EyeGate wins F&S award

By Nick Taylor

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EyeGate Pharma has been received an award from Frost & Sullivan recognising its development of ocular drug delivery technology.

The 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award in Ocular Drug Delivery was granted to the company for its work in developing the EyeGate II delivery system.

Frost & Sullivan chose the winner on the basis of its recent analysis of the ocular drug delivery market, praising the company’s faith in the potential of iontophoresis technology.

EyeGate II uses a low-voltage electrical current to mobilise therapeutics to cross through the cells and tissues of the eye. This system overcomes the natural barriers possessed by the eye, allowing a drug to be delivered in greater concentrations to the targeted tissues in the anterior and posterior segments of the eye.

Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Misty Hughes, said: "To ensure consistency and accuracy in administered dosages, the EyeGate II is coulomb-controlled, meaning the device is designed to automatically regulate the delivery of each drug unit by maintaining a constant current in the iontophoretic circuit​.

"Additionally, the EyeGate generator can be programmed to deliver drugs at different rates and doses tailored to the specific patient's needs​."

In addition EyeGate’s potential to deliver controlled release nanoparticles is now being investigated, which creates the possibility that a single treatment could last months. This would be beneficial to patients suffering from glaucoma and dry eye.

The administration is needle-free and EyeGate believe it could reduce the occurrence of complications associated with ocular treatments, such as retinal damage, infection, and other serious visual disturbances.

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