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Sirion Therapeutics Supports Ophthalmic Education

- Company Provides Unrestricted Educational Grants to Support the 25th

Biennial Cornea Research Conference and the Inaugural DIRECT Dry AMD

Meeting -

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirion Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held ophthalmic-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced its support of the advancement of ocular innovation through its contributions of unrestricted educational grants to two upcoming ophthalmology conferences.

The first conference is Harvard University's Schepens Eye Research Institute's 25th Biennial Cornea Research Conference, taking place October 12 and 13, 2007 in Boston, MA. Schepens is the largest independent eye research institute in the nation, and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For additional information on this meeting, please visit their website at

The second contribution will benefit the Duke University School of Medicine's Inaugural DIRECT Dry AMD Meeting, taking place October 25-27, 2007 in Durham, NC. This conference will update attendees with the latest information on Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). For additional information on this meeting, please visit their website at

"Both of these conferences play a vital role in the awareness and advancement of research in ophthalmology," said Barry Butler, Sirion's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We appreciate the opportunity to support these institutions in advancing the treatment of ophthalmic disease."

About Sirion Therapeutics, Inc.

Sirion Therapeutics is a privately held biopharmaceutical company pursuing the discovery, development and commercialization of products addressing unmet medical needs in the protection and preservation of eyesight. Sirion's pipeline includes four late-stage opportunities: ganciclovir, a topical antiviral for herpetic keratitis which is awaiting an NDA filing in early 2008; difluprednate, a potent topical steroid in Phase III development for post-operative inflammation and uveitis; cyclosporine, a topical immunomodulator in Phase III testing for dry eye and fenretinide, a first-in-class oral vitamin A binding protein antagonist in Phase II development for geographic atrophy associated with dry AMD. For more information regarding Sirion, please visit Sirion's website at

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