EyePoint Pharmaceuticals Inc. (EYPT:NASDAQ) completed patient enrollment for its Phase 2 DAVIO 2 trial evaluating its lead drug candidate EYP-1901 in wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reported H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Dr. Yi Chen in a March 27 research note. Topline six-month results from DAVIO 2 are expected in Q4/23.
Target Implies 996% Gain
This U.S. company, developing treatments for serious eye disorders, is a Buy, noted Chen.
Further, it offers investors a significant potential return of 996%, evidenced by the large gap between EyePoint's current share price of US$3.24 and H.C. Wainwright's price target on the pharma of US$25 per share.
About the Trial
In DAVIO 2, EYP-1901 is being evaluated as a single-dose, six-month therapy for patients with wet AMD. This drug, which is vorolanib in a bioerodible Durasert, is administered intravitreally.
"Positive results from DAVIO 2 would allow this 'treat to maintain' therapeutic approach to proceed to a pivotal Phase 3 trial in 2024, in our view," Chen wrote.
The design of DAVIO 2 called for 144 participants, but total enrollment came to 160 "due to strong investigator and patient interest," noted Chen. All enrollees previously received standard-of-care anti-VEGF, or anti–vascular endothelial growth factor therapy, for wet AMD.
In EyePoint's study, patients, on a randomized basis, will receive one of two doses of EYP-1901, about 2 or 3 milligrams, or an on-label aflibercept control.
The primary efficacy endpoint is noninferiority to the aflibercept control. This will be quantified by the change in best-corrected visual acuity six months after treatment.
Secondary efficacy endpoints include a change in central subfield thickness as measured by optical coherence tomography, the number of eyes still not needing supplemental anti-VEGF injections, the number of aflibercept injections administered in each group, and safety.
Second Study Advancing
In other news, Chen reported that enrollment in EyePoint's Phase 2 PAVIA trial is progressing such that it should be done in Q4/23. PAVIA is another study evaluating the pharma's EYP-1901 but as a single-dose, nine-month treatment for nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). The enrollment target for PAVIA is 105 patients with moderately severe to severe NPDR.
"Given that NPDR patients usually do not get treated until they develop sight-threatening complications, we believe a long-acting anti-VEGF treatment such as EYP-1901 could proactively help maintain patients' existing vision and increase the number of patients treated," wrote Chen.
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