REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADVM), a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ocular and rare diseases, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted ADVM-022 Priority Medicines (PRIME) designation for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Adverum’s lead gene therapy candidate, ADVM-022 is a one-time, intravitreal (IVT) injection for the treatment of patients with wet AMD.
PRIME is a program launched by the EMA to enhance support for research on and development of medicines that target a significant unmet medical need. This regulatory program offers developers of promising medicines enhanced interaction and early dialogue and is designed to optimize development plans and speed evaluation ensuring these medicines reach patients as early as possible. According to the EMA, developers of medicines that are eligible for PRIME can expect additional opportunities for scientific advice and be eligible for accelerated assessment at the time of application for a marketing authorization. Currently, only three ophthalmology therapies to date have been granted PRIME designation out of 14 submissions.
“We are extremely pleased with EMA’s decision to grant ADVM-022 PRIME designation. Following the encouraging results seen in the OPTIC trial in wet AMD, our PRIME designation recognizes the broad potential of ADVM-022 and is based in part on our trial subjects now having three-year sustained aflibercept expression with stable disease and maintained long-term central subfield thickness and visual acuity after a single IVT injection,” said Laurent Fischer, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Adverum Biotechnologies. “The current standard of care in wet AMD, a highly prevalent disease, requires frequent anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections in the eye and is a lifelong burden for many patients and their caregivers. We believe ADVM-022 has the potential to provide a durable, safe and cost-effective in-office treatment option that addresses the needs of these patients, and their families, as well as retina specialists and health systems worldwide. We look forward to taking advantage of the benefits provided to us through PRIME as we continue the development of ADVM-022 in areas of high unmet need.”
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