ADX-2191 Statistically Superior to Historical Control for Primary Endpoint of Prevention of Retinal Detachment (P=0.024)
Numerical Superiority of ADX-2191 over Routine Surgical Care Achieved for Majority of Secondary, Exploratory, and Safety Endpoints
ADX-2191 Observed to be Well Tolerated with No Safety Concerns Noted
Company Plans to Discuss Completion of Clinical Development in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the First Half of 2023
Company to Host Conference Call at 8:00 a.m. ET Today
LEXINGTON, Mass., October 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDX) (Aldeyra or the Company) today announced the achievement of the primary endpoint in Part 1 of the Phase 3 GUARD Trial of ADX-2191 (methotrexate injection, USP1) for intravitreal administration, an investigational drug candidate, for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), a rare sight-threatening retinal disease with no approved therapy. ADX-2191 was statistically superior to historical control2 for the prevention of retinal detachment due to PVR over six months (P=0.024).
"Proliferative vitreoretinopathy represents a major unmet medical need and is particularly difficult to treat, highlighting the need for an effective therapy," stated Marco Zarbin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. "The recent reports describing the activity of methotrexate in preventing PVR, in conjunction with the results of the GUARD Trial, offer hope to many patients and physicians that today have few options for treatment."
Part 1 of the GUARD Trial was designed to assess the preliminary activity of ADX-2191, a novel vitreous-compatible formulation of methotrexate, versus historical control and routine surgical care without therapy in patients with PVR. Sixty-eight patients received ADX-2191, and 38 patients received routine surgical care. Relative to historical control, statistically significant reduction (P=0.024) in retinal detachment over six months was observed following serial intravitreal injection of ADX-2191. Although not statistically powered for secondary or exploratory endpoints, the results of the GUARD Trial demonstrated numerical superiority of ADX-2191 over routine surgical care in reducing the dichotomous endpoints of retinal detachment rate over six months, hypotony (low intraocular pressure), complete retinal attachment by six months, macular attachment by six months, and epiretinal membrane formation (overall P=0.047). Visual acuity was similar between ADX-2191 treatment and routine surgical care groups. Central macular thickness was numerically lower in ADX-2191-treated patients.
No safety signals were observed in the trial, and ADX-2191 was well tolerated; there were no observed treatment-emergent serious adverse events. The most common adverse event associated with ADX-2191 treatment was punctate keratitis, a well-known side effect of intravitreal methotrexate, that was most commonly mild in severity. Across all other treatment-emergent adverse events occurring in at least 10% of patients in either treatment arm, relative to patients treated with routine surgical care, ADX-2191-treated patients had numerically fewer side effects, including pain, cystoid macular edema, corneal edema, macular fibrosis, corneal epithelial defects, anterior uveitis, ocular hypertension, and post-operative inflammation (overall P=0.0002). In the ADX-2191 group, there was one discontinuation, which was due to scheduling difficulties.
Aldeyra intends to discuss completion of clinical development of ADX-2191 for the prevention of PVR in a Type C meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first half of 2023. ADX-2191 has received FDA Orphan Drug Designation and FDA Fast Track Designation for the prevention of PVR, and EU Orphan Medicinal Product Designation for the treatment of retinal detachment. ADX-2191 has also received FDA Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma and retinitis pigmentosa.
"The ADX-2191 platform for the prevention and treatment of rare retinal disease continues to advance towards commercialization, and is a critical late-stage pipeline program with the potential to address a number of diseases with no FDA-approved therapies," stated Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aldeyra.
Conference Call Information
Aldeyra will host a conference call to discuss this announcement at 8:00 a.m. ET today, October 6, 2022. The dial-in numbers are (844) 200-6205 for domestic callers and (646) 904-5544 for international callers. The access code is 005042. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the "Investors & Media" section of the Aldeyra website at https://ir.aldeyra.com. Presentation slides, which contain material information and should be reviewed in conjunction with this press release, will be available on the investor relations page prior to the start of the conference call and webcast.
After the live webcast, the event will remain archived on the Aldeyra website for 90 days.
ADX-2191 (methotrexate injection, USP) is a sterile, non-compounded intravitreal formulation of methotrexate for the potential prevention or treatment of specific rare retinal diseases, including primary vitreoretinal lymphoma, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. The ADX-2191 intravitreal formulation is preservative-free, designed to be vitreous-compatible, and optimized for excipient composition, viscosity, density, tonicity, pH, concentration, and volume of administration. ADX-2191 has received FDA Orphan Drug Designation for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and the treatment of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma and retinitis pigmentosa.
About Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is a rare inflammatory fibroproliferative disorder that leads to severe retinal scarring and blindness, and is the leading cause of failure of retinal reattachment surgery. Left untreated, retinal detachment due to PVR can progress to permanent blindness. PVR affects approximately 4,000 patients per year in the U.S. There is currently no approved therapy for the treatment of PVR.
Aldeyra is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing innovative therapies designed to treat immune-mediated diseases. Our approach is to discover pharmaceuticals that modulate immunological systems, instead of directly inhibiting or activating single protein targets, with the goal of optimizing multiple pathways at once while minimizing toxicity. Two of our lead product candidates, reproxalap and ADX-629, target pre-cytokine, systems-based mediators of inflammation known as RASP (reactive aldehyde species). Reproxalap is in late-stage clinical trials in patients with dry eye disease and allergic conjunctivitis. ADX-629, an orally administered RASP modulator, is in Phase 2 clinical testing for the treatment of systemic immune-mediated diseases. Our pipeline also includes ADX-2191 (methotrexate injection) for intravitreal administration, in development for the prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy and the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa and primary vitreoretinal lymphoma. For more information, visit https://www.aldeyra.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Additional factors may be set forth in those sections of Aldeyra's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, expected to be filed with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2022.
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1 United States Pharmacopeia
2 Ophthalmology 124(6):757-767, 2017; Archives of Ophthalmology 25(9):1161-7, 2007.
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