NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IVERIC bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISEE) today provided further clinical details and its development strategy for Zimura® (avacincaptad pegol), a novel complement C5 inhibitor, for the treatment of geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Based on the study design and the robustness of the recently announced topline data from a randomized, double masked, sham controlled Zimura clinical trial, the Company believes that only one additional pivotal, randomized, double masked, sham controlled clinical trial would potentially be needed to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Zimura in GA secondary to dry AMD in a manner sufficient to support regulatory approval, assuming that Zimura’s safety and efficacy profile remains consistent with the findings observed to date and subject to regulatory review.
The Company also announced that it has begun to identify U.S. and international clinical trial sites for the second pivotal clinical trial in GA secondary to dry AMD and plans to start enrolling patients in the first quarter of 2020.
On October 28, 2019, the Company announced that Zimura met its pre-specified primary efficacy endpoint and reached statistical significance in a randomized, double masked, sham controlled clinical trial in GA secondary to dry AMD. Zimura was generally well tolerated after 12 months of administration. IVERIC bio provided further details supporting the positive results from the clinical trial in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 12, 2019.
“This is an exciting milestone for IVERIC bio as we are moving Zimura forward for GA secondary to dry AMD expeditiously,” stated Glenn P. Sblendorio, Chief Executive Officer and President of IVERIC bio. “We are extremely pleased with the totality of the Zimura data to date and the potential for providing a treatment option to patients and their physicians, where there is an urgent unmet medical need. We are initiating the second pivotal clinical trial with the goal of enrolling our first patient in the first quarter of 2020. We plan to continue to explore all options for the future development and potential commercialization of Zimura, including potential collaboration and out-licensing opportunities, while we commence Phase 3 activities.”
“AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50, typically affecting both eyes. Dry AMD is reported to account for 85% to 90% of all AMD cases. Although we have various anti-VEGF treatment options available for wet AMD, which represents approximately 10% to 15% of AMD cases, we currently have no U.S. Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency approved treatment options available for patients with dry AMD or GA, which is the advanced stage of dry AMD,” stated Kourous A. Rezaei, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of IVERIC bio. “The Zimura clinical data to date in GA secondary to dry AMD are very encouraging and we will seek to leverage our efficient execution and deep expertise in retinal drug development with the goal of bringing Zimura to patients as soon as feasibly possible.”
Zimura R&D Symposium for Investors
The Company will host a Zimura R&D Symposium for Investors on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time in New York. The event will feature a presentation of the previously announced clinical trial results from the Company’s Zimura program in GA secondary to dry AMD and will include discussions with retina specialists and key opinion leaders in dry AMD. On October 28, 2019, the Company announced that Zimura met its pre-specified primary efficacy endpoint and reached statistical significance in a randomized, double masked, sham, controlled clinical trial in GA secondary to dry AMD.
Conference Call/Web Cast Information
IVERIC bio will host a conference call/webcast to discuss the Company’s financial and operating results and provide a business update. The call is scheduled for November 12, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in this conference call, dial 888-208-1711 (USA) or 323-994-2082 (International), passcode 5526863. A live, listen-only audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Investors section of the IVERIC bio website at www.ivericbio.com. A replay will be available approximately two hours following the live call for two weeks. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (USA Toll Free), passcode 5526863.
About Dry AMD / Geographic Atrophy
Dry AMD is a significant cause of moderate and severe loss of central vision in older adults, affecting both eyes in the majority of patients. Although dry AMD is the most common form of AMD, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency approved therapies to treat this condition. In dry AMD, thinning of the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in the central portion of the retina, or the macula, develops, along with other age-related changes to the adjacent retinal and choroidal tissue layers. Geographic atrophy, the advanced stage of dry AMD, is a disease characterized by degeneration of retinal tissue leading to further loss of vision.
Complement factor C5 is a central component of the complement cascade and is believed to be involved in the development and progression of dry AMD. Zimura is designed to target and inhibit complement factor C5. Zimura binds to C5 and inhibits its cleavage into the terminal fragments, C5a and C5b. By inhibiting the formation of complement system terminal fragments, Zimura may decrease the activation of inflammasomes and the formation of membrane attack complex (MAC), which occur at the end of the complement cascade. This mechanism of action could potentially prevent or slow down the degeneration of RPE cells providing the potential therapeutic rationale for GA secondary to dry AMD.
About IVERIC bio
IVERIC bio is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatment options for retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. Vision is Our Mission. For more information on the Company please visit www.ivericbio.com.
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