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Santen makes waves at ESCRS 2019 with significant expansion into surgical devices and publication of real-world evidence in dry eye disease

Fri 6 September 2019

Geneva, Switzerland – Santen EMEA’s significant expansion into the surgical devices arena is underlined by the company’s activities at this year’s European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) congress. In addition to the launch of a new monofocal, hydrophobic intraocular lens (IOL), xact™ Mono-EDoF™, a panel of experts including Ike K. Ahmed, will review current surgical techniques and introduce Santen's PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt device as part of the ‘What do you expect from glaucoma surgery?’ symposium (Sunday, September 15th, 13:00 - 14:00, in South 4). PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt is a state-of-the-art surgical device, designed in collaboration with ophthalmologists that helps to drain eye fluid and reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) for patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). PRESERFLO™ is the new trademark of Innfocus MicroShunt®. PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt will replace Innfocus MicroShunt® in the future.


“With the launch of our new, pioneering intraocular lens and continued roll-out for the innovative PRESERFLO™ MicroShunt, Santen’s position as a specialist and leader in ophthalmology is further strengthened,” commented Luis Iglesias, Head of Santen EMEA. “In addition to our surgical devices offering, we continue to invest in our pharmaceutical portfolio including our ongoing commitment to real-world evidence to support the use of our medicines in a clinical setting.”

The 24-week interim results of PERSPECTIVE, an ongoing 12 month, non-interventional, multi-centre, European, prospective study have been presented at ESCRS 2019 (Tuesday 17th September, 14:48 to 14:56) as a poster. The study evaluated the effectiveness, tolerability and safety of cyclosporine A (CsA) 0.1% eye drop emulsion, marketed as IKERVIS®, in controlling severe keratitis and other parameters including improvement of symptoms, in adult dry eye patients, who had previously failed to respond to artificial tear treatments. The interim analysis data demonstrated that CsA 0.1% eye drop emulsion provides an effective, well tolerated and safe treatment at Week 24, compared with baseline, in adults with dry eye disease (DED) and severe keratitis. Key findings include:1

  • CsA 0.1% eye drop emulsion provided significant improvements in corneal fluorescein staining (CFS) grade at Week 24 (77.4%)
  • Statistically significant improvements were also demonstrated at Week 24, from baseline, concerning tear break-up time (TBUT) as well as objective and subjective measures
  • Most physicians regarded CsA 0.1% eye drop emulsion to be more effective than previous treatments. Both physicians and patients rated the tolerability of treatment highly
  • Most treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) were localised at the administration site and 67.7% were recovered without issue

Beyond this, Santen EMEA is hosting a range of educational events, both as part of the scientific programme as well as on our exhibition booth with the continuation of our booth talks initiative. Led by a number of international experts in their field, this way of engaging delegates aims to create another congress environment for peer-to-peer best practice sharing.





Sunday 15th September

13:00 - 14:00

What do you expect from glaucoma surgery?

Prof. Ingeborg Stalmans, Prof. Alain Bron, Prof. Ike Ahmed and Prof. Florent Aptel

South 4

Monday 16th September

13:00 – 14:00

Post-cataract infections: Prevention, management and the future

Prof. Francesco Bandello, Prof. Thomas Kohnen, Prof. Boris Malyugin and Dr. Ali Mearza

West 3

Monday 16th September


New concept monofocal IOL with continuous focus

Prof. David Spalton, Dr. Florian Kretz, Prof. Gerd U Auffarth and Dr. Mark Packer

West 1

Booth Talks

Saturday 14th September

10:00 – 10:30

How can we make a real difference in Dry Eye over the long-term?

Prof. Stefano Barabino

Booth A116

13:00 – 13:30

First clinical experience and bench testing with novel monofocal extended depth of focus IOL

Prof. David Spalton

15:30 – 16:00

Growing evidence on PRESERFLOTM MicroShunt

Prof. Florent Aptel

Sunday 15th September


PRESERFLOTM MicroShunt: Learning from an experienced user

Prof. Ike Ahmed

Monday 16th September

15:30 – 16:00

Cationic emulsion role in Dry Eye management

Prof. Oksana Vitovska

In addition to its expansion into surgical devices, we are engaged in research to support patients following ophthalmic surgery. Prof. Francesco Bandello will discuss ‘Post-cataract infections: prevention, management and the future’ and introduce new data considering the optimal management of post-cataract infectious complications. The discussion will address whether the use of a new topical combination of levofloxacin and dexamethasone followed by dexamethasone alone is not inferior to the standard 2-week tobramycin and dexamethasone treatment in preventing and treating ocular inflammation and in averting infections after cataract surgery.2

We are delighted to share these advancements with the community at ESCRS 2019 and look forward to interfacing with the ophthalmology to further address the clinical needs in the ophthalmology community.


  2. Data on file: LEADER7 Poster


Job code: PP-SANTEN-EMEA-0010

Date of preparation: September 2019