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Oculis advances eye treatment trials, appoints new executives

EditorIsmeta Mujdragic
Published 02/28/2024, 07:18 AM
Updated 02/28/2024, 07:18 AM
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ZUG, Switzerland and BOSTON - Oculis Holding AG (NASDAQ: OCS), a biopharmaceutical company, announced the completion of patient enrollment for the Phase 2b RELIEF trial of Licaminlimab (OCS-02) for Dry Eye Disease (DED) and the initiation of the second Phase 3 trial, DIAMOND-2, for OCS-01 eye drops in Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). Topline results for the RELIEF trial are expected in the second quarter of 2024.

The RELIEF study, which began in late 2023, quickly enrolled 120 patients to assess the topical anti-TNFα Licaminlimab's safety and efficacy in treating moderate-to-severe DED. DED affects an estimated 40 million people in the U.S. alone. Elizabeth Yeu, M.D., noted Licaminlimab has shown promising results in previous trials, including significant reduction of ocular discomfort and a good tolerability profile.

The DIAMOND-2 trial follows the DIAMOND-1 Phase 3 trial initiated in late 2023. OCS-01 has demonstrated improvement in vision and reduction in retinal edema compared to vehicle and was well-tolerated in earlier stages of the trial. The DIAMOND trials aim to enroll 350-400 patients each, with a primary endpoint of change in best corrected visual acuity at Week 52.

In addition to clinical updates, Oculis has strengthened its executive and scientific advisory teams with key appointments. Professor Ramin Tadayoni, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned retina specialist, has been named Chief Scientific Officer, and Arshad M. Khanani, M.D., M.A., FASRS, is now the Chair of Oculis's Retina Scientific Advisory Board. Virginia R. Dean, with extensive experience in human resources within life sciences, has been appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer.

The company's diversified pipeline includes candidates for DME, DED, and other ophthalmic conditions.

This news is based on a press release statement from Oculis Holding AG.

InvestingPro Insights

Oculis Holding AG (NASDAQ: OCS) has reached significant milestones with the completion of patient enrollment for its Phase 2b RELIEF trial and the initiation of the DIAMOND-2 Phase 3 trial. As the company progresses with its clinical trials, it's also important for investors to consider the financial health and market performance of Oculis. Here are some insights based on real-time data and InvestingPro Tips.

InvestingPro data reveals that Oculis has a market capitalization of $461.87 million USD, indicating its size in the biopharmaceutical industry. Despite the company's efforts in advancing its clinical trials, it suffers from weak gross profit margins, as evidenced by a gross profit margin of -2981.91% for the last twelve months as of Q3 2023. Additionally, the company's net income is expected to decline this year, and analysts do not forecast profitability for Oculis within this timeframe.

However, not all indicators are negative. Oculis has more cash than debt on its balance sheet, which is a positive sign of financial stability, and its liquid assets exceed short-term obligations, suggesting a healthy liquidity position. Moreover, the company has experienced a strong return over the last three months, with a 31.19% price total return, reflecting investor optimism about its future prospects.

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While Oculis's clinical advancements are promising for the future of eye care treatments, investors should consider the company's financial metrics and market performance as part of their overall assessment. The additional InvestingPro Tips can provide a more comprehensive understanding of Oculis's investment potential.

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