Nanoscope President to Present at Advancing Gene Therapy Summit March 30, 2022, in Boston, MA

Nanoscope President to Present at Advancing Gene Therapy Summit March 30, 2022, in Boston, MA

Dallas, TX (March 28, 2022) — Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing optogenetic gene therapies to treat retinal degenerative diseases, today announced that Co-founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer, Samarendra Mohanty, Ph.D., will make a presentation at the Advancing Gene Therapy 2022 Summit to be held March 28 – 30, 2022, at the Hilton Boston Woburn in Woburn, MA.

Dr. Mohanty’s presentation, titled “Pioneering New Wave for Optogenetic Therapeutics for Vision Restoration,” will be on Wednesday, March 30 (2:15 pm – 2:40 pm ET) and is part of the summit’s Session on Gene Therapy for Ocular Diseases.

Nanoscope is developing a proprietary Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) gene therapy platform to reprogram healthy retinal cells, making them photosensitive for restoring vision in people blinded by retinal degenerative diseases regardless of genetic mutations. MCO therapy involves a one-time intravitreal injection given in a medical office setting. The company’s lead asset, MCO-010, is in development for retinitis pigmentosa (RP).  Nanoscope also has follow-on programs in Stargardt and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry-AMD) and has received orphan drug designations from the FDA for RP and Stargardt.

A completed Phase 1/2a study of MCO-010 in 11 RP patients demonstrated that MCO therapy is safe and offers improved quality of life (significant functional vision improvement) in advanced RP patients. The company’s multicenter, randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial (NCT04945772), launched in June 2021, is fully enrolled with topline results expected in Q1 2023. Nanoscope has also received FDA IND clearance for Ph2 clinical trials of MCO-010 for Stargardt macular degeneration. The trials are expected to begin in H1-2022.

The Advancing Gene Therapy 2022 Summit is organized by the Biogate Scientific Center and features an international group of experts from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, academia, and government institutions. The Summithighlights the challenging field of gene therapeutic approaches, including advances in development and manufacturing as well as quality control methods and regulatory aspects.

About Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc.
Nanoscope Therapeutics is developing optogenetic therapies to restore sight in millions of blind individuals suffering from retinal degenerative diseases, for which no cure exists. The company’s pipeline includes optogenetics-based retinal gene therapies for patients with RP, Stargardt disease, and dry-AMD. For more information visit


Dan Eramian
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.