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NEI Awards a Two-Year $2.18 Million SBIR Grant to Aciont
Date:12/10/2009

The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded a $2.18 million grant to Aciont Inc. to help fund its development of a non-invasive, passive diffusion-based treatment for severe, non-infectious uveitis.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) December 10, 2009 -- The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded a $2.18 million grant to Aciont Inc. to help fund its development of a non-invasive, passive diffusion-based treatment for severe, non-infectious uveitis. Aciont’s Visulex® treatment entails a proprietary combination of a topical formulation and a scleral lens-shaped eye application device that administers drug to eye within 5-10 minutes. Aciont completed work under the proof of concept phase of the grant with the support of research faculty at the University of Utah’s departments of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry and the John A. Moran Eye Center.

The PI of the project is William I. Higuchi, Aciont’s founder and chief scientific officer. Important Moran Center advisors to the project are Nick Mamalis—a world renowned expert on intraocular lenses, postoperative inflammation and ocular pathology; and Albert T. Vitale—a vitreoretinal surgeon and world renowned authority in the diagnosis and treatment of uveitis and related ocular inflammation diseases.

“I think that this product has promise for the treatment of anterior, posterior and panuveitis patients,” said Dr. Vitale. Uveitis refers to inflammation of the middle layer of the eye wall called the uvea. However, the term uveitis often refers to inflammation of any of the internal parts of the eye and it can affect the anterior, middle area and posterior sections of the eye globe. Uveitis is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. Some estimate the number of
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