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Allegro Ophthalmics Expands Its Anti-Integrin Portfolio

It’s with the new front-of-the-eye-drug candidate ALG-1007.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel anti-integrin therapies for the treatment of ocular diseases, announced the expansion of the company’s anti-integrin portfolio with the new front-of-the-eye-drug candidate ALG-1007. ALG-1007 is a topical treatment in development for potential use in patients with dry eye disease (DED), a condition affecting millions of people in the United States.

ALG-1007 bolsters Allegro’s existing anti-integrin portfolio, which includes risuteganib (Luminate),currently being developed for diabetic macular edema (DME) and intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration (intermediate dry AMD). Pre-clinical and clinical findings of risuteganib convinced the company that it could develop a new anti-integrin compound to treat DED.

Allegro also announced that clinicians Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D., Edward J. Holland, M.D., and Eric D. Donnenfeld, M.D., have joined the company’s newly formed Cornea Scientific Advisory Board (Cornea SAB) to provide strategy and direction on Allegro’s clinical development pipeline in the areas of corneal disease and dry eye. Dr. Lindstrom will serve as Chairperson of the Cornea SAB.

“While we remain focused on and committed to our retina portfolio, we at Allegro are continuously exploring new ways to apply our anti-integrin assets to help improve patients’ vision,” said Vicken Karageozian, M.D., president and CEO of Allegro Ophthalmics. “ALG-1007 represents Allegro’s first exploratory drug beyond the retina. We recognize the need to bring in independent external expertise that complements our company’s strengths and are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of advisors as Drs. Lindstrom, Holland and Donnenfeld help shape and accelerate our clinical program for dry eye disease.”

“While there are a number of good therapies for dry eye disease, this is a multifactorial disease and there remain unmet needs,” said Dr. Lindstrom. “I am enthusiastic about the early ex-U.S. proof of concept data that I’ve seen and look forward to working with my colleagues Drs. Donnenfeld and Holland, who share my enthusiasm, in helping Allegro drive the next phase of this drug candidate forward.”

Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, and an internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive and laser surgery. Dr. Holland is the director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, and has an international reputation for his knowledge and expertise in the field of cornea and external disease. A well-respected refractive cataract surgery pioneer and LASIK eye surgeon, Dr. Donnenfeld is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. He is also the National Medical Director for TLC Laser Eye Centers, the Surgical Director of the Lions Eye Bank of Long Island, and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center.

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Drs. Lindstrom, Holland and Donnenfeld are board-certified ophthalmologists who have been at the forefront of ophthalmology throughout their careers, as recognized researchers, teachers, inventors, writers, lecturers and highly acclaimed physicians and surgeons. They have served as board members for companies developing many of the breakthrough ophthalmic technologies of the past two decades.

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Etnia Barcelona Foundation Partners with Von Miller’s Von’s Vision Foundation

Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) – In continuation of expanding its growth and outreach efforts in the U.S. market, Etnia Barcelona has announced a partnership with Linebacker Von Miller of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and his charitable foundation, Von’s Vision. With support from its own foundation, Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers, one of the signature community outreach program’s Von’s Vision.

The newest program of Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision Centers allow in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are a customized optical center kiosk, located at select Boys & Girls Club facilities in Metro Denver and soon-to-be Texas A&M University, that hold fashionable eyewear and accessories, creating a unique and exciting optical center on wheels.

Volunteer medical providers, provided through Hero Practice Services, will use portable equipment to conduct onsite eye exams and the children and young adults will “shop” for fashionable eyewear, provided by Etnia Barcelona Foundation. Once ready, their fulfilled glasses with lenses will be delivered back to the participating Von’s Vision Center location for a reveal day.

As a part of their contribution the Etnia Barcelona Foundation has recently donated over 3,000 frames with its anticipation for the Von’s Vision Center to serve a minimum of 600 children this year alone. The first Vision Day will commence on May 14, 2019, with a combination of several other charitable events throughout the year.

Together, Etnia Barcelona hopes to continue our partnership in the years to come and expand the outreach of both programs across the entire United States.

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L’Amy America Launches Tri-Flex Performance Series

It offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – America’s athletic wear originator, Champion brings a new 3-tiered sub collection of performance-based eyewear, to a market thirsting for heritage sport brands offering value-added features and true performance.

Perfectly suited for active lifestyles, Champion’s new Tri-Flex collection offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system which provides custom fit, secure grip, and on face stability. The tip, which adjusts from 1 to 90 degrees downward, gently but securely fits over the mastoidal bend, allowing the frame to fit snuggly and comfortably over the ear. An easy click and the system is engaged-the wearer can perform any task from basketball and golf to yard work and boating without worry of frames slipping, bouncing, or moving around during wear. Offering the same security as other eyewear retaining devices, the Tri-Flex tip is built-in to the frame. No extra “cord” required to insure frame security.

The Tri-Flex collection is comprised of 5 ophthalmic models for adults (2 in Extended Size), 4 ophthalmic models for tweens, and 4 sunglasses also for adults. With features such as handmade acetate and stainless steel fronts, optical quality polarized lenses and custom-crafted color selections, the new Tri-Flex series offers the same fine quality construction and powerful consumer brand recognition as its core eyewear collection.

L’Amy America Lifestyle Brands Director, Connie Reiss reminds “Champion was Lyst.com’s #2 most-searched brand of 2018. We are fueling this explosive brand-trajectory with the Tri-Flex series of eyewear, while ultimately drawing upon Champion roots of athletic functionality.”

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Coburn Technologies New National Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

He will focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

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Ezequiel Lukin

(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. welcomes Ezequiel Lukin as its new national sales manager, with specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

“Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” states vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

Lukin is an experienced veteran in the optical industry. As the former global sales manager for Volk Optical, Lukin brings more than 20 years of sales and optical experience to Coburn Technologies. His experience includes general sales with a specific focus on diagnostics instruments to eye care practitioners in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

“I am excited to be joining Coburn Technologies,” Lukin said. “Coburn is a well-respected company in the industry, and I believe that with my experience and their history, we will drive the company’s share in the diagnostics instruments market to new heights.”

Lukin joins Coburn Technologies’ sales team, which has recently added a number of industry veterans including Marina Vaynberger, international regional sales manager, Al Bednar, director of laboratory sales, Mark Kaplan senior territory sales representative and Jason Frank, sales manager for Latin America.

“Ezequiel represents the latest addition to strengthening our international sales organization,” states Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies. “With specific focus on developing our ophthalmic instruments business, Ezequiel is an integral addition and will help drive our diagnostics product offering and market leadership.”

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