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Ocugen Announces CSO to Present on Modifier Gene Therapy at Retina World Congress

MALVERN, Pa., May 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc. (Ocugen or the Company) (NASDAQ: OCGN), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies and vaccines, today announced that Arun Upadhyay, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Head of Research & Development, Ocugen will speak at the Retina World Congress (RWC) being held May 9-12, 2024 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

“This is a terrific opportunity to share the most recent developments in modifier gene therapy with my peers and learn more about their discoveries to fight retinal disease,” said Dr. Upadhyay. “Opportunities like these are critical as we work together to address unmet medical needs for patients with blindness diseases.”

RWC is one of the largest retina meetings in the world and is leading the advancement of science in retina. This annual meeting brings together retina specialists from every continent to achieve a global scientific and clinical exchange in retinal health. 

Details on Dr. Upadhyay’s presentation are as follows:

RWC Unplugged Panel Session: Gene Therapy, Pharmacotherapy and Optogenetics for IRD
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024
Time: 9:05 – 9:35 a.m. (ET)
Location: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

Additionally, Ocugen’s abstract, "Safety and Efficacy Results from a Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of OCU400 Modifier Gene Therapy for Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa," has been accepted as an e-poster/video presentation and will be showcased in a video display during the conference.

The OCU400 Phase 3 liMeliGhT clinical trial is currently underway and on track to meet the Company’s 2026 BLA and MAA approval targets. OCU400 is the first gene therapy program to enter Phase 3 with a broad retinitis pigmentosa (RP) indication.

About OCU400
OCU400 is the Company’s gene-agnostic modifier gene therapy product based on nuclear hormone receptor (NHR) gene, NR2E3NR2E3 regulates diverse physiological functions within the retina—such as photoreceptor development and maintenance, metabolism, phototransduction, inflammation and cell survival networks. Through its drive functionality, OCU400 resets altered/affected cellular gene networks and establishes homeostasis—a state of balance, which has the potential to improve retinal health and function in patients with RP. Between the U.S. and EU, nearly 300,000 people are affected by RP.

About Modifier Gene Therapy
Modifier gene therapy is designed to fulfill unmet medical needs related to retinal diseases, including IRDs, such as RP, Leber congenital amaurosis and Stargardt disease, as well as multifactorial diseases like dry age-related macular degeneration (dAMD). Our modifier gene therapy platform is based on the use of NHRs, master gene regulators, which have the potential to restore homeostasis — the basic biological processes in the retina. Unlike single-gene replacement therapies, which only target one genetic mutation, we believe that our modifier gene therapy platform, through its use of NHRs, represents a novel approach that has the potential to address multiple retinal diseases caused by mutations in multiple genes with one product, and to address complex diseases that are potentially caused by imbalances in multiple gene networks. Currently, Ocugen has three modifier gene therapy programs in the clinic: OCU400, OCU410, and OCU410ST. In addition to the OCU400 Phase 3 liMeliGhT clinical trial, the OCU410 Phase 1/2 ArMaDa clinical trial for geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dAMD and the OCU410ST Phase 1/2 GARDian clinical trial for Stargardt disease are currently underway. GA affects approximately two to three million people between the U.S. and EU and Stargardt disease affects nearly 100,000 people between the U.S. and EU.

About Ocugen, Inc.
Ocugen, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies and vaccines that improve health and offer hope for patients across the globe. We are making an impact on patient’s lives through courageous innovation—forging new scientific paths that harness our unique intellectual and human capital. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with a single product, and we are advancing research in infectious diseases to support public health and orthopedic diseases to address unmet medical needs. Discover more at and follow us on X and LinkedIn.

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Tiffany Hamilton
Head of Communications

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