Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

BioLight Announces Collaboration With Ora, Inc. for TeaRx Multi-Parameter Diagnostic Test for Dry Eye Syndrome


Israel’s BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd., a firm that invests in, manages and commercializes biomedical innovations in ophthalmology and cancer diagnostics, has expanded its relationship with Ora, Inc., a worldwide independent, full-service ophthalmic contract research organization and product development firm, via the signing of a Collaboration Agreement pursuant to which the companies will work together to advance the clinical, regulatory and commercial development of BioLight’s TeaRx multi-parameter diagnostic test for dry eye syndrome (“DES”).

While financial terms were not disclosed, BioLight advised that, in accordance with the Agreement, it and Ora will jointly fund the clinical study and other activities required to obtain US 510K regulatory approval for the TeaRx™ multi-parameter diagnostic test for DES. BioLight also granted Ora the right to incorporate the TeaRx test in other clinical trials sponsored by third parties and performed by Ora.

“We are proud to be working with a world-leading organization like Ora and are confident that, with their support, we will be able to maximize the TearRX opportunity. This collaboration represents a vote of confidence in our TeaRx multi-parameter diagnostic test as a novel solution for pharmaceutical companies that will successfully enable and lead to the development of new therapies to treat the DES, as well as additional companion diagnostic tools, ” commented BioLight’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzana Nahum Zilberberg.

“While there have been a number of advances in our understanding of DES over the past few decades, there is no question that significant unmet medical need remains, ” said Ora’s Vice President, Dry Eye, George Ousler.

“TeaRx is a simple, accurate and objective test that can not only help identify those suffering from DES, but also the underlying causes of their disease. As such, we believe it has great potential in both the companion diagnostics and research tool markets.”

DES is a common disorder of the ocular surface in which the eye produces insufficient tears or tears with abnormal composition. In its mild to moderate forms, DES causes pain and discomfort, and can impact vision quality and the ability to go about daily activities. In its more severe forms, DES can lead to the permanent loss of vision. DES affects approximately 40 million people in the U.S. and 100 million people worldwide.

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