This SBIR Phase II project seeks to continue development of a low-cost home visio

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44EY020016-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44EY020016
Amount: $987,687.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NEI
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
2725 North Spring Drive, Richardson, TX, 75082-
DUNS: 782794213
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (214) 929-2931
Business Contact
Phone: (214) 929-2931
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In the past decade, a number of new and effective therapies have been developed for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy (DR). Such therapies are only effective if administered prior to irreversible retinal damagewhich can occur if diabetics who are at high risk for developing the more advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy fail to get even the annual eye exams recommended by AAO, ADA and AMA.. Vital Art and Science Incorporated (VAS) was founded by a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and business people to specifically address this problem by creating a low cost and easy to use diagnostic tool which enables the patient to conveniently monitor their own DR progression at home and seek medical intervention atthe earliest signs of visual loss. The VAS goals are to clinically validate and then commercialize a sub- 100 home vision function monitor that healthcare providers could prescribe to their diabetic patients for much more frequent screening to help detectcritical changes in the retina so they can be examined and treated at the earliest possible time to maximize the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention and minimize preventable loss of vision. This project is a continuation of our Phase I where a firstgeneration vision function test was developed and successfully tested in a 40 DR/DME patient, 6 month Study verifying that patients could and would effectively use our home vision monitor. This Phase II project is to enable VAS to further enhance the product based upon our Phase I Study feedback, perform a second usability test at the Cleveland Eye Clinic, and collaborate with a major pharmaceutical company to validate clinical sensitivity and specificity in an 80 DR/DME patient, 12 month Study. Successfulcompletion of this Phase II project will directly lead to commercialization of the product for use in ophthalmic drug trials enabling pharmaceutical companies to collect significantly more data on new retinal compounds at a much lower cost than is currently possible. Such close collaboration with pharmaceutical companies is a crucial next step in the realization of our objective to provide a validated home based diagnostic for physicians to prescribe to their diabetic patients for monitoring and early detection of significant vision changes to maximize the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention and minimize preventable loss of vision. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Over 5 million people in the US today suffer from diabetic retinopathy. A large numberof these patients are at high risk for vision loss, even though effective treatments exist, because they fail to receive timely eye exams, and subsequently, do not get medical treatment when it is most effective. This SBIR project seeks to develop a low-cost home vision function monitor which allows physicians to more frequently monitor their diabetic patients by enabling patients to perform their own vision test at home to identify significant vision changes and to get treatment when it can be most effective to prevent vision loss.

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