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Ocata receives NEI grant to develop photoreceptor progenitor cell therapy

September 2, 2015

Ocata Therapeutics received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Eye Institute to fund preclinical development of its propriety photoreceptor progenitor cell therapy for retinal degenerative diseases, according to a press release.

Previous animal studies have shown that the renewable populations of retinal photoreceptor cells “can integrate into damaged retina, promote survival of host photoreceptors, and restore vision in completely blind animals, using either embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells as source material,” Robert Lanza, MD, principal investigator of the grant and chief scientific officer at Ocata, said in the release.

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Peripheral lesions associated with diabetic retinopathy progression

September 2, 2015
Both the presence and increasing extent of predominantly peripheral lesions were associated with an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy progression, according to a…
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Valeant to acquire Synergetics USA

September 2, 2015
Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced that it will acquire Synergetics USA for $6.50 per share in cash, according to a Valeant press release.“The addition of…
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Back-to-school reminder for parents and students: Check out college tax credits

September 2, 2015
With another school year here, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students that now is a good time to see if they will qualify for either of two college…

Physicians support proposed biosimilar naming convention

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In agreement with the FDA’s recent draft guidance on nonproprietary naming of biological products, six physician groups collectively sent a letter to CMS Acting…
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PCON August 2015

Clinicians agree quality of life is a vital part of comprehensive glaucoma care

Primary Care Optometry News, August 2015
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BLOG: Stay professional on social media

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Agustin Gonzalez, OD, says that you only have one chance to make a first impression – even on social media.He…
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YAG photoablation effective first-line treatment for vitreous opacities

YAG photoablation effective first-line treatment for vitreous opacities

Primary Care Optometry News, August 2015
Darcy Eberle, OD; Dianne Kowing, OD, FAAO; Ruth Hyatt, OD; William Dunn, MD, FACS
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