Drug Development Firm and CRO Integral BioSystems LLC to Present Posters as Well as its Ophthalmic Formulation Platforms OcuSurf™ and EySite™ at ARVO 2014 in Orlando

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Dr. Shikha P. Barman, Integral BioSystems LLC Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and recipient of the prestigious award naming her “One of the 20 Women to Watch in 2014” by Mass High Tech, will lead her firm’s participation in the ARVO 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 4 – 7, 2014. To be located in Booth #644, the Boston area startup ophthalmic pharmaceutical formulation firm and CRO will present three technical posters as well as answer potential clients’ questions about its proprietary ophthalmic formulation platforms OcuSurf™ and EySite™.

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Dr. Shikha Barman

Dr. Shikha P. Barman has over 20 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in areas of drug delivery, pharmaceutical development and tissue engineering.

Boston area ophthalmic pharmaceutical formulation developer and CRO, Integral BioSystems, will be participating the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from May 4 – 7, 2014. This gathering of scientists, medical personnel, and representatives from related businesses combines a wide range of talks from commercial and academic figures in ophthalmological science, poster presentations about recent developments in ophthalmology, and offers of ophthalmology-related products and services.

OcuSurf™ is Integral BioSystems’ novel, front-of-the-eye platform designed to enhance the persistence and bioavailability of ophthalmic formulations, while EySite™ offers a new approach to back-of-the-eye treatments to minimize their negative effects.

Under the guidance of Dr. Barman, Integral BioSystems LLC began its operation as a pharmaceutical formulation developer and CRO in less than 200 square feet of subleased laboratory space with one employee. Less than four years later, the firm now has its own 3,500 square foot facility filled with its own state of the art equipment and 9 full-time employees.

Responsible for both the business direction and technical guidance of the firm, Dr. Barman has over 20 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in areas of drug delivery, pharmaceutical development and tissue engineering. Integral BioSystems has developed numerous dosage forms for ophthalmic, oral, sublingual, intranasal, IV and transdermal routes, always taking a translational approach to drug development, customizing delivery systems to achieve the biologically effective objectives of the therapy. Dosage forms are customized to achieve sustained release or targeted, tissue-focused delivery or fast-release/instant delivery, depending upon the desired product attributes.

The Company business model is based on the following corporate objectives: (a) to be a collaborating partner in formulation development/drug product design for start-up and small companies, taking concepts from the laboratory to the clinic, (b) to re-formulate approved drugs for better efficacy and safety profiles, (c) to be a collaborating partner with API synthesis companies to develop generic drug product formats and (d) to develop its own line of proprietary pharmaceutical formulation development platform technologies for licensing by drug developers.

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