NYEE INNOVATIONS: On the cutting edge ….200 years and counting
By assembling a world-class team of researchers and clinicians, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) is accelerating the development of innovative surgical approaches, treatment breakthroughs and enhanced imaging technologies to address the most difficult eye diseases. Driving this effort is the Ophthalmic Innovation and Technology Program, committed to taking the best and brightest ideas originating both within and outside NYEE and safely and effectively introducing them to patients with the help of our expert clinicians and external industry partners.
Micro-interventional technologies are transforming the field of ocular treatment, and the Ophthalmic Innovation and Technology Program is committed to being a national micro-surgical center of excellence. Our mission is to introduce first-in-class technologies capable of more than just incremental improvements but rather true disruptive innovation, which open new therapeutic windows into the treatment of eye diseases with global impact on population health.
Across all our work, collaborations are increasingly critical to success. NYEE’s innovation program has created an ecosystem for advancing research into the patient domain. First and foremost, we try to support any organic projects, clinical ideation, research and studies which originate internally – form our own faculty, residents and volunteer staff. However, we are also outward facing, actively looking to introduce innovation from the outside into Mount Sinai’s clinical ecosystem—new technologies, diagnostic modalities, new therapies. This new way of approaching problems is often an intricate and non-linear process that requires cross-functional activities and working closely with the investigators, industry sponsors, start-ups, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, local institutional review board (IRB), to name a few.
Capitalizing on Internal Strengths
Among our internal partners are The Shelley and Steven Einhorn Clinical Research Center, which provides a comprehensive infrastructure for the many clinical trials undertaken by NYEE, often in conjunction with pharmaceutical and other academic institutions. The Einhorn Clinical Research Center was among the country’s top recruiting sites for the CyPass Micro-Stent and the InnFocus MicroShunt® Glaucoma Drainage System. Another valued internal partner is New York Eye and Ear’s Advanced Retinal Imaging Lab whose scientists and technicians have excelled at finding innovative new approaches to early disease detection.
The Ophthalmic Innovation and Technology Program is also capitalizing on Mount Sinai’s vast range of basic science and translational research capabilities. This often means teaming up with such highly respected organizations as the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, the Black Family Stem Cell Institute, The Friedman Brain Institute, and the Eye and Vision Research Institute.
Developing cutting edge treatments requires commercializing them if patients are to benefit, and here New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is able to leverage Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP). MSIP opens the door to new relationships with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies to license and bring to market innovative ideas originating within NYEE laboratories.