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Tuesday 05 May, 2015

Oxford Biomedica PLC

Presentation of RetinoStat® results

RNS Number : 1490M
Oxford Biomedica PLC
05 May 2015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford BioMedica's Phase I study results with RetinoStat® were selected as a "Hot Topic" at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in US

 

Oxford, UK - 5 May 2015: Oxford BioMedica plc (LSE: OXB), ("the Company") the leading gene and cell therapy based biopharmaceutical company, today announces that results from the 21 patients in its Phase I study of RetinoStat®, a lentiviral vector based treatment for severe wet age-related macular degeneration AMD, was selected as a "Hot Topic" at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference on 4 May 2015 in Denver, USA and presented via a poster.  The Annual Meeting Program Committee of ARVO selected Oxford BioMedica's poster due to the study representing the newest and most innovative research being conducted in ophthalmology. This distinction was awarded to fewer than 6% of all 2015 Annual Meeting abstracts.

 

The Phase I study was primarily designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of RetinoStat® for the treatment of severe wet AMD at six months post single injection. RetinoStat® was administered to 21 patients by subretinal injection, the first ever time a lentiviral vector has been administered to the human eye. The study consisted of a dose escalation phase and then an expanded final cohort at the highest tolerated dose, which was the maximum dose administered. The study enrolled subjects with high fibrotic retinas where there was a poor anti-VEGF response following a prior responsive history. Secondary endpoints to assess signs of clinical benefit were also measured. Additionally, aqueous tap samples were taken to quantify the expression of the transgenes at various time points and at each dose. Analysis of these samples showed that gene expression was dose-dependent and was stable over at least 12 months. 

 

As previously announced, the results of the Phase I study demonstrated that RetinoStat® met the six month primary endpoints of safety and tolerability. Over the full forty eight week study, patients also showed signs of clinical benefit, with visual acuity stabilisation and a reduction in vascular leakage consistent with the mechanism of endostatin and angiostatin function in vivo in this severe wet AMD population.

 

Oxford BioMedica will work in consultation with the Principal Investigators of the study as well as Key Opinion Leaders in the retinal field at the ARVO conference and, following review of the complete data set, will look at all the possible indications for the product going forward. The data from the Phase I study will be published in a peer reviewed journal in due course.

 

John Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford BioMedica, said:

"The selection of our Phase I study results for RetinoStat® as a "Hot Topic" at the prestigious ophthalmology ARVO conference demonstrates that our LentiVector® platform can safely and effectively deliver genes to the retina resulting in robust and long term expression. We look forward to exploring the indications for RetinoStat® with world-leaders in this field."

 

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

 

Oxford BioMedica plc:

John Dawson, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Watts, Chief Financial Officer

 

Tel: +44 (0)1865 783 000

 

Financial and corporate communications enquiries:

Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott/Matthew Neal/Chris Welsh/Laura Thornton

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3709 5700

 

 

Notes for editors

 

Oxford BioMedica plc (LSE: OXB) is a leading gene and cell therapy company with an unrivalled portfolio of gene therapy products in development and a platform of exclusive and pioneering technologies with which it designs, develops and manufactures unique gene-based medicines for some of world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Leveraging its proprietary LentiVector® IP and gene delivery system technology platform andunique tumour antigen (5T4), Oxford BioMedica is advancing its pipeline of seven gene therapy products addressing diseases for which there are currently no treatments or that are inadequately treated today, including ocular and central nervous system disorders. OXB Solutions, the Company's industry-leading manufacturing and development business, provides services to collaborators and partners working in gene and cell therapy, including Novartis and Immune Design Corp.  In addition, the Company has licenced products and IP to Sanofi, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, MolMed, Sigma-Aldrich, Biogen Idec, Emergent BioSolutions and ImaginAb. Further information is available at www.oxfordbiomedica.co.uk  and www.oxbsolutions.co.uk.

 

 


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