Kiora Pharmaceuticals Announces the Acceptance of Three Abstracts at the 2023 ARVO Annual Meeting

March 10, 2023 7:00 AM EST | Source: Kiora Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Encinitas, California--(Newsfile Corp. - March 10, 2023) - Kiora Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KPRX), ("Kiora" or the "Company") today announced three abstract acceptances for oral and poster presentation at the 2023 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in New Orleans, La., April 23-27, 2023. Further results from each of these three studies will be reported at the conference.

A presentation will report interim results on safety, tolerability and efficacy from the ABACUS study, the ongoing, first-in-human clinical trial of KIO-301, a small-molecule photoswitch, intended to restore sight in patients with the orphan disease, retinitis pigmentosa.

A second presentation will report on outcomes in an 8 patient clinical study of KIO-201, a crosslinked, chemically modified form of hyaluronic acid, in patients with the rare disease, persistent corneal epithelial defects (PCED).

A third presentation will report additional results from a completed phase 1 trial for KIO-100, a DHODH inhibitor, intravitreally injected in 12 patients with autoimmune posterior uveitis, an orphan disease.

Accepted ARVO abstracts and exposition details are listed below:

  • Eric Daniels, et al. "An Intravitreal 'Photoswitch' Molecule (KIO-301) for Reanimation in Retinitis Pigmentosa: a first-in-human trial."
    • Will present early experiences, as part of an ongoing, larger clinical trial, of the first-in-human evaluation of safety, tolerability and efficacy of KIO-301 in late-stage retinitis pigmentosa patients.
    • The initial population in the trial has advanced retinitis pigmentosa with either bare light perception or no light perception.
    • Patient reported outcomes indicate an improvement in the ability to perceive light, delineate contrast between light and dark and improvement in overall vision function following KIO-301 injection.
    • There were no reported adverse events, including ocular adverse events, over the course of the study.

Presentation #: 5444
Session Title: Retinitis pigmentosa
Place and date: Room 353-355, April 27, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Enrique O. Graue-Hernandez, et al. "KIO-201, a Crosslinked, Chemically Modified Form of Hyaluronic Acid, Improves Wound Healing in Patients with Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defect."
    • KIO-201 is a potential treatment, evaluated in 5 previous corneal wound healing studies, that could aid in the complex healing process of PCEDs.
    • 8 eyes were evaluated by repeated fluorescein staining after at least 3 weeks of treatment. KIO-201 resulted in > 90.0% reduction in defect size at 4 weeks post treatment initiation.
    • 5 of 8 patients (62.5%) achieved the primary endpoint of healing over the 4-week period.
    • The drug was safe and well tolerated with a total of 6 non-serious adverse events reported in 2 of 8 patients (25.0%). All AEs were reported by investigators to be unrelated to study drug.

Poster # and Posterboard #: 3123 - C0275
Session date: April 25, 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Stephan Thurau, et al. "A phase 1 trial treating autoimmune uveitis with a novel intraocular small molecule - further data analysis"
    • Intravitreal KIO-100 is safe and tolerable with the potential to treat patients with autoimmune posterior uveitis and Cystoid Macular Edema (CME).
    • Visual acuity increased in a dose dependent manner while combined inflammation score of cells in the anterior chamber and vitreal haze decreased by 53.0% at week 2 and remained low through week 4. CME resolved in 3 of 5 (66.7%) patients receiving 0.6 or 1.2 µg.
    • Intraocular pressure, visual fields and ERG remained stable in all groups throughout the study period.
    • No adverse events were observed.

Poster # and Posterboard #: 3544 - B0386
Session date: April 25, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

About Kiora Pharmaceuticals
Kiora Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing and commercializing products for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases. KIO-301 is being developed for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa. It is a molecular photoswitch that has the potential to restore vision in patients with inherited and/or age-related retinal degeneration. KIO-101 is being developed for the treatment of the Ocular Presentation of Rheumatoid Arthritis ("OPRA"). It is a next-generation, non-steroidal, immuno-modulatory and small molecule inhibitor of Dihydroorotate Dehydrogenase ("DHODH") with what Kiora believes is best-in-class picomolar potency and a validated immune modulating mechanism (blocks T cell proliferation and proinflammatory cytokine release) designed to overcome the off-target side effects and safety issues associated with commercially available DHODH inhibitors. In addition, Kiora is developing KIO-201, a modified form of the natural polymer hyaluronic acid, designed to accelerate corneal wound healing.

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