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Breakthrough innovation enables the legally blind to see

October 22, 2013

MaRS client’s device unique among low vision aids

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – MaRS client and Investment Accelerator
Fund portfolio company eSight Corporation is pleased to announce the
launch of eSight eyewear, the first intelligent eyewear that enables
people with legal blindness or low vision to see.

“eSight has enabled my daughter, Emma Rose, to actually see, something
we never thought would be possible,” said Jennifer-Anne Gibson. “Emma
Rose has been legally blind since birth due to optic nerve hypoplasia.
eSight is absolutely amazing, it has totally changed my little girl’s
life.”

John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB (formerly known as the Canadian
National Institute for the Blind), said, “The effect this technology
can have on the lives of people with vision loss is remarkable. It’s an
exciting device that can enable some people to recapture activities
they haven’t experienced in decades, like watching their kids play
soccer or reading the Sunday morning newspaper.”

“When I first tried on eSight, it was incredible,” said Hugh Montgomery,
who works in Systems & Technology at Bell Canada and who is legally
blind due to Stargardt’s Disease. “My vision is normally 20/200 but
with eSight, it is 20/40. I can now see like a normally sighted person.
I can read a newspaper, zoom in to see the time on a wall clock and,
from afar, I am able to see people’s expressions. eSight is
unbelievable.”

“eSight’s technology is at the forefront of the ophthalmology field,
furthering excellence in the care of patients and providing a new light
to those who are visually impaired,” said Sonia Sanhueza, MaRS’ life
sciences and healthcare Practice Lead. “We have seen eSight grow
steadily and successfully since becoming involved with MaRS in 2008.
MaRS has supported eSight with mentoring services through our advisory
team, funding to support the company’s growth and pitch coaching to
help them prepare for investment opportunities.”

Kevin Rankin, President and CEO of eSight Corporation said, “eSight
eyewear is the only low vision technology of its kind on the market.
eSight is mobile, hands-free, and can automatically process near, far
and mid-range vision tasks.”

eSight eyewear uses an advanced, high-resolution video camera to capture
what the wearer is looking at and delivers those video images to a
controller with a highly sophisticated computer. The images are
processed and then projected in real-time onto two LED screens inside
the eSight eyewear. In this way, eSight provides as near-normal vision
as one’s condition allows. eSight has been shown to help people with
macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Stargardt’s Disease, ocular
albinism and other low vision conditions. It is best suited for visual
acuity between 20/60-20/400 (legal blindness is 20/200).

About eSight Corporation

eSight Corp (@eSightCorp) is an Ottawa, Canada based technology company that develops
intelligent eyewear for people challenged by degenerative eye diseases.
eSight is primarily focused on eSight eyewear, assistive technology
that helps people with low vision lead more independent lives at home
and at work. eSight was founded by Conrad Lewis, a Canadian technology
entrepreneur who was personally touched by the profound impact of
Stargardt’s Disease on two of his sisters. eSight is now available for
demo at select low vision clinics across Canada and the United States.
Contact info@esightcorp.com; 1-855-837-4448; www.esighteyewear.com.

About MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in Toronto. MaRS works
with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation. MaRS
supports entrepreneurs building Canada’s next generation of growth
companies. In the last three years, MaRS startup clients have raised
over $750 million in capital, earned over $375 million in revenue and
hired well over 3,500 workers into knowledge economy jobs.

About the Investment Accelerator Fund

The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) (@MaRSIAF) provides up to $500,000 in seed funding to qualified emerging
companies in Ontario. As a critical component of the Ontario Network of
Entrepreneurs (ONE), the IAF supports the launch and development of
innovative companies in Ontario’s priority sectors of advanced
materials and manufacturing, information technology, cleantech and life
sciences.

About CNIB

CNIB (@CNIB) is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

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