Gyroscope Therapeutics announces first patient received investigational gene therapy GT005 via orbit subretinal delivery system in ongoing Phase I/II FOCUS trial

Gyroscope Therapeutics Limited, a clinical-stage retinal gene therapy company, today announced that the first surgery using its proprietary OrbitTM Subretinal Delivery System (Orbit SDS) to deliver the company’s investigational gene therapy, GT005, to a patient with geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been conducted in the ongoing Phase I/II FOCUS trial. The surgery was conducted in the United States by Jeffrey Heier, M.D., at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

“Dry AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss globally and gene therapies hold tremendous promise for this disease. Delivering gene therapy directly to the site of disease through a subretinal injection is a proven approach; however, the current method requires a vitrectomy. The Orbit SDS is an innovative delivery system that could address some of the challenges surgeons and patients may experience with a vitrectomy. I have been involved with the development of the Orbit SDS for several years, and I am excited to see its introduction into subretinal delivery of what we hope to be an important therapeutic intervention,” said Dr. Heier, Co-President, Medical Director, Director of the Vitreoretinal Service, and Director of Retina Research at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

Khurem Farooq, Chief Executive Officer, Gyroscope said: 

In 2019, Gyroscope merged with Orbit Biomedical to create the only retinal gene therapy company that combines all elements of drug development, a manufacturing platform, and surgical delivery capabilities. Our vision is to develop gene therapy beyond rare disease and we believe our proprietary Orbit SDS has the potential to help us achieve that. We look forward to further evaluating the Orbit SDS in our GT005 clinical programme.


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