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Nanoscope Therapeutics Announces FDA Approval of IND for Phase 2b clinical trial of Optogenetic Gene Monotherapy to Restore Vision in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa

“Our gene therapies reprogram retinal cells and make them photosensitive to restore vision. MCO delivery with proprietary viral vector has allowed MCO-transduction in patients’ retina, confirmed by sustained fluorescence reporter expression,” explained Samarendra Mohanty, PhD, Nanoscope’s President and Chief Scientific Officer.

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Nanoscope Therapeutics is advancing gene therapy using ambient light-sensitive molecules, bringing hope for renewed sight to millions of people blinded by retinal degenerative diseases for which no cure exists.

Nanoscope is focused on proprietary ambient light-activated optogenetic therapy to restore vision in people suffering from various inherited retinal degenerative diseases including Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt, and dry AMD.

Genetic retinal degenerative diseases cause vision loss as cells of the retina gradually become dysfunctional. Nanoscope’s proprietary gene therapies correct the condition by delivering light-sensitive molecules, called Multi-Characteristic Opsins (MCO), into retinal cells.

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Our lead gene therapy product in clinical trials for retinitis pigmentosa will be the first therapy to correct the condition and is applicable for patients with complete or partial degeneration of the retina.

Our gene therapy pipeline promises the hope of cures for vision disorders.

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  • Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, PhD |  Co-Founder & President

    Samarendra Mohanty (Co-Founder/President) is an inventor & serial entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Biomedical Sciences. He is Co-Founder of several Biotechs and Biomedical device /diagnostic companies (developed & commercialized $100K+ biomedical instruments.)

    Samar obtained M.Tech in Applied Optics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and a PhD in (Bio)Physics from the Indian Institute of Sciences-Bangalore.

    His extensive Biomedical Technologies experience includes serving as Professor/Senior Scientist at the University of Texas;  University of California, Irvine; Center for Adv. Tech (India); Int. Mol. Biotech (Germany); Univ. Pavia (Italy); NUS (Singapore); and University of St. Andrews (UK). He has authored over 200 international patents and publications in leading journals including Nature and Nature Photonics.

    He is the Principal Investigator for major grants from National Eye Institute including Audacious Goal Initiative and Bioengineering Research grants. He serves on the editorial board of journals and chairs international conference on optogenetics. He is winner of 2019 Healthcare Heroes award (Fort Worth Business Press), Retinal Organoid Challenge Award, Audacious Goal Initiative Award (NIH), Finalist of Tech Titan, and NIH-Director’s Innovator Award.