Innovation and collaboration in ophthalmology
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Ophthalmology is one of our top focus areas at Roche. Our experienced team is working to discover and develop innovative solutions, aiming to redefine standards of care for people living with some of the leading causes of vision loss.

Globally, more than 1 billion people live with vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.1 Millions of people live with eye conditions that increase their risk of sight loss.2

Visual impairment can have a devastating impact on those people affected, including patients and their caregivers; potentially limiting social interaction and independence, impacting ability to work and leading to depression and anxiety. 3,4

With new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic conditions being explored as we speak, this is a global health challenge that we at Roche are committed to and excited to tackle, alongside the low vision community.

Hear more about Roche's unique approach to ophthalmology from CEO Severin Schwan

Roche’s approach to supporting hope

At Roche, we are passionate about saving people’s eyesight from the leading causes of vision loss. Our pioneering clinical programmes focus on some of the main causes of blindness and visual impairment globally, where the unmet need is high – conditions of the retina. These include neovascular age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and geographic atrophy, for which there are currently no or limited treatment options.

We believe that the best chance of uncovering new possibilities in ophthalmology is through collaboration and innovation – allowing us, as a community, to advance science and improve care for people with eye conditions.

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Christopher Brittain
Dr Christopher Brittain
Vice President, Global Head of Ophthalmology Product Development
Rachel Frizberg
Senior Vice President of Global Immunology, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology
Anne Fung
Anne Fung
MD Global Development Lead
Carlos Quezada-Ruiz
Carlos Quezada-Ruiz
Senior Medical Director
Jake Schumacher
Jake Schumacher
Executive Marketing Director, Ophthalmology
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Iris Van den Brande
Global Patient Partnership Chapter Lead – Ophthalmology
Jasmine Gao
Jasmine Gao
Associated Medical Director in Global Product Development

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Collaborating for innovation

We partner with researchers, clinicians and patient groups from the low vision community to ensure we understand the needs of people experiencing vision loss - so we can try to meet these needs through our approach to innovation, our clinical trial programme and our medicines and technologies in development.

What’s more, our team is built around the experience of ophthalmologists, ophthalmic surgeons and retinal specialists, who bring on-the-ground insights to their work at Roche every day.

At Roche, we are bringing together some of the most talented scientists from a diverse range of disciplines to address some of the biggest challenges in ophthalmology - Sascha Fauser, Global Head of Ophthalmology, Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED)

Retinal conditions can be difficult to treat because the way they develop and progress varies from person to person. We are innovating to improve diagnosis and transform patient experience and outcomes – by understanding the biology of ophthalmic conditions and what this means in practice to people living with vision loss; by examining new data and analytical sources such as real world data; by exploring new technologies, using artificial intelligence and machine learning, developing digital health solutions to help better detect and monitor disease progression; and by pioneering new therapeutic options like gene therapy, working to deliver a personalised approach to eye health.

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Ed Thorpe
Integrated Strategy Leader
Nilesh Mehta
Nilesh Mehta
Therapeutic Area Head, Ophthalmology
Stefan Scheidl Franchise
Head, Global Medical Affairs Ophthalmology
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Carl Glittenberg
Senior Principal Medical Director, Ophthalmology
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Pierre-Alain Delley
Lifecycle Leader Ophthalmology
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Amanda Matse-Orere
Access Strategy Leader
Barbara Hofstetter_updated
Barbara Hofstetter
Squad Lead, Ophthalmology
Annette Körner
Gene Therapy Network Leader Ophthalmology & Senior Project Leader pRED

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We believe this is how we can meet the needs of people living with vision loss, by improving diagnosis, eliminating preventable vision loss, and developing better treatments. Incredible progress has been made, but there’s still so much more to do to make this goal a reality.

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References

  1. Word Health Organization. Blindness and vision impairment. [Internet; cited September 2021]. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/blindness-and-visual-impairment

  2. Flaxman SR, Bourne RRA, Resnikoff S, et al. Global causes of blindness and distance vision impairment 1990-2020: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2017; 5:1221-1234

  3. Park SJ, et al. Extent of exacerbation of chronic health conditions by visual impairment in terms of health-related quality of life. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133:1267–75.

  4. Garcia GA, et al. Profound vision loss impairs psychological well-being in young and middle-aged individuals. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017;11:417–27.

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