We are on a mission to preserve vision and prevent blindness.
Qlaris was founded upon a singular concept—that a comprehensive and complementary approach combining all aspects of scientific, medical, business, and strategic considerations can lead to unique insights enabling creative new ways to unlock value for patients suffering from debilitating ophthalmic diseases. This approach was uniquely realized due to the synergistic expertise of our co-founders.
Through their perseverance, a disruptive opportunity was realized in glaucoma, by targeting a critical component of intraocular pressure that was until recently considered immutable, untreatable, and untouchable. That key component—episcleral venous pressure (EVP)—was discovered to be addressable in the laboratory of Professor Michael Fautsch, PhD, at Mayo Clinic and is now being developed at Qlaris Bio with the promise of being a truly complementary mechanism to other drugs and drainage devices currently available to patients.
Beyond EVP, Qlaris Bio is now also embarking on an additional ground-breaking path to deliver sustained IOP-lowering without the need for a sustained-release polymer and to also provide IOP-independent neuroprotection thanks to further research on targeted gene delivery.
Thurein Htoo, MS, MBA
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founderRead Bio
Barbara Wirostko, MD, FARVO
Chief Medical Officer and Co-founderRead Bio
Hemchand K. Sookdeo, PMP, LSSGB, CSM
Vice President, Project Management and Portfolio OperationsRead Bio
Senior Director, Clinical OperationsRead Bio
Cynthia Steel, PhD, MBA
Director, Translational ResearchRead Bio
Director, Chemistry, Manufacturing, and ControlsRead Bio
Project ManagerRead Bio
Executive AssistantRead Bio