Dr. Tauber has been a Principal Investigator in dozens of clinical research programs, including those that led to the approval of the only two medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of dry eye syndrome (DES)
HOD HASHARON, Israel, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
Wize Pharma, Inc. (OTCQB: WIZP) (OTCQB: WIZPD) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, today announced Dr. Joseph Tauber has joined the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Tauber is an internationally recognized authority in the field of ocular surface diseases, including DES and meibomitis management. He has been a Principal Investigator in dozens of clinical research programs, including those that led to the approval of the only two medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of DES – Restasis® and Xiidra®.
Avidly involved in research for almost three decades, Dr. Tauber has been a principal investigator in over 125 research studies of high-risk corneal transplantation, inflammation and allergic eye diseases, corneal infectious diseases and numerous studies related to DES. Dr. Tauber has written five book chapters and over 60 articles in ophthalmology medical journals. He has been awarded the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award and the National Eye Institute Individual NRSA Award. Dr. Tauber received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, his training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and in ophthalmology at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has served as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Kansas University School of Medicine and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Tauber is the Founder of Tauber Eye Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Tauber, one of the world’s leading experts in DES, to Wize’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Tauber will help guide our clinical development path for LO2A in the U.S. for the symptomatic treatment of DES in patients with conjunctivochalasis (CCH) and Sjögren’s syndrome. We believe Dr. Tauber’s deep expertise as a practicing surgeon and ophthalmologist, and as a Principal Investigator for DES clinical trials will be very valuable to Wize,” stated Wize’s Chairman, Ron Mayron.
“Wize’s LO2A has the potential to address an unmet need in the symptomatic treatment of DES specifically in people with CCH and Sjögren’s syndrome. The availability of LO2A in the U.S. can broaden patient and physician choice for the treatment of DES. I am pleased to join Wize’s Scientific Advisory Board and look forward to supporting LO2A’s clinical development path in the U.S. and other markets,” Dr. Tauber commented.
Wize Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company currently focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, including DES. Wize has in-licensed certain rights to purchase, market, sell and distribute a formula known as LO2A, a drug developed for the treatment of DES, and other ophthalmological illnesses, including CCH and Sjögren’s.
LO2A is currently registered and marketed by its inventor in Germany and Switzerland for the treatment of DES, in Hungary for the treatment of DES and CCH and in the Netherlands for the treatment of DES and Sjögren’s. Wize’s strategy involves engaging local or multinational distributors to handle the distribution of LO2A. Wize is currently conducting a Phase II trial of LO2A for DES in patients with CCH and plans to commence a Phase IV study for LO2A for DES in patients with Sjögren’s.
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