Temperature-Controlled Laser Therapy

Maculaser ERG-based technology enables real-time and personalized control of temperature of the retina during non-damaging ophthalmic laser treatments.

Our industry-disruptive goal is disease prevention by providing effective and safe laser treatments for retinal disorders that impact the everyday life of millions of people worldwide.

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Key benefits and GOALS

Early intervention

Non-damaging laser treatments have shown no systemic side-effects. Addition of retinal temperature-control allows effective treatment of blinding eye diseases earlier than with late phase drug injections.

Consistent outcome

Electroretinography-based treatment optimization enables ophthalmologist to reach therapeutic temperature consistently with every patient.

Cost savings

Significant reduction of the current $400B direct healthcare system cost caused by the management of retinal diseases.

Solution

Maculaser idea v3
Maculaser idea v3

Treatment aim

Heat the fundus to the therapeutic temperature to induce regenerative effects of temperature elevation without damaging retinal tissue.

Problem

Lack of patient-specific thermal dosimetry and safety controls currently limit the efficacy and utilization of the treatments.

Maculaser solution

Electroretinography (ERG)-based temperature-control enables personalized non-damaging laser treatments consistently landing to the therapeutic target temperature.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Heating retinal tissue and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) causes a range of beneficial effects on unhealthy tissues, including elevated therapeutic heat shock protein production, downregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), thinning of Bruch’s membrane, reduction of drusens, resolution of subretinal fluid, prevention of apoptosis and activation of autophagy. [Refs. 1-15] These heat-activated mechanisms pursue to reduce oxidative stress, prevent the aggregation of proteins, improve the transport of nutrients, and enhance RPEs cytoprotective mechanisms, i.e., they stimulate the natural, biological healing response of RPE [Refs. 16, 17]. Laser-induced heat shock activates mechanisms in the RPE that could retard or even reverse the progression of major retinal diseases. Non-damaging laser treatments aim to induce regenerative effects of temperature elevation without damaging retinal tissues. The beneficial effect of non-damaging laser treatments has been demonstrated in several clinical trials for common macular diseases such as diabetic macular edema (DME), retinal vein occlusion (RVO), chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) [Refs. 1, 2, 18-30]. However, the therapeutic temperature range of the treatment is narrow, and the laser-induced temperature elevation varies between patients due to physiological differences eye opacity, blood circulation and level of pigmentation. Maculaser offers patient-specific temperature and safety controls to conduct personally optimized laser treatments.

Timeline

Maculaser is currently preparing for the clinical trials after successful preclinical tests, which demonstrated that the core dosimetry technology works, and also showed that the treatment successfully activates the cellular-level heat shock response as expected.

PRECLINICAL PHASE

CURRENT

CLINICAL PHASE

PRODUCT LAUNCH

PRECLINICAL
PHASE

CURRENT

CLINICAL PHASE

PRODUCT LAUNCH

We are looking for additional clinics and ophthalmologists to join the clinical phase (multi-site / pivotal trial). Please contact us to get more information.

Our Story

Maculaser is a clinical phase medical technology company developing novel laser therapy for retinal diseases. Company’s technology solution enables real-time and personalized control of therapeutic heat dose in the retina during non-damaging ophthalmic laser treatments.

Our history dates back to 2013 to a research focusing on controlled induction of therapeutic heat shock proteins in the retinal pigment epithelium layer in order battle degenerative changes in the eye. The invention to use electroretinography (ERG) signal to control laserinduced retinal heating initiated the ongoing research program in the team of Prof. Ari Koskelainen at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland, in collaboration with leading AMD and medical retina specialists from various university hospitals. The science behind Maculaser deep tech solution has already been tested in peer-reviewed scientific publications (see below).

Company’s industry-disruptive goal is to make early disease prevention a reality by providing effective and safe use of lasers for central macular disorders that impact the everyday life of millions of people worldwide.

Maculaser in scientific literature

Kaikkonen, O., Turunen, T., Amirkavei, M., Meller, A., √Öhlgren, J., Temperature-controlled subthreshold laser therapy of pig retina, in preparation

Kaikkonen, O., Turunen, T., Amirkavei, M., Meller, A., √Öhlgren, J., Retinal temperature determination based on photopic porcine electroretinogram, in review

Amirkavei, M., Pitkänen, M., Kaikkonen, O., Kaarniranta, K., André, H., & Koskelainen, A. (2020). Induction of Heat Shock Protein 70 in Mouse RPE as an In Vivo Model of Transpupillary Thermal Stimulation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(6). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21062063

Pitk√§nen, M., Kaikkonen, O., & Koskelainen, A. (2017). A Novel Method for Mouse Retinal Temperature Determination Based on ERG Photoresponses. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 45(10), 2360‚Äď2372. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10439-017-1872-y

Pitkänen, M., Kaikkonen, O., & Koskelainen, A. (2019). In vivo monitoring of mouse retinal temperature by ERG photoresponses. Experimental Eye Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exer.2019.05.015

Management Team

Jani Tirronen

CEO, Co-Founder

Teemu Turunen

Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder

Ossi Kaikkonen

CTO, Co-Founder

Contact Us

Get in touch

Maculaser Oy

c/o Terkko Health Hub, Building 14
Haartmaninkatu 4
00290 Helsinki, Finland

info[at]maculaser.com

Co-operation contacts

We are currently looking for co-operation with:

  • medical retina specialists
  • medtech investors
  • industrial partnerhips in the field of ophthalmic lasers and optics