Allgenesis Biotherapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel ophthalmic drugs, has announced topline data from its phase 1b clinical trial for AG-80308, a first-in-class, formyl peptide receptor (FPR) agonist formulated as an aqueous solution eye drop for the treatment of dry eye disease (DED). \n\n\n\nAG-80308 was considered safe at all doses tested for three months. AG-80308 provided improvements in both signs and symptoms. There were improvements in corneal staining, conjunctival staining, and tear production responders. The company added there were improvements in the 7-item visual analog scale, including dry eye discomfort, eye dryness, burning/stinging, itching, foreign body sensation, photophobia, and pain.\n\n\n\nAG-80308 Formulation A 0.001% and Formulation B 0.03% provided the best overall safety, tolerability, and efficacy profile.\n\n\n\n"We are very encouraged with our data showing that patients are seeing improvements in multiple signs and symptoms from the phase 1b trial as early as two weeks," said Madhu Cherukury, CEO of Allgenesis. \n\n\n\n"AG-80308 can offer dry eye patients an effective treatment that can be used long-term without the AEs associated with other therapies.”\n\n\n\n"With the positive results from the phase 1b trial, we are looking forward to moving this program into phase 2, where we will evaluate two doses of AG-80308 in formulation B against vehicle. This will be an ideal drug for treating chronic dry eye patients due to its unique MOA and excellent potency," said Sunil Patel, chief medical officer at Allgenesis.\n\n\n\nAllgenesis has begun preparations to support initiation of the phase 2 trial in 1Q2024.\n\n\n\nAbout Allgenesis Biotherapeutics\n\n\n\nAllgenesis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. The company is focused on research and development of novel medicines for the treatment of eye diseases. Current projects in the pipeline include AG-73305, a potential blockbuster drug for the treatment of DME, nAMD, and other retinal diseases such as RVO and AG-80308 for dry eye disease.\n\n\n\nAbout AG-80308\n\n\n\nAG-80308 is a novel, first-in-class, formyl peptide receptor (FPR) agonist formulated as an aqueous solution eye drop for the treatment of inflammation associated with dry eye disease.\n\n\n\nThe project was in-licensed from Allergan (now AbbVie) in May 2020.\n\n\n\nFor more on eye diseases, check out our recent article on five ophthalmology biotech companies to look out for.