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Biotechs Eye Macular Degeneration

This article was originally published in Start Up

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Spurred by the commercial success of Lucentis, start-ups developing new therapeutics for AMD tap into a growing understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease. In this issue, we profile five emerging AMD drug developers: Acucela, Iconic Therapeutics, MacuCLEAR, Ophthotech, Optherion and Sirion Therapeutics.

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