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CTL eNewsletter: December 2008

Using Sound Waves to Map the Inside of the Eye

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY - Dr. Jackson Coleman, Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Ronald Silverman, Professor of Computer Science in Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, are pioneers in ultrasound technologies that scan the internal dimensions of the eye. Eye scans are used by surgeons to diagnose diseases of the eye, and before ocular surgery. Coleman and Silverman's research has borne fruit in Artemis, a series of digital ultrasound scanning technologies sold by ArcScan, Inc. which was founded to develop and commercialize the technologies.


Artemis III, the latest in the series, is poised for a spring launch, replacing its predecessor Artemis II, currently on the market. The target market for Artemis III will be surgeons who specialize in surgical procedures designed to correct vision, including lens implantation, LASIK surgery and post-LASIK corrections for the estimated three to five percent of LASIK surgeries that do not achieve their desired result. In use, Artemis III is roughly the size of a small cooler and sits on a tabletop next to a computer monitor. The patient leans forward, placing their head on a headrest and an eyecup filled with a saline-based interface fluid transmits the ultrasound signal to the eye. After the eyeball is scanned (which takes less than a second), the attached monitor displays data in multiple windows: a photograph of the eye being scanned, the scanning parameters, a graphical depiction of the ultrasound beam, and a B-mode image of the patient's eye (a B-mode image depicts the "andscape" of the eye based on ultrasound pulses).


During a scan of the eye, the computer monitor attached to Artemis displays an image of a horizontal cross-section of the cornea.


Ultrasound eye scanners offer a major advantage over laser scanners since unlike light waves, ultrasound waves permeate deep into the eye, providing a detailed comprehensive image of the eye's interior "landscape." Laser scanners, though frequently lower in price, cannot penetrate the iris, reducing their ability to see the peripheral lens and ciliary body, a structure that has crucial roles in focusing near and far vision and controlling intraocular pressure. "Artemis III offers the power of ultrasound scanning and the convenience of immediate diagnostic results in a unit that's reliable and can fit into any operating room or office," said Dr. Coleman. Artemis III is manufactured by Arcscan, Inc. and is expected to be approved by the FDA by next spring. The estimated price of Artemis III will be $60 - 80,000 per unit. Artemis is enabled by a suite of licensed Cornell technologies that address corneal measurement, scanning and imaging.




Bringing Together Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Investors

Attendees mingle at the Cornell Technology Venture
Forum.

Ithaca, NY - CCTEC held its second annual Cornell Technology Venture Forum on October 16th. Investors, industry professionals, and members of the Cornell community met on the Ithaca campus to learn about commercially promising businesses and technologies that stemmed from Cornell research. Presenters included Cornell startups Widetronix Semiconductors, GeneWeave Biosciences, Vitis Biosciences, and Marmotech. Researchers from Cornell and the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) presented emerging technologies of commercial interest in skin care and anti-cancer products, addiction vaccines, drugs for spinal cord injury, organic semiconductors, and inhibitors of proneurotrophins. Event presentations and posters can be viewed here.


On November 14th, CCTEC hosted its second Startup Boot Camp at WCMC. The focus of the Boot Camp was to inspire and educate attendees about the issues, excitement and challenges involved in starting a technology company. Three separate panels addressed the diagnosis/prognosis, biomedical devices, and therapeutics industries throughout the daylong event. The panelists included entrepreneurs, investors, legal/regulatory representatives, faculty and representatives from several successful university spinouts. They shared experiences and advice in an open Q&A environment. At lunch, Dr. Kathleen Denis, Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to avoid common pitfalls and classic deal breakers when starting a company in her keynote presentation. Details of the event are available here.


The next Cornell Technology Venture Forum will be held in October of 2009 and the next Startup Boot Camp will be held in Ithaca in spring 2009. If you would like further information, please contact Laura Cima Salter at lc12@cornell.edu.

 


Upcoming Events

Startup Presentations to Big Red Ventures

Date: January 20, 2009
Time: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Location: 333 Sage Hall

Inventors from the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medical College will present their promising technologies and business opportunities to Big Red Ventures of the Johnson School.


Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: February 11, 2009
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Location: CCTEC Office Suite 310, 395 Pine Tree Rd

Come and learn about an exciting Cornell startup over free drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Deborah Streeter, Creator and Co-Founder of Prendismo, will present the company to attendees.


IP & Pizza™, Department of Chemistry

Date: March 5, 2009
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: 125A Baker Laboratory

Come and learn about CCTEC and technology transfer issues over free pizza. Refreshments will be served.


Recent Events

IP & Pizza™, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics

Date: November 20, 2008

Guests from the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics gathered to learn about CCTEC and patents. A presentation by the event sponsor, Michael Hull, Miller Matthias & Hull, included a description of what is patentable, specific types of patents, criteria for patents, and provisional/patent application.

Click here to view a photo from the event.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: November 19, 2008

Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Department, presented his "high tunnel berry production system". This novel fruit production system, along with Cornell's proprietary berry varieties, allows significant season extension, high yields, and synchronized harvests. MBA students learned about this unique business opportunity over hors d'oeuvres.

Click here to view a photo from the event.

Boot Camp

Date: November 14, 2008

Trying to piece together a life sciences company isn't easy. This day long event helped attendees understand the challenges of starting a life sciences company and how to address them. The event featured panelists who have started Weill Cornell Medical College companies, have invested in early stage companies, and have provided legal expertise to companies. The panels focused on three areas, diagnosis/prognosis, biomedical devices, and therapeutics. The keynote lunch speaker was Dr. Kathleen Denis, Associate Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, The Rockefeller University. The day culminated in a networking cocktail reception for guests.

Click here to view photos from the event.