Planned re-submission of ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg) Biologics License Application (BLA) to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on track
ISELIN, N.J., Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Outlook Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OTLK), a pre-commercial biopharmaceutical company working to develop and launch the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in retinal indications, today announced its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2022, provided recent corporate highlights, and reiterated its anticipated near-term milestones.
Recent Corporate Highlights
Announced the full cash pre-payment of its $12.3 million unsecured convertible promissory note dated November 4, 2020, as amended November 16, 2021; and
Confirmed plans to re-submit ONS-5010 BLA by September 2022.
“We have received invaluable line-of-sight related to the additional requirements for a successful ONS-5010 BLA re-submission. Following productive feedback from the FDA, we established a clear path forward and are highly focused on executing the necessary items to meet our planned re-submission by September of this year. Additionally, we continue to position ourselves operationally and financially for the potential FDA approval and subsequent launch of ONS-5010. Our confidence in its potential remains unwavering. If approved, ONS-5010 would be the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab, avoiding the public health risk to patients of off-label treatment of bevacizumab. We believe there is value in achieving the strict safety and efficacy requirements associated with an FDA approval, and we expect to meet these standards,” commented Russell Trenary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Outlook Therapeutics.
Upcoming Anticipated Milestones
Complete re-submission of BLA for ONS-5010 for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD);
Receive Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date from FDA;
Continue progress with ongoing pre-launch commercial preparations in anticipation of potential approval for ONS-5010 in 2023; and
Submission of Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) in EU for ONS-5010.
ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg) Development Updates
Outlook Therapeutics’ wet AMD clinical program for ONS-5010 consists of three completed clinical trials, NORSE ONE, NORSE TWO, and NORSE THREE. Based on a compilation of the data from these trials, Outlook Therapeutics submitted the BLA to the FDA in March 2022. NORSE ONE, a proof-of-concept and clinical experience trial, helped validate the protocols and approach for NORSE TWO, the pivotal safety and efficacy trial. The NORSE TWO data were highly statistically significant and clinically relevant for the primary and all secondary endpoints. NORSE THREE was an open-label supplementary safety trial conducted to ensure that a sufficient number of patients had been dosed with ONS-5010 ophthalmic bevacizumab to support the regulatory submission.
Following conversations with the FDA about the submission, the Company voluntarily withdrew the BLA in May 2022 and is actively working to provide supplemental information that the FDA has requested. Outlook Therapeutics has confirmed the FDA requirements and expects to resubmit the BLA by September 2022.
As previously announced, if ONS-5010 receives FDA approval, Outlook Therapeutics plans to submit a supplementary application (sBLA) for approval to provide the product in a pre-filled, silicone oil liquid-free syringe that meets the FDA’s strict specifications for ophthalmic use. To support the anticipated submission of this sBLA, Outlook Therapeutics is conducting its NORSE SEVEN clinical trial to compare the safety of ONS-5010 in vials versus pre-filled syringes. NORSE SEVEN is expected to enroll approximately 120 subjects with visual impairment due to retinal disorders. Patients will be treated for three months; the enrollment of patients in the arm of the study receiving ONS-5010 in vials has already been completed.
Pre-Launch Commercial Planning Underway
According to GlobalData, use of unapproved repackaged IV bevacizumab from compounding pharmacies is estimated to account for approximately 50% of all wet AMD injections in the United States each year. Globally, the nine major markets account for an estimated $13.1 billion market for anti-VEGF drugs to treat retina diseases.
In anticipation of potential FDA marketing approval in 2023, Outlook Therapeutics has begun commercial launch planning, including best-in-class partnerships with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies for drug substance, and with drug product manufacturer Aji Bio-pharma Services for finished drug product. The Company also is actively building out its distribution and commercial team structures.
To bring ONS-5010 to market in a way that benefits all stakeholders – patients, clinicians, and payors – Outlook Therapeutics has been in collaborative discussions with payors and the retina community. Outlook Therapeutics is also developing registration documents on a parallel path for approvals in Europe and expects to submit them in the fourth quarter of calendar 2022. Outlook Therapeutics continues to explore potential strategic commercialization partners, such as the current partnership with Syntone Biopharma JV in China. Outlook Therapeutics expects ONS-5010, if approved, to be a safe and cost-effective choice for patients, clinicians, and payors worldwide for retinal indications.
In addition to the clinical development program evaluating ONS-5010 for wet AMD, Outlook Therapeutics has received agreements from the FDA on three Special Protocol Assessments (SPAs) for three additional registration clinical trials. These SPAs cover the protocols for a planned registration clinical trial evaluating ONS-5010 to treat branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), NORSE FOUR, and two planned registration clinical trials evaluating the drug candidate for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), NORSE FIVE and NORSE SIX.
Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Third Quarter Ended June 30, 2022
For the fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2022, Outlook Therapeutics reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.5 million, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $12.2 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.
At June 30, 2022, Outlook Therapeutics had cash and cash equivalents of $26.0 million. Outlook Therapeutics’ cash and cash equivalents on hand are expected to provide funding into the first calendar quarter of 2023.
About ONS-5010 / LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg)
ONS-5010 is an investigational ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab under development to be administered as an intravitreal injection for the treatment of wet AMD and other retinal diseases. Because no currently approved ophthalmic formulations of bevacizumab are available, clinicians wishing to treat retinal patients with bevacizumab must use unapproved repackaged IV bevacizumab provided by compounding pharmacies, products that have known risks of contamination and inconsistent potency and availability. If approved, ONS-5010 can replace the need to use unapproved repackaged IV bevacizumab from compounding pharmacies for the treatment of wet AMD.
Bevacizumab-vikg is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody (mAb) that selectively binds with high affinity to all isoforms of human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and neutralizes VEGF’s biologic activity through a steric blocking of the binding of VEGF to its receptors Flt-1 (VEGFR-1) and KDR (VEGFR-2) on the surface of endothelial cells. Following intravitreal injection, the binding of bevacizumab-vikg to VEGF prevents the interaction of VEGF with its receptors on the surface of endothelial cells, reducing endothelial cell proliferation, vascular leakage, and new blood vessel formation in the retina. VEGF is a protein that promotes the growth of abnormal new blood vessels and promotes leakage from these vessels, leading to retinal edema and hemorrhage. With wet AMD, abnormally high levels of VEGF are secreted in the eye and lead to loss of vision. Since the advent of anti-VEGF therapy, it has become the standard-of-care treatment option within the retina community globally.
About Outlook Therapeutics, Inc.
Outlook Therapeutics is a pre-commercial biopharmaceutical company working to develop and launch ONS-5010/ LYTENAVA™ (bevacizumab-vikg) as the first FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in retinal indications, including wet AMD, DME and BRVO. If ONS-5010 ophthalmic bevacizumab is approved, Outlook Therapeutics expects to commercialize it as the first and only FDA-approved ophthalmic formulation of bevacizumab for use in treating retinal diseases in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and other markets. For more information, please visit www.outlooktherapeutics.com.
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