Nanoscope Therapeutics Announces Presentation of Positive Results from Optogenetic Gene Therapy for Retinal Degenerative Diseases at the EURETINA 2021 Virtual Conference

Nanoscope Therapeutics Announces Presentation of Positive Results from Optogenetic Gene Therapy for Retinal Degenerative Diseases at the EURETINA 2021 Virtual Conference

Company’s lead product, an optogenetic gene therapy to restore vision for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa, is currently in late-stage Phase 2b trials in US

BEDFORD, TX (September 8, 2021) — Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing gene therapies for treatment of retinal degeneration diseases, today announced Dr. Santosh Mahapatra, principal investigator of the company’s clinical study on optogenetic gene therapy for vision restoration in people blinded by different gene mutations including ABCA4, will present findings from the study at the EURETINA 2021 Virtual Conference September 9 – 12. The conference is conducted by the European Society of Retina Specialists.

Dr. Mahapatra’s presentation, “52 Weeks Safety and Efficacy of Multi-Characteristic Opsin Enabled Vision Restoration in Patients with ABCA4 Mutation, is Sunday, September 12, in Prize Papers 13 session on New Drug Treatments & Technologies.

ABCA4 mutations are associated with retinal degeneration diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease. Patients in the study received a single intravitreal injection of Nanoscope’s Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) gene therapy and were followed for 52 weeks. All patients experienced improvement in visual acuity and function with no serious adverse events.

Nanoscope’s optogenetics therapy delivers MCO genes in proprietary AAV2 vectors into retinal cells leading to expression of ambient light-sensitive polychromatic opsins for vision restoration in different color environments. The therapy, which can be administered in a medical office, focuses on disease phenotype, enabling treatment of retinal diseases regardless of genetic mutations.

Nanoscope researchers also developed a Low-Vision Multi-Parameter Test (LVMPT) for assessing different attributes of functional vision. Michael Carlson’s presentation of the “Low-Vision Multi-Parameter Test for Monitoring Visual Function of Patients with Advanced Retinal Diseases” is Thursday, September 9, in the New Drug Treatment and Technology session.

The MCO-010 gene therapy and LVMPT device are being evaluated in a Phase 2b trial (NCT04945772) in the US. MCO-010 has received orphan drug designations from the US Food and Drug Administration for RP and Stargardt disease. 

About Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc.
Nanoscope Therapeutics is developing optogenetic therapies for giving sight to the millions of blind individuals suffering from retinal degenerative diseases, for which no cure exists. The company’s pipeline includes optogenetics-based ocular gene therapies for patients with RP, Stargardt disease, and geographic atrophies.



Dan Eramian
Opus Biotech Communications


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  • Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, PhD |  Co-Founder & President

    Samarendra Mohanty (Co-Founder/President) is an inventor & serial entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in Biomedical Sciences. He is Co-Founder of several Biotechs and Biomedical device /diagnostic companies (developed & commercialized $100K+ biomedical instruments.)

    Samar obtained M.Tech in Applied Optics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and a PhD in (Bio)Physics from the Indian Institute of Sciences-Bangalore.

    His extensive Biomedical Technologies experience includes serving as Professor/Senior Scientist at the University of Texas;  University of California, Irvine; Center for Adv. Tech (India); Int. Mol. Biotech (Germany); Univ. Pavia (Italy); NUS (Singapore); and University of St. Andrews (UK). He has authored over 200 international patents and publications in leading journals including Nature and Nature Photonics.

    He is the Principal Investigator for major grants from the National Eye Institute including Audacious Goal Initiative and Bioengineering Research grants. He serves on the editorial board of journals and chairs an international conference on optogenetics. He is the winner of a 2019 Healthcare Heroes award (Fort Worth Business Press), Retinal Organoid Challenge Award, Audacious Goal Initiative Award (NIH), Finalist of Tech Titan, and NIH-Director’s Innovator Award.