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About Corneal Blindness 

Diseases affecting the cornea are a major cause of blindness worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2 million new cases of corneal blindness are reported each year. Over 30 million people in the world are legally blind in one or both eyes from corneal injury and disease, while many more suffer from degraded visual acuity. A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology* assessed the shortage of corneas at one available cornea for 70 needed.

Several attempts to develop an artificial cornea have failed in creating robust, scalable and reliable solutions. As such, there exists an unmet need for an efficient, long-lasting and affordable solution to corneal pathology, injury and blindness, which would alleviate this suffering and disability and enable patients to fully exploit their vision potential. 

*Gain P, Jullienne R, He Z, et al. Global Survey of Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(2):167–173. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.4776

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Global Demand

World map showing the supply and demand of corneal transplantation in 148 countries.

 

"Our survey globally quantified the considerable shortage of corneal graft tissue, with only one cornea available for 70 needed. Efforts to encourage cornea donation must continue in all countries, but it is also essential to develop alternative and/or complementary solutions, such as corneal bio-engineering."*

*Gain P, Jullienne R, He Z, et al. Global Survey of Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(2):167–173. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.4776

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CorNeat KPro Advantages 

CorNeat KPro is superior to keratoplasty and current keratoprosthetics in the following aspects

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Optical Performance

Replicating optimal corneal optics

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Wide field of view

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Simplifying the surgical procedure via direct visualization while

enabling future procedures in a similar fashion

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Healing and Retention

Device integrates to the eye wall using nano-fabric that imitates the native ECM

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Fast to heal

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Progressive integration

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Straight forward post-operation recovery

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Scalability ​

Relatively simple, 45-minute operation

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Affordable price

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No time constraints placed on scheduling of the implantation

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Safety 

No need for tissue

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Cannot carry any infectious agent including COVID-19

CorNeat KPro

The CorNeat KPro is a patented synthetic cornea, which provides a long-lasting medical solution for corneal blindness, pathology and injury. The CorNeat KPro allows corneally blind patients to fully rehabilitate normal vision, immediately following a relatively straightforward implantation procedure. It is a unique and innovative device that utilizes a skirt made out of the CorNeat EverMatrix™ to integrate artificial optics within resident ocular tissue, relieving the need for donor tissue. 

 

Current biological solutions and previous KPros are either sutured to, or attempt integration with, the native corneal tissue, a tissue that lacks blood vessels and heals very poorly. In contrast, the CorNeat KPro reliably integrates underneath the conjunctiva, a vascularized site rich with fibroblasts, which heals quickly and vigorously.

The CorNeat KPro is implanted using a novel and straightforward surgical procedure providing an efficient, therapeutic, and affordable remedy for millions of people with cornea-related visual impairments and is far superior to any available alternative. 

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Features, Surgical Kit and Procedure 

The CorNeat KPro implantation procedure is relatively straightforward and does not require the delicate suturing process needed for connecting the donor corneal tissue to the patient’s native cornea and optically aligning it. The CorNeat KPro snaps into the patient’s trephined cornea and is then sutured to the eye using three non-degradable sutures. 

The surgical tools supplied as part of the implantation kit: the marker and the snapper, yield a systematic and accurate implantation process. This procedure is easy to teach and can be learned within a couple of days. The operation minimizes the time the trephined eye is exposed (open sky) to less than one minute, significantly reducing associated risks.

The CorNeat KPro implant's patented design is the result of an extensive, multidisciplinary research and development process.  The device, and its wide aperture PMMA lens, provides unprecedented visual performance and a wide field of view, which is significantly superior to tissue and predicates. This also allows physicians to examine the patient's eye and perform surgical procedures post-implantation. An undercut on the posterior side enables the device to easily snap into a trephined cornea and quickly seal the eye. The CorNeat KPro lens is surrounded by a non-degradable porous integrating skirt, which is implanted subconjunctivally. 

Once implanted, the skirt material stimulates cellular proliferation and colonization that progressively leads to full tissue integration. The skirt, which is only 100-150 microns in thickness, also includes a set of holes around its circumference through which the conjunctiva adheres to the sclera. Additional holes on the circumference of the lens, which are filled with the same porous material, assist in anchoring the lens to the sclera by means of bio-stitching, as tissue is expected to grow through this area. This process anchors the device to the sclera, ensuring long-term retention. These features together are designed for long-term and reliable integration.

 

Three pairs of suturing holes on the rim of the lens increase safety. These holes enable the ophthalmologist to secure the device to the eye within minutes. Suturing the device stabilizes the lens, significantly easing the implantation procedure. This also stabilizes the skirt post-operation, which is key to successful biological integration.

The CorNeat KPro lens is designed to enable post-operative ophthalmic examinations and subsequent anterior and posterior segment surgeries (i.e. cataract and retinal surgeries). This is achieved with four openings or “ports,” located on the rim of the lens, at the limbus. Four corresponding indicators which can be viewed through an ophthalmic microscope, direct the surgeon to these ports' locations. This is required as they are located and placed subconjunctivally. 

The CorNeat KPro solution is 100% synthetic and does not require the use of donor tissue, therefore it is widely accessible and safe. The device cannot carry infectious agents or cause excessive inflammation, resulting in improved quality of life and more effective patient care.
 

Indications 

Failed keratoplasty 

Corneal indications not suitable for keratoplasty, such as: 

  • Herpes keratitis

  • Corneal degenerations

  • ICE syndrome

  • Aniridia

  • SJS

  • OCP

  • Alkali burns

  • Vascularized cornea

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First-In-Human (FIH) Implantation

CorNeat Vision successfully completed the First-in-Human trial of the CorNeat KPro which proved the device’s integration concept, optics, and surgical technique. The study enabled a number of corneally blind patients to regain their sight and independence.

Below at the top left you can see two pictures of the patient's eye. The top picture was taken before the operation and the middle picture was taken immediately following the operation. The dramatic aesthetic impact was already apparent. A couple of weeks later, once the eye healed, the patient's eye looked completely natural.

Below at the bottom left you can see the OCT image, taken immediately following the operation. The corneal remnant sits securely in the undercut and the skirt material is covered with conjunctiva.

At the right you can see the patient's eye with the CorNeat KPro a few months post implantation.

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Clinical Trial

A second clinical trial was initiated early in 2024 in Peru, with additional sites planned in Israel, Canada, France, The Netherlands and India. The study will be extended to the US and China in 2025. The second clinical trial implements several improvements in the surgical technique, and the pre/post op treatment.  Patient inclusion and exclusion criteria were also refined. Several improvements in the device which are aimed at accelerating tissue integration have been implemented as well.

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For more information about clinical trials please visit clinicaltrials.gov.

Regulatory Path

CorNeat Vision is meticulously adhering to the requirements outlined in the FDA Guidance on 510(k) Submissions for Keratoprostheses, as well as incorporating insights gathered from regulatory authorities. This commitment ensures strict compliance with regulatory standards for obtaining marketing approvals in the US, Europe, and China. The company anticipates securing initial marketing approval for the CorNeat KPro late in 2025.

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Q&A

  • Where will the CorNeat KPro clinical trials take place?
    The CorNeat KPro clinical trials began in January 2021, initially in Israel, followed by Canada and France.
  • When will the CorNeat KPro be available for use?
    The planned CorNeat KPro launch is set for 2024.
  • What will the selection criteria be for patients for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Initially, the CorNeat KPro will be approved as a second-line treatment, only patients who lack a therapeutic alternative or have failed a corneal transplantation will be eligible for the procedure. Approval of the CorNeat KPro as a first-line treatment is a priority for CorNeat Vision and will follow shortly after the initial approval.
  • Would a person with keratoconus be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Keratoconus patients are suitable candidates for corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) with positive long-term results. Therefore, they are not ideal candidates for primary implantation. Keratoconus will not be a hindrance in the CorNeat KPro implantation in any case of rejection of a transplant or other complications in corneal transplantation as a second-line treatment.
  • Would a person with a detached retina be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Such a patient would not be a good candidate as the CorNeat KPro does not address the pathological aspect of this condition. Such a patient can only benefit from a KPro implantation as an aesthetic aid.
  • Would a person with glaucoma be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Glaucoma is not a contraindication for the CorNeat KPro implantation. Glaucoma should be taken into account when planning the surgery as adjunct procedures might be necessary to improve follow-up of the implantation in order to decrease the risk of progression of glaucoma.
  • Where will the CorNeat KPro clinical trials take place?
    The CorNeat KPro clinical trials began in January 2021, initially in Israel, followed by Canada and France.
  • When will the CorNeat KPro be available for use?
    The planned CorNeat KPro launch is set for 2024.
  • What will the selection criteria be for patients for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Initially, the CorNeat KPro will be approved as a second-line treatment, only patients who lack a therapeutic alternative or have failed a corneal transplantation will be eligible for the procedure. Approval of the CorNeat KPro as a first-line treatment is a priority for CorNeat Vision and will follow shortly after the initial approval.
  • Would a person with keratoconus be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Keratoconus patients are suitable candidates for corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) with positive long-term results. Therefore, they are not ideal candidates for primary implantation. Keratoconus will not be a hindrance in the CorNeat KPro implantation in any case of rejection of a transplant or other complications in corneal transplantation as a second-line treatment.
  • Would a person with a detached retina be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Such a patient would not be a good candidate as the CorNeat KPro does not address the pathological aspect of this condition. Such a patient can only benefit from a KPro implantation as an aesthetic aid.
  • Would a person with glaucoma be a candidate for the CorNeat KPro implantation?
    Glaucoma is not a contraindication for the CorNeat KPro implantation. Glaucoma should be taken into account when planning the surgery as adjunct procedures might be necessary to improve follow-up of the implantation in order to decrease the risk of progression of glaucoma.
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