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TERMIS 2021 | Addressing corneal donation shortages with tissue engineering

May Griffith, PhD, University of Montreal & Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montreal, Canada, highlights issues associated with using donated corneas and the subsequent need for tissue engineered corneas. There is currently a shortage of donated corneas and many countries do not have eye banks. Patients may not also be suitable for corneal transplantation due to their condition and ones who receive donated corneas or other ocular tissues may face transplant rejection. This interview took place at the 6th World Congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS 2021).


Prof. Griffith is a named inventor on PCT patents WO2007/028258 A2 Interpenetrating networks, and related methods and compositions, assigned to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa; PCT/IB2017/056342 Collagen and CLP-based hydrogels, corneal implants, filler glue and uses thereof, which was assigned to the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation, and then subsequently assigned to North Grove Investments, Inc. wherein PCT national phase applications have been filed in the USA, EU, India, China, and Canada. She is also a named inventors on a US provisional patent application no. 62916765, subsequent to a disclosure to Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital and Université de Montréal.