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Ora, Inc.

May 26, 2011 16:00 ET

Leading Experts to Discuss Management and Treatments at the National Dry Eye Patient Conference

Date Changed to Saturday, June 25, 2011

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - Leading dry eye experts from around the United States will present the latest information on an array of subjects at The National Dry Eye Patient Conference, a one-day event where patients can learn about managing their dry eye symptoms, discover potential causes of their dry eye as well as hear about different treatment options. The conference, taking place on Saturday, June 25, will be presented by the Sjögrens Syndrome Foundation and hosted at Ora Clinical Research Offices, 300 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA.

"We are thrilled to announce the line-up of topics and esteemed speakers who will provide the latest information to patients who suffer from Dry Eye," said Steven Taylor, CEO of the Sjögrens Syndrome Foundation. "Dry Eye is the hallmark symptom of Sjögrens Syndrome and our mission is to educate patients on the symptoms and treatments of Dry Eye and Sjögrens."

Presentation topics will include:

  • Overview of Dry Eye with Potential Causes
  • Management of Dry Eye - What's in the Aisle?
  • Clinical Trials Explained with Dry Eye Patient Panel
  • Contact Lens Wear for Dry Eye Patients
  • Future Treatments - Dry Eye Pipeline

Overview of Dry Eye with Potential Causes presented byMichael A. Lemp, MD
Dr. Lemp will discuss dry eye symptoms, complications and potential causes. Dr. Lemp is a corneal specialist; his major area of research interest is dry eye / ocular surface disease. He organized and chaired the National Eye Institute / Industry Workshop on Clinical Trials in Dry Eye; this report stands as the worldwide standard for the definition, classification and design of clinical trials for dry eye.

Management of Dry Eye - What's in the Aisle? presented byDavid Evans, OD
Dr. Evans will discuss the latest dry eye therapeutic treatments, covering the extensive range of help available from artificial tears to silicone plugs to systemic drugs. Dr. Evans is currently an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Optometric Association, and the West Tennessee Optometric Society. Dr. Evans has received many awards and played a key role in a number of investigational research studies for dry eye therapies.

Clinical Trials Explained with Dry Eye Patient Panel presented byGail Torkildsen, MD
Dr. Torkildsen will discuss the clinical trials process and moderate a patient panel about dry eye. Dr. Torkildsen is one of the world's leading Dry Eye Principal Investigators, having served as P.I. on over 20 client-sponsored dry eye studies since 2002. She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles and abstracts on dry eye. In addition to her ongoing Dry Eye clinical research, Dr. Torkildsen is a practicing ophthalmologist at Andover Eye Associates in Andover, Massachusetts.

Contact Lens Wear for Dry Eye Patients presented byJohn Pietrantonio, OD
Can you wear contacts with your dry eye? How do you know? Dr. Pietrantonio, Director of Eye Services at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Adjunct Clinical faculty at the New England College of Optometry, and a Sub-Investigator in numerous clinical studies, will answer these questions. Dr. Pietrantonio has years of experience working with dry eye patients and will provide you with the latest information about dry eye and contact lens wear.

Future Treatments - Dry Eye Pipeline presented byGeorge Ousler
Mr. Ousler is Vice President of Dry Eye Research at Ora Clinical Research in Andover, Massachusetts. Mr. Ousler will discuss what the future looks like for dry eye treatments. With years of experience working in the development of dry eye therapies, Mr. Ousler will enlighten you about the hope for the future.

To Register for the National Dry Eye Patient Conference:
Call: 800-475-6473
Cost: $20 to pre-register by June 6, 2011

About Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
Founded in 1983 the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) provides patients with practical information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjögren's syndrome. The Foundation's Mission is to educate patients and their families; increase public and professional awareness and encourage research into new treatments and a cure for Sjögren's syndrome.

About Ora
Ora, Inc. ( is the world's leading independent ophthalmic product development firm, with 32 product approvals during its 30-year history. Ora helps clients garner FDA approvals by providing strategic clinical-regulatory guidance and complete turnkey clinical-regulatory services. Ora's technology-based, concept-to-market services and solutions accelerate development timelines and improve the scientific quality of clinical research along every step of the development pathway.

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