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Iris AO Inc.

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Visible Progress in Devices for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A mere seven years ago, before the approval of Visudyne photodynamic therapy, patients losing their vision to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were told that there was nothing that could be done for them. Today, AMD sufferers may choose from an assortment of drug treatments. Genentech's Lucentis will reach almost $1 billion in sales in its first year on the market, analysts predict, and it doesn't claim to do anything except slow down the progression of the disease. Moreover, the drug does this better than first-generation anti-VEGF drug Macugen. And if those options aren't enough--and they're not--a handful of start-ups developing device-based therapies are making significant progress by applying some highly innovative approaches. ScyFIX, for example, is applying electrical stimulation to halt the effects of AMD and possibly repair the damage done. NeoVista is applying radiation therapy to the back of the eye, an approach that could serve as an alternative to Lucentis and other drugs based on growth factors, which require frequent injections into the eye. Retina Implant has developed an implantable microchip that will stimulate intact nerve cells in the retina to recreate the sense of sight.
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Selected Start-Ups (6/03)

In Vivo briefly summarizes the technologies of these recently founded companies: BaroNova Therapeutics Inc., Cantata Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cellerant Therapeutics Inc., CePep AB, Compound Therapeutics Inc. and Iris AO Inc.
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  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Iris AO Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • Michael A Helmbrecht, PhD, Pres.
  • Contact Info
  • Iris AO Inc.
    Phone: (510) 849-2375
    2680 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    USA
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