An Academic Interface for Industry

OSOD is a consulting consortium specifically formed to interface with industry. It serves as the portal through which pharmaceutical companies can access the expertise of university-based vision scientists.

Behind each of our OSOD members is a fully-functioning research laboratory supported by university-based resources at one of the following universities: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Davis, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, Cornell University, Ohio State University, University of Indiana, Medical University of South Carolina, and McMaster University.

The university-based functionality of OSOD is represented by the Comparative Ophthalmic Research Laboratories (CORL) at any of our members' universities in North America. Our members are committed to assisting industry in bringing the next generation of ocular therapeutics and devices to market for the benefit of patients.

OSOD is poised to assist industry in selecting the optimum setting and the appropriate experts to conduct any potential study designed to benefit patients with ocular diseases. We have found that small proof-of-concept or pilot studies, particularly those requiring specialized equipment, are often best conducted within the university setting. When appropriate, our personnel work with Covance, Inc. experts in translating university-based models to the regulatory CRO environment of Covance, Inc. We hope that you will enter into discussion with us so that we can help you get in contact with the appropriate expert within our extensive consortium.

How Do I Engage with OSOD's University-Based Laboratories?

Gary Leatherberry (COO) is contacted and a CDA is put in place to allow full discussion of the client's needs. At the same time, an initial telecon is arranged, typically engaging the executive team of OSOD. Once the needs of the company are understood, a consulting agreement is put in place, and a team of OSOD experts is assembled that has the appropriate experience and expertise to best assist the company.