BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2016--
Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company
focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies
for diseases and conditions of the eye, today announced the appointment
of Jonathan H. Talamo, M.D. to the position of Chief Medical Officer. In
this role, Dr. Talamo will help advance Ocular’s development pipeline,
including lead therapeutic candidate, DEXTENZATM.
“Jonathan brings a wealth of expertise to Ocular during an exciting time
in our Company’s growth, and we are excited to welcome him to the team,”
said Dr. Amar Sawhney, Ph.D., President, Chief Executive Officer and
Chairman of Ocular. “Since the acceptance by the FDA of our NDA
submission of DEXTENZA for the treatment of post-surgical ocular pain in
the fourth quarter of 2015, we have been preparing for its potential
commercialization, as well as advancing the DEXTENZA platform in
allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye and OTX-TP for glaucoma. Jonathan is
an internationally-known and well regarded ophthalmologist whose
experience as a practicing ophthalmic surgeon, coupled with his
scientific advisory roles for numerous prominent ophthalmology
companies, will be valuable as we continue to advance through the
clinical and regulatory process.”
Dr. Talamo joins Ocular with more than 25 years of industry experience
as an ophthalmologist, innovator and industry consultant. Dr. Talamo has
advised many early to late stage ophthalmology companies such as
Alcon/Novartis, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Shire, as well as Ocular, in
the areas of product R&D, clinical trial design, regulatory issues,
business development strategy, fund raising and marketing. He was an
investigator for many of the early clinical trials that led to FDA
approval of lasers for vision correction with PRK and LASIK as well as
image guided lasers for refractive cataract surgery. Dr. Talamo
currently serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard
Medical School and as Director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Infirmary (MEEI) Waltham, a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. Dr.
Talamo is also Chairman of the Program Committee and on the Executive
Board of the New England Ophthalmological Society. He was a recipient of
Honor and Senior Achievement awards from the American Academy of
Ophthalmology for his clinical research and teaching expertise. Dr.
Talamo received his M.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University School
of Medicine and completed an ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer
Ophthalmological Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Talamo
completed a clinical fellowship in cornea and external disease at
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
“I believe Ocular has tremendous potential and am thrilled to be joining
at a time when the pipeline consists of several mid and late-stage
clinical programs,” said Dr. Talamo. “I look forward to helping to
advance its proprietary hydrogel technology for patients who can benefit
from sustained-release therapies."
About Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCUL) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary hydrogel platform technology. Ocular Therapeutix's lead product candidate, DEXTENZA™, is in Phase 3 clinical development for post-surgical ocular inflammation and pain and allergic conjunctivitis, and in Phase 2 clinical development for inflammatory dry eye disease. An NDA for the post-operative ocular pain indication has been accepted by the FDA with a PDUFA date of July 24, 2016. A third Phase 3 clinical trial is being conducted for post-operative ocular inflammation and pain. For glaucoma and ocular hypertension, OTX-TP (sustained release travoprost) intracanalicular depot, has completed a Phase 2b clinical trial. Ocular Therapeutix is also evaluating sustained-release injectable anti-VEGF drug depots for back-of-the-eye diseases. Ocular Therapeutix's first product, ReSure® Sealant, is FDA-approved to seal corneal incisions following cataract surgery.
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commercializing ReSure® Sealant, the initiation and conduct of clinical
trials, availability of data from clinical trials and expectations for
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and general development progress, the availability or commercial
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