Retina ASRS 2021
Casey Kopczynski, PhD CSO Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Casey C. Kopczynski, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer - Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Aerie is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for open-angle glaucoma, ocular surface diseases and retinal diseases. In the U.S., Aerie markets Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, and Rocklatan® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%. Aerie is expanding globally, with offices in Europe and Japan, and a manufacturing facility in Ireland. Rhokiinsa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02% and Roclanda® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005% are approved in the EU. A Phase 3 study of netarsudil ophthalmic solution is underway in Japan, in collaboration with Santen. Aerie is also pursuing additional candidates in ophthalmology, including a Phase 2b dry eye program with AR-15512 (TRPM8 agonist), and two clinical-stage retina programs, AR-1105 (dexamethasone) Sustained Release Implant and AR-13503 (Rho kinase/Protein kinase C inhibitor) Sustained Release Implant. Aerie continues to investigate assets from its proprietary library of small-molecule multi-kinase inhibitors. 

Douglas Love President & CEO Annexon Biosciences

Douglas Love, President & CEO - Annexon Biosciences

Annexon is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel complement medicines for patients with classical complement-mediated disorders of the body, brain and eye. The company’s pipeline is based on its platform technology addressing well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease processes, both of which are triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. Specifically in geographic atrophy, C1q is deposited in all layers of retina, including on drusen, driving chronic, aberrant activation of the classical complement pathway. Our upstream complement approach targeting C1q blocks the entire classical complement pathway, including all inflammatory mediators, while the alternative and  lectin complement pathways intact.  This selective approach to fully inhibiting the classical complement pathway may provide enhanced efficacy and safety for patients suffering from geographic atrophy.

Thomas Ciulla, MD Chief Medical Officer Clearside Biomedical

Thomas Ciulla, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Clearside Biomedical

Clearside Biomedical, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and delivering treatments that restore and preserve vision for people with serious back of the eye diseases. Clearside’s proprietary SCS Microinjector® targets the suprachoroidal space (SCS®) and offers unique access to the macula, retina and choroid where sight-threatening disease often occurs. The Company’s SCS injection platform is an inherently flexible, in-office, non-surgical procedure, intended to provide targeted delivery to the site of disease and to work with both established and new formulations of medications. For more information, please visit www.clearsidebio.com.

James Burckhardt D.O.R.C. International

James Burckhardt, Global Marketing Director - D.O.R.C - Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre

For more than 30 years D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V. has worked intensively with leading top surgeons. Therefore at D.O.R.C. we know exactly which requirements instruments and equipment must satisfy. Our knowledge, combined with a unique mix of talent for the development of new ideas, high design quality and a strong product philosophy, results in highly innovative products.
The clients, surgeons from all four corners of the earth are D.O.R.C.'s focal point. Our approach is both personal and professional. We do everything possible to realize innovative and affordable solutions.
D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V. exports its instruments and equipment to more than eighty countries worldwide and has its own sales and marketing organizations in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA.

Arthur Suckow CEO DTx Pharma

Arthur Suckow, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO - DTx Pharma

At DTx, we are creating novel RNA-based therapeutics to treat the genetic drivers of disease. Our proprietary FALCON delivery technology platform utilizes fatty acids as targeting ligands to enable the delivery of oligonucleotide therapies to tissues and cell types throughout the body. In preclinical studies, we have demonstrated cellular uptake and broad activity of oligonucleotides in the retina, muscle, heart, neurons, T cells and many other specialized cell types. 

Kaushal Solanki CEO Eyenuk

Kaushal Solanki, PhD, UCSB, Founder & CEO - Eyenuk

Eyenuk, Inc., is a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology company and the leader in real-world AI Eye Screening™ for autonomous disease detection and AI Predictive Biomarkers™ for risk assessment and disease surveillance.

Harnessing the power of AI to analyze retinal images was the inspiration of Eyenuk Founder & CEO Kaushal Solanki. During his own health scare, Solanki faced a four-month long wait to see a specialist about his retinal scans. His own father’s struggle with diabetes led Solanki to better understand the risks of diabetic retinopathy, as well as the shortage of qualified professionals to address the issue.

Nancy Lurker President & CEO EyePoint Pharmaceuticals

Nancy Lurker, President & CEO - EyePoint Pharmaceuticals

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly pSivida Corp.) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products in indications with high unmet medical need to help improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders. The Company has developed 3 FDA-approved sustained-release treatments in ophthalmology. In addition, DEXYCU (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9% was approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 9, 2018.

Patricia Zilliox, PhD - President & CEO

Patricia Zilliox, PhD, President & CEO - Eyevensys

Eyevensys is a France-based, VC-backed biotech company, also incorporated in USA. Eyevensys is developing a novel non-viral gene therapy for treatment of ocular diseases. The technology is comprised of a proprietary device that delivers plasmid DNA to the ciliary muscle. After electro-transfection, the muscle cells sustainably produce the therapeutic proteins that the plasmid encodes.

The company has successfully completed part 1 of it's clinical safety study in France and the UK, enrolling 9 patients with late stage non-infectious uveitis. Study is being expanded in less severe patients - An IND is being filed in USA in order to validate technology in a Phase 2 Clinical study -non-infectious uveitis .

Parallel programs are pursued with different proteins-one for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa, one for Wet AMD.

Samuel Barone, MD Chief Medical Officer Gemini Therapeutics Resized

Samuel Barone, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Gemini Therapeutics

Gemini Therapeutics is a precision medicine company focused on the development of new therapies through a deeper understanding of disease. We are sharply focused on dry AMD which is a disease comprised of numerous genetic variants. We also believe that more precisely targeted therapeutics could better address the cause of a patient’s disease.

Magali Taiel, MD Chief Medical Officer GenSight Biologics

Magali Taiel, MD, Chief Medical Officer - GenSight Biologics S.A.

GenSight Biologics S.A. is a clinical-stage biopharma company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapies for retinal neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system disorders. GenSight Biologics’ pipeline leverages two core technology platforms, the Mitochondrial Targeting Sequence (MTS) and optogenetics, to help preserve or restore vision in patients suffering from blinding retinal diseases. GenSight Biologics’ lead product candidate, LUMEVOQ® (GS010; lenadogene nolparvovec), has been submitted for marketing approval in Europe for the treatment of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a rare mitochondrial disease affecting primarily teens and young adults that leads to irreversible blindness. Using its gene therapy-based approach, GenSight Biologics’ product candidates are designed to be administered in a single treatment to each eye by intravitreal injection to offer patients a sustainable functional visual recovery.

Pravin Dugel, MD President Iveric Bio

Pravin Dugel, MD, President - Iveric Bio

Iveric Bio is a science-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatment options for retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. The Company is currently developing both therapeutic product candidates for age-related retinal diseases and gene therapy product candidates for orphan inherited retinal diseases. Vision is Our Mission.

Clark E Tedford, PhD Co-Founder, President & CEO LumiThera

Clark E. Tedford, PhD, Co-Founder, President & CEO - LumiThera

LumiThera is committed to creating brighter horizons for patients by developing treatment solutions utilizing Photobiomodulation to improve visual function, to stop or slow the progression of debilitating eye diseases, and to prevent vision loss and blindness.

LumiThera’s first product, Valeda Light Delivery System®, is the first approved treatment for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration using Photobiomodulation. Valeda improves visual acuity, improves contrast sensitivity, reduces central drusen volume, and is designed for ease-of-use in the clinician’s office.

Valeda is CE Marked in Europe and is in clinical trials and not approved for use in the United States.

Samarendra Mohanty PhD Nanoscope Technologies

Samarendra Mohanty , PhD, Co-Founder, President & Chief Scientific Officer - Nanoscope Therapeutics, Inc.

Nanoscope Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company advancing an optogenetics gene therapy platform for restoring vision in patients with retinal degenerations by reprogramming the surviving retinal cells to be photosensitive. The gene-agnostic optogenetics therapy focuses on disease phenotype instead of specific genotypic deficits and allows treatment of disease regardless of genetic mutations. Nanoscope has developed an ambient light-activatable Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) that does not require an external light activation device, thus limiting potential photo-toxicity. The company’s proprietary MCO has unique characteristics including broadband light sensitivity with fast kinetics, allowing activation of retinal neurons in natural light environments. Nanoscope’s phase 1/2a study for patients blinded by advanced retinitis pigmentosa (RP) showed a positive safety and efficacy profile over 52 weeks. Nanoscope is currently enrolling in a multicenter, randomized placebo-controlled phase 2b clinical trial for RP in the U.S. The company also plans additional clinical trials in a broad range of inherited retinal disorders (IRDs), including Stargardt disease, Cone-rod dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome, and Choroideremia. Nanoscope's MCO platform technology has also shown potential to treat geographic atrophies (GA) in dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and end-stage wet AMD.
Kester Nahen, PhD CEO Notal Vision

Kester Nahen, PhD, CEO - Notal Vision

Notal Vision is a patient-centric ophthalmic diagnostic services company to extend age-related macular degeneration (AMD) monitoring from the clinic to the home, providing Eye Care Professionals with remote diagnostic tools to support their patient care. With a proven approach to home-based, self-operated diagnostics, AI-enabled data analysis, and patient engagement, we are helping to improve visual outcomes by preserving patients’ vision.  Notal Vision offers a full-service diagnostic clinic that provides holistic, beginning-to-end physician and patient education, engagement and support. Directed by practicing ophthalmologists and supported by a team of certified ophthalmic professionals and patient engagement specialists, the Notal Vision Diagnostic Clinic is medical provider and the epicenter for patient and physician engagement.  The ForeseeHome AMD monitoring program informs referring physicians of early signs of conversion from intermediate dry to wet AMD. The Home OCT pipeline platform will support personalized treatment of patients with exudative retinal diseases by monitoring fluid volumes remotely.

MIna Sooch, CEO Ocuphire

Mina Sooch, CEO & Co-Founder - Ocuphire PHARMA

Ocuphire is a clinical-stage ophthalmic company focused on developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of several eye disorders. Ocuphire’s pipeline currently includes two small-molecule product candidates, Nyxol and APX3330, targeting front and back of the eye indications respectively. APX3330 is a twice-a-day oral tablet designed to target multiple pathways relevant to retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME). APX3330 had been studied in six Phase 1 and five Phase 2 trials totaling over 340 patients for inflammatory and oncology indications, and demonstrated promising evidence of tolerability, pharmacokinetics, durability, and target engagement. Ocuphire is currently enrolling patients in Phase 2 trial for APX3330 for treatment of patients with DR, including moderately severe non-proliferative DR and mild proliferative DR, as well as patients with DME without loss of central vision. Future trials will explore APX3330 for retinal indications including wet age-related macular degeneration, and geographic atrophy.

C. Russell Trenary III CEO Outlook Therapeutics

C. Russell Trenary III, President & CEO - Outlook Therapeutics

Outlook Therapeutics is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company working to develop ONS-5010/LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg) as the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab-vikg for use in retinal indications, including wet AMD, DME and BRVO. If ONS-5010 is approved, Outlook Therapeutics expects to commercialize it as the first and only FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab-vikg for use in treating a range of retinal diseases in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, China and other markets. Outlook Therapeutics expects to file ONS-5010 with the U.S. FDA as a new BLA under the PHSA 351(a) regulatory pathway, initially for wet AMD. For more information, please visit www.outlooktherapeutics.com.

Friedrich Asmus, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Oxular

Friedrich Asmus, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Oxular

Oxular is a leading, clinical-stage retinal therapeutics company that is developing technology to transform the treatment of retinal disease, offering patients life-changing solutions to their unmet needs. Oxular's sustained-release drug formulations (OxuspheresTM) are engineered to last up to one year following single administration and perform in specific small spaces in the eye. This approach provides unique and precise drug distribution to tissues specifically involved in retinal diseases. Oxular's drug administration technology (Oxumlumis®) is engineered to access these critical tissues through minimally invasive supreachoroidal space delivery. This novel combination aims to substantially improve patient quality of life by increasing therapeutic effectiveness and patient safety, while reducing side-effects and minimizing the frequency of treatments.

Oxular’s lead asset, OXU-001, a 12-month treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME), is currently in preparations to begin human clinical trials. Oxular’s other development program includes treatments for macular degeneration, ocular cancers and delivery of gene therapies.

Lloyd Diamond President & CEO Pixium Vision

Lloyd Diamond, President & CEO - Pixium Vision

OUR VISION:  To create a world of bionic vision for those who have lost their sight.

OUR MISSION:  To provide best in class bionic vision restoration systems enabling the blind to regain greater autonomy and improved quality of daily living.  Pixium Vision, created in December 2011, is a bioelectronics and brain machine interface technology company specialized in neuromodulation application whose mission is to create a world of bionic vision for those who have lost their sight, enabling them to regain partial visual perception and greater autonomy.  Prima System features a miniaturized and totally wireless sub-retinal PRIMA implant, a pocket computer equipped with breakthrough algorithms, and a pair of glasses which captures the visual scene.  For the novel breakthrough Prima system, the exclusive transfer of the patented technology was granted by Stanford’s University to Pixium Vision to develop and industrialize the PRIMA bionic vision system.

Suber Huang, MD

Suber Huang, MD - Regenerative Patch Technologies

Regenerative Patch Technologies, LLC (RPT) is a California company developing cell-based implant technology for the treatment of retinal diseases. 

RPT was founded by Drs. Mark Humayun and David R. Hinton from the University of Southern California and Dr. Dennis O. Clegg from UC Santa Barbara. 

The technology to produce the CPCB-RPE1 implant is exclusively licensed to RPT from the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology and UC at Santa Barbara. 

Stephen Pakola, MD Chief Medical Officer REGENXBIO

Stephen Pakola, MD, Chief Medical Officer - REGENXBIO

REGENXBIO Inc. is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. Our gene therapy product candidates are designed to deliver functional genes to address genetic defects in cells, enabling the production of therapeutic proteins or antibodies that are intended to impact disease. Through a single administration, gene therapy could potentially alter the course of disease significantly and deliver improved patient outcomes with long-lasting effects. We have developed a broad pipeline of gene therapy programs using our NAV® Technology Platform to address genetic diseases through two modalities: AAV-mediated antibody delivery and monogenic gene replacement. We believe this platform forms a strong foundation for our current programs and with our ongoing research and development, we expect to continue to expand the platform.

Michael O'Rourke CEO Revana Therapeutics

Michael O'Rourke, CEO - Re-Vana Therapeutics

Re-Vana is a pharmaceutical company, founded in Belfast, Northern Ireland U.K in 2016 as a spin out from Queen’s University. Our primary focus is to develop the world’s first in clinic sustained release biologic treating retina diseases  Strategy is the internal development of a sustained release biologic and securing collaborations for novel therapeutic development   In the past 12 months we have accomplished:  - Advanced Proof of Concept - In-vivo animal studies demonstrated 6 month tolerability, safety, efficacy of an anti VEGF drug  - Series A planned to support internal development for at least a 6 month sustained release therapeutic    - Successfully achieved milestones under collaboration with a Global Pharma Co.   - $3.25M pre-Series A Round closed in 2020 with ophthalmic focused VC's - ExSight Ventures, Visionary Ventures and InFocus Ventures - First time all 3 VC's invested into the same company  -  Strengthened world class internal and scientific advisory teams

Thomas Ruggia President & CEO Samsara Vision

Thomas Ruggia, President & CEO - Samsara Vision

Samsara Vision is a privately held specialty medical device company engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of proprietary implantable ophthalmic devices and technologies that are intended to significantly improve vision and quality of life for individuals with untreatable retinal disorders. We believe that rejuvenating eyesight revives the spirit, allowing people to reconnect to the things in life that they love to see and do. Our approach includes working collaboratively with health care providers, researchers, payers, and advocates to ensure that people living with deteriorating vision have access to our novel technologies and support paths thereby better ensuring a future where they can see anew.