Iris Pharma has expertise in all ophthalmic indications, and supports clients ranging from small start-ups to large pharmaceutical companies and from newcomers to experts in eye therapy. We work to move forward products that directly or indirectly affect eye health. We support our clients in every step of the process – from preclinical studies to clinical development – ensuring that the preclinical development program supports the intended clinical trial design and therapeutic use.
The origins of Iris Pharma date back to the late 1980s. Founder Dr. Pierre-Paul Elena – a former research officer at the France-based Laboratoires Dulcis-Allergan, which specialized in ophthalmic prescription drugs – identified a niche in the field of ocular drug development and recognized the pharmaceutical industry's growing need for preclinical outsourcing. Thus, Dr. Elena founded Iris Pharma as a contract research organization (CRO) in 1989.
Over the years, Iris Pharma has emerged as a worldwide leader in ocular drug and device development. Today Iris Pharma has nearly 70 scientists, veterinarians, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, and highly qualified staff working at two sites in La Gaude and Paris, France.
Iris Pharma relies primarily on our expert staff and our own laboratory and animal housing facilities in order to deliver the most flexibility and efficiency at all stages of the drug and device development process.
Nevertheless, during our 25 years in the field of ophthalmology, we have built solid relationships with key opinion leaders, internationally renowned ophthalmologists and pharmacologists, and well-established investigative sites. We have also made several strategic alliances and partnerships with internationally respected companies, in order to:
The expert network is critical for our clients to achieve success in launching new ophthalmic drugs and devices.
Iris Pharma has facilitated the translation of 45 ocular drugs and medical devices from the laboratory to marketing approval - in Europe and the United States - for glaucoma, dry eye, ocular inflammation, infection and allergy. These two case studies illustrate our collaboration on all stages of the drug and device development process in ophthalmology.
Iris Pharma is developing and implementing quality management systems focused on continual improvement and efficiencies, as well as customer satisfaction. A dedicated team oversees the effectiveness of these systems, evaluating and confirming that the services provided by Iris Pharma are carried out in compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations -- including Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) -- and with customers' expectations.
Each year, more than 100 quality assurance audits are carried out for internal purposes, including audits of subcontractors and providers.
Since 1995, Iris Pharma has been satisfactorily inspected by the French competent authority (ANSM) every two years with regards to GLP compliance.