Non-Invasive Drug Delivery to Treat Posterior Uveitis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$133,202.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EY014772-01A2
Agency Tracking Number:
EY014772
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACIONT, INC.
ACIONT, INC., 350 WEST 800 NORTH, STE 250, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 84103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DAVID MILLER
(801) 359-3461
DMILLER@ACIONT.COM
Business Contact:
JOHN HIGUCHI
(801) 359-3461
JWH@ACIONT.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Intermediate and posterior uveitis cause 10% of blindness in the U.S. The mainstay of therapy is to eradicate the infectious cause and to quell the inflammation with corticosteroids or immunosuppressants. Delivery of anti-inflammatory drugs to the posterior portion of the globe in therapeutic concentrations has proven difficult. There are four methods of delivering compounds to the posterior chamber: intravitreal injection, oral administration with subsequent distribution into the eye through optic blood flow, peribulbar injection, and passive diffusion through the sclera following topical application. Each method has its well-known drawbacks. This proposal will study non-invasive drug delivery to the posterior portion of the rabbit's eye. Specific aims include studying the passive permeability of a corticosteroid and mechanisms to enhance non-invasive transscleral delivery to the posterior retina. Included in these mechanisms are means to decrease conjunctival and choroidal pre-retinal clearance. Lastly, once we have determined the formulation and conditions that maximize corticosteroid delivery, we will study in vivo effectiveness of our technique in the treatment of endotoxin-induced uveitis in the rabbit model.

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