CEO Ben Bergo (Visus)

No more squint­ing at menus? Vi­s­us Ther­a­peu­tics nabs $36M for pres­by­opia-cor­rect­ing eye drop

Vi­s­us Ther­a­peu­tics is off to a bit of a late start in the race for a ther­a­peu­tic al­ter­na­tive to read­ing glass­es. But with an added $36 mil­lion in the bank, CEO Ben Bergo is eye­ing a quick Phase II launch for the com­pa­ny’s dou­ble-agent eye drops.

Bergo co-found­ed Vi­s­us back in 2019, af­ter se­cur­ing the patents to the com­pa­ny’s lead can­di­date Brimo­chol from an­tivi­ral pi­o­neer Herb Kauf­man. The mi­otic-based eye drop for pres­by­opia is a com­bi­na­tion of two FDA-ap­proved phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals: car­ba­chol (mar­ket­ed as Mio­stat) and bri­moni­dine tar­trate.

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