Annual Awards Program Recognizes Innovation in Global Life Sciences and Biotechnology
SEATTLE, CAMBRIDGE and TOKYO – November 8, 2023 – Aurion Biotech, whose mission is to restore vision to millions of patients with life-changing regenerative therapies, today announced it has been selected as “Regenerative Therapeutics Company of the Year” in the third annual BioTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by BioTech Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that evaluates and recognizes standout life sciences and biotechnology companies, products and services around the globe.
Aurion Biotech is a clinical stage company that is developing a novel cell therapy to treat patients with corneal endothelial disease, which affects more than 16 million people throughout the world. Its cell therapy procedure is accessible for ophthalmologists, involving a single administration into the anterior chamber of the patient’s eye.
The company’s proprietary manufacturing process enables it to reproduce fully differentiated corneal endothelial cells in vitro. Healthy cells from a single donor can be used to manufacture cells for more than 100 treatments. Additionally, this off-the-shelf, ready-to-use cell therapy does not require immune matching.
Leveraging the pioneering inventions of Professor Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, of Kyoto Prefecture University of Medicine, Aurion Biotech has acquired the technology for further development. Earlier this year, the company received regulatory approval in Japan. In completed trials to date, 130 subjects have been treated in multiple studies involving multiple surgeons and diverse patient populations. Subjects have experienced consistent, clinically meaningful and sustained improvements in key measures of corneal health. The company launched its U.S. Phase 1/2 trial (NCT06041256) this year.
“We are honored to be named BioTech Breakthroughs’ ‘Regenerative Therapeutics Company of the Year,’” said Greg Kunst, Aurion Biotech’s CEO. “Receiving this recognition is another step in our effort to help millions of patients in need around the world.”
The mission of the annual BioTech Breakthrough Awards program is to conduct the industry’s most comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the top companies, solutions and products in the life sciences and biotechnology industry today. This year’s program attracted more than 1,500 nominations from over 12 different countries throughout the world.
“Aurion Biotech’s cell therapy has the potential to help restore vision to millions of underserved patients around the world suffering from corneal endothelial disease, a serious, sight-threatening and debilitating condition,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of BioTech Breakthrough Awards. “The current standard of care, corneal transplantation, is a complex surgical procedure which is difficult to perform and, currently, there’s a severe worldwide shortage of donor corneas. Aurion Biotech is advancing a game-changing single-dose cell therapy for this condition.”
About Aurion Biotech
With offices in Seattle, Cambridge and Tokyo, Aurion Biotech is a clinical-stage biotech company, whose mission is to restore vision to millions of patients with life-changing regenerative therapies. Aurion Biotech is the recipient of the prestigious Prix Galien award for best start-up in biotech. The Company’s first candidate is for the treatment of corneal edema secondary to corneal endothelial disease, and is the first off-the-shelf, clinically validated cell therapy for corneal care, having received regulatory approval in Japan. The Company has initiated clinical trials in the U.S. in 2023. Privately held, Aurion Biotech is backed by leading investors that include Deerfield, Alcon, Petrichor, Flying L Partners, Falcon Vision / KKR, and Visionary Ventures. To learn more about Aurion Biotech, visit www.aurionbiotech.com
About BioTech Breakthrough
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