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USC and second sight announce European clinical trial for Argus II retinal implant
Date:2/15/2008

Boston, MA, February 15, 2008 USC and Second Sight Medical Products Inc, leading developers of retinal prostheses for treating blindness, announced today that they have completed enrollment of the first phase of a U.S .FDA approved clinical study of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. They also announced that enrollment at key European sites is underway as studies continue in Mexico.

We are pleased that Second Sight, along with our fantastic clinical partners, was able to fully enroll the US trial in a timely manner, said Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Second Sight, and a leader in the field of retinal prostheses for more than 15 years.

Although it is too early to comment on the clinical data, each device continues to function as expected, and all participants are using their systems at home daily.

The Argus II is the second generation of an electronic retinal implant designed for the treatment of blindness due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a group of inherited eye diseases that affect the retina. The Argus II implant consists of an array of 60 electrodes that are attached to the retina. These electrodes conduct information acquired from an external camera to the retina to provide a rudimentary form of sight to implanted subjects.

The development of this technology was largely supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energys Office of Science (DOE) Artificial Retina Project, which is helping to advance the implants design and construction. The unique resources and expertise at DOE national laboratoriesparticularly in engineering, microfabrication, material science, and microelectronic technologiesare enabling the development of much smaller, higher resolution devices.

Ten subjects were recruited for the Phase I trial at four leading ophthalmic centers throughout the US, including the Doheny Eye Institute at the Univer
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Contact: Jon Weiner
jon.weiner@usc.edu
323-442-2830
University of Southern California
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