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Lineage Announces Launch of Phase 2a Study by Genentech of RG6501 (OpRegen®) in Patients With Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American and TASE: LCTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing allogeneic cell therapies for unmet medical needs, announced today that its partner Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has launched a Phase 2a, multicenter, open-label, single arm clinical study of RG6501 (OpRegen), a retinal pigment epithelial cell therapy. The study is intended to optimize subretinal surgical delivery and evaluate the safety and activity of OpRegen in approximately 30, and up to 60 patients with geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to age-related macular degeneration. The primary objectives of the study are to evaluate (i) the proportion of patients with subretinal surgical delivery of OpRegen to target regions under the retina, and (ii) to evaluate the safety of subretinal surgical delivery of OpRegen as measured by the incidence and severity of procedure-related adverse events at 3 months following surgery. A key secondary objective is to evaluate the proportion of patients with qualitative improvement in retinal structure, as determined by Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) imaging, within 3 months following surgery. RG6501 (OpRegen) is currently being developed under an exclusive worldwide collaboration between Lineage, Roche and Genentech.

“In our Phase 1/2a clinical trial, RG6501 (OpRegen) demonstrated the potential to slow, stop, or reverse the progression of GA in patients with GA. These results can be maintained beyond one year following a one-time, approximately 30-minute outpatient procedure,” stated Brian M. Culley, Lineage CEO. “We are excited that Roche and Genentech are advancing the OpRegen program in a larger clinical study and will seek not only to optimize and potentially improve its delivery, but also confirm safety and activity of OpRegen in this patient population. We expect the findings from this Phase 2a study will be highly informative and may increase the probability of success in any future larger, comparative trials.”

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