Sydnexis Secures $45 Million Series B Financing Led by Visionary Ventures and Blue Stem Capital

Visionary Ventures led a $45MM round into its 12th portfolio company, Sydnexis. Sydnexis is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary formulation of low dose atropine for the treatment of progressive myopia, today announced the completion of a $45 million Series B financing led by Visionary Ventures, Blue Stem Capital, and SC Master Fund, with participation from existing investors RA Capital Management, Longitude Capital, and Medicxi. The financing will be used to fund Sydnexis’ lead candidate, SYD-101, through completion of the fully enrolled pivotal Phase 3 STAAR study for the treatment of progressive myopia in children.

Sydnexis

Sydnexis is a San Diego based clinical stage pharmaceutical company currently in the middle of a pivotal Phase 3 study, focused on the development of a novel proprietary formulation of low dose atropine for the treatment of myopia. Myopia is a growing public health challenge worldwide that’s expected to affect 5 billion people by the year 2050.

RxSight, Inc. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering

RxSight, Inc., an ophthalmic medical device company, today announced the closing of its initial public offering raising $132MM. RxSight, Inc. is a commercial-stage medical technology company dedicated to improving the vision of patients following cataract surgery. The RxSight Light Adjustable Lens system, comprised of the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens (LAL®), RxSight Light Delivery Device (LDD) and accessories, is the first and only commercially available intraocular lens (IOL) technology that enables doctors to customize and optimize visual acuity for patients after cataract surgery. The LAL now features ActivShield™ technology, a revolutionary UV protection layer built into the lens.

Orasis Appoints Industry Veteran, Paul Smith, as President and Chief Operating Officer to Lead the Next Phase of Growth

Orasis Pharmaceuticals, an emerging ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on developing an innovative pharmaceutical solution for the treatment of presbyopia symptoms, today announced the initiation of NEAR-1 and NEAR-2 Phase 3 clinical studies in the U.S., evaluating its novel eye drop candidate designed to improve near vision for people with presbyopia.

Visionary Ventures Closes Fund II with $114MM in Committed Capital

Aliso Viejo, California, March 23, 2021 – Visionary Ventures today announced the closing of Visionary Venture Fund II with $114MM in committed capital. The Fund, which was strongly supported by existing and new investors, continues the firm’s strategy of partnering with Ophthalmology and Optometry Key Opinion Leader (KOL) limited partners to invest in ophthalmic pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Fund II enjoys investment and input from over 80 KOL experts spanning the front and back of the eye.

Re-Vana Therapeutics Names New Members to the Executive Team

Re-Vana Therapeutics announced the appointment of Michael Nash as Chief Commercial Officer and David Shima, PhD, as Vice President of Research and Development. The two executives will play critical leadership roles at Re-Vana as the company develops innovative sustained release therapies for a broad range of ophthalmic indications, including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and glaucoma.

OIS Investor Perspectives Panel with Jeffry Weinhuff, Visionary Managing Partner, along with KKR, NEA, OrbiMed, & HIG

Ophthalmology Innovation Summit Year in Review – Investor Perspectives

Participants:
Arjun Arora, Director – KKR
Ali Behbahani, MD, General Partner – NEA
Anat Naschitz, Managing Director – OrbiMed
Bruce Robertson, Managing Director – H.I.G. Capital
Jeffry Weinhuff, Managing Partner – Visionary Venture Fund

Moderated By:
William J. Link, PhD, Managing Partner – Flying L Partners

Orasis Closes $30MM Series C Round for Phase III Trials and Pre-Commercialization Activities.

Orasis Pharmaceuticals, an emerging ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on developing an innovative pharmaceutical solution for the treatment of presbyopia symptoms, today announced the initiation of NEAR-1 and NEAR-2 Phase 3 clinical studies in the U.S., evaluating its novel eye drop candidate designed to improve near vision for people with presbyopia.