SparingVision’s second product, SPVN20, is a pioneering gene therapy product obtained through the acquisition of Gamut Therapeutics in 2021.
SPVN20’s unique mutation-agnostic approach aims to restore visual acuity and color vision in advanced and late-stage Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) patients with “dormant cones”, independently of their genetic mutation.
SPVN20 aims to reactivate patients’ “dormant cones”.
Dormant cones are viable cones with diminished outer segments that no longer respond to light, as such that the patients’ light response decrease and they become unable to see. Since the phototransduction cascade (which allows for normal vision) occurs in the outer segment of the cones, these dormant cones are no longer capable of converting light into an electric signal, leaving patients with tunnel vision and, as the disease progresses, ultimately blindness.
Phototransduction cascade in normal vision
Injection with SPVN20 provides dormant cone cell bodies with a channel protein that would allow to restore a short phototransduction cascade within the dormant cone, restoring electric signal and thereby visual acuity and color vision.
Short phototransduction cascade with SPVN20
The addition of SPVN20 in March 2021 broadened SparingVision’s novel genomic medicine pipeline. The Company is currently assessing the best development plan for this new product candidate, with a view to start pre-IND studies in 2022. Beyond RP, SparingVision will explore opportunities to evaluate SPVN20 in other IRDs, where its mechanism of action could be particularly relevant.
SparingVision also intends to evaluate the potential therapeutic synergy of its two lead products through the combination of SPVN06 and SPVN20 as a single construct, called SPVN30, to address a broader population of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) patients.
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