ExSight is pleased to announce Qura, Inc. (“Qura”) as the fifth and final portfolio company for 8th Line Investments, LLC. Qura is developing a miniaturized pressure sensor for the measurement of intraocular pressure (“IOP”) in patients with glaucoma. Glaucoma is a common disease that typically occurs when excess fluid builds up in the eye causing increased IOP damaging the optic nerve and leading to vision loss and blindness. ExSight joins InFocus Capital Partners and Santen Ventures, Inc., a corporate venture capital fund wholly owned by Santen Holdings U.S, Inc. in Qura’s Series A financing. The funding will be used for product development, testing, design, preclinical studies, and database development.
Qura’s QSmart™ wireless implantable pressure sensor (“WIPS”) technology and monitoring system promises to enable smarter treatment decisions based on better information. The miniature WIPS promises continuous monitoring and real-time IOP readings and updates. The data will then be transmitted to a tablet or other handheld device allowing physicians to evaluate glaucoma patients’ treatment in real-time. This technology will lead to better compliance within existing treatment paradigms and a better understanding of the disease. Additional insights gleaned from this data will drive drug and device developments for better treatments.
Qura’s CEO Doug Adams has previously remarked, “What makes this minimally invasive micro implant unique is that it will operate autonomously regardless of patient activity. The programmable device collects data based on the physician’s requirement and that data is transmitted to a handheld device or tablet. The physician will now have actionable data on which to base their treatment plans for the patient.”
We are excited to be part of the Qura story and their promise to improve treatments available to glaucoma patients!