MALVERN, Pa., April 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc. OCGN, a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene therapies, biologicals and vaccines, announced today that the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of OCU400, the Company's flagship modifier gene therapy candidate for the treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), reviewed safety data based on dosing to date and recommended that the study proceed with enrolling additional subjects.
The OCU400-101 clinical study to assess the safety and efficacy of modifier gene therapy candidate OCU400 for RP resulting from mutations in the nuclear receptor subfamily 2 group E member 3 (NR2E3) and Rhodopsin (RHO) genes recently dosed its first patient. The DSMB recommended that the Company continue enrolling the remaining study subjects in this current cohort at the target dose level.
Ocugen's modifier gene therapy platform targets nuclear hormone receptors (NHRs) that regulate multiple functions within the retina, giving it the potential to address many different gene mutations – and in turn, multiple retinal diseases – with a single product. Traditional gene therapy, which transfers a functional version of a non-functional gene into target cells, addresses only one individual gene mutation at a time.
"It's a positive first step that the DSMB review of the current OCU400-101 study results identified no serious adverse events and recommended that the study proceed with enrollment," said Mark Pennesi, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Paul H. Casey Ophthalmic Genetics Division, Oregon Health & Science University, and member of Ocugen's Retina Scientific Advisory Board. "We're looking forward to understanding how this modifier gene therapy platform could treat inherited retinal degeneration, potentially bringing an option to people affected with this disease."
About Ocugen, Inc.
Ocugen, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene therapies, biologicals and vaccines that improve health and offer hope for people and global communities. We are making an impact through courageous innovation, taking science in new directions in service of patients. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple diseases with one drug and we are advancing research in other therapeutic areas to offer new options for people with unmet medical needs. Discover more at www.ocugen.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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