EyePoint Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 2 PAVIA Clinical Trial of EYP-1901 for the Treatment of Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
WATERTOWN, Mass., September 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYPT), a pharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 2 PAVIA clinical trial of EYP-1901, a potential sustained delivery intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatment targeting non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR).
“We are excited to announce the first patient dosing of the Phase 2 PAVIA clinical trial of EYP-1901 for NPDR, a serious eye disorder affecting almost one-third of adults over the age of 40 with diabetes that can lead to severe vision loss if left uncontrolled,” said Jay Duker, M.D., Chief Operating Officer of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. “Despite the severe nature of this disease, the current standard-of-care is no treatment until a patient develops sight-threatening complications. There remains a lack of approved treatments for this serious eye disease, leaving a significant opportunity for a long-acting treatment option that maintains the patient’s existing vision proactively. Building on EYP-1901’s excellent safety and efficacy results from our Phase 1 DAVIO trial in wet AMD, we believe that EYP-1901 has the potential to improve the current treatment paradigm as a sustained delivery maintenance treatment for NPDR and significantly improve the lives of patients living with this serious eye disorder.”
The 12-month, randomized, controlled Phase 2 PAVIA clinical trial of EYP-1901 for NPDR is expected to enroll approximately 105 patients randomly assigned to one of two doses of EYP-1901 (approximately 2 mg or 3 mg), or to the control group receiving a sham injection. EYP-1901 is delivered with a single intravitreal injection in the physician's office. The primary efficacy endpoint of the trial is improvement of at least two diabetic retinopathy severity scale (DRSS) severity levels as of week 36 after the EYP-1901 injection. Secondary endpoints include vision-threatening complications, occurrence of DME and/or proliferative disease, retinal ischemia/nonperfusion and safety. More information about the study is available at clinicaltrials.gov (identifier: NCT05383209).
EYP-1901 is being developed as an investigational sustained delivery treatment combining a bioerodible formulation of EyePoint's proprietary Durasert® delivery technology with vorolanib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Positive safety and efficacy data from the DAVIO Phase 1 clinical trial of EYP-1901 showed no reports of ocular or drug-related systemic serious adverse events and no dose limiting toxicities with stable visual acuity and OCT. Further, 53% and 35% of eyes did not require any supplemental anti-VEGF injections up to six and twelve months, respectively, following a single dose of EYP-1901. Phase 2 studies are underway for wet AMD and non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy and are planned for diabetic macular edema in 2023. Vorolanib is licensed to EyePoint exclusively by Equinox Sciences for the localized treatment of all ophthalmic diseases.
About Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy affects about 40 percent of people with diabetes and is projected to impact 14.6 million Americans by 2050. Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) is the early stage of the disease in which symptoms may be mild or nonexistent. In NPDR, the blood vessels in the retina are weakened, and tiny bulges in the blood vessels, called microaneurysms, may leak fluid into the retina. This leakage may lead to swelling of the macula and cause mild vision changes and blurriness. NPDR can lead to more serious complications or severe vision loss if left uncontrolled. The current standard of care for patients experiencing vision loss include intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF agents or laser photocoagulation, which can become a burden on patients, caregivers and physicians due to the longevity of the disease and need for consistent therapies.
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: EYPT) is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing therapeutics to help improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders. The Company's pipeline leverages its proprietary Durasert® technology for sustained intraocular drug delivery including EYP-1901, an investigational sustained delivery intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment currently in Phase 2 clinical trials. The proven Durasert drug delivery platform has been safely administered to thousands of patients' eyes across four U.S. FDA approved products, including YUTIQ® for the treatment of posterior segment uveitis, which is currently marketed by the Company. EyePoint Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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