ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With deep regret, Adeona Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: AEN), announced today the passing of its Senior Vice President of Research & Development, David A. Newsome, M.D. Dr. Newsome invented and developed ZincMonoCysteine and was the first person to pioneer and demonstrate the benefits of oral high dose zinc therapy in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. Oral high dose zinc containing nutritional products now represent the standard of care for age-related macular degeneration which affects over 10 million Americans.
During his career, Dr. Newsome spent over a decade in clinical and laboratory research at the National Eye Institute, becoming the Head of the Retinal Disease Section. As Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Dr. Newsome combined teaching and clinical work with his laboratory research. Dr. Newsome continued his passion of teaching, patient care, clinical and laboratory research as a full tenured Professor at Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans. After teaching there, Dr. Newsome formed his own surgical and medical retina disease private practice, and continued to perform clinical and laboratory research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and private foundation grants. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Dr. Newsome worked as a surgical ophthalmologist until joining the management team at Adeona in 2006. He earned an M.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Duke University, and completed an ophthalmology residency and a fellowship in retinal diseases and surgery at Harvard University. He also completed a retinal fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of his colleagues at Adeona, I would like to extend our hea