Nano Retina, developer of the NR600, an artificial retina device that mimics the natural physiological processes of the human eye and restores functional vision to persons blinded by retinal degenerative diseases, reported preliminary results for first-in-human implantations of its artificial retina device.
As part of a European multicenter clinical trial enrolling up to 20 patients for the purpose of obtaining CE approval of the NR600, the first two patients, blinded by retinitis pigmentosa, have undergone the minimally invasive procedure to implant the device. The procedures were both performed in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University Hospital Leuven, Belgium, by Professor Peter Stalmans, one of Europe’s leading retina specialists.
Following activation of the device, both patients reported visual effects, which Nano Retina expects to optimize over the coming months. In regards to the second patient to receive the device, Professor Stalmans stated: “The device was activated for the first time, and the result was amazing. This patient has been completely in the dark for 5 years now, and she immediately reported seeing an image in the center of her visual field when the device was activated, and could show with her hands the size of the image that she saw. I am very impressed by this experience. I have been working for more than 20 years as an ophthalmologist, but this is the first time I witnessed a completely blind patient being given back a visual perception.”
“We are thrilled by the results being reported today,” Yaakov Milstain, CEO of Nano Retina, said in a company news release. “Nano Retina’s NR600 artificial retina device, which I believe is one of the world’s most innovative and advanced medical devices, is the product of an international effort by a talented team of scientists over the course of a decade. We look forward to restoring vision to hundreds of thousands of persons blinded by retinal disease.”
Ilan Neugarten, Chairman of Nano Retina’s Board of Directors and Executive Chairman of Rainbow Medical, stated: “We are extremely pleased by this remarkable achievement of Nano Retina, and we are looking forward to completion of the clinical trial and marketing of this breakthrough technology.”