LONDON and NEW YORK, April 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MeiraGTx Holdings plc (MGTX), a vertically integrated, clinical stage gene therapy company, today announced a pre-clinical poster on safety and efficacy of the Company’s gene therapy product candidate AAV-CNGA3 for the treatment of patients with achromatopsia (ACHM) due to mutations in the CNGA3 gene will be presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Details of MeiraGTx’s poster are as follows:
Title: Development and efficacy assessment of AAV2/8-hG1.7p.coCNGA3, a CNGA3 gene therapy vector
Abstract Number: 3426 - A0197
Session Name: Gene therapy for ocular disorders
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:45am – 1:30pm PT (2:45pm – 4:30pm ET)
Location: West Exhibition Hall
Data Summary: AAV-CNGA3 utilizes a proprietary engineered promoter (hG1.7p) that was associated with strong, pan-cone gene expression in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived retinal organoids driving a codon-optimized CNGA3 cDNA. In pre-clinical models, treatment with AAV-CNGA3 resulted in long-term visual improvements and cone photoreceptor survival at titers planned for use in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AAV-CNGA3.
AAV-CNGA3 is a gene therapy treatment being developed as a potential treatment for patients with achromatopsia (ACHM) due to mutations in the CNGA3 gene. Delivered via subretinal injection to a patient’s cone receptors at the back of the eye, AAV-CNGA3 is designed to restore cone function by delivering a normal copy of the CNGA3 gene. AAV-CNGA3 has been granted orphan drug designation and rare pediatric disease designation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
AAV-CNGA3 is being developed in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen), one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
In 2019, MeiraGTx and Janssen expect to initiate a Phase 1/2 dose escalation study of AAV-CNGA3 in children with ACHM due to mutations in the CNGA3 gene.
Achromatopsia is an inherited retinal disorder that specifically prevents cone photoreceptors from functioning. ACHM is characterized by severely reduced visual acuity of 20/200 or worse, disabling light sensitivity (photoaversion) and involuntary back and forth eye movements (nystagmus). ACHM occurs in approximately one in 30,000 people in the United States, with 92 percent of cases caused by mutations in CNGB3 and CNGA3 genes. Currently, there are no effective treatments for this disease.
MeiraGTx (MGTX) is a vertically integrated, clinical stage gene therapy company with five programs in clinical development and a broad pipeline of preclinical and research programs. MeiraGTx has core capabilities in viral vector design and optimization and gene therapy manufacturing, as well as a potentially transformative gene regulation technology. Led by an experienced management team, MeiraGTx has taken a portfolio approach by licensing, acquiring and developing technologies that give depth across both product candidates and indications. MeiraGTx’s initial focus is on three distinct areas of unmet medical need: inherited retinal diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and severe forms of xerostomia and xerophthalmia. Though initially focusing on the eye, central nervous system and salivary gland, MeiraGTx intends to expand its focus in the future to develop additional gene therapy treatments for patients suffering from a range of serious diseases.
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