Richard Kirkner

Rich Kirkner

Contributing Writer

Richard Kirkner is an award-winning journalist and editorial consultant who has specialized in ophthalmology and eye care media for three decades. Based in Philadelphia, his work has been recognized with more than 40 awards for editorial excellence.

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October 12 2021

OIS Retina@ASRS Sizes Up the Challenges in Retina Innovation

The first live OIS program in almost two years, OIS Retina@ASRS, was as much an update on what was portrayed as a robust innovation ecosystem ...
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September 15 2021

Despite Mixed Trial Results and Stock Plunge, Apellis Keeps Commitment to Lead Candidate Pegcetacoplan

Despite a sharp dive in its stock price a day after reporting mixed topline results from two Phase III clinical trials of its lead candidate ...
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FDA rejected Abicipar

August 17 2021

A Year After FDA Rejected Abicipar, AbbVie Gives It Back to Molecular Partners

In the summer of 2020, shortly after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a negative Complete Response Letter to AbbVie and Molecular Partners, rejecting ...
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July 13 2021

Second Sight Gets a Double-Shot Boost Thanks to PO and NIH installment

Up until a few weeks ago, 2021 had been an up-and-down year for retinal prosthesis maker Second Sight Medical Products, but it recently got a ...
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July 6 2021

Samsung Bioepis Brings Heat to Race for Anti-VEGF Biosimilars

South Korea-based Samsung Bioepis Co. has gained another leg up in the race for an anti-VEGF biosimilar to treat retinal diseases in the lucrative US ...
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June 28 2021

Two Steps Forward for Clearside’s SCS Suprachoroidal Platform

The novel platform Clearside Biomedical is developing for delivering drugs to the back of the eye has taken two steps forward in recent weeks, with ...
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May 25 2021

The Four Trends Driving the Digital Space

Money is pouring into digital health at a record clip – $6.7 billion in the first quarter this year, the investment firm Rock Health reports. ...
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May 11 2021

Novartis-Regeneron Dispute Enters a New Phase

If you can’t beat ‘em, try to beat ‘em another way. On the same day the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) dropped a patent ...
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March 31 2021

Aura Biosciences Takes Key Steps to Advance Lead Candidate

With a fresh infusion of capital and a new chief operating officer steeped in regulatory affairs, Aura Biosciences has put key pieces into place to ...
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March 23 2021

Biomedical Informatics Helps Focus Director Dr. Michael Chiang’s Vision for NEI

Michael F. Chiang, MD, who took over as director of the National Eye Institute at the close of 2020, brings a unique background as an ...
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February 23 2021

Ocular Gene Therapy Takes Next Step Beyond Inherited Retinal Disease

Ten years from now, gene therapy for ocular disease will have made the shift from exclusively targeting inherited retinal diseases with very small populations, such ...
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January 12 2021

Lessons learned for Conducting Clinical Trials in Challenging Times

Clinical trials on many levels have been disrupted over the past year, and the current surge can cause further disruption as different regions and cities ...
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