Gift from Mr. Howard Ruby enables the purchase of the photonic professional 2 photon laser photolithography system. This equipment will be used to generate clinical grade 3D scaffolds for human retinal engineering, transplantation and restoration of vision. These scaffolds will be processed in our new state of the art cGMP clean room facility, The Dezii Translation Vision Research Facility (DTVR), for clinical application. The ultimate goal is to use the scaffolds generated with this equipment to deliver retinal photoreceptor, RPE and choroidal endothelial cells to people with advance vision loss.
Prior to this there were only 3 of these units at academic institutions in the United States (1 at each Cal Tech, U Nebraska at Lincoln, and Boston University).