Global Ophthalmic R&D, Santen Inc
Naj Sharif is a graduate of Southampton University, England (UK), where he received his BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology and his PhD in Neuroscience. He has been in the pharmaceutical industry for 31-years holding leadership positions of increasing scope and responsibility, spanning discovery research, drug development and regulatory affairs. His 22-year R&D tenure at Alcon resulted in his contributions to the discovery/development and US FDA and EMA approvals of Travatan® (Travoprost), Simbrinza®, Patanol® (Olopatadine) and Emedine® (Emedastine), to treat glaucoma/ocular hypertension and ocular allergies. He has also discovered, patented and out-licensed the first FP-prostaglandin-receptor antagonist (AL-8810) that is proving a useful pharmacological tool to dissect the role of FP-receptors in human and animal diseases.
Glaucoma treatment: Novel drugs and devices on the horizon