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Ocugen, Inc. Announces Dosing Completion of Subjects with Geographic Atrophy in Cohort 1 of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of OCU410

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Ocugen completes dosing in the first cohort of Phase 1/2 ArMaDa clinical trial for OCU410, a gene therapy candidate for geographic atrophy.
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The completion of dosing in the first cohort of Ocugen's Phase 1/2 ArMaDa clinical trial for OCU410 represents a critical milestone in the development of treatments for geographic atrophy (GA), a severe form of dry age-related macular degeneration (dAMD). The prevalence of GA, affecting approximately 1 million people in the U.S., underscores the significant market potential for OCU410 if it proves to be safe and effective. The progress in this clinical trial is of particular interest to stakeholders as it signals the advancement of Ocugen's pipeline and could potentially lead to a breakthrough therapy in a market that is currently underserved.

From a medical research perspective, the use of AAV-hRORA as a modifier gene therapy is noteworthy. Gene therapies are at the forefront of precision medicine, offering potential one-time treatments that can modify or correct underlying genetic issues that contribute to diseases. If successful, OCU410 could set a precedent for similar treatments in ophthalmology and beyond, providing a template for future gene therapy endeavors.

Investors and analysts closely monitor the progress of clinical trials due to their implications for a company's financial health and future revenue streams. Ocugen's announcement could have a positive impact on investor sentiment and the company's stock price, as successful trials can lead to increased market capitalization and partnership opportunities. However, the inherent risk of clinical trials, especially in early phases like Phase 1/2, should not be overlooked. The cost of research and development is substantial and any setbacks could negatively affect the company's financial position.

It is also important to consider the competitive landscape. Other companies may be developing similar treatments for GA and the first to market often enjoys a competitive advantage. Therefore, the speed and success of Ocugen's clinical trials are crucial in determining its future market share and revenue potential.

Understanding the market dynamics for GA treatments is essential for assessing the potential impact of Ocugen's OCU410. Currently, there are limited treatment options for GA, which means a successful entry could capture a significant portion of the market. Market research would focus on the size of the target population, the rate of disease progression, patient demographics and the current standard of care to estimate the addressable market for OCU410.

Moreover, patient and physician awareness of new treatment options is critical for adoption. Market research can inform strategies for education and marketing, ensuring that if OCU410 reaches the market, it is well-positioned to meet the needs of patients and healthcare providers. Additionally, payer acceptance and reimbursement policies will be key factors in the commercial success of the therapy.

MALVERN, Pa., March 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc. (“Ocugen” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: OCGN), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies and vaccines, today announced that dosing is complete in the first cohort of its Phase 1/2 ArMaDa clinical trial for OCU410 (AAV-hRORA)—a modifier gene therapy candidate being developed for geographic atrophy (GA), an advanced stage of dry age related macular degeneration (dAMD). GA affects approximately 1 million people in the United States alone.

“We are very enthusiastic about the potential of OCU410 as a one-time treatment for life with a single sub-retinal injection,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Ocugen. “While there are currently two recently approved products for the treatment of GA, both require approximately 6-12 intravitreal injections annually and target only the complement system. OCU410 addresses multiple pathways causing dAMD, including complement, lipid metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress.”

Up to 13 leading retinal surgery centers across the United States are participating in the ArMaDa clinical trial. The enrollment in the first cohort is now complete and 3 subjects received 200µL single subretinal administration of the low dose (2.5x1010 vg/mL) of OCU410.

“As a retinal surgeon, I am encouraged by therapeutic options that can potentially provide long-term benefit to my patients,” said Lejla Vajzovic, MD, FASRS, Director of Duke Surgical Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology with Tenure in Adult and Pediatric Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases, Duke University Eye Center. “OCU410 is a novel modifier gene therapy approach that could initiate a paradigm shift in the field of ophthalmology.”

The ArMaDa clinical trial will assess the safety of unilateral subretinal administration of OCU410 in subjects with GA and will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 is a multicenter, open-label, dose-ranging study consisting of three dose levels [low dose (2.5×1010 vg/mL), medium dose (5×1010 vg/mL), and high dose (1.5 ×1011 vg/mL)]. Phase 2 is a randomized, outcome accessor-blinded, dose-expansion study in which subjects will be randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio to either one of two OCU410 treatment groups or to an untreated control group.

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) has supported the research of Dr. Neena Haider, inventor of modifier gene therapy, and OCU410 in particular, and is pleased that Ocugen is now spearheading the clinical trials necessary to bring this therapy closer to patients,” said Matthew Levine, Director of Grants, Advocacy and Partnerships at AMDF. “The continued advancement of OCU410 offers hope to those whose vision is already deteriorating that their remaining vision could be preserved and could potentially prevent others with an early dAMD diagnosis from developing any significant vision loss.”

The Company will continue to provide clinical updates.

About dAMD and GA
dAMD affects approximately 10 million Americans and more than 266 million people worldwide. It is characterized by the thinning of the macula. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for clear vision in one’s direct line of sight.

dAMD involves the slow deterioration of the retina with submacular drusen (small white or yellow dots on the retina), atrophy, loss of macular function and central vision impairment. dAMD accounts for 85-90% of the total AMD population.

About OCU410
OCU410 utilizes an AAV delivery platform for the retinal delivery of the RORA (ROR Related Orphan Receptor A) gene. The RORA protein plays an important role in lipid metabolism, reducing lipofuscin deposits and oxidative stress, and demonstrates an anti-inflammatory role in-vitro and in-vivo (animal model) studies. These results demonstrate the ability for OCU410 to target multiple pathways linked with dAMD pathophysiology. Ocugen is developing AAV-RORA as a one-time gene therapy for the treatment of GA.

About Ocugen, Inc. 

Ocugen, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies, biologics, and vaccines that improve health and offer hope for patients across the globe. We are making an impact on patients’ lives through courageous innovation—forging new scientific paths that harness our unique intellectual and human capital. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with a single product, and we are advancing research in infectious diseases to support public health and orthopedic diseases to address unmet medical needs. Discover more at www.ocugen.com and follow us on X and LinkedIn.

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Contact: 
Tiffany Hamilton 
Head of Communications 
Tiffany.Hamilton@ocugen.com  


Ocugen has completed dosing in the first cohort of the trial.

OCU410 is a modifier gene therapy candidate being developed for geographic atrophy (GA), an advanced stage of dry age-related macular degeneration (dAMD).

Approximately 1 million people in the United States are affected by GA.
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ocugen, inc., is a rapidly growing ophthalmology company developing a rich clinical pipeline of innovative therapies that address rare and underserved ocular disorders. the company’s lead programs in ocular graft versus host disease (ocu300) and chronic dry eye disease (ocu310) are expected to enter pivotal clinical trials in 2018. ocu300 received the first and only orphan drug designation for ocular graft versus host disease, providing certain regulatory and economic benefits. ocugen is also developing novel biologic therapies for retinitis pigmentosa (ocu100) and wet amd (ocu200), as well as a groundbreaking modifier gene therapy platform with potential to address a broad spectrum of inherited retinal disorders (ocu400). for more information, please visit www.ocugen.com.