Josh Josephson was the President and owner of Josephson Opticians. Dr. Josephson serves as a director of No No, Inc., a biotechnology company conducting clinical trials with a drug that prevents the complications of stroke.
Dr. Josephson also serves as the Chairman of the Ophthalmic Devices Subcommittee of the Standards Council of Canada and is Canada’s voting expert at the meetings of the International Standards Organization, responsible for setting standards for spectacle lenses and frames, optical instruments, contact lenses and contact lens care products. He has also served as chairman of the committee established to set contact lens standards in Canada by the Canadian General Standards Board.
From 1969 until 1999, Dr. Josephson was actively involved in academic and clinical research. He has lectured extensively internationally and authored or coauthored chapters in 6 texts and over ninety papers in both national and international optometric and medical research publications.
In 1969, with Dr. Alan Isen, the developer of the first commercial soft contact lens, Dr. Josephson helped to pioneer the clinical techniques used for fitting soft contact lenses. From that time to the present, Dr. Josephson has served as a consultant and advisor to the contact lens industry.
In 1991, Dr. Josephson retired from private practice and joined Josephson Opticians.
Awards and Honours
Dr. Josephson’s experience in contact lens research led to his invitation to become a charter member and first Canadian, of The International Society for Contact Lens Research. This select group of researchers in the field of contact lenses is limited to 100 members worldwide, represented by optometrists, ophthalmologists and PhD’s in various related scientific fields.
Dr. Josephson was also invited to be a member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, an international society limited to the foremost contact lens practitioners in the world. In 2002, Dr. Josephson was one of the first 15 members of the British Contact Lens Association to be invited to become a Fellow and to be awarded the designation FBCLA in recognition of his contributions to the field of contact lenses. Dr. Josephson is listed in Canadian Who’s Who, the International Biographical Centre’s (U.K.) Leading Health Professionals of the World and Contemporary Who’s Who of Professionals.
Herschel Medal Recipient
The International Society of Contact Lens Specialists is a non-profit organization comprised of distinguished contact lens practitioners and educators from around the world, founded in 1953.
Since 1957 The Herschel gold medal has been awarded by the society in recognition of outstanding original contributions to contact lens design techniques and of fitting and application in clinical practice.
The name “Herschel” was chosen due to Frederick William Herschel’s and later his son John Herschel’s contributions to the principle of contact lenses, first in the treatise Light, in 1827. Since 2006 it has been known simply as the “Herschel” medal.
In 2011, the recipient was Dr Josh Josephson.