Clinical Trials of Using Subretinal Implants to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa Set to Begin in United States

March 18, 2011

Retina Implant AG, a developer of subretinal implants for the visually impaired, yesterday announced that they will partner with the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia to conduct clinical trials in the United States using Retina Implant’s subretinal implant technology to treat patients in North America suffering from retinitis pigmentosa.

Retina Implant’s subretinal implant technology has been in clinical trials for more than six years in Germany and plans to expand its second human clinical trial into the U.K. this summer. The results of Retina Implant’s first human clinical trial were published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B last November. The results showed placement of the implant below the retina, in the macular region, provided optimum visual results allowing patients to recognize foreign objects and to read letters to form words.

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5 Responses to “Clinical Trials of Using Subretinal Implants to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa Set to Begin in United States”

  • Jennifer Becknell

    my 16 year old was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa yesterday. Im trying to find out what is available that will allow her to keep her vision. She currently wear a cochlear Implant to hear so I know there has to be a device that will allow her to see. thanks

  • ari

    you will have to get in touch directly with the company or a world-class eye hospital–i have no further information. sorry

  • april beck

    I am a 31 year old single mom of 3 and I have rp, I would like to know of any hope to restore my sight. Life is very challenging and would love to see again.

  • Jeremy Elledge

    I am a 33 year old male with RP. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and continue to work in this field. As my vision has deterioted I am seeking someone that can help by including me in a test program or providing a procedure that can help me. Please let me know if you have anything available.
    Thank you.

  • i am 22 year old student in South Africa and have researched retinitis pigmentosa and stumbled onto this site and I was Wondering if its at all possible for this trial to make it available to me as i have retinitis pigmentosa and would like to part take in this trial