We have discovered and, in collaboration with Allergan, are developing small molecule product candidates for the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Loss of vision is caused by degeneration of the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. A frequent symptom of glaucoma is increased fluid pressure within the eye, referred to as intraocular pressure. In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. It is estimated that over 4 million people in the United States have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. Older people are at a higher risk for glaucoma and the prevalence of glaucoma is expected to increase as the average age of the population increases.
Using our proprietary discovery platform, we identified a subtype of the muscarinic receptors that controls intraocular pressure and discovered lead compounds that selectively activate this target. In preclinical models, our product candidates have demonstrated a promising preclinical profile, including robust efficacy and a long duration of action. This program has reached Phase I development.back to top