Positive top-line data from Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s phase II study of EYP-1901 and the selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor vorolanib for treating wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is challenging Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s recently approved Eylea (aflibercept).
A Character Biosciences Inc. patent describes polypeptides acting as low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) ligands and reported to be useful for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
As expected, Aldeyra Therapeutics Inc. received a complete response letter (CRL) from the U.S. FDA regarding its NDA for reproxalap in dry eye disease, with the agency requiring “at least one” additional study to prove efficacy of the reactive aldehyde species, or RASP, modulator.
Oxurion NV, which had spent much of 2023 scraping together funding in hopes of a positive readout for its bicyclic peptide, THR-149, in diabetic macular edema (DME), now faces a bankruptcy filing after the drug failed to best established anti-VEGF therapy aflibercept (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.) in improving vision in part B of the phase II Kalahari study.
Inflammasome Therapeutics Inc. has received FDA clearance to begin a phase I/II trial of the company’s inflammasome inhibitor for the treatment of geographic atrophy, the most severe form of dry age-related macular degeneration. This is the first clinical trial of an inflammasome inhibitor to treat geographic atrophy. The company’s sustained-release implant contains the first of a new class of inflammasome inhibitor drugs, Kamuvudines, developed by the company and designed to halt the multiple processes that cause geographic atrophy.
Ray Therapeutics Inc. has been awarded a $4 million grant by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to help advance development of the company’s optogenetics technology platform and support progression of RTX-021 for the treatment of geographic atrophy, the advanced form of age-related macular degeneration.