Drug delivering contact lenses win MIT’s top healthcare innovation prize

This year’s grand prize winner of the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize was Harvard Medical School affiliate Theraoptix. The team has developed contact lenses that deliver medication to the eyes to treat disease or aid in surgery recovery. An alternative to traditional treatment through eye drops, the lenses provide gradual measured doses over days or weeks, and the regimen does not rely as heavily on patient memory or compliance. This competition, whose 2018 theme was “Pathways to Innovation in Healthcare,” is held annually in conjunction with the MIT Sloan Healthcare BioInnovations Conference.

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