- Six patients dosed at leading retinal surgery centers in the United States
- All participating study centers now active; next dose cohort is projected to start after review by the Data Safety Monitoring Board this month
- Clinical trial evaluates one-time treatment for wet AMD using NAV® AAV8 gene therapy; interim trial update expected by year-end 2017
ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq:RGNX), a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy based on its proprietary NAV® Technology Platform, today announced that the first cohort of six patients has been dosed in a Phase I clinical trial evaluating RGX-314 for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
“Dosing of the first six patients in the Phase I clinical trial was completed at three of the multi-center trial’s study sites,” said Stephen Yoo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of REGENXBIO. “All six study sites are now active to support enrollment in the next dose cohort that is projected to start after review by the Data Safety Monitoring Board this month. Our goal with this trial is to confirm prior observations in preclinical animal models that treatment with RGX-314 can deliver rapid and sustained therapeutic effects to provide long-lasting treatment for patients with wet AMD.”
Six leading retinal surgery centers across the United States are participating in the Phase I trial of RGX-314. This multi-center, open-label, multiple-cohort, dose-escalation clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of RGX-314 as a one-time therapy for patients with previously treated wet AMD. For further details on the trial, enrollment criteria and eligibility, please contact email@example.com or visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03066258.
REGENXBIO plans to share an interim trial update by the end of 2017.
About the Phase I Clinical Trial of RGX-314
RGX‑314 is currently being evaluated in a Phase I, multi-center, open-label, multiple-cohort, dose‑escalation study in adult subjects with wet AMD in the United States. The study is expected to include approximately eighteen previously treated wet AMD subjects that are responsive to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy and are 50 years of age or older. The study is designed to evaluate three doses of RGX-314 (3 × 10^9 genome copies (GC)/eye, 1 × 10^10 GC/eye, and 6 × 10^10 GC/eye). The primary purpose of the clinical study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of RGX-314 at 24 weeks after a single dose administered by subretinal delivery. Primary endpoints include safety and tolerability and secondary endpoints include ocular examinations and imaging (including BCVA and SD‑OCT) and the need for additional anti-VEGF therapy. Following completion of the primary study period, subjects will enter a follow-up period and will continue to be assessed until week 106 for long term safety and durability of effect.
RGX-314 is being developed as a one-time subretinal treatment for wet AMD. It includes the NAV AAV8 vector encoding an antibody fragment which inhibits VEGF, modifying the pathway for formation of new leaky blood vessels which lead to retinal fluid accumulation and vision loss. In preclinical animal models with conditions similar to macular degeneration, significant and dose-dependent reduction of blood vessel growth and prevention of disease progression was observed after a single subretinal dose of RGX-314.
About Wet AMD
Wet AMD is characterized by loss of vision due to new leaky blood vessel formation in the retina. This results in fluid leakage that can manifest in physical changes in the structure of the retina and loss of vision. Wet AMD is a significant cause of vision loss in the United States, Europe and Japan. There may be more than 2 million people living with wet AMD in these geographies alone.
Current anti-VEGF therapies have significantly changed the landscape for treatment of wet AMD, becoming the standard of care due to their ability to improve vision and retinal fluid in the majority of patients. These therapies, however, require repetitive and inconvenient intraocular injections, typically ranging from every four to eight weeks in frequency, to maintain efficacy. Patients often experience a decline in the initial vision gain from therapy with reduced frequency of treatment over time.
REGENXBIO is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. REGENXBIO’s NAV® Technology Platform, a proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery platform, consists of exclusive rights to more than 100 novel AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10. REGENXBIO and its third-party NAV Technology Licensees are applying the NAV Technology Platform in the development of a broad pipeline of product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas.
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