Product Pipeline

Clinical Development Plan for Clearer Vision

Ocuphire’s pipeline currently includes two small molecular product candidates targeting front and back of the eye indications. Our lead candidate Nyxol® is being developed for dim light or night vision disturbances (DLD), reversal of pharmacologically-induced mydriasis, and presbyopia. Our second product candidate, APX3330, is being developed for diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME).

Product Candidate Indication Development Stage Anticipated Milestones
Preclinical Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Ocuphire-Focused Development

Nyxol® Eye Drops Dim Light or Night Vision Disturbances (DLD)
Preclinical complete
Phase 1 complete
Phase 2 in progress
Phase 3 not started
Initiate Phase 3 LYNX-1 trial 4Q2020 Data expected in 3Q21 (n=160)
Nyxol® Eye Drops Reversal of Mydriasis (RM)
Preclinical complete
Phase 1 complete
Phase 2 in progress
Phase 3 not started
Initiate Phase 3 MIRA-2 trial 4Q2020 Data expected in 1Q21 (n=168)
Nyxol® + Low-Dose Pilocarpine Eye Drops Presbyopia
Preclinical complete
Phase 1 in progress
Phase 2 not started
Phase 3 not started
Initiate Phase 2 VEGA-1 trial 1Q2021; Data expected in 2Q21 (n=152)
APX3330 Oral Pill Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)/ Macular Edema (DME)
Preclinical complete
Phase 1 in progress
Phase 2 not started
Phase 3 not started
Initiate Phase 2 ZETA-1 trial 1Q2021 Data expected in 4Q21 (n=100)

Partnering-Focused Development

APX2009 Intravitreal DME, Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (wAMD)
Preclinical in progress
Phase 1 not started
Phase 2 not started
Phase 3 not started
Next Steps: IND enabling studies (with partner funding)
Combo (Nyxol®+Latanoprost) Eye Drops Glaucoma
Preclinical complete
Phase 1 complete
Phase 2 in progress
Phase 3 not started
Next Steps: 2nd line add-on Phase 2 trial (with partner funding)

Lead Product Candidate: Nyxol®

Phase 3 Ready in Multiple Indications

We believe that results from Nyxol’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials, including the results from ORION-1 and MIRA-1 which were Phase 2b trials that were successfully completed in 2019, support its current development plan focused on dim light or night vision disturbance (DLD or NVD), reversal of mydriasis (RM), and presbyopia patients. Specifically, patients treated with Nyxol were observed to have significantly decreased pupil diameter and improved low contrast visual acuity.

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In the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021, we plan to initiate three clinical trials for Nyxol® Eye Drops, including:

  • A Phase 3 trial in DLD (LYNX-1)
  • A Phase 3 trial in RM (MIRA-2)
  • A Phase 2 POC trial in Presbyopia (Nyxol with Low Dose Miotic, VEGA-1).

Pending the results of these clinical trials and on regulatory feedback, we expect to file an NDA for Nyxol® with the FDA under the 505(b)(2) drug approval pathway, and make additional international filings in parallel.

Secondary Product Candidate: APX3330

Initiating Phase 2 Clinical Development

Our second product candidate, APX3330, is a twice-a-day oral tablet designed to target multiple pathways relevant to retinal and choroidal vascular diseases such as DR and DME. Prior to our in-licensing of the product candidate, APX3330 had been studied in six Phase 1 and five Phase 2 clinical trials totaling over 440 patients, for inflammatory and oncology indications, and had demonstrated promising evidence of target engagement, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and durability. 

In the first quarter of 2021, we plan to initiate ZETA-1, a Phase 2 trial investigating APX3330 for the treatment of moderately severe non-proliferative DR (NPDR) and mild proliferative DR (PDR), as well as patients with DME without loss of central vision. We anticipate advancing APX3330 towards an NDA in the future.

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Intravitreal Product Candidate: APX2009

Initiating IND Enabling Studies

APX2009, a second generation preclinical product candidate analog of APX3330, is being investigated for use in wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD). In mouse models of retinal neovascularization, APX2009 was effective in decreasing lesion size as well as improved efficacy against the Ref-1 target compared to APX3330. An intravitreal formulation could present itself as an alternative to APX3330’s oral formulation (as published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics).

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Clinical Trials with a Broad Range of View

We plan to initiate two Phase 3 registration trials and two Phase 2 trials across four ophthalmic indications in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.

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Read our Posters and Publications

We are dedicated to publishing the results of Nyxol studies in peer-reviewed medical journals and presenting them at leading eye care conferences around the world. Nyxol’s active pharmaceutical ingredient, phentolamine mesylate, is in the alpha-adrenergic antagonist class and has a long history in the literature.

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