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Volume 11, Number 30
August 14, 2006
Carl Zeiss develops 3-chip video camera
FDA gives green light for clinical trials to MacuSight’s siolimus
New campus opened for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Moran Eye Center opens in larger building
HLI releases new clinical terminology software

Carl Zeiss develops 3-chip video camera

Carl Zeiss Meditec (Jena, Germany/Dublin, Calif.) announced the development of its MediLive Trio Eye, a 3-chip video camera that delivers highly detailed, high-contrast, high-resolution video images for use during ocular surgery. Users will receive clear benefits compared to other cameras: During procedures on the posterior segment of the eye with little light, they can still view bright, high-contrast images on the monitor, according to a company news release. If the camera is used for the anterior segment, the video sequences provide details of the sclera without the “blooming” effect from excessive brightness. As a result of these advantages, the video images are ideal for presentations to colleagues or students.
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FDA gives green light for clinical trials to MacuSight’s siolimus

MacuSight (Union City, Calif.) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for siolimus (rapamycin) for the treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema, a manifestation of diabetic retinopathy, according to a company news release. MacuSight intends to initiate a Phase I clinical trial of its lead product candidate in DME during the third quarter of 2006 and a Phase I trial in wet AMD during the fourth quarter of 2006.
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New campus opened for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, department of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, officially opened its doors in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The top-ranked hospital will provide ophthalmologic care, research and education, according to a news release. The $22 million expansion includes a 40,000 square-foot patient care medical office building with more than 50 examination rooms for the treatment of retinal and macular diseases, glaucoma, cornea, LASIK, aesthetics and pediatric ophthalmology.
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Moran Eye Center opens in larger building

The new John A. Moran Eye Center was unveiled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, according to a news release. The facility will have 40% more patient care space and will more than triple the amount of laboratory space available.
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HLI releases new clinical terminology software

Health Language, Inc., (HLI, Aurora, Col.) announced the launch of SNOMED CT (Clinical Terms) Clinical Subset Module. This content provides HLI users with access to the most comprehensive multilingual, medical specialty-specific clinical terminology available to physicians for accessing and entering information into electronic medical records (EMRs), according to a company news release. HLI’s Clinical Specialty Subsets comprises lists that organize medical specialty-specific terms into SNOMED CT, providing a common language for consistently capturing, sharing, and aggregating health data across specialties and sites of care for the treatment and prevention of diseases, injuries, and impairments. The subsets meet clinical information standards and ensure the selection of SNOMED codes that can be readily mapped to HIPAA-compliant standards such as ICD-9-CM.
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