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Sirion Therapeutics Partners With Advanced Vision Research (TheraTears(R)) to Promote Products for Retinal and Meibomian Gland Health
Date:2/16/2009

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirion Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held ophthalmic-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Advanced Vision Research, Inc. (AVR) of Woburn, MA, to co-promote, within the U.S., AVR's new MacuTrition(R) oral retinal nutritional supplement and its recently launched NutriDox Convenience Kit for meibomian gland therapy.

AVR is a privately held ophthalmic specialty company and manufacturer of the popular over-the-counter TheraTears(R) dry-eye product line. The Sirion sales force will promote MacuTrition and the NutriDox Convenience Kit and provide sampling for the TheraTears line.

"The partnership with Advanced Vision Research continues and expands our mission to offer diversified products that will make a real difference to ophthalmologists and their patients," said Barry Butler, President and CEO of Sirion. "MacuTrition, the NutriDox Convenience Kit and the TheraTears product line dovetail strongly with our own products in development for dry AMD, dry eye and other ocular conditions."

"Sirion and Advanced Vision Research share a joint focus on healthy eyes for patients through clinical research and innovation in ocular disease," commented Jeffrey P. Gilbard, M.D., AVR founder, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gilbard is Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease Clinic at the New England Eye Center in Boston. "Sirion's resources and specialized sales force will be instrumental in helping AVR promote retinal and meibomian gland health and provide relief for dry-eye patients."

MacuTrition is the first major oral nutritional supplement that addresses oxidation, inflammation and neovascularization, three very important processes that threaten long-term eye and general health, and play a key role in t
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