CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 10, 2017
|SECOND SIGHT MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.|
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12744 San Fernando Road, Suite 400
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On November 10, 2017, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (the “Company” or “we”) issued a press release announcing that the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) recommends Public Funding for the Company’s Argus ® II Retinal Prosthesis System.
OHTAC, in Ontario Canada, is recognized as a global leader in medical device health technology assessment. This positive, evidence-based recommendation will be shared with health systems internationally to facilitate improved global patient access to this important technology.
A copy of our press release entitled “Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee Recommends Public Funding for Second Sight’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System” is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release issued November 8, 2017|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: November 10, 2017
SECOND SIGHT MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
|/s/ Thomas B. Miller|
|By: Thomas B. Miller|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee Recommends Public Funding for Second Sight's Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System
SYLMAR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYES) ("Second Sight" or "the Company"), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics that are intended to create an artificial form of useful vision to blind patients, today announced that the Argus II ® Retinal Prosthesis System ("Argus II") has been recommended for public funding by the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) of Health Quality Ontario. The recommendation has been forwarded to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dr. Robert Devenyi, the ophthalmologist-in-chief at the University Health Network with the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute in Toronto stated, "The Ontario Health Technology Assessment Committee's positive recommendation for public funding is outstanding news for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and provides leadership in the care of individuals with vision health issues in Canada."
Will McGuire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Second Sight, said, "We are pleased that OHTAC has made this important decision to facilitate coverage of the Argus II in Ontario, which we believe will enable us to offer greater access to patients with RP and continue to fulfill our mission of providing useful vision to the blind."
OHTAC is recognized as global leader in medical device health technology assessment. This positive, evidence-based recommendation will be shared with health systems internationally to facilitate improved global patient access to this important technology.
About the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System
Second Sight's Argus II System provides electrical stimulation that bypasses the defunct retinal cells and stimulates remaining viable cells inducing visual perception in individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Argus II works by converting images captured by a miniature video camera mounted on the patient's glasses into a series of small electrical pulses, which are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These pulses stimulate the retina's remaining cells, intending to result in the perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient must learn to interpret these visual patterns, having the potential to regain some visual function. The Argus II was the first artificial retina to receive widespread commercial approval, and is offered at approved centers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Further information on the benefits and risks can be found in the peer reviewed paper at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161642016305796
About the Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System
Second Sight, the manufacturer of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II), has developed a new device, the Orion. A proof-of-concept clinical trial at UCLA demonstrating the viability of stimulation of the human visual cortex with a commercially available device from a different manufacturer was announced in Q4 2016. First-in-human clinical studies with the Orion are planned to begin in 2017. Like the Argus II, the idea behind Second Sight's Orion is to convert images captured by a miniature video camera mounted on the patient's glasses into a series of small electrical pulses. The Orion is designed to transmit these electrical pulses wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the visual cortex, intended to result in the perception of patterns of light. By bypassing the retina and optic nerve and directly stimulating the visual cortex, a cortical prosthesis system has the potential to restore useful vision to patients completely blinded due to many reasons, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or forms of cancer and trauma - many fold more patients than for the current Argus II indications. No clinical data is yet available for the Orion.
About Second Sight
Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence. Second Sight has developed, and now manufactures and markets, the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System. Enrollment has been completed in a feasibility trial to test the safety and utility of the Argus II in individuals with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. New hardware and software to improve the quality of the vision produced is underway. A clinical trial to study the Argus II in better-sighted subjects earlier in the disease was recently approved in Germany. Second Sight is also developing the Orion™ Visual Cortical Prosthesis to restore some vision to individuals who are blind due to causes other than preventable or treatable conditions. U.S. Headquarters are in Sylmar, California, and European Headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit www.secondsight.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward looking statements." These statements may be identified by words such as "estimates," "anticipates," "projects," "plans," or "planned," "seeks," "may," "will," "expects," "intends," "believes," "should," and similar expressions, or the negative versions thereof, and which also may be identified by their context. All statements that address operating performance or events or developments that Second Sight expects or anticipates will occur in the future, such as stated objectives or goals, or that are not otherwise historical facts, are forward-looking statements. While management has based any forward-looking statements included in this release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including those risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our Annual Report, on Form 10-K, as filed on March 16, 2017, and our other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto, or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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