Paris, France, Wednesday December 27, 2023, 7:30 am CET – GenSight Biologics (Euronext: SIGHT, ISIN: FR0013183985, PEA-PME eligible), a biopharma company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapies for retinal neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system disorders, today provides an update on its regulatory strategy in the United Kingdom, the possible resumption of early access (“Autorisation d’Accès Compassionnel” or AAC) in France and its financial situation.
“We are grateful to the MHRA experts for their thoughtful in-depth consideration of the massive amount of clinical and experimental data generated over the past many years,” commented Pr. José-Alain Sahel, Co-founder of GenSight, Distinguished professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (US), Founding Director of the Institut de la Vision, Paris (France). “It is reheartening to feel hopeful that patients affected with this blinding disease will possibly access the life-changing medicine developed by the teams at the Paris Vision Institute and the GenSight teams over close to twenty years and especially the past decade.”
A Scientific Advice meeting with the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) took place in November 2023 to discuss the conditions for accepting a marketing authorisation application in the United Kingdom.
Based on the clinical data presented, MHRA experts issued a letter dated December 19, 2023, which states that “the package proposed by the Company appears comprehensive” and could support a marketing authorisation application in the UK not necessarily including data from the upcoming RECOVER trial.
This application is expected to be filed during the second half of 2024 and could be eligible for a rolling review. This initial application would not include data from the RECOVER trial that would later complete the dossier.
GenSight very positively welcomes this first step towards a possible commercialisation in the United Kingdom in 2025.
In September and November 2023, GenSight announced the successful manufacturing of two Drug Substance (DS) batches of LUMEVOQ® under conditions compliant with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, as confirmed by a vg titer within the expected range.
Given the need to set aside mandatory retainers for archives and samples for quality controls and in order to maximise the number of available vials for patients, the Company decided to mix the two manufactured DS into one single Drug Product (DP) batch. Through this operation, the total number of vials will increase while the number of vials used for retainers and controls will remain the same, hence increasing the number of potential vials available for patients. This helps to ensure that the Company will be able to supply LUMEVOQ® for patients treated under AAC in France until more batches are manufactured. Pending the completion of this mixing operation, the new DP batch is now expected to be fully released by Q3 2024, vs early Q2 2024 initially.
Since the €4.7 million offering announced in November, GenSight continued to work on cash preservation measures, notably additional savings and other means to optimise short-term cash management, extending the cash runway from mid-January to mid-February 2024. These new measures also include several ongoing discussions with some business partners and creditors.
As a result of AAC in France now being expected to resume in Q3 2024, and including aforementioned cash preservation measures, the Company estimates it will require approximately €14 million to finance its activities until July 2024 (vs €10 million with AAC resumption previously expected early Q2 2024), after which revenues from AAC in France are expected to significantly contribute to extend the cash runway until the end of Q1 2025. The Company is therefore actively discussing with existing and potential new shareholders to finance its activities from mid-February to Q3 2024.
In parallel, the Company is also advancing on a number of discussions with potential partners on strategic opportunities, including a possible merger, acquisition or licensing deal, assessed as one of the relevant options to move forward.