TearClear continues to make progress on the development of its first-in-class platform of preservative-free topical medications. With a successful Pre-IND meeting with the US FDA achieved in Nov. 2020, the TearClear team is now advancing the preparation of clinical trial material required for its proprietary latanoprost pivotal study in anticipation of an IND submission later this year. Today, TearClear also announces the appointment of Stuart Raetzman to interim CEO. Stuart is a TearClear Board Member and long-term Industry veteran with a proven track record of building successful pharmaceutical businesses. Raetzman commented, “TearClear thanks Robert Dempsey for his contributions and wishes him well. We are excited for the Company’s next chapter as we scale our platform and advance our innovative ophthalmic pharmaceutical portfolio. At TearClear, our goal is to disrupt the way current topical medications are delivered to the ocular surface.”
TearClear is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company that is transforming trusted drugs into best-in-class therapies. Our lead product candidates in glaucoma will pave the way for future indications across multiple programs in development. This versatile platform enables medication delivery to ultimately enhance patient safety and compliance by capturing preservatives before they reach the ocular surface. For more information, visit TearClear and connect with us on LinkedIn.
About Preservative Free
Preservatives, such as benzalkonium chloride (BAK), are necessary in ophthalmic solutions to maintain sterility. However, on the ocular surface, they have been reported to be associated with adverse effects like hyperemia, tear film instability and conjunctival inflammation potentially leading to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). By removing preservatives from the ocular surface, the potential for long term deleterious effects on the eye are reduced. TearClear offers the only means of delivering a preservative-free dose directly from preserved solutions.
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