Ophthalmic Biomaterials

The Ophthalmology Special Interest Group focuses on both the development and biocompatibility testing of materials for the augmentation and replacement of diseased ocular tissues and the development and testing of drug delivery systems to the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Some specific areas of interest include but are not limited to: wetting of surfaces; surface modification and protein adsorption of polymers used for refractive devices; transport through polymers, drug delivery systems and technologies; vitreous replacement fluids; retinal tamponades, and glaucoma drainage devices for the regulation of intraocular pressure.

SIG Misson Statement

The Ophthalmic Biomaterials (OPH) Special Interest Group is an integral part of the Society for Biomaterials. Our goal is to bridge the gap between "research" and "development" of applied biomaterials in ophthalmology.

Scope

The OPH SIG offers a unique platform for interaction between academic research and corporate development. Bridge of the research between academia and industry development and biocompatibility testing of materials for the augmentation and replacement of diseased ocular tissues. Development and testing of drug delivery systems to the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Areas of Interest include:

  • Development of new polymers and new medical devices for treating eye diseases
  • Surface modification and characterization of medical devices
  • Biocompatibility of devices
  • Drug delivery systems and technologies

Officers

Chair: Morgan Fedorchak, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
203 Lothrop St.
1026 EEI
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
t: (412) 246-6029
e: fedorchak@pitt.edu

Vice Chair: Heather Sheardown, PhD
Professor
McMaster University
Dept of Chemical Engineering
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7
Canada
t: (905) 525-9140 x24794
e: sheardow@mcmaster.ca

Secretary/Treasurer: Laura Wells, PhD
Queen's University
Department of Chemical Engineering
19 Division St., Room 201
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Canada
t: (613) 533-6000 x75836
e: laura.wells@queensu.ca

Program Chair: Rachelle Palchesko (Simko), PhD
Special Faculty
CMU
5000 Forbes Avenue
4N300A Scott Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
t: (724) 840-1388
e: rachelle@andrew.cmu.edu

Web Contact: Jordan Langston, Ph.D Student
406 E Elm St
Apt 7
Urbana, IL 61802
t: (610) 850-1540
e: jlangst2@illinois.edu

Student Contact: Jordan Langston, Ph.D Student
406 E Elm St
Apt 7
Urbana, IL 61802
t: (610) 850-1540
e: jlangst2@illinois.edu

Industry Representative: Gary Yewey, PhD
Sr. Director of Research
EyeGate Pharma
271 Waverley Oaks Road
Suite 108
Waltham, MA 02452
t: (904) 200-2135
e: gyewey@eyegatepharma.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Frances Lasowski
McMaster University
1280 Main St West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7
Canada
t: (905) 978-9262
e: lasowsfj@mcmaster.ca

Past Chair: Yasushi Kato, PhD
Vice President
InnFocus, Inc.
12415 SW 136 Ave Unit 3
Miami, FL 33186
t: (305) 378-2651 x331
e: ypkato@innovia-llc.com

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