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: 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

Vice Chair: Rakhi Jain, PhD
1701 Rogers Road
Apt. 530
Fort Worth, TX 76107
t: (714) 585-4212
e: rakhijain29@hotmail.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Marcia Orozco, MS
Alcon Laboratories
3609 Norfolk Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76109
t: (954) 235-5847
e: marcia.orozco@gmail.com

Program Chair: Andy Doraiswamy, PhD
VP Operations & Quality
Oculeve Inc.
395 Oyster Pt. Ste 501
South San Francisco, CA 94080
t: (404) 579-7682
e: andyswamy@gmail.com

 

Web Contact: TBD

 

Student Contact: Maryam Ali, PhD
506 W. 37th St, Apt 303
Austin, TX 78705
t: (626) 354-0545
e: ali.maryam@gmail.com

Industry Representative: TBD
 

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Andy Doraiswamy, PhD
VP Operations & Quality
Oculeve Inc.
395 Oyster Pt. Ste 501
South San Francisco, CA 94080
t: (404) 579-7682
e: andyswamy@gmail.com

Past Chair: Rakhi Jain, PhD
PowerVision, Inc.
298 Harbor Boulevard
Belmont, CA 94002
t: 650-620-9948 ext 223
f: 650-620-4607
e: rjain@powervisionlens.com

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