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Nanoscope Therapeutics Announces FDA Clearance of IND for MCO-010 Gene Therapy in Stargardt Macular Degeneration Patients

“Presently all existing trials attempt to slow down the progression of vision loss in patients with Stargardt disease, Optogenetic approach is to restore vision. This can be a groundbreaking attempt to evaluate optogenetic gene therapy to improve vision in Stargardt patients. I’m excited by the potential MCO-010 has to restore vision for many patients with sight loss caused by outer retinal dystrophies including dry age-related macular degeneration”, said David S. Boyer, M.D., Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group and adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology with Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

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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.

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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.