• MAGELLAN-AMD study demonstrates the comparable efficacy of FYB203 to the reference product Eylea® in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD)
  • Primary efficacy endpoint for submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) achieved in global phase III study
  • Second successful clinical development program in the field of ophthalmological biosimilars highlights Formycon’s strong position in this area

Munich – Formycon AG (ISIN: DE000A1EWVY8/ WKN: A1EWVY) today published positive preliminary efficacy and safety data from MAGELLAN-AMD Phase III clinical trial for FYB203, its proposed biosimilar to Eylea®.

The FDA-specific interim analysis of the randomized, double-blind, multi-center phase III study met the primary efficacy endpoint, demonstrating comparable efficacy between FYB203 and the reference medicine Eylea® in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD).

The primary endpoint of the comparative global Phase III trial measures the change in best corrected visual acuity after eight weeks from baseline. The values obtained for FYB203 and the reference product are within the relevant equivalence limits. In addition, to date, the study was conducted without any clinically relevant differences in terms of safety and immunogenicity.

Following the approval and market launch of the ophthalmological biosimilar for Lucentis® (FYB201 marketed as Ongavia®2 (UK), Ranivisio®3 (EU), and CimerliTM4 (US)), Formycon is now announcing, with FYB203, another successful development in the field of ophthalmology, thereby highlighting its strong position in this area.

Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is caused by the excessive growth of blood vessels in the retina. The active ingredient aflibercept inhibits the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is responsible for the excessive formation of blood vessels in the retina, which leads to a progressive loss of vision. In industrialized countries, AMD is the most common cause of severe visual impairment or blindness. According to estimates, up to 77 million Europeans will be affected by 2050.[i]

Eylea® is currently the top-selling drug in the field of age-related eye disease and in 2021 achieved revenues of around US$ 9 billion. Recently, Klinge Biopharma GmbH, licensee and exclusive holder of the worldwide commercialization rights of FYB203, had entered into a binding term sheet for the exclusive commercialization of FYB203 in the United States of America with Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Formycon’s CSO, Dr. Andreas Seidl, comments on the successful phase III study as follows: “We are delighted that our second project in the field of ophthalmology was able to impress in the clinical phase III MAGELLAN-AMD study. Given the extensive experience from FYB201, we are confident that we will also be able to make a high-quality and cost-effective biosimilar available with FYB203, thereby further expanding our strong position in the field of biosimilar development.”

[i] Li JQ, Welchowski T, Schmid M, et al. Prevalence and incidence of age-related macular degeneration in Europe: a systematic review and meta-analysis British Journal of Ophthalmology 2020;104:1077-1084.: https://bjo.bmj.com/content/104/8/1077. Last accessed in January 2023.

1Eylea® is a registered trademark of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
2Ongavia® is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
3Ranivisio® is a registered trademark of Bioeq AG
4CimerliTM is a trademark of Coherus BioSciences, Inc