BioTears U.S. Patent Granted
April 28, 2006
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent #7,029,712
for Biosyntrx's BioTears Oral GelCaps®, a dry eye, tear film integrity
formulation. The U.S. patent was granted on all 20 of the inventors'
Nutrients included in the BioTears oral formulation have been suggested in clinical studies to systemically control the inflammatory process associated with dry eye syndrome (tear film dysfunction). These nutrients also increase levels of tear lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein that inhibits viral, bacterial and fungal growth on the ocular surface.
"This is particularly important to the contact lens wearer," said Ellen Troyer, MT MA, Biosyntrx's chief research officer and BioTears co-inventor. "The BioTears formulation has also been suggested to improve visual acuity after cataract and refractive surgery, particularly following LASIK or implantation of multi-focal intraocular lens." Sufficient lubricating tears are critical to eye health and visual clarity, as well as being the first-line protection for the ocular surface.
Spencer Thornton, MD, president of Biosyntrx and BioTears co-inventor, calls BioTears a "breakthrough formula." BioTears are recommended by thousands of eye care professionals and sold through their offices or through the Biosyntrx web site. BioTears Oral GelCaps are distributed in 37 countries.
The Biosyntrx Advisory Board includes well-known leaders in ophthalmic science, including Howard Fine, MD, Eugene, OR; Jerre Freeman, MD, Memphis; Richard Lindstrom, MD, Minneapolis; Marguerite B. McDonald, MD, New Orleans; Randall Olson, MD, Salt Lake City; Robert H. Osher, MD, Cincinnati; Paul Sternberg, MD, Nashville: also Stephen Slade, MD, Houston; Roger Steinert, MD, Irvine, CA; Steve Whiting, PhD, San Diego; Betty Kamen, PhD, San Francisco; Burton Goldberg, PhD, Tiburon, CA; Marsha Raanan, MA, Chicago; Jeff Anshel, OD, San Diego; John Lahr. OD, Cincinnati; and Louis J. Catania, OD. Atlantic Beach, Florida.