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EyewireTV — Allergan Restructuring, TrueVision Patent, Victus Clearance, Top Ophthalmology Hospitals

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In this week’s EyewireTV, Allergan announces a restructuring deal that will cut 1,500 jobs as it tries to position itself to fend off a hostile takeover bid from Valeant; and TrueVision 3D Surgical is issued a patent for fundamental technology underlying computer-guided methods for limbal and corneal relaxing incisions for astigmatism-correcting procedures. Also, Bausch + Lomb’s Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform receives FDA 510(k) clearance for laser-assisted lens fragmentation.

Omeros Announces Initiation of Planned Pharmacokinetic Substudy in OMS302 Phase 3 Clinical Program

From Omeros Corp.

Omeros Corp. announced the initiation of the planned pharmacokinetic (PK) substudy in its phase 3 clinical program evaluating OMS302 in patients undergoing intraocular lens replacement surgery. Omeros is conducting the PK substudy to confirm the low levels of systemic exposure previously observed in preclinical studies of the drug product. Blood sa...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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American Academy of Optometry Announces 2014 Award Recipient...

From American Academy of Optometry — 7/23/2014

The American Academy of Optometry has announced its 2014 award recipients. Award winners will be recognized at the Academy 2014 Denver Awards Ceremony...Full story

Appeals Courts Rule Opposite Ways on ACA Subsidies

From Medpage Today — 7/23/2014

Opposing rulings by two federal appeals courts Tuesday on the legality of subsidies for people purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act's ...Full story

FDA Issues Informed Consent Guidance for Clinical Trials

From Medpage Today — 7/23/2014

The FDA recently issued an updated guidance document on obtaining informed consent for clinical trials, but little has changed that would affect enrol...Full story

PowerVision Appoints Douglas D. Koch, MD, to its Scientific ...

From PowerVision Inc. — 7/23/2014

PowerVision, Inc. announced that Douglas D. Koch, MD, the Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair of Ophthalmology, and Professor of Ophthalmology, at Baylor ...Full story

Animal Study of Cellular Stress in Degenerative Illnesses Fi...

From Medical News Today — 7/23/2014

In a new study led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists, a chemical compound designed to precisely target part of a crucial cellular quality-control ...Full story

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In Blow to Health Law, Appeals Court Limits Subsidies

From The New York Times — 7/22/2014

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government could not subsidize premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance...Full story

Oraya Therapeutics Announces Rapid Expansion in Europe as Mo...

From Oraya Therapeutics Inc. — 7/22/2014

Oraya Therapeutics Inc. announced that it is significantly expanding its presence in Europe, with Oraya Therapy being offered for the first time at a ...Full story

Valeant Complains To SEC About Allergan's War Of Words

From Forbes — 7/22/2014

In the most bitter corporate takeover battle of the year that has been going on for months, Allergan has called Valeant Pharmaceuticals business mode...Full story

Apoptotic Retinal Ganglion Cells Reduced in Diabetes by Inhi...

From Medical News Today — 7/22/2014

Activation of Nogo receptor (NgR) is an essential factor of nerve regeneration inhibition, neuronal atrophy and even apoptosis. Upregulation of NgR ex...Full story

Vision Loss Patients Benefit From Personalized Gene Therapy ...

From Medical News Today — 7/22/2014

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created a way to develop personalized gene therapies for patients with retinitis pigmentosa...Full story

Monday, July 21, 2014

Allergan Reports Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results

From Allergan — 7/21/2014

Allergan announced operating results for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. Allergan also announced that its board of directors has declared a second q...Full story

Rehab for Age-Related Loss of Vision Cuts Depression Risk in...

From Medical News Today — 7/21/2014

There is an associated risk of depression in people who experience loss of vision due to conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. New rese...Full story

New Quality Measures Proposed for Medicare ACO Program

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 7/21/2014

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will face a new set of quality measures in 2015 u...Full story

Allergan to Cut About 1,500 Jobs in Restructuring

From Bloomberg — 7/21/2014

Allergan Inc. will cut 1,500 jobs and eliminate another 250 vacant positions as it tries to fend off a hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals I...Full story

Roche CEO Plans to Steer Clear of Big Acquisitions

From Fidelity — 7/21/2014

Roche plans to steer clear of the wave of big takeovers sweeping through the healthcare industry and focus instead on small acquisitions and partnersh...Full story

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simple Eye Tests to Detect Alzheimer's Disease in the Works

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 7/18/2014

Two novel, noninvasive, and relatively simple eye tests show promise as potential screening tools for early Alzheimer's disease (AD). Preliminary resu...Full story

AbbVie Is Biggest to Quit U.S. Address in $55 Billion Shire ...

From Bloomberg — 7/18/2014

AbbVie Inc. agreed to buy Shire Plc for 32 billion pounds ($54.8 billion), becoming the largest U.S. company to ever take a foreign address to lower i...Full story

Ellex Reveals Programs for ESCRS Meeting in London

From Haag-Streit UK — 7/18/2014

Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK) has announced Ellexs program at this years European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) congress. The ESCRS wil...Full story

Regeneration of Retinal Ganglion Cell Axons and Gene Therapy

From Medical News Today — 7/18/2014

Because the adult mammalian central nervous system has only limited intrinsic capacity to regenerate connections after injury, due to factors both int...Full story

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TruInject Injector Training System Announces Approval of Its...

From TruInject Medical Corp. — 7/17/2014

TruInject Medical Corp. has announced that one of its key patent applications has been allowed by the U.S. Patent Office and is expected to issue shor...Full story

Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform Receives 510(k) Clearance ...

From Bausch + Lomb — 7/17/2014

Valeant announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bausch + Lomb, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the Victus Femtosecond Laser Platfor...Full story

NanoVision Group and OVI Lens Enter Into Advanced Technology...

From NanoVision Group — 7/17/2014

NanoVision Group and OVI Lens, Italy, have reached an agreement for the manufacturing and distributing of ophthalmic products, and for a collaboration...Full story

Nicox Gains Expanded North American Rights for Sjo From Immc...

From Nicox S.A. — 7/17/2014

Nicox S.A. announced that it has acquired the extension of the rights to market Sjo, a diagnostic panel for early detection of Sjogrens syndrome, to a...Full story

Ackman Urges Allergan to Enter Takeover Negotiations with Va...

From FirstWord — 7/17/2014

In a letter to Allergan's board released Wednesday, Pershing Square Capital Management CEO William Ackman criticized directors for their "scorched-ear...Full story

Survival and Regeneration of Retinal Cells After Injury Prom...

From Medical News Today — 7/17/2014

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. Wendy Leadbeater and Ben Mead have discovered that stem cells isolated fr...Full story

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