2C Tech Corp. Inc.
Preserving retinal cells with injectable nanoparticles
This article was originally published in Start Up
2C Tech Corp. is developing a non-surgical, nanotechnology-based artificial retinal prostheses designed to overcome the limitations of current, implanted silicon chips and to operate at the cellular level over the entire retina to preserve sight. The start-up’s injectable SeeQ device converts ambient light to electrical energy. As photoreceptors are stimulated by the electrical charge, they release growth factors beneficial for retinal cell preservation.
You may also be interested in...
Worldwide rates of all diseases that cause blindness are expected to double by 2020 due to the aging population, making this an area ripe for medical device innovation. A multibillion-dollar market has been built around the surgical correction of "front of the eye" age-related vision disorders such as presbyopia, but the technological evolution in ophthalmology has now reached the back of the eye. Artificial retinal prostheses are an increasingly popular area of investigation. Start-ups hoping to enter this market face daunting R&D, clinical and regulatory hurdles, and will require significant resources. We profile three such companies in this issue: 2C Tech Corp., LambdaVision and Nano Retina.
Lilly announced it signed strategic international agreements with four diabetes companies to advance connected solutions and streamline care for people with diabetes in markets outside of the US.
Three firms launched initial public offerings during the first week of May, but Gyroscope postponed its IPO while Jasper, Science 37 and Roivant took the special purpose acquisition corporation route.