Our Pipeline

We currently have six programs in clinical development, including Phase 1/2 clinical stage programs in Achromatopsia (ACHM), X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa (XLRP) and RPE65-Deficiency, two Phase 1 clinical trials for radiation-induced xerostomia (RIX) and a Parkinson’s program that has completed a Phase 2 trial with published data.

Ocular Programs

Product Candidate

AAV-RPGR

Indication

X-linked RP
(RPGR)*

Phase

Phase 1/2

AAV-RPGR is designed to treat the most common form of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) caused by mutations in the eye-specific form of the RPGR gene called RPGR open reading frame 15 (RPGR ORF15). Both rods and cones photoreceptors require RPGR ORF15 to function.

We are currently conducting an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AAV-RPGR in adult and pediatric patients, and expect to progress AAV-RPGR into the Phase 3 Lumeos clinical trial. In 2020, MeiraGTx announced six, nine, and 12-month results from the dose escalation phase of the Phase 1/2 trial, with data demonstrating statistically significant improvement in retinal sensitivity and vision-guided mobility.

AAV-RPGR has received Fast Track and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA, as well as PRIME, ATMP and Orphan Medicinal Product designations from the EMA.

Product Candidate

AAV-RPE65

Indication

RPE65-Deficiency
(RPE65)

Phase

Phase 1/2

AAV-RPE65 is a gene therapy product candidate in which expression of a codon-optimized RPE65 gene is driven by a novel synthetic retinal pigment epithelium (a thin layer of cells at the back of the eye) cell-specific promoter. The RPE65 protein is essential for rod function because it recycles the light sensing machinery in rod photoreceptors. The codon and vector optimization resulted in a gene therapy that is 100 to 1,000 times more potent than the first generation therapy.

We are currently conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AAV-RPE65 in both adult and pediatric patients with RPE65-deficiency.

The FDA and EMA each granted orphan status to AAV-RPE65 for the treatment of Leber’s Congential Amaurosis (LCA). The FDA also granted AAV-RPE65 rare pediatric disease designation for the treatment of inherited retinal dystrophy due to biallelic RPE65 mutations.

Product Candidate

AAV-CNGB3

Indication

Achromatopsia
(CNGB3)*

Phase

Phase 1/2

AAV-CNGB3, a gene therapy treatment designed to restore cone function, is delivered via subretinal injection to the area of the eye where most of the cones in the retina are located. MeiraGTx is currently conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AAV-CNGB3 in both adult and pediatric patients with achromatopsia (ACHM) due to mutations in the CNGB3 gene.

AAV-CNGB3 was granted Orphan Drug, Rare Pediatric Disease and Fast Track designations by the FDA, and Orphan Drug and PRIME designations by the EMA, for the treatment of ACHM caused by mutations in the CNGB3 gene.

Product Candidate

AAV-CNGA3

Indication

Achromatopsia
(CNGA3)*

Phase

Phase 1/2

AAV-CNGA3, a gene therapy treatment designed to restore cone function, is delivered to the cone receptors at the back of the eye via subretinal injection. It was designed with a synthetic promoter associated with strong gene expression to account for the larger amount of protein needed to restore cone function in achromatopsia (ACHM) patients with a CNGA3 gene mutation.

MeiraGTx is conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AAV-CNGA3 in children aged 3-15 years old with ACHM caused by mutations in the CNGA3 gene.

AAV-CNGA3 was granted Orphan Drug designation by the FDA and EMA, as well as Rare Pediatric Disease designation and Fast Track designation by the FDA, for the treatment of ACHM caused by mutations in the CNGA3 gene.

Neurodegenerative Diseases Program

Product Candidate

AAV-GAD

Indication

Parkinson's
(GAD)

Phase

Phase 1/2

AAV-GAD is an investigational gene therapy medicine designed to deliver the glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) gene to the subthalamic nucleus in order to increase production of GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human brain. GAD is the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of GABA, therefore it is believed that increasing subthalamic nucleus GAD expression through gene therapy will result in normalization of motor circuits and improve symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients without affecting other brain regions that can be responsible for complications of existing therapies.

Product Candidate

AAV-UPF1

Indication

ALS
(UPF1)

Phase

Preclinical

We have designed our product candidate, AAV-UPF1, with the aim of increasing UPF1 expression in the motor neurons of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. UPF1 plays an important role in nonsense mediated decay (NMD), a quality control system that regulates RNA processing in neurons. AAV-UPF1 is currently being investigated in preclinical studies.

Salivary Gland Programs

Product Candidate

AAV-AQP1

Indication

Xerostomia
(hAQP1)

Phase

Phase 1/2

MeiraGTx is developing AAV-AQP1 to treat radiation-induced xerostomia (RIX) by increasing water conduction in the salivary glands damaged by radiation therapy. Our gene therapy product candidate works by introducing a water conducting channel into the remaining epithelial cells of these damaged glands.

We are currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial in patients who have survived cancer free for five or more years following treatment for head and neck cancer and are suffering from grade 2 or 3 RIX. We have also initiated the AQUAx trial,  a multi-site Phase 1 clinical trial enrolling participants who have been diagnosed with grade 2 or 3 RIX and who have remained cancer free for at least five years (or two years if HPV+) after receiving radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.

Product Candidate

AAV-AQP1

Indication

Sjogren’s
(hAQP1)

Phase

Preclinical

MeiraGTx is developing AAV-AQP1 as a potential treatment for xerostomia caused by Sjogren’s syndrome, a disease affecting more than two million people in the United States. Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which a patient’s immune system may target the salivary glands. Chronic inflammation of the salivary glands results in long term damage and chronic xerostomia in many Sjogren’s patients.

 

*Co-development program with Janssen Pharmaceuticals pursuant to a collaboration agreement.