SSI researcher awarded commercialisation grant at medical device showcase
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9 Dec 2015
The Honourable Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health, has presented Save Sight Institute’s Clinical Professor Stephanie Watson with a Technology Commercialisation Grant by ATP Innovations. The grant is for her innovative medical device ‘Kleer-i’, a next generation sealant which is bonded to the surface of the eye with a low-powered laser.
According to Professor Watson “Kleer-i is smart eye repair as it will save sight and reduce the health costs. It can improve patient outcomes from cataract surgery – the most common operation performed in the world. Patients having corneal transplants and following trauma will also benefit.”
Kleer-i combines rapid wound closure with drug delivery and scarless healing. It is a thin film bioadhesive, that is bonded to the eye with a low powered laser and can be pre-loaded with therapeutics such as antibiotics to prevent infection. Associate Professor John Foster, a biomedical scientist has worked with Professor Watson to develop Kleer-i.
The announcement occurred during the Medical Device Showcase at world-leading incubator, ATP Innovations. This event highlighted the incredible medical device research underway in NSW and demonstrated progress towards commercialisation that participants in the 2015 cohort of the NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (MDCTP) have made.
Professor Watson was awarded the top grant, one of just two graduates to receive a grant following 12 weeks of intensive training delivered by ATP Innovations.
“The program was exceptional” said Professor Watson “and I strongly encourage medical innovators who are keen to commercialise to consider undertaking the training. I am honoured and excited to be awarded the generous grant, and am looking forward to moving the Kleer-i device to its next phase, and ultimately to improving the visual outcomes of many more people in the future.”