Aldeyra Therapeutics to Provide Update on Late-Stage Clinical Development Pipeline at 2020 Research & Development Day
- Primary Endpoint of Symptom Control Achieved in Phase 2 Dry Eye Disease Formulation Clinical Trial
- Statistically Significant Combined Data Across Multiple Dry Eye Disease Clinical Trials Suggests Potential Early and Potent Activity in Signs and Symptoms
- In Head-to-Head Clinical Trial, Tolerability of Reproxalap Superior to that of Xiidra® in Dry Eye Disease Patients over One Hour After Instillation
- Leading Ocular Surface Disease Expert Dr. Paul Karpecki to Highlight Treatment Challenges in Allergic Conjunctivitis and Dry Eye Disease
- Live Webcast Scheduled to Begin at Noon ET Today
Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDX) (Aldeyra) today will host the 2020 Research & Development Day (R&D Day) with investors and financial analysts in New York City to present recent clinical development updates and market opportunities for its novel investigational new drug product candidates in dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. The event will include presentations from members of the Aldeyra executive team and Paul Karpecki, O.D., FAAO. Dr. Karpecki is Clinical Director, Corneal Services and Advanced Ocular Surface Disease at Kentucky Eye Institute and a clinician for Gaddie Eye Centers.
Aldeyra will announce that the Phase 2 novel formulation clinical trial in dry eye disease achieved the primary endpoint of symptom control. The double-masked, randomized, vehicle-controlled, multi-center, parallel-group clinical trial assessed the efficacy and safety of a novel formulation of 0.25% reproxalap topical ophthalmic solution compared to vehicle in 206 patients with moderate to severe dry eye disease. Relative to the formulation of 0.25% reproxalap topical ophthalmic solution used in prior clinical trials, the concentration of a single excipient was increased in the novel formulation. The primary efficacy endpoint was change from baseline versus vehicle in patient-reported ocular dryness score over two to twelve weeks of treatment. Relative to patients treated with vehicle, patients treated with reproxalap demonstrated statistically significant reduction in ocular dryness (p=0.03). Based on the results across the clinical studies conducted in dry eye disease to date, Aldeyra plans to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to initiating Part 2 of the RENEW Trial and expects to provide an update on future development plans in dry eye disease following FDA feedback.
In addition, Aldeyra will present novel combined data analyses from the Phase 2b clinical trial and Part 1 of the Phase 3 RENEW Trial in dry eye disease. The analyses included approximately 460 patients treated with reproxalap for up to four weeks, during which site visits, formulation, and dosing regimen were the same across the trials. Statistically significant improvement over vehicle was demonstrated in the combined data for ocular dryness (p = 0.008) and nasal region fluorescein staining (p = 0.003).
Topical ocular reproxalap has now been studied in over 1,100 patients with no observed safety concerns reported; mild instillation site irritation is the most commonly reported adverse event in clinical trials.
Aldeyra will also present the results of a head-to-head tolerability clinical trial of the current formulation of investigational new drug reproxalap and the novel formulation of reproxalap versus Xiidra® (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) over one hour after drop instillation. The tolerability of both formulations of reproxalap, as assessed by a variety of drop experience scores including ocular discomfort, blurry vision, and taste disturbance, was statistically superior to that of Xiidra®. In a crossover design with a three-day washout period between visits, nineteen patients were exposed at each visit to either Xiidra®, the current formulation of reproxalap, or the novel formulation of reproxalap. No statistical differences were noted in tolerability between the current formulation of reproxalap and the novel formulation of reproxalap. The trial compared only tolerability under the aforementioned conditions.
“Reproxalap has now met pre-specified and FDA-sanctioned symptom endpoints in the formulation trial and in Part 1 of the RENEW Trial,” said Todd Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra. “The recent clinical results, in addition to the combined trial analyses and head-to-head tolerability data released today, highlight a compelling development program for what we continue to believe could be the next novel entrant in the dry eye disease market.”
Topical ocular reproxalap is also being investigated in patients with allergic conjunctivitis in the Phase 3 INVIGORATE Trial. The INVIGORATE Trial, which will enroll approximately 120 patients, is a randomized, double-masked, crossover vehicle-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of 0.25% reproxalap topical ophthalmic solution compared to vehicle using an allergen chamber. Consistent with the company’s prior allergic conjunctivitis trials, the primary endpoint will be subject-reported ocular itching score. Top-line results from the INVIGORATE Trial are expected in the second half of 2020. In 2019, Aldeyra announced achievement of the primary endpoint of the Phase 3 ALLEVIATE Trial in allergic conjunctivitis, as well as statistically significant reductions in ocular itching and redness in an allergen chamber clinical trial.
Aldeyra will present an updated market assessment of allergic conjunctivitis, which affects more than 1 billion people worldwide,1 including more than 100 million in the U.S.2 The signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis – ocular itching, redness, and tearing – are persistently disturbing, affecting quality of life and leading to loss of work that can create a substantial economic burden for patients and families.3 The prevalence of allergic conjunctivitis is growing due to longer allergy seasons and the geographic spread of allergen-producing plants.
During Aldeyra’s R&D Day, Dr. Paul Karpecki, a leading and internationally recognized expert in ocular surface disease, will discuss the clinical overlap between allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye disease, two of the most common anterior ocular inflammatory diseases. Allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye disease collectively represent the majority of inflammatory ocular surface disease, which affects more than 40% of people in the U.S.4
“Inflammation is the common component of all ocular surfaces diseases, and it can often be difficult for doctors to differentiate between dry eye disease and allergic conjunctivitis,” Dr. Karpecki said. “Many patients do not respond to currently available dry eye disease or allergic conjunctivitis therapies, and corticosteroids have long-term risks and side effects. Thus, there is a significant unmet medical need for a novel therapeutic option such as reproxalap, which has the potential to treat inflammation in multiple ocular surface diseases.”
Aldeyra will also highlight the challenging patient experience with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), a serious, sight-threatening retinal disease with no approved treatment. Aldeyra is currently testing ADX-2191, an anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agent, in the Phase 3 GUARD Trial, a two-part, multi-center, randomized, controlled, adaptive clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of intravitreal injections of ADX-2191 versus standard-of-care for the prevention of PVR. The GUARD Trial will compare recurrent retinal detachment rates over a 24-week period following surgical repair of retinal detachment due to PVR or open globe injury. Patient enrollment in the GUARD Trial began in December 2019.
The R&D Day presentations are scheduled to begin at Noon (ET) today, February 24, 2020, in New York, NY. A live audio webcast of the presentation and a slide deck will be available via the company's Investor Relations website at https://ir.aldeyra.com/. Following the live webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for 90 days.
About Aldeyra Therapeutics
Aldeyra Therapeutics is a biotechnology company devoted to developing and commercializing next-generation medicines to improve the lives of patients with immune-mediated diseases. Aldeyra's lead investigational drug product candidates are potential first-in-class treatments in development for dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. The company is also developing other product candidates for retinal and systemic inflammatory diseases.
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