Nanoscope President to Present at Eyecelerator During American Academy of Ophthalmology 2021 Annual Meeting, Nov. 11, in New Orleans, LA

Nanoscope President to Present at Eyecelerator During American Academy of Ophthalmology 2021 Annual Meeting, Nov. 11, in New Orleans, LA

BEDFORD, Texas, Nov. 9, 2021 — Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing optogenetic gene therapies for treatment of retinal degenerative diseases, today announced that Co-founder and President Samarendra Mohanty, Ph.D., will make a presentation at the Eyecelerator on November 11, 2021, as part of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in New Orleans, LA. AAO is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.

Dr. Mohanty will discuss Nanoscope’s proprietary Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) gene therapy platform for restoring vision in patients blinded by retinal degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), regardless of genetic mutations. MCO has a unique mechanism of action and characteristics of being fast, broadband, and ambient-light sensitive allowing vision restoration in different natural or recreational light surroundings.

“We think the key to addressing retinal degenerative diseases is to bring forth therapies that restore meaningful vision in everyday conditions”, said Sulagna Bhattacharya, CEO of Nanoscope.

Nanoscope’s lead product, MCO-010, is in a Phase 2b multicenter, randomized, double-masked, sham controlled clinical trial in the U.S. for treatment of RP (NCT04945772). Results are expected in Q4 2022. In a Phase 1/2a open label trial of MCO-010, all 11 RP patients experienced restoration of vision to a level sufficient to resume activities of daily living.

Nanoscope is also developing MCO for Stargardt disease and geographic atrophy. MCO gene therapy has received orphan drug designations from the FDA for RP and Stargardt disease.

Dr. Mohanty’s presentation will be part of the Eyecelerator’s Retina Spotlight session on “Geographic Atrophy and Optogenetic Treatment Advances on the Horizon” from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

About Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc.

Nanoscope Therapeutics is developing optogenetic therapies for giving sight to the millions of blind individuals suffering from retinal degenerative diseases, for which no cure exists. The company’s pipeline includes optogenetics based retinal regeneration therapy for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, and other IRDs as well as macular degenerations. Nanoscope is also advancing a proprietary non-viral laser gene delivery platform for targeted MCO therapy of geographic atrophies. For more information visit:

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Opus Biotech Communications

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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 the National Eye Institute including Audacious Goal Initiative and Bioengineering Research grants. He serves on the editorial board of journals and chairs an international conference on optogenetics. He is the winner of a 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.