Ocugen’s Milestone: Submitting OCU200 for Phase 1 Clinical Trial


MALVERN, PA — Ocugen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCGN) this week announced that it has submitted an Investigational New Drug application (IND) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial of OCU200, a fusion protein with a distinct mechanism of action (MOA), for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). This regulatory milestone fulfills the Company’s commitment to file the IND for OCU200 within the first quarter of 2023.

“Today’s achievement is an important step towards fulfilling our mission to bring novel therapeutics to address limitations of the current standard of care or unmet medical needs in hard-to-treat blindness diseases,” said Dr. Arun Upadhyay, Chief Scientific Officer at Ocugen. “We are encouraged by the potential for OCU200 to provide a new treatment option for the significant percentage of people living with DME, including non-responders to the current standard of care.”

The planned Phase 1 clinical study will assess the unilateral intravitreal administration of OCU200 alone or in combination with an approved anti-VEGF therapy in participants with DME. This is a multicenter, open-label, dose-ranging study with 3 cohorts in the dose-escalation portion of the study and 1 cohort in the combination therapy portion of the study.

DME is one of the most common vision-threatening diseases occurring in people with diabetes and includes blurriness in vision and progressive vision loss as the disease progresses. Approximately 745,000 people in the United States are affected with DME, and this number is expected to further increase as the number of people with diabetes increases.

The Company intends to pursue additional indications for OCU200 to potentially treat diabetic retinopathy and wet age-related macular degeneration, which combined affect nearly 9.0 million Americans.

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