Fast track designation for Nanoscope Therapeutics’ retinitis pigmentosa treatment

retinitis pigmentosa

Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing gene therapies for retinal degenerative diseases, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation (FTD) to MCO-010.

MCO-010 is an ambient-light activatable multi-characteristic opsin (MCO) optogenetic monotherapy to restore vision in blind patients, for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) via intravitreal injection.

“The FDA’s decision to grant FTD underscores the importance of MCO-010 to address a serious unmet need and validates its potential as an effective therapeutic for patients with RP,” said Sulagna Bhattacharya, CEO of Nanoscope. 

“We are proud to have the support of the FDA and look forward to collaboratively interacting with FDA to assess next steps in the clinical development and future regulatory review of MCO-010.”

Clinical trials

In January 2022, 27 RP patients with advanced vision loss were enrolled in a RESTORE clinical trial of MCO-010. Top line data from the clinical trial are expected in H1 2023.

In September 2022, enrollment was completed in the phase 2 open-label STARLIGHT clinical trial of MCO-010 in patients with advanced vision loss due to Stargardt disease. Six-month data from the clinical trial are expected in H1 2023.

FTD is intended to facilitate the development and expedite the review of novel therapies to treat serious conditions for which there is unmet medical need. With the designation, Nanoscope Therapeutics is eligible for more frequent regulatory meetings and communications with the FDA.

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