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NEOLENS ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR AND SALES/MARKETING PERSONNEL

 MIAMI, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Neolens, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOL) announced today that Dr. Don H. Rotenberg has been appointed to the company's board of directors to fill an existing vacancy and elected to hold the office of vice president, research and development. Dr. Rotenberg has a Ph.D. from Cornell University in organic chemistry and a master's in chemistry from Harvard University. For the past 22 years, he directed the research and development of two major manufacturers in the optical industry, American Optical Corporation and Coburn Optical Industries, where he gained vast experience in polycarbonate processing and optical lens coatings. Dr. Rotenberg has been advising the company on a consulting basis and has been instrumental in recent advances made by the company to its manufacturing process. Dr. Rotenberg joins Dr. F. Dow Smith, who has been a member of Neolens' board of directors since inception and who has a Ph.D. in Optics, in completing the technical support group that the company requires to develop new products for its future growth.
 Neolens also announced that it has expanded its sales and marketing staff with the recent additions of Gregory S. Hibbard as sales manager and Yvonne Gleek as marketing manager. Hibbard is a licensed optician who most recently held the position of director of operations with Eye- Med, Inc., a regional optical retail chain based in Atlanta. In addition to sales, Hibbard will oversee the company's new lab operations and provide technical assistance to the company's customers. Gleek comes to Neolens from Sola Optical U.S.A., Inc., one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of ophthalmic lenses in the country, where she most recently held the position of new products coordinator. Gleek will also coordinate the marketing of new products for Neolens, as well as manage the company's customer service department.
 Neolens, Inc. has developed a patented manufacturing process which produces high quality polycarbonate lenses without the distortion and stress previously associated with polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate lenses have significant advantages over lenses made of glass or conventional hard resin plastic in terms of thinness, lightness, impact strength and protection from ultra-violet rays. Polycarbonate lenses can also be made thinner than lenses made of high index plastic and still exceed mandated FDA impact standards, while costing much less and providing retailers higher profit margins.
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 /CONTACT: Philip G. Heinemann, chief financial officer, Neolens, 305-651-0003/
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