Oculis Holding AG (Nasdaq: OCS) (“Oculis”), a global biopharmaceutical company purposefully driven to save sight and improve eye care, announced today positive top line results from its Phase 3 OPTIMIZE trial with OCS-01 eye drops, a novel, once-daily, high concentration, preservative-free, topical OPTIREACH formulation of dexamethasone for the treatment of inflammation and pain following ocular surgery.
Positive Phase 3 Results Show Potential for Once-Daily Treatment following Ocular Surgery
OPTIMIZE (Once-daily Post-ocular surgery Treatment for InflaMmation and paIn to minimiZE drops) is a double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trial conducted in 25 sites across the US with 241 patients randomized 1:1 to receive once daily (QD) OCS-01 eye drop (n=119) or vehicle (n=122) for fourteen (14) days following cataract surgery.
The trial met both hierarchical primary efficacy endpoints, the absence of inflammation at Day 15 and the absence of pain at Day 4, with robust statistical significance:
Furthermore, OCS-01 was well tolerated with a favorable safety profile. Overall, a higher number of ocular treatment emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were reported for the vehicle group (n=84) compared with the OCS-01 QD group (n=37). There was no meaningful difference in intraocular pressure (IOP) between treatment groups with a mean change from baseline to Day 15 of -0.90 mmHg in both the OCS-01 group and the vehicle group.
OPTIMIZE results in reduction of inflammation and pain and safety observations were consistent with those observed in the Phase 2 SKYGGN trial with once daily administration. In the SKYGGN trial, the same two hierarchical primary efficacy endpoints were also met with robust statistical significance and with similar numerical values.
If approved, OCS-01 has the potential to become a new standard of care and the first once-daily, topical, preservative-free corticosteroid for treating inflammation and pain following ocular surgery.
The Phase 3 OPTIMIZE positive top line readout with OCS-01 once daily eye drops in inflammation and pain following ocular surgery follows the statistically significant top line results of OCS-01 from stage 1 of the Phase 3 DIAMOND trial in Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) reported earlier this year, further highlighting the product’s potential for treating front- and back-of-the-eye diseases. The results also follow the initiation of the LEOPARD investigator-initiated trial evaluating the potential of OCS-01 for the treatment of Cystoid Macular Edema, one of the most significant causes of vision loss following cataract surgery.
Eric Donnenfeld MD, Co-chair of Oculis’ Scientific Advisory Board, said: “The results of the Phase 3 OPTIMIZE trial are exciting because once daily OCS-01 showed to be superior and highly potent in reducing inflammation and pain compared to vehicle with a favorable safety profile. This is significant for patients who have undergone cataract surgery, as they currently need to self-administer multiple daily doses of eye drops to alleviate inflammation and pain. The availability of a preservative-free treatment that requires only a once-daily eye drop could greatly benefit a large number of patients who undergo ocular surgeries worldwide.”
Riad Sherif MD, Chief Executive Officer of Oculis, commented: “I am very pleased with the positive readout of OPTIMIZE. A once daily topical steroid eye drop has shown solid results in reduction of inflammation and pain and offers the potential of a truly simplified dosing regimen. We are on track to advance OCS-01 for inflammation and pain following ocular surgery towards an NDA submission with FDA. We now have positive Phase 3 top line results with OCS-01 preservative-free eye drops in treating front-of-the-eye inflammation and pain following ocular surgery, as well as Stage 1 Phase 3 results for back-of-the-eye diabetic macular edema (DME) from the DIAMOND program, opening for the first time ever new opportunities for topical eye drops to address highly unmet patient needs in both front- and back-of-the-eye indications."
About inflammation and pain post ocular surgery
Due to the aging population, lifestyle changes and several other factors, ophthalmic surgical procedures are on the rise and are expected to reach close to 10 million procedures per year in the US alone by 20371,2. Cataract surgeries are the most prevalent procedures of all medical specialties with an estimated 5.3 million procedures in 2021 for the US alone2. Ophthalmic procedures promote the release of inflammatory factors and can be associated with ocular pain. Cataract surgery, while the incision is very small, creates inflammation in the cornea, anterior chamber, and iris. Ophthalmologists currently rely on topical steroids to treat ocular inflammation and the full regimen following ocular surgery often includes steroids, antibiotics and NSAID, which can require several drops daily for a post-op patient to self-administer, which may lead to compliance issues.
1 2016 HCUP procedure volume and growth rate, and corroborated by Rochester Epidemiology Project Paper. Third party market research.
2 Meddevicetracker – Ophthalmic Surgical Products Market 2017.