Theresa Heah, Kevin Slawin, Chris Garabedian (AsclepiX)

Bet­ter than Eylea, as durable as gene ther­a­py? Per­cep­tive, Xon­toge­ny boost oph­thalmic star­tup's shot for best of all worlds

What’s the biggest break­through in the oph­thal­mol­o­gy space since Lu­cen­tis and Eylea?

No­var­tis’ Beovu, launched last No­vem­ber for wet age-re­lat­ed mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, has been ham­pered by safe­ty is­sues. Ko­di­ak Sci­ences sports $2.74 bil­lion on the promise of an an­ti­body biopoly­mer con­ju­gate that can be dosed every 16 weeks — re­duc­ing the treat­ment bur­den. Then there’s the line of gene ther­a­py play­ers from re­genxbio to Ad­verum, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Spark Ther­a­peu­tics.

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