Aerpio announces trial data for primary open angle glaucoma treatment
Aerpio Pharmaceuticals announced interim results from its Phase 1b clinical trial of a topical ocular formulation of AKB-9778 in development as a potential treatment for primary open angle glaucoma,POAG. "We are encouraged by the early safety findings and potential efficacy signal of this ongoing Phase 1b trial," said Kevin Peters, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals. "The conventional outflow tract is responsible for the majority of fluid drainage from the front of the eye, which is critical for maintaining normal IOP and is often the site of pathology implicated in the increased IOP in patients suffering from POAG. Recent mouse and human genetic data establish a key role for the Tie2 pathway in the development and maintenance of Schlemm's canal, a key component of the conventional outflow tract. AKB-9778, a potent small molecule Tie2 activator, has shown IOP lowering effects after subcutaneous administration in two sequential Phase 2 studies in patients with diabetic retinopathy and normal IOP. We now look forward further to evaluating AKB-9778's safety and activity on IOP in patients with ocular hypertension and POAG."