- Lead product candidate ONS-5010 / LYTENAVATM (bevacizumab-vikg) has potential to be first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in multiple retinal indications
- Topline results from NORSE 1, the Company’s first registration clinical trial evaluating ONS-5010 and providing clinical experience and initial safety and efficacy data, are expected in August 2020
- NORSE 2 has enrolled 204 of 220 planned patients and is expected to complete enrollment no later than August 2020
- NORSE 3 open-label safety study designed to support planned BLA is expected to commence in Q4 2020
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., June 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Outlook Therapeutics, Inc. (OTLK) (the Company), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company working to develop the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in retinal indications, today provided a clinical update for ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg), the Company’s investigational ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab.
Outlook Therapeutics is currently conducting two registration clinical trials for ONS-5010. At an End-of-Phase 2 meeting in April 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the study design / size for the NORSE 1 and NORSE 2 trials and confirmed that each of them is acceptable and may support a new biologics license application (BLA) under the 351(a) regulatory pathway toward approval for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
“The remainder of 2020 is poised to be an exciting year for Outlook Therapeutics and ONS-5010 as we approach multiple major milestones in the coming quarter,” said Lawrence A. Kenyon, President, CEO and CFO of the Company. “The agreed-upon regulatory strategy with the FDA that includes the two registration trials provides us with a streamlined and significantly de-risked pathway towards approval. The first key milestone towards filing our new BLA begins with the topline safety and efficacy results from our NORSE 1 trial, which we expect to report in August, just two months away. This study is expected to provide us with valuable insight as to the safety of ONS-5010 dosed monthly in comparison to the PIER quarterly dosing regimen of ranibizumab. We also will be able to assess the first human efficacy data for ONS-5010 in wet AMD. Although not pivotal data, these study results will help to set the stage for NORSE 2.”
The NORSE 1 clinical trial completed enrollment in August 2019 and is on pace to report topline data in August 2020. NORSE 1 enrolled a total of 61 treatment naïve and previously treated patients at nine sites in Australia. NORSE 1 will provide initial safety and efficacy data for ONS-5010 in wet AMD patients for ONS-5010 dosed monthly compared to LUCENTIS® dosed using the PIER alternative dosing regimen of three monthly doses followed by quarterly dosing.
“The next key element in our streamlined regulatory pathway for ONS-5010 is our ongoing pivotal clinical trial, NORSE 2, which remains on track to complete enrollment within the next two months, with topline results expected in the third calendar quarter of 2021,” added Mr. Kenyon. “Additionally, we are preparing to initiate the NORSE 3 open-label study, which is meant to ensure enough patients have been exposed to ONS-5010 to meet the requirements for our planned BLA submission next year. We expect to commence NORSE 3 in the fourth calendar quarter of 2020.”
The NORSE 2 clinical trial commenced patient enrollment in July 2019 and is expected to enroll a total of approximately 220 treatment naïve patients at more than 40 clinical trial sites in the United States. NORSE 2 has currently enrolled 204 of the 220 patients. Patients in the trial will be treated for 12 months. The primary outcome of the study at Month 11 is a statistically significant difference in the proportion of patients who gain at least 15 letters in the best corrected visual acuity for ONS-5010 over LUCENTIS®, which is being dosed quarterly per the PIER regimen. The Company expects to report pivotal safety and efficacy data in the third calendar quarter of 2021.
The NORSE 3 open-label safety study will be conducted to ensure the adequate number of safety exposures to ONS-5010 are available for the initial regulatory filings. In total, approximately 180 patients are expected to be enrolled in several different vascular and inflammatory retinal diseases where an anti-VEGF drug can be used as a therapeutic option. Patients in NORSE 3 will receive three doses of ONS-5010 over three months.
In addition to NORSE 1 and NORSE 2 evaluating ONS-5010 for wet AMD, Outlook Therapeutics has received agreements from the FDA on three Special Protocol Assessments (SPAs), for three additional registration clinical trials. These SPAs cover the protocols for NORSE 4, a planned registration clinical trial evaluating ONS-5010 to treat branch retinal vein occlusion or BRVO, and NORSE 5 and NORSE 6, two planned registration clinical trials evaluating ONS-5010 for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, or DME.
“We believe there is a sizeable market opportunity for ONS-5010 which, if approved, will be a cGMP-produced, responsibly priced, on-label ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab to treat retinal diseases – an option that is not currently available. We are dedicated to bringing ONS-5010 to market as quickly and efficiently as possible so that patients can benefit from the safety and reliability of an FDA-approved product, and we look forward to providing you with additional updates in the coming months,” concluded Mr. Kenyon.
The Company intends to complete development of ONS-5010 for submission to the FDA as a new BLA under the 351(a) PHSA regulatory pathway for the treatment of wet AMD. The Company also has plans to submit for regulatory approvals in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan, as well as other countries.
If approved, ONS-5010 will be the first and only on-label ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for treating retinal diseases and has the potential to address a $9.1 billion anti-VEGF market.
About ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg)
ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg) is an investigational ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab under development to be administered as an intravitreal injection for the treatment of wet AMD and other retinal diseases. ONS-5010 is currently being evaluated in two adequate and well-controlled registration clinical trials for wet AMD (NORSE 1 and NORSE 2) and, if successful, is expected to be submitted to the FDA as a new BLA for this ophthalmic indication. If approved, ONS-5010 will be the first and only FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab to treat retinal diseases. The Company currently intends to commercialize ONS-5010 in both vials and single-use pre-filled syringes.
ONS-5010 is a full-length, humanized anti-VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) recombinant monoclonal antibody (mAb) that inhibits VEGF and associated angiogenic activity. With wet AMD, abnormally high levels of VEGF are secreted in the eye. VEGF is a protein that promotes the growth of new abnormal blood vessels. Anti-VEGF injection therapy blocks this growth. Since the advent of anti-VEGF therapy, it has become the standard of care treatment option within the retina community globally.
About Outlook Therapeutics, Inc.
Outlook Therapeutics is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company working to develop the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in retinal indications, including wet AMD, DME and BRVO. If ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab vikg), its investigational ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab, is approved, Outlook Therapeutics expects to commercialize it as the first and only approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in treating approved retinal diseases in the United States, Europe, Japan and other markets. Outlook Therapeutics expects to file ONS-5010 with the U.S. FDA as a new BLA under the PHSA 351(a) regulatory pathway. For more information, please visit www.outlooktherapeutics.com.
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