January 9, 2012

JDRF IDDP with KalVista Pharmaceuticals

From the News Wire:

KalVista Pharmaceuticals and JDRF form research partnership focused on novel approach for treating diabetic eye disease 
Southampton, UK and New York, USA 09 January 2012 - KalVista Pharmaceuticals ("KalVista") and JDRF have formed a research partnership focused on a novel approach being developed by KalVista to preserve vision and slow the progression of diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease is one of the most common and most serious complications in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF will provide up to $2.2 million in milestone-based financial support and research expertise to KalVista. The goal of this partnership is to advance KalVista's lead pre-clinical candidate, a plasma kallikrein inhibitor, into human proof-of-concept clinical trials and to generate clinical data that would highlight its potential as an entirely new approach to treat diabetic macular edema (DME). DME is a leading cause of visual loss for people with T1D that involves swelling of the retina, which can lead to blurred vision and blindness.  More: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=116775