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Venture Eyes Ophthalmology--And Likes What It Sees

Ophthalmology has long been a bright spot for venture investors given the potential market size, health care burden, and high unmet medical need associated with many eye diseases. Based on a recent analysis by Start-Up magazine, there is no sign that trend is diminishing. Using Elsevier's Strategic Transactions database, Start-Up found that private backers have poured nearly $1.8 billion into 58 ophthalmology start-ups since 1999, with the money split nearly 50/50 in terms of device and drug investments. This trend is likely to accelerate as a number of new acquirers emerge to play in what was once a niche area.
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Optherion Inc.

Based on a growing understanding of the genetics of age-related macular degeneration and its association with the immune system, Optherion is developing a treatment that it hopes may prevent the disease from progressing into its most serious and debilitating 'wet' form.
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Biotechs Eye Macular Degeneration

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.

Ophthotech Corp.

Ophthotech is creating drugs to be used in combination with anti-VEGF therapies for wet AMD. It is developing inhibitors of platelet-derived growth factor and the a5b1 integrin, as well as an anti-C5 receptor aptamer that could eventually be a therapy for both wet and dry forms of age-related macular degeneration.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • In Vitro Diagnostics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Ophthalmic
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Optherion Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • Colin J Foster, Pres. & CEO
    Manju Patel, CSO
  • Contact Info
  • Optherion Inc.
    Phone: (203) 781-0072
    The Maritime Center, 11th Fl.
    555 Long Wharf
    New Haven, CT 06511
    USA
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