Second Sight Medical Products Inc. plans to combine with Pixium Vision SA, a French company, to pursue their common quest to develop bionic vision systems.

The Sylmar company is working on its next-generation vision prosthetic, called the Orion system, which is complementary to a retinal-based system being made by Pixium.

According to Acting Chief Executive Matthew Pfeffer, both companies have been aware of each other for many years and have had interactions in the past. The transaction will secure the future of both companies by reducing overhead costs and creating synergies, he said.

Read the full story in the March 1 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.