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Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional

Peabody, Massachusetts
I am now retired after spending the last 30 years consulting in ophthalmic and medical lasers and ophthalmic technologies. I was on the staff of Arthur D. Little for 25 years, heading its Ophthalmic and Medical Laser Consulting Group. After my retirement from ADL, I ran my own consulting firm,... Full Bio
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An Update on Avalanche Biotechnologies: A Potential Longer-Lasting Wet AMD Treatment? by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There is breaking news this week about Avalanche Biotechnologies and I would like to share it, as well as a brief update on the clinical trial underway using their proprieta ... Read on »
A New Approach for Repairing/Rejuvenating Damaged Photoreceptors and Other Retinal Tissue for... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Over the past several years, I have written about new technologies for treating retinal diseases, including the use of drugs (Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea for wet AMD), laser ... Read on »
Reversing Retinal Cell Death With Inkjet Printing? by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the past several months, I have been working with Mark Hillen, the editor of The Ophthalmologist, in providing him with background information about stem cells and gene ... Read on »
Laser Refractive Keratoplasty: The Rest of the Story by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In 1989, I wrote a paper published by Arthur D. Little, A White Paper - The Evolution and Prospects for Laser Refractive Keratoplasty . This was the first paper I wrote on t ... Read on »
AMD Update 25: Results of The AREDS2 HOME Study of Notal Vision’s Home Monitoring Device for... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In April of 2010, I wrote about the inclusion of Notal Vision’s ForseeHome AMD Monitor in the AREDS2 clinical trial. The overall objective of the two arm randomized clin ... Read on »
AMD Update 24: DARPins Phase 2 Trial Results Fall Short by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Back in February, I first reported on Allergan’s DARPins in my Update 23: DARPins, The Next “Game Changer” for Wet AMD? In that report, I wrote that Molecular Partners’ MPO1 ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 21: New Gene Therapy Company, Spark Therapeutics, Launches by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced that it had spun off its work in gene therapy to a new, fully integrated company, Spark Therapeutics , that will assum ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 20: Oxford BioMedica Clinical Trials Resume by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Back in June, Oxford BioMedica announced that it had voluntarily paused recruitment for its clinical trials for wet AMD  (RetinoStat Phase I), Stargardt’s Disease (StarGen ... Read on »
Research in Retinal Disease: The Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests $2.1 Million in Seven New... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As I continually search the web for interesting news about new technologies for treating retinal diseases, I came across this news from the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ we ... Read on »
A New Approach to Treating Chronic Kidney Disease: Replenishing Your Nephrons by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As some of you may know, I have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Thanks to my wife and the scare put into me by my nephrologist, that I would soon have to begin dialysis, I hav ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 19: A New Virus Vector for Safer Delivery of Gene Therapies by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, along with some assistance from the Flaum Eye Institute and Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester ... Read on »
Stem Cells in Ophthalmology Update 25: ACT Patient in Dry AMD Trial Goes from 20/400 to 20/40! by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The story started innocently enough. On Wednesday, May 15th, the journal Cell reported on a study that claimed biologists had finally created human stem cells by the same te ... Read on »
A New Technique for Restoring Normal Vision to the Blind: The Technology of Prof. Sheila Nirenberg... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine About a year ago, a colleague put me in touch with a Boston-based venture capitalist who was interested in a new method for restoring vision to the blind that was under deve ... Read on »
Recently Published Articles: Current Status of Stem Cells and Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the past couple of months, I was asked to update an article I wrote on stem cells in ophthalmology, originally published in Retina Today, for its sister publication, Adva ... Read on »
A Personal Journey: How I Went From Being A Bench Chemist to An Expert Resource in Ophthalmology... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A short while ago, I was asked by Maureen Duffy, editor of VisionAware, the blog of the American Foundation for the Blind, how I became so knowledgeable about ophthalmology ... Read on »
People in the NorthWest with X-linked retinoschisis by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine XLRS Natural History Study Beginning in Portland, Oregon March 29, 2013 – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is launching a three-year natural histo ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 18: A RetroSense Update by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I first learned about the potential of using gene therapies in treating ophthalmic disorders back in November 2010. That’s when I was introduced to gene therapy by Sean Ains ... Read on »
Gene Therapy in Ophthalmology Update 17: Hemera Biosciences Obtains Initial Funding by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In December 2011, following that year’s AAO Meeting, I wrote about Hemera Biosciences and its complement regulation therapy via the use of gene therapy to prevent membrane a ... Read on »
Oraya IRay Update 2: INTREPID Two-year Results Meet Primary Clinical Endpoint – Results in... by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The last time we checked in on Oraya in May 2011, the company had announced it had completed enrollment in its INTREPID clinical trial, being conducted at seven European s ... Read on »
AMD Update 23: DARPins, The Next “Game Changer” for Wet AMD? by Irv Arons Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As many of you know, I am now retired and no longer attending ophthalmic industry meetings, the source for much of my writing when I was producing the “Technology Update” co ... Read on »