Active Clinical Trials

Wet Macular Degeneration

Wet AMD is defined by the development of an irregular blood vessel membrane beneath the macula that, without treatment, will permanently destroy the delicate tissue. Prior to about 2005, we did not have very effective treatment options, and severe loss of vision was common for affected patients. As a result of clinical trials in the early 2000s, we now have extremely effective, minimally-invasive, and nearly painless treatments. On the other hand, the treatments need to be repeated frequently to maintain vision, on average every 10 weeks, which is a burdeon for patients and caregivers. We are actively working on the next generation of treatment options, including much longer-lasting and even more effective molecules, as well as gene therapy which has the potential to essentially cure some patients. These are exciting times, and clinical trials can be wonderful options for eligible patients. Below are some of the clinical trials we are participating in, and are available to our patients. If you feel that you, a friend, or a family member might be a candidate for one of these trials, feel free to contact our research team at [email protected]

AAVIATE

REGENXBIO (Rockville, MD)

Phase II trial evaluating suprachoroidal delivery of gene therapy for wet AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: REGENXBIO
Contact: [email protected]
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ATMOSPHERE

REGENXBIO (Rockville, MD)

Phase III trial evaluating subretinal delivery of gene therapy for wet AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: REGENXBIO
Contact: [email protected]

BIOREACTOR

REGENXBIO (Rockville, MD)

Sister study to ATMOSPHERE evaluating different drug formulations

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: REGENXBIO
Contact: [email protected]

SHORE

Opthea (York, Canada)

A phase III study evaluating OPT-302 in combination with Lucentis as adjunctive therapy for wet AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: company website
Contact: [email protected]

DAYLIGHT

Kodiak (Palo Alto, CA)

Phase III study evaluating a novel molecule for wet AMD with a potential 4 month duration of action

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Kodiak
Contact: [email protected]

MyLight

Sandoz (Holzkirchen, Germany)

Phase III study comparing the biosimilar SOK583A1 to Eylea for wet AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Sandoz
Contact: [email protected]

PULSAR

Bayer (Leverkusen, Germany)

Phase III trial evaluating high-dose aflibercept for wet AMD to increase the duration of action

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Bayer
Contact: [email protected]

ABP-938

Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Phase III study comparing the new medication ABP-938 to Eylea for wet AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: company website
Contact: [email protected]

TENAYA and AVONELLE

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase III studies evaluating faricimab for wet AMD - with a potential 3-4 month duration of action

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

DAZZLE

Kodiak (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

Phase III study evaluating a potential 4 month treatment option for wet AMD

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Kodiak
Contact: [email protected]

ARCHWAY and PORTAL

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Port Delivery System for Wet AMD; a potential 6-month treatment option

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

Advanced Dry AMD (Geographic Atrophy)

Dry AMD is very common in patients over 60, and is defined by small deposits of a cholesterol-like material under the macula. While these deposits are relatively harmless, a small percentage of patients with dry AMD will progress to an advanced form of the disease where the tissue directly beneath the retina (retinal pigment epithelium) starts to die, termed geographic atrophy (GA). Affected areas of the retina are dense blind spots for the patient, and slowly enlarge over time. Affected patients can develop significant difficulty with common tasks like reading, driving, and even recognizing faces of loved ones and friends. Unfortunately, we currently have no treatment options for GA, and are relegated to simply watch patients lose vision over the course of several years. However, this is a massive area of reasearch. We are learning a lot about the disease process, and many molecules are being evaluated to slow down the loss of vision in affected patients. This includes painless eye injections, systemic subcutaneous (skin) injections, and even gene therapy. We are committed to finding an effective treatment option, and will not stop until we can prevent blindness in our patients.

ARCHER

Annexon Biosciences (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase II study evaluating intravitreal complement inhibition for geographic atrophy

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Annexon
Contact: [email protected]

HORIZON and EXPLORE

Gyroscope Therapeutics (London, UK)

Phase II study evaluating subretinal gene therapy for geographic atrophy associated with AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Gyroscope
Contact: [email protected]

GOLDEN

Ionis (Carlsbad, CA)

Phase II study evaluating systemic complement inhibition via a subcutaneous injection for geographic atrophy associated with AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Ionis
Contact: [email protected]

GALLEGO

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase II study evaluating a novel treament option for geographic atrophy associated with AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

OAKS and DERBY

Apellis (Waltham, MA)

Phase III study evaluating complement inhibition for geographic atrophy associated with AMD

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Apellis
Contact: [email protected]

CATALINA

NGM Biopharmaceuticals (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase II study evaluating intravitreal complement inhibition for geographic atrophy

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: NGMBio
Contact: [email protected]

Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision loss, particularly affecting a working-age population. This amounts to approximately eight million people in the United States alone. DR is a complication of prolonged diabetes manifests as damage to the delicate blood vessels and neural tissue of the retina. Even early disease can affect numerous measures of visual function, including contrast sensitivity, night vision, peripheral vision, and visual acuity. In severe disease, patients develop small hemorrhages throughout the retina, swelling in the central retina, permanent loss of blood vessels, and even dangerous new blood vessel growth which may result in the eye filling with blood, retinal detachment, and severe glaucoma. Fortunately, in the majority of patients these complications can be prevented or reversed with intervention. Treatments often overlap with those for wet macular degeneration, and exciting options are currently being evaluated. This includes long-lasting molecules and even gene therapy. See below for some of the studies that are currently active at RCSD, and feel free to contact us to see if any would be a good fit for you.

GLIMMER

Kodiak Sciences (Palo Alto, CA)

Phase II trial evaluating extended-duration molecular therapy for diabetic macular edema

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Kodiak
Contact: [email protected]

ALTITUDE

REGENXBIO (Rockville, MD)

Phase II trial evaluating suprachoroidal delivery of gene therapy for diabetic retinopathy

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: REGENXBIO
Contact: [email protected]

KALAHARI

Oxurion (Leuven, Belgium)

Phase II trial evaluating a novel option for treatment-resistant diabetic macular edema

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Oxurion
Contact: [email protected]

FOCUS

Novo Nordisk (Bagsværd, Denmark)

Phase II trial evaluating semaglutamide for diabetic retinopathy

PI: Anne M Hanneken, MD
Status: Active and enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Novo Nordisk
Contact: [email protected]

YOSEMITE and RHONE-X

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase III trial evaluating faricimab for diabetic macular edema

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, not enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

PHOTON

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (Tarrytown, NY)

Phase II trial evaluating high-dose aflibercept for diabetic macular edema

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active, not enrolling
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Regeneron
Contact: [email protected]

Retinal Vein Occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a common vascular disorder of the retina and one of the most common causes of vision loss worldwide. Specifically, it is the second most common cause of blindness from retinal vascular disease after diabetic retinopathy. RVO is classified according to where the occlusion is located. Occlusion of the central retinal vein at the level of the optic nerve is referred to as central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). Obstruction at any more distal branch of the retinal vein is referred to as branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).

BALATON

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase III trial evaluating faricimab for macular edema associated with branch retinal vein occlusion

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

BEACON

Kodiak (Palo Alto, CA)

Phase III study evaluating a potential 4 month treatment option for macular edema associated with retinal vein occlusion

PI: Atul Jain, MD
Status: Active, closed for enrollmnent
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Kodiak
Contact: [email protected]

COMINO

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)

Phase III trial evaluating faricimab for macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion

PI: Nikolas JS London, MD FACS
Status: Active, closed for enrollment
NIH registration: Clinicaltrials.gov
Sponsor website: Genentech
Contact: [email protected]

Elmiron Maculopathy

Elmiron, otherwise knows as pentosan polysulfate sodium, is a commonly-prescribed medication for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. In fact, it is one of the only treatment options for this conditions. Within the past few years, retina specialists have discovered a toxic effect of this medication on the macula. Using unique diagnostic modalities including dark adaptation, macular microperimetry, fundus autofluorescence, optical coherence tomography, and color photography, we at RCSD are analyzing the effect of this maculopathy on visual function as well as following patients to learn how the damage changes over time. Interested patients should contact our appointment desk for a routine appointment, and any of our physicians can arrange for an appropriate workup.

Retina Consultants San Diego (Poway and La Jolla, CA, USA)

Multimodal imaging for Elmiron maculopathy
PI: Nikolas London, MD FACS and Anne Hanneken, MD

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