July 2018 Newsletter

July 27, 2018:

WOC Presenters Say Eye Care Quality Still Deficient in Developing Countries

The HelpMeSee eye surgery simulator drew high interest.

July 27, 2018:

Alcon’s Focus is on Research and Development as Spinoff Approaches

A recent poll found that most doctors are unfazed by the firm splitting from Novartis.

July 27, 2018:

Surgeons Await Glaukos’ Newly Approved iStent Inject

More than a third of survey respondents indicated plans to adopt the device.

July 27, 2018:

Ophthalmologists Describe Technology Wish List to Industry at OCTANe Summit

A top item was expanded options for PC-IOLs.

July 27, 2018:

Federal Appeals Court Rules US Patent Board Can Review Allergan’s Restasis Patents

CEO Brent Saunders told analysts in May that the drugmaker already cut its dry eye sales force in early 2018.

July 27, 2018:

China’s Innovent Biologics Plans $500 Million IPO on Hong Kong Exchange

The company was founded by Michael Yu, PhD, whose first biotech developed and commercialized conbercept.

July 27, 2018:

2018 WOC: Congress Announces Global Agreement on Use of Donated Human Tissue

Guidelines include statement that commodification in eye banking is not ethically acceptable.

July 27, 2018:

2018 WOC: IDx Beats Big Technology Firms to Get First FDA Approval for Autonomous AI in Medicine

Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, and two University of Iowa colleagues founded the company in 2010.

July 27, 2018:

2018 WOC: Dry Eye Dominates WOC Session on Late-Breaking News

Presenters discussed study results for tivanisiran, transcranial neurostimulation, and a compound found in peonies.

July 27, 2018:

Market Report: MIGS Devices to Expand Role of Surgery in Glaucoma Treatment

The glaucoma surgical device market is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 23 percent over the next five years.

July 27, 2018:

Cataract Atlas: Demographics Drive US Opportunity for Premium IOL Surgery

Market Scope’s ‘2018 Cataract Atlas’ provides a geographic analysis of the US cataract market.

July 27, 2018:

US FDA Considers Limited Drug Imports, Other Proposals to Lower Prices

Agency says importation may be answer to dramatic price spikes for sole-source off-patent drugs.

July 27, 2018:

Katena Acquires Blink Medical, Adding to String of Recent Purchases

Blink currently distributes its products in Europe and the Middle East.

July 27, 2018:

Nikon to Acquire Ophthalmic Distributor Chuo Sangio to Merge with Optos Subsidiary

Optos produces and sells ultra-widefield retinal imaging equipment.

July 27, 2018:

Drug Developer Aerpio Raises $45 Million to Lead Recent Fundraising Rounds

Other companies raised $48.7 million, bringing the total for the past month to $93.7 million.

July 27, 2018:

UK Researchers Show Eye Drop Vehicle Can Deliver Anti-VEGFs to Retina

Macregen of California has licensed the technology.

July 27, 2018:

Allergan’s Abicipar Every 12 Weeks Keeps Pace with Monthly Lucentis in Phase III Trials

The wet AMD candidate maintained stable vision in over 91 percent of patients on a 12-week regimen.

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