Isarna Therapeutics has initiated Phase I clinical trial with ISTH0036, an antisense oligonucleotide selectively targeting transforming growth factor beta (TGF-ß2) to treat advanced glaucoma.
This first-in-human Phase I trial, conducted at the University Hospitals of Mainz and Tuebingen, Germany, is designed to evaluate the safety and long-term tolerability of ISTH0036 in patients with advanced glaucoma undergoing filtration surgery (trabeculectomy) due to uncontrollable elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). The trial will enroll approximately 24-30 patients, who will be treated with escalating doses of ISTH0036. In addition to safety, patients will be monitored for intraocular pressure and visual field preservation.
Prof. Eugen Leo, Isarna’s Head of Clinical Development, said: “Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world, and ISTH0036 with its expected three-directional activity, which includes blocking TGF-ß2-mediated trabecular meshwork alteration, and inhibiting both direct optic nerve toxicity and scarring post trabeculectomy, has the potential to substantially alter the course of this disease and protect the patient’s vision. Notably, ISTH0036 is currently the sole compound in clinical development worldwide that directly targets the core driver of the pathophysiology of glaucoma: TGF-ß2.