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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Zoion Pharma of Durham has formed a collaboration with the French veterinary company Ceva Santé Animale to develop a treatment for eye diseases in companion animals.
The companies did not disclose financial terms of the collaboration which gives Ceva worldwide development and commercial rights to Zoion’s drug candidate ZP-1, which Zoion has been targeting as a dry-eye treatment for dogs.
Technically, it’s an epithelial sodium channel inhibitor for the treatment of veterinary ocular surface diseases involving a lack of surface hydration, such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly called dry eye.
“KCS is a disease that causes much pain and discomfort, particularly in dogs,” said Jon Alšėnas, D.V.M., president and CEO of Zoion. “If left untreated, severe cases may lead to blindness.”
Drug originally discovered by Parion Sciences
ZP-1 has successfully completed a proof-of-concept clinical trial in canine dry eye. It was originally discovered by Parion Sciences of Durham and then licensed to Zoion for veterinary use. [Read full article….]
Dry eye affects around one in 22 dogs, and can affect up to 20 per cent of at risk breeds, yet in a recent survey, nearly half of dog owners were not aware that the condition could pose a potential risk to their pet.
To help address this, Bayer Animal Health has launched an educational website (www.remend.co.uk)specifically designed to help dog owners understand more about dry eye; covering clinical signs, predisposed breeds, diagnosis and treatment, with the key message throughout encouraging owners to speak to their vet with any concerns.
The website has been launched to support Bayer’s new tear replacement product, Remend TM Dry Eye Lubricant Drops, which is intended for use as part of the management of dry eye, alongside prescription medication, after the condition has been diagnosed by a veterinary surgeon. RemendTM Dry Eye Lubricant Drops provide long-lasting lubrication for the eyes, and have the advantage that they can be applied less frequently than the majority of artificial tear supplements currently on the market. [Read full article….]
Originally published January 30, 2014 at midnight, updated January 30, 2014 at midnight
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