Science Exchange Stories: Derek Duan, Eyegenix, LLC.

June 26, 2014 | Posted by Tess Mayall in Scientist Profile |
BioSynthetic Artificial Cornea of Eyegenix LLC.

BioSynthetic Artificial Cornea of Eyegenix LLC.

Derek Duan is a Principal Investigator at Eyegenix, a small biotech in Hawaii that is creating a unique way to cure corneal blindness.

How are they doing it? By creating a synthetic, transplantable cornea that promotes tissue regeneration.

I spoke with Derek about their novel approach to curing blindness, the biotech scene in Hawaii, and his experience using Science Exchange. Check out our conversation below.

Q: Tell me about Eyegenix.

Derek: We’re a biotech company located in Honolulu, Hawaii. We’re doing research and development on the most advanced artificial cornea in the world. This is a biosynthetic polymer based product.

We’re very excited to put our artificial corneas into the market as soon as possible, because there are millions of people globally that could be cured with this product.

Q: How did the company start?

Derek: Dr. Hank C.K. Wuh, who was born in Hawaii and educated in the mainland, founded the company in 2012. He wanted to come back and serve Hawaii. He’s making use of the island as an intersection of Asia, Australia and America to be a center for biotech research. That’s why he decided to come back and fund his company. Read the rest of this entry »

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