hit trachoma, glaucoma, or cataracts - but you can identify them and put them into the eye health network for a higher echelon of care (this is the same with other refraction-based organizations). That ability to train someone in a day is a game-changer. And as long as we incorporate it under the umbrella of the eye health community, you're going to increase the efficiency of that entire eye health community to be able to address the other pathologies. These screeners will be able to identify when they can't help someone with a pair of eyeglasses, but they can help push them into the system.

      And as of January 1 of 2019, we've become members of the IAPB, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and they've added our Usee kit to the IAPB standards list. What this means is that the international eye health community has endorsed our system as a viable solution to refractive error. That's why I went to Johns Hopkins, that's why we we're doing field trials with the University of Johannesburg, we're doing clinical trials at Hanoi Medical College for children, so we are doing this all under the umbrella of the greater eye health community. This is very important to me, because I don't want to be a "cowboy." I'm building this team so we can address the problem correctly, ethically, and efficiently.