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ThromboGenics Presents Results of the Vitreomacular Traction Trial (MIVI IIT) at the American Society of Retina Specialists Annual Meeting
Date:12/4/2007

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About Vitreomacular Traction

Numerous conditions are associated with vitreomacular traction which may lead to decreased vision and/or complications. These include macular hole, macular edema (ME) associated with vitreomacular traction, and vitreomacular traction syndrome (VTMS). The only available treatment for these conditions is surgical vitrectomy, in order to induce a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and thereby alleviate the vitreomacular traction. Therefore, a pharmacological agent that could relieve vitreomacular traction nonsurgically would be a dramatic advance for the treatment of these conditions, preventing the need for surgery and its associated cost, inconvenience and risk of complications. Macular hole prevalence is approximately 0.14% of general population, leading to estimates of approximately 400,000 cases in the US and of up to 1 million in the industrialized world.

Other potential nonsurgical applications for microplasmin include treatment of macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults while diabetic macular edema (DME) is the leading cause of decreased vision in patients with diabetic retinopathy. Around 750,000 patients suffer from DME in the United States alone.

About ThromboGenics

ThromboGenics is a biotechnology company focused on discovery and development of biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of a range of vascular and eye diseases. The Company has several programs in Phase II clinical development including microplasmin, which is being evaluated as a treatment for vitreoretinal disorders and as a thrombolytic agent for vascular occlusive diseases, including acute stroke. ThromboGenics is also developing novel antibody therapeutics in collaboration with BioInvent International; these include TB-402 (Anti-Factor VIII), scheduled to enter Phase II clinical development in 2008, and TB-403 (Anti-PlGF), which is expected to
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