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Ophthalmic Drugs 2019

W8 5SY London, Großbritannien

Ophthalmic Drugs 2019

Exploring the Future of Ocular Drug Development

18.11.2019, 09:00 - 20.11.2019, 16:30
SMi Group Ltd.
Europe’s leading Ophthalmic Drugs conference, will explore new discoveries in the treatment of ocular rare disease, innovations in gene therapy, the challenges in drug delivery through a complex barrier, patient comfort, and regulatory compliance which make up such core components within the Ophthalmic Drug sphere.


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Gebühren ab: 2.877,00 GBP
EarlyBird bis 30.09.2019: 2.777,00 GBP

Conference and Focus Day £2398.00 + VAT £2877.60
Conference only £1499.00 + VAT £1798.80
Focus Day only £899.00 + VAT £1078.80

Book by 30th September to receive £100 off the conference price.

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Sprache: Englisch
Vom Veranstalter gemeldetes Programm:

Novel Drug Delivery Through a Complex Barrier

9.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Peter Morgan-Warren, Medical Assessor, MHRA


9.10 Safety and Efficacy of a Novel Intracapsular Drug Delivery Platform

  • iVeena has developed an intracapsular drug delivery platform that enables bi-directional drug delivery to anterior and posterior eye segments
  • The initial platform technology application is IVMED-20, a bioerodible dexamethasone delivery implant placed during cataract surgery to prophylax cystoid macular edema, as well as, control inflammation and pain from the procedure
  • IVMED-20 is intended for cataract patients at high risk of developing cystoid macular edema, including concurrent: diabetic retinopathies & edemas, epiretinal membranes, macular hole, retinal vein occlusions, and uveitis
  • IVMED-20 has been studied in an ex-US clinical study. This proof of concept study, albeit not statistically powered, suggest the ability to safely control inflammation, and reduce retinal thickening, without anti-inflammatory eye drops

Michael Burr, Vice President of Product Development, iVeena


9.50 Novel Delivery for the treatment of Glaucoma – a case study

  • Durysta: an implant for IOP control in Glaucoma
  • The Clinical Development of Durysta – Phase 1/2 data
  • Phase 3 outcomes and results

Simon Chandler, Executive Director, Clinical Development, Allergan

10.30 Morning Coffee

11.00 Barriers to Posterior Segment Drug Delivery

  • New drugs offer the promise of stopping or even reversing age-related sight impairment but need appropriate methods of delivery
  • Overview of the key issues in systemic or topical administration of drugs for the back of the eye
  • Understand how the ageing eye alters drug distribution from a reservoir
  • Examine tactical approaches to overcoming barrier issues and examine advantages and shortfalls of approaches

Clive Wilson, Research Professor, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences 


11.40 Drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye

  • Novel delivery methods that are currently in the pipeline
  • What are the main challenges in delivery to the back of the eye?
  • How will we tackle these challenges and learn from recent R&D?

Panel Moderator: Peter Morgan-Warren, Medical Assessor, MHRA Panellists: Mitchell de Long, Vice President, Chemistry, Aerie Pharmaceuticals Clive Wilson, Research Professor, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Virginia, Calder, Reader – Ophthalmology, UCL

12.20 Networking Lunch

13.20 Regulatory perspectives on novel ocular drug delivery

  • Novel ocular drug delivery and the regulatory framework – clinical considerations
  • Combination products, devices and borderline products

Peter Morgan-Warren, Medical Assessor, MHRA

13.50 Sustained drug release for managing ocular hypertension and glaucoma

  • Long-lasting therapeutics that effectively lower and maintain IOP remain a substantial unmet medical need
  • Available ocular drug delivery platforms
  • Choice of administration routes: intracameral, subconjunctival or intravitreal injection
  • An injectable formulation of a beta-adrenergic antagonist prodrug for sustained reduction of intraocular pressure

Jinzhong Zhang, Vice President, Graybug Vision

14.30 Afternoon Tea

15.00 Age-related eye diseases: how can drug delivery research help?

  • Delivery of drugs and biologics to the front and back of the eye is a challenge
  • Dry eye, glaucoma and AMD are prevalent amongst the aging population; they require pharmaceutical intervention using drug(s) that need to be formulated
  • Novel pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery strategies could offer solutions to unmet ophthalmic needs

Raid Alany, Chair in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Drug Delivery, Kingston University London

15.40 An update on ocular drug delivery pathways: from cornea to retina

  • Difficulties in delivering therapeutical levels of medication to the eye
  • Current pathways of drug delivery to the eye
  • New drug delivery devices: contact lenses, intravitreal implants, depot…
  • What will the future bring us?

Borja Salvador-Culla, Anterior Segment, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Consultant in Ophthalmology, Centro de Oftalmología Barraquer


16.20 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

CONFERENCE DAY ONE | Tuesday 19th November 2019

8.30 Registration & Coffee

9.00 Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Mitchell de Long, Vice President, Chemistry, Aerie Pharmaceuticals
Naj Sharif, Vice President, Global Ophthalmology, Santen Inc, USA



9.10 Launch of Rocklatan in the USA

  • An industry outlook of drug development and advances in the ROCK inhibitor class of drugs
  • The first PG combination product approved by the FDA and the outlook for Europe approval
  • Future outlook for glaucoma treatment

Mitchell de Long, Vice President, Chemistry, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

9.50 Novel Treatment Modalities for Managing Ocular Hypertension (OHT) and Glaucoma

  • Compliance issues with topical ocular medications for OHT/ Glaucoma treatment
  • Omidenepag Isopropyl (OMDI): novel non-prostaglandin EP2 receptor agonist for treating OHT/Glaucoma
  • Use of “PRESERFLO MicroShunt” (formerly known as the InnFocus MicroShunt) to lower and control intraocular pressure in OHT/Glaucoma patients

Naj Sharif, Vice President, Global Ophthalmology, Santen Inc, USA

10.30 Morning Coffee

11.00 Nitric Oxide - A new Mechanism-of-Action for Intraocular Pressure Reduction

  • The role of nitric oxide in the control of intraocular pressure
  • The Nicox nitric oxide-donating research platform and approved first-generation molecule
  • Development of second generation molecule - NCX 470
  • The next step – future generation compounds from the Nicox platform

Gavin Spencer, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Nicox 


11.40 Regulatory outlook on ocular drug clinical development

  • Current regulatory perspectives for clinical approval of ophthalmic drugs
  • Focus on rare diseases – orphan designation, conditional approvals and exceptional circumstances
  • Regulatory considerations for biologics and biosimilars
  • Regulatory considerations for gene therapy agents

Peter Morgan-Warren, Medical Assessor, MHRA

12.20 Networking Lunch


13.20 Establishing efficacy of gene therapy in preclinical ocular models

  • Ocular tissue distribution of different viral vectors
  • Imaging modalities to detect reporter gene expression in vivo
  • Immunosuppression for gene therapy in preclinical ocular models

Giedrius Kalesnykas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Experimentica Ltd

14.00 Clinical Development of Voretigene Neparvovec-ryzl, a gene therapy for Biallelic RPE65 Mutation-associated Inherited Retinal Disease: An Update

  • To understand basic characteristics of RPE65 disease
  • To understand the clinical development process of voretigene neparvovec-ryzl
  • To understand the development/rationale of the primary phase 3 endpoint

Daniel Chung, Global Medical Strategy Lead-Ophthalmology, Spark Therapeutics

14.40 Afternoon Tea


15.10 Gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases

  • Latest trends in gene therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Clinical Trial Endpoints for Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Regulatory guidance/thresholds for Clinical Trial Endpoints in Inherited Retinal Diseases

Panel Moderator: Aniz Girach, Chief Medical Officer, ProQR Therapeutics Panellists: Daniel Chung, Global Medical Strategy LeadOphthalmology, Spark Therapeutics Peter Morgan-Warren, Medical Assessor, MHRA Virginia Calder, Reader in Ocular Immunology, UCL Institute of Ocular Immunology

15.50 A new genome-editing ocular programme

  • An overview of ocular programmes targeting serious disease based on the genome editing platform
  • The potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 genome editing systems
  • The challenges and current research in treating LCA10
  • What is the future for genome-editing in ophthalmology?

Simon Chandler, Executive Director, Clinical Development, Allergan

16.30 Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Close of Day One 

CONFERENCE DAY TWO | Wednesday 20th November 2019

8.30 Registration & Coffee

9.00 Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Mitchell de Long, Vice President, Chemistry, Aerie Pharmaceuticals
Naj Sharif, Vice President, Global Ophthalmology, Santen Inc, USA 



9.10 Transforming the future of eye care

  • Designing the clinical trials of the future
  • Providing Individualized medicine
  • Understand the burden of disease, tailor treatment to patients
  • Delivering novel therapeutics

Parisa Zamiri, Global Head of Clinical Development in Ophthalmology, Novartis Pharmaceutical inc.

9.50 Use of experimental models to identify potential antiinflammatory drugs in allergic conjunctivitis and uveitis

  • Mouse models of conjunctival (EIC) and retinal (EAU) inflammatory disease will be described
  • Monitoring conjunctival CD4+T cell subsets, conjunctival fibrosis and identification of ALDH pathways
  • Effects of novel therapies on leukocyte migration, CD4+T cell subsets in EAU, and the effect of blocking H4R and LTB4.

Virginia Calder, Reader in Ocular Immunology, UCL Institute of Ocular Immunology

10.30 Morning Coffee


11.00 Molded Polymer Dosage Forms - Current and Future Applications in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

  • Review of resorbable and biodurable polymers for ophthalmic drug delivery –benefits and disadvantages
  • Design considerations for molded and extruded ophthalmic dosage forms
  • Examples of novel implants and devices for drug delivery to the eye

James Arps, Ph.D., Director, ProMed Pharma LLC 


11.40 Thinking outside the IVT box: considerations for oral treatment in retinal drug development

  • While IVT is standard of care, significant downsides remain
  • Oral drugs are accepted by patients and physicians
  • Review of topics to consider in developing oral drugs for retinal disease

Michael Ehrlich, Senior Clinical Program Lead - Retinopathies, Boehringer Ingelheim

12.20 Networking Lunch

13.20 Antisense Oligonucleotides for Inherited Retinal Diseases

  • Antisense oligonucleotides have shown much promise in Ph1/2 Clinical Trials in LCA10
  • Visual Acuity and other efficacy endpoints have improved in an interim analysis
  • Overview of the data available from clinical trials

Aniz Girach, Chief Medical Officer, ProQR Therapeutics

14.00 Using AI for early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Introduction to Eyenuk
  • Why screen? • Importance of detection
  • How can we help?

William Dallman, Clinical Development Manager for International Operations, Eyenuk

14.40 Afternoon Tea


15.10 Accelerating the development of intraocular medicines with the PK-Eye

  • Biological therapies have revolutionized the treatment of blinding diseases during the last 2 decades
  • Pharmaceutical development relies on the use of in vitro models to develop new medicines
  • The PK-Eye provides a unique platform for ophthalmic drug development
  • PK-Eye capabilities include accelerated preclinical dosage form characterisation and optimisation

Steve Brocchini, Academic Staff, UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

15.50 The need of an in vitro ocular model for preclinical testing of intraocular formulations

  • The need for longer acting formulations
  • Challenges during preclinical development-use of animal models, lack of models in the pharmacopeia and biopharmaceutical formulation challenges
  • Development and capabilities of the PK-Eye with a few case studies

Sahar Awwad, CSO, Optceutics Ltd

16.30 Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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