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4DMT Presents Positive Interim Data from Randomized Phase 2 PRISM Clinical Trial of Intravitreal 4D-150 Demonstrating Favorable Tolerability & Clinical Activity in Wet AMD

  • 51 wet AMD patients with severe disease activity (mean of 442 µm central subfield thickness & presence of retinal fluid) and high treatment burden (mean of 10 anti-VEGF injections in preceding 12 months) were randomized to high (3E10 vg/eye) or low (1E10 vg/eye) dose 4D-150 or aflibercept control regimen
  • 4D-150 was well tolerated with a favorable safety profile when evaluated through up to 48 weeks of follow-up: no significant inflammation observed (including no Grade ≥1+ inflammation in high dose patients) and all patients remained off topical steroids
  • High dose 4D-150 resulted in an 89% reduction in the annualized anti-VEGF injection rate; 84% of patients received 0 or 1 injection, and 63% were injection-free through 24 weeks; visual acuity & central subfield thickness were both stable vs. aflibercept
  • Positive interim results enable rapid advancement towards pivotal development, with Phase 3 clinical trial initiation expected in Q1 2025
  • Company to host webcast on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. ET

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 4D Molecular Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FDMT, 4DMT or the Company), a leading clinical-stage genetic medicines company focused on unlocking the full potential of genetic medicines to treat large market diseases, today announced positive interim data from the Phase 2 PRISM clinical trial evaluating intravitreal 4D-150 in wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) patients with severe disease activity and a high treatment burden. Data presented at the Angiogenesis, Exudation, and Degeneration 2024 Conference by Arshad M. Khanani, M.D., M.A., FASRS, consisted of 24-week landmark results from the randomized Phase 2 Dose Expansion cohort of the PRISM clinical trial.

“We are thrilled today to announce positive interim results that strongly validate 4D-150’s potential as a safe, convenient, durable and transformational intravitreal therapeutic for wet AMD patients, with a goal of preserving vision for the longer term,” said David Kirn, M.D., Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of 4DMT. “We believe 4D-150 has the potential to disrupt the current treatment paradigm in these patients and that these results continue to highlight the power and value of our intravitreal R100 vector invented at 4DMT. I would like to thank the patients and investigators who are participating in the PRISM trial who helped to achieve this important milestone.”

“We are pleased by the robust clinical activity demonstrated in this severe disease activity patient population with high treatment burden. We believe these positive interim Phase 2 results demonstrate a differentiated product profile for the treatment of wet AMD, including in these most difficult to treat patients that have not been studied adequately in prior clinical trials,” said Robert Kim, M.D., Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to discussions with regulators to align on a Phase 3 development plan expedited by FDA RMAT and EMA PRIME designations to advance 4D-150 with the goal of providing a compelling new treatment option for millions of patients suffering from these blinding VEGF-driven retinal diseases.”

“Wet AMD is a chronic disease, and many of our patients require long-term, frequent intravitreal injections. Unfortunately, under-treatment and suboptimal disease control contribute to vision loss in the real world," said Arshad M. Khanani, M.D., M.A., FASRS, Director of Clinic Research at Sierra Eye Associates, Reno, Nevada. "I am encouraged by the potential of a one-time intravitreal injection of 4D-150 for treating wet AMD. Results from the Phase 1 and interim results from Phase 2 cohorts of the PRISM study confirm that 4D-150 is well tolerated and maintains stable visual acuity in previously treated high-need patients. 4D-150 also significantly reduces treatment burden while effectively controlling disease activity without fluid fluctuations. I believe 4D-150 has the potential to revolutionize the treatment approach for our patients with wet AMD, and I am looking forward to participating in the Phase 3 trials."

Phase 2 PRISM Clinical Trial Dose Expansion Cohort Background & Summary Baseline Characteristics

The Dose Expansion cohort of the PRISM study is a randomized, controlled Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating 4D-150 in previously treated wet AMD patients with severe disease activity (≥325 µm central subfield thickness (CST) measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and presence of subretinal or intraretinal fluid) and a high treatment burden (≥6 anti-VEGF injections in the prior 12 months).

The trial enrolled 51 patients with severe disease activity and treatment burden:

  • Mean CST: 442 µm
  • Mean anti-VEGF injections in the prior 12 months (actual): 9.6
  • Mean time since diagnosis (years): 3.1

Enrolled patients were randomized 2:2:1 to receive a single high (3E10 vg/eye) or low (1E10 vg/eye) intravitreal dose of 4D-150 or intravitreal aflibercept 2 mg every 8 weeks (control).

Phase 2 PRISM Topline Interim Results (Data cutoff: January 19, 2024)

  • A single intravitreal dose of 4D-150 demonstrated favorable safety results through the data cutoff date (all ophthalmic exams through up to 48 weeks of follow-up):
    • No significant intraocular inflammation
      • High dose: None
      • 97% (38 of 39 pts) completed 20-week prophylactic topical corticosteroid taper on schedule
      • Low dose: Single eye at week 16 had 1+ anterior mixed (pigmented & white blood) cells, resolved by next visit and completed prophylactic topical corticosteroid taper by week 26
      • All patients currently off steroids
    • No 4D-150–related serious adverse events (SAEs) or study eye SAEs
    • No hypotony, endophthalmitis, retinal vasculitis, choroidal effusions, or retinal artery occlusions
  • 24-week landmark analysis for key efficacy endpoints:
    • Treatment burden reduction:
      • 89% and 85% reduction in annualized anti-VEGF injection rates in the high (3E10 vg/eye) and low (1E10 vg/eye) 4D-150 dose arms, respectively
      • 84% and 90% of patients received 0 or 1 supplemental aflibercept injection in the high and low 4D-150 dose arms, respectively
      • 63% and 50% of patients were supplemental aflibercept injection-free in the high and low 4D-150 dose arms, respectively
    • Visual and retina anatomic outcomes (difference in the average of week 20 & 24 adjusted mean change from baseline vs. aflibercept control arm):
      • Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA): –1.8 and +1.8 Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) letters for the 3E10 and 1E10 vg/eye 4D-150 dose arms, respectively
      • Central subfield thickness (CST): –8.3 and +29.9 µm for the 3E10 and 1E10 vg/eye 4D-150 dose arms, respectively; highlights notable reduction in retinal anatomical variability in high dose arm across all timepoints

PRISM Phase 1 Long-Term Follow-Up Update (Data cutoff: January 19, 2024)

  • Safety results maintained in all 15 patients treated to date (up to 104 weeks of follow-up) with no new inflammation and no change in steroid status
  • Three patients treated with high dose (3E10 vg/eye) 4D-150 were previously reported to be injection-free after 52 weeks of follow-up; all 3 patients remained injection-free through 80–104 weeks (up to 2 years) of follow-up

Additional 4D-150 Program Updates

  • 110 patients have been enrolled and dosed to date with 4D-150 in the following cohorts: PRISM Dose Exploration (N=15), Dose Expansion (N=41, excluding control arm), Population Extension (N=32), and SPECTRA Dose Confirmation (N=22)
    • No clinically significant treatment-emergent inflammation reported
  • Enrollment completed ahead of schedule in Phase 2 PRISM Population Extension cohort evaluating 4D-150 in wet AMD patients with broader disease severity (no minimum CST) and lower treatment burden (1-6 anti-VEGF injections in prior 12 months, ≥1 in last 12 weeks), with 32 patients dosed with 3E10 or 1E10 vg/eye of 4D-150
  • Pivotal study planning ongoing with FDA and EMA under RMAT and PRIME designations
    • 4DMT plans for the first Phase 3 study to be a BCVA non-inferiority study vs aflibercept 2 mg every 8 weeks; 3E10 vg/eye has been selected as study dose
    • Application of preliminary Phase 3 eligibility criteria for BCVA and CST to the PRISM Dose Expansion Phase 2 study (16 of 20 in high dose 4D-150 arm and 6 of 10 in aflibercept arm met criteria) demonstrated:
      • BCVA: +3.3 letters favoring high dose 4D-150 vs. aflibercept
      • CST: –99.0 µm favoring high dose 4D-150 vs. aflibercept
      • Anti-VEGF treatment burden: 90% reduction in annualized injection rate (88% received 0 or 1 injection, 63% were injection-free)
  • Enrollment and dosing completed in Phase 2 SPECTRA Part 1 Dose Confirmation cohort evaluating 4D-150 in diabetic macular edema (DME), with 22 patients dosed with 3E10 or 1E10 vg/eye of 4D-150

Upcoming 4D-150 Milestones

  • Additional FDA and EMA interactions planned in Q2 2024, with an update expected in Q3 2024
  • Phase 2 PRISM Population Extension cohort evaluating 4D-150 in wet AMD patients with broader disease severity: Initial interim 24-week landmark data analysis is expected in H2 2024
  • Phase 2 SPECTRA Part 1 Dose Confirmation cohort evaluating 4D-150 in DME: Initial interim 24-week landmark data analysis is expected in H2 2024
  • Initiation of first Phase 3 study is expected in Q1 2025

A slide presentation with detailed results can be accessed here.

Corporate Webcast Details to Discuss the Results:

Title:4D-150 Randomized Phase 2 Dose Expansion in
Severe Disease Activity Wet AMD with
High Treatment Burden: Interim Clinical Data & Program Update
Date/Time:Monday, February 5, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. ET

An archived copy of the webcast will be available for up to one year by visiting the “Investors & Media” section of the 4DMT website at the following link:

About 4D-150 for Wet AMD

4D-150 is comprised of our customized and evolved intravitreal vector, R100, and a transgene cassette that expresses both aflibercept and a VEGF-C inhibitory RNAi. This dual-transgene payload inhibits four members of the VEGF angiogenic family of factors that drive wet AMD and DME: VEGF A, B, C and PlGF. R100 was invented at 4DMT through our proprietary Therapeutic Vector Evolution platform; we developed this platform utilizing principles of directed evolution, a Nobel Prize-winning technology. 4D-150 is designed for single, low-dose intravitreal delivery for transgene expression from the retina without significant inflammation.

About Wet AMD

Wet AMD is a highly prevalent disease with estimated incidence rate of 200,000 new patients per year in the United States. It is estimated that the total prevalence of wet AMD in certain major markets, including the United States and the European Union (major markets), and Japan, will be greater than 4 million individuals in the next five years. Wet AMD is a type of macular degeneration where abnormal blood vessels (choroidal neovascularization or CNV) grow into the macula, the central area of the retina. As a consequence, CNV causes swelling and edema of the retina, bleeding and scarring, and causes visual distortion and reduced visual acuity. The proliferation and leakage of abnormal blood vessels is stimulated by VEGF. This process distorts and can potentially destroy central vision and may progress to blindness without treatment.

About 4DMT 

4DMT is a leading clinical-stage genetic medicines company focused on unlocking the full potential of genetic medicines to treat large market diseases in ophthalmology and pulmonology. 4DMT’s proprietary invention platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, combines the power of the Nobel Prize-winning technology, directed evolution, with approximately one billion synthetic AAV capsid-derived sequences to invent customized and evolved vectors for use in our wholly owned and partnered product candidates. Our product design, development, and manufacturing engine helps us efficiently create and advance our diverse product pipeline with the goal of revolutionizing medicine with potential curative therapies for millions of patients. Currently, 4DMT is advancing five clinical-stage and two preclinical product candidates, each tailored to address rare and large market diseases in ophthalmology, pulmonology, and cardiology. In addition, 4DMT is also advancing programs in CNS through a gene editing partnership. 4D Molecular Therapeutics™, 4DMT™, Therapeutic Vector Evolution™, and the 4DMT logo are trademarks of 4DMT.

All of our product candidates are in clinical or preclinical development and have not yet been approved for marketing by the FDA or any other regulatory authority. No representation is made as to the safety or effectiveness of our product candidates for the therapeutic uses for which they are being studied.

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Forward Looking Statements: 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, implied and express statements regarding the therapeutic potential, and clinical benefits of 4DMT’s product candidates, as well as the plans, announcements, and related timing for the clinical development of and regulatory interactions regarding 4D-150. The words "may," “might,” "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," “expect,” "estimate," “seek,” "predict," “future,” "project," "potential," "continue," "target" and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any forward looking statements in this press release are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including risks and uncertainties that are described in greater detail in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in 4D Molecular Therapeutics’ most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as well as any subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent 4D Molecular Therapeutics' views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. 4D Molecular Therapeutics explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements. No representations or warranties (expressed or implied) are made about the accuracy of any such forward looking statements. 



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