Ocata's Stem Cell Trials Entering Phase 2

Results from First Cohort Expected in the Second Quarter of 2016

Acucela (formerly Ocata) has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial using Ocata’s proprietary RPE cells in patients with atrophic (dry) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The purpose of the trial is to evaluate safety and explore efficacy as compared to a parallel control group. Interim top-line results from the first cohort is expected in the second quarter of 2016 and the interim read-out on the second two cohorts is expected by the end of 2016.
This Phase 2 study will include up to three cohorts of up to 20 subjects each. Each of the cohorts will receive one week of immune suppressive therapy prior to surgery and then different immune suppression regimens following transplantation of the cells, to determine the safety and tolerability of 0, 6 and 12 weeks of post-transplant systemic immune suppression. Untreated patients will receive placebo treatment similar in appearance and administration to those who have received cellular transplants.
“A key goal of this study is to more fully explore the efficacy signal that we reported in the Lancet in October of last year, with comparison to a control group of untreated patients rather than using the fellow eye for comparison. We believe that the data developed in this Phase 2 study will allow us to optimize the addressable patient population using well-controlled data while assessing potential endpoints for efficacy,” said Eddy Anglade, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Ocata. “We look forward to advancing into this next phase of development and we are grateful to the physicians and the patients who partner with us on these important programs. We expect that the data produced by this study will provide valuable guidance for the design of a Phase 3 program”
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Source: Market Watch