Company Also Will Present at “Mapping the Future of Geographic Atrophy” Session at Eyecelerator@AAO 2023
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2023--
Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American and TASE: LCTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing allogeneic cell therapies for unmet medical needs, today announced that Brian M. Culley, Lineage’s Chief Executive Officer, has been invited to present as part of the “Mapping the Future of Geographic Atrophy” session at Eyecelerator 2023, on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, at 10am PT. The session will also feature executive presenters from Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Iveric Bio, Annexon Biosciences, Aviceda Therapeutics, and ONL Therapeutics, alongside panelists, including Wiley Chambers, M.D., Director, Division of Ophthalmology, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, David Lyons, Ph.D., CFA, Janus Henderson Investors, and Namrata Saroj, OD, Principal, All Eyes Consulting.
In addition, the results of imaging analyses demonstrating evidence of rapid improvement in outer retinal structure and continued clinical benefit in subjects from a Phase 1/2a clinical study of RG6501 (OpRegen) (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02286089), have been accepted for presentation at Eyecelerator 2023. The presentation, “Subretinal Delivery of OpRegen, A Suspension of Allogeneic Retinal Pigment Epithelial (RPE) Cells in Geographic Atrophy (GA) Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD),” will be presented as part of the Presenting Company Breakout Session, between 1 – 2:45pm PDT, by Gary S. Hogge, D.V.M., M.S. Ph.D., Lineage’s Senior Vice President, Clinical and Medical Affairs. Eyecelerator will occur prior to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2023 Annual Meeting and will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023.
RG6501 (OpRegen) is a suspension of human allogeneic retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) cells currently in development for the treatment of GA secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). OpRegen subretinal delivery has the potential to counteract RPE cell loss in areas of GA lesions by supporting retinal cell health and improving retinal structure and function. It is being developed under an exclusive worldwide collaboration between Lineage, Roche, and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2a clinical study in patients with GA secondary to AMD (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05626114).
Eyecelerator brings the future of ophthalmology into focus. A partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Eyecelerator advances eye care innovation by connecting mission-driven entrepreneurs, investors, physicians, and business leaders through next-generation business conferences. Eyecelerator 2023 will provide a day of insightful, KOL-driven programs, including the latest industry advancements, investment trends, and innovative products disrupting eye care. For more information visit https://www.eyecelerator.com/ or follow the organization on Twitter: @Eyecelerator.
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, the organization protects sight and empowers lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. AAO innovates to advance the ophthalmology profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. The mission of the AAO is to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, leading ophthalmic education, and advancing the profession of ophthalmology. For more information visit https://www.aao.org/ or follow the organization on Twitter: @AAO_ophth or @AcademyEyeSmart.
About the Phase 1/2a Study
The Phase 1/2a study is an open-label, single-arm, multi-center, dose-escalation trial evaluating a single administration of OpRegen delivered subretinally in patients with bilateral GA secondary to dry-form AMD. Twenty-four patients were enrolled into 4 cohorts. The first 3 cohorts enrolled only legally blind patients with a best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 20/200 or worse. The fourth cohort enrolled 12 patients with impaired vision (BCVA from 20/65 to 20/250 with smaller mean areas of GA). Cohort 4 also included patients treated with a new “thaw-and-inject” formulation of OpRegen, which can be shipped directly to sites and used immediately upon thawing, removing the complications and logistics of having to use a dose preparation facility. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of OpRegen as assessed by the incidence and frequency of treatment-emergent adverse events. Secondary objectives are to evaluate the preliminary activity of OpRegen treatment by assessing the changes in ophthalmological parameters measured by various methods of primary clinical relevance.
About Geographic Atrophy
Geographic atrophy (GA) is an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) characterized by severe loss of visual function. GA is a leading cause of adult blindness in the developed world, affecting at least 5 million people globally. There are two forms of advanced AMD: neovascular AMD and GA. GA and neovascular AMD can occur simultaneously in the same eye, and patients treated for neovascular AMD may still go on to develop GA. GA typically affects both eyes.
About Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
Lineage Cell Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel cell therapies for unmet medical needs. Lineage’s programs are based on its robust proprietary cell-based therapy platform and associated in-house development and manufacturing capabilities. With this platform Lineage develops and manufactures specialized, terminally differentiated human cells from its pluripotent and progenitor cell starting materials. These differentiated cells are developed to either replace or support cells that are dysfunctional or absent due to degenerative disease or traumatic injury or administered as a means of helping the body mount an effective immune response to cancer. Lineage’s clinical and preclinical programs are in markets with billion dollar opportunities and include five allogeneic (“off-the-shelf”) product candidates: (i) OpRegen, a retinal pigment epithelial cell therapy in Phase 2a development for the treatment of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration, is being developed under a worldwide collaboration with Roche and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; (ii) OPC1, an oligodendrocyte progenitor cell therapy in Phase 1/2a development for the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries; (iii) VAC2, a dendritic cell therapy produced from Lineage’s VAC technology platform for immuno-oncology and infectious disease, currently in Phase 1 clinical development for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer; (iv) ANP1, an auditory neuronal progenitor cell therapy for the potential treatment of auditory neuropathy; and (v) PNC1, a photoreceptor neural cell therapy for the potential treatment of vision loss due to photoreceptor dysfunction or damage. For more information, please visit www.lineagecell.com or follow the company on Twitter @LineageCell.
Lineage cautions you that all statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, in some cases, can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “aim,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “design,” “intend,” “expect,” “could,” “can,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” “would,” “contemplate,” “project,” “target,” “tend to,” or the negative version of these words and similar expressions. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to: the potential therapeutic benefits of OpRegen in patients with GA secondary to AMD. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Lineage’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, the following risks: that Roche and Genentech may not successfully advance OpRegen or be successful in completing further clinical trials for OpRegen and/or obtaining regulatory approval for OpRegen in any particular jurisdiction; and those risks and uncertainties inherent in Lineage’s business and other risks discussed in Lineage’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Lineage’s forward-looking statements are based upon its current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included under the heading “Risk Factors” in Lineage’s periodic reports with the SEC, including Lineage’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and its other reports, which are available from the SEC’s website. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Lineage undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.
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