NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 -- Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc. (OTCBB: OHRP) announced today that a poster presentation on its Squalamine eye drop program for the treatment of wet-AMD has been selected for presentation at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2012 Annual Meeting taking place May 6-10, 2012, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The presentation will discuss data from a biodistribution study and its therapeutic relevance to the wet-AMD indication the company is pursuing.
The schedule and details of the presentation on the therapeutic potential of Squalamine eye drops for the treatment of wet-AMD at ARVO are as follows:
Abstract title: "A Novel Eye Drop Formulation of Squalamine For Exudative AMD: Evaluation Of Ocular Distribution And Ocular Safety In Rabbits"
Session Number: 114
Session Title: AMD: New Drugs, Delivery Systems and Mechanisms
Session Time: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Hall B/C
Program #/Board #: 457/D1134
The presenting author will be Dr. Irach B. Taraporewala, Ph.D., CEO of Ohr Pharmaceutical, who will be on hand to answer any questions.
Squalamine is an anti-angiogenic small molecule with a novel intracellular mechanism of action, that counteracts not only Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor ("VEGF") but also other angiogenic growth factors such as Platelet Derived Growth Factor ("PDGF") with high potency at nanomolar concentrations. Recent clinical evidence has shown PDGF to be an additional key target for the treatment of wet-AMD. Using the intravenous formulation in over 250 patients in Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials for the treatment of wet-AMD, Squalamine demonstrated favorable biologic effect and maintained and improved visual acuity outcomes, with both early and advanced lesions responding. The previous IV formulation had been awarded fast track status and a Special Protocol Assessment for a phase III registration study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"). Ohr Pharmaceutical has developed a novel eye drop formulation of squalamine for the treatment of wet-AMD designed for self-administration which may provide several potential advantages over the FDA approved current standards of care, Roche/Genentech's Lucentis® and Regeneron's Eylea®, which require intravitreal injections directly into the eye. Preclinical testing has demonstrated that the eye drop formulation is both safe to ocular tissues and achieves in excess of target anti-angiogenic concentrations in the tissues of the back of the eye.
About Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc.
Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc. (OTCBB: OHRP) (www.ohrpharmaceutical.com) is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the clinical development of new drugs for underserved therapeutic needs in large and growing markets. The company is focused on two lead compounds: Squalamine eye drops for the treatment of the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, and OHR/AVR118 for the treatment of cancer cachexia, currently being investigated in a Phase II trial.
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