Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus (Veneto Eye Bank Foundation) is a non-profit, social welfare organization and regional centre of reference for cornea transplantation and research into epithelial stem cells.
Established in 1987 in response to the growing need for ocular tissue for transplant in public hospitals in the Veneto Region, Fondazione is today one of the leading eye banks in Europe and the most important organized structure in Italy for the retrieval, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human ocular tissue for transplant and for the treatment of pathologies of the anterior segment of the eye. In addition, Fondazione was the first facility in the world able to distribute grafts of corneal stem cells reconstructed in vitro for the treatment of ocular pathologies not curable only with a corneal transplant.
Certified by the Italian National Transplants Centre and by Certiquality (Quality Management System conforms to the ISO 9001:2000 standard), the activities of Fondazione are focused towards increasing public awareness about the importance of corneal donation, and providing ocular tissues to ophthalmic surgeons for transplantation in accordance with the highest international standards of quality and safety.
Fondazione, in keeping with its mission, is committed to undertaking research of the highest quality and its designated research themes, portfolio of current and past projects, and expert group of researchers, are all testament to this commitment. Our research is carried out with the conviction that the integration and comparison of different research approaches and methodologies can produce the best results. From this point of view, the imminent opening of the new International Center for Ocular Physiopathology, subsequent to the existing eye bank and stem cells laboratories, is the latest step in the progression of our research which we believe will lead to an ever better understanding of eye diseases and consequently to finding real treatment solutions.
to ensure that corneal donation is the fruit of a conscious and voluntary choice and capable of giving comfort”, “to improve the quality of life of those affected by eye diseases, working towards sight restoration and providing assistance to those who fear losing their sight”, and “to contribute to the improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for the treatment of corneal diseases through ethically responsible research.