"Identifying an increased risk of developing wet AMD in the elderly population should help retinal specialists tailor the management of individual patients via the design and implementation of personalized regimens. This could potentially lead to improved detection of wet AMD at an earlier stage, before much vision loss has occurred," said Dr. Ronald Lindsay, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Sequenom.
Sequenom CMM plans to exhibit at the 2011 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting May 1-5. Sequenom CMM will also present its results of the analytical validation of the LDT performed using both blood and buccal swabs. In February 2010, Sequenom CMM entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Optherion, Inc. to develop and commercialize tests to predict genetic predisposition to late stage AMD.
Other contributing principal investigators included Karen Gehrs, M.D., Center for Retina and Macular Disease, Winter Haven, FL; Margaret M. DeAngelis, Ph.D., John A. Moran Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah; Robyn H. Guymer, M.D., Ph.D., and Paul N. Baird, Ph.D., Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, Australia; and Rando Allikmets, Ph.D., Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York City.
AMD is an insidious progressive eye disorder that starts with relatively harmless tiny yellow deposits on the retina (the light sensitive tissue in the eye) and increases in prevalence and severity with age. Neovascular or 'wet AMD', develops in 10 to 20% of all cases, causes profound loss of central vision and is the leading source of legal blindness in people over age 50 in the developed w
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