Zilia and Kagawa University Launch First Study in Japan on Retinal Oxygenation and Eye Diseases

Quebec City, Apr. 30, 2024 – Zilia, a pioneer in non-invasive ocular biomarker technologies, announces a collaboration with Kagawa University to initiate a landmark clinical study in Japan.


This research aims to investigate the impact of retinal oxygenation levels in different ocular conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and age-related macular degeneration. Employing Zilia Ocular, a revolutionary retinal camera designed to measure blood oxygen saturation within the eye, this study marks Zilia’s entry into the Japanese research landscape.

Under the leadership of Dr. Kiyoshi Suzuma, Kagawa University will spearhead the trial, leveraging its outstanding research capabilities. Spanning over five years, the study will involve a comprehensive analysis of 90 patients.

Dr. Suzuma highlights the project’s potential, stating, “This collaborative effort with Zilia represents a monumental leap forward in understanding the dynamics of oxygenation in the eye. This groundbreaking study holds immense promise for unlocking new avenues in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases.”

Dr. Patrick Sauvageau, optometrist, CEO and Co-founder of Zilia, commented on the study’s significance: “Partnering with Kagawa University for our inaugural Japanese study is a pivotal moment for Zilia. We are firmly committed to enhancing vision care through innovative research, and this study is a key part of our mission to deliver personalized healthcare solutions for individuals suffering from retinal diseases.”

About Zilia

Zilia is a medical technology company developing a groundbreaking platform to non-invasively measure biomarkers in the eye, with an initial focus on ocular oximetry. By integrating advanced photonics and artificial intelligence, Zilia’s first-of-kind technology is intended to leverage the eye’s optical properties and its direct connections to the vascular system and the brain, capturing critical information on ocular and overall health.

About Kagawa University

Kagawa University is a leading national, comprehensive university in Japan, renowned for its diverse academic offerings across six faculties: Education, Law, Economics, Medicine, Engineering and Design, and Agriculture. Fostering a vibrant and inclusive learning environment, the university welcomes over 6,000 students, including more than 200 international scholars. Committed to excellence in education, research, and international collaboration, Kagawa University is a premier destination for students worldwide.

For more information: https://www.kagawa-u.ac.jp/en/

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