A Randomized, Participant and Investigator Masked, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter, Proof-of-concept Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of LNP023 (Iptacopan) in Patients With Early and Intermediate Age-related Macular Degeneration

  • End date
    Jan 7, 2027
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Updated on 13 October 2022
retinal pigment
optical coherence tomography


The purpose of this study is to assess the effect of Iptacopan to prevent conversion of early or intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) eyes to new incomplete retinal pigment epithelium and outer retinal atrophy (iRORA) or late AMD.


This is a multicenter, randomized, participant and investigator masked, placebo controlled, proof-of-concept study to assess the safety and efficacy of Iptacopan (LNP023) in participants with early to intermediate age-related macular degeneration in one eye and neovascular age-related macular degeneration in the other eye. All enrolled participants must have early/intermediate AMD in one eye, with at least one high risk optical coherence tomography (OCT) feature (study eye) and neovascular AMD in the other eye (fellow eye).

Participants who meet all of the eligibility criteria will be randomized at the Baseline/Day 1 visit in a 1:1 ratio into one of two treatment arms:

  • Iptacopan (LNP023) oral capsules
  • Placebo oral capsules Approximately 146 participants (73 per arm) will be treated worldwide.

Condition Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Treatment Placebo, Iptacopan (LNP023)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05230537
SponsorNovartis Pharmaceuticals
Last Modified on13 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Male or female participants ≥ 50 years of age
Diagnosis of early or intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the study eye as determined by the investigator on fundus examination
Study eye (early/intermediate AMD eye) must have at least one high risk optical coherence tomography (OCT) feature (as defined by a central reading center)
Diagnosis of neovascular AMD (nAMD) in the fellow eye as determined by the investigator
Vaccination against Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae infection are required prior to the start of the treatment with LNP023
If not received previously, vaccination against Haemophilius influenzae infection should be given, if available and according to local regulations

Exclusion Criteria

Concomitant medical or ocular conditions which could compromise visual acuity, require planned medical or surgical intervention during the study period, preclude scheduled study visits, completion of the study, or safe administration of the investigational product, including intraocular surgery, cataract and vitreoretinal surgery in the study eye within 3 months prior to Baseline/Day 1 and the presence of significant media opacity, eye movement disorder (nystagmus), severe ptosis, extraocular motility restriction or head tremor
History of clinically significant electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities, or any of the following ECG abnormalities at screening or Baseline/Day 1 visit
QT interval corrected by Fridericia's formula (QTcF) >450 msec (males)
QTcF >460 msec (females)
History of familial long QT syndrome or known family history of Torsades de Pointes
History of stroke or myocardial infarction during the 6-month period prior to
Baseline/Day 1, any current clinically significant arrhythmias, or any
advanced cardiac or severe pulmonary hypertension
History of kidney failure including end stage renal disease requiring dialysis or renal transplant
History of malignancy of any organ system
History of solid organ or bone marrow transplantation
History of recurrent meningitis or history of meningococcal infections despite vaccination
History of immunodeficiency diseases, including a positive Human Immunodeficiency Virus test result at Screening
Chronic infection with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C
History of hypersensitivity to any of the study treatments or excipients or to drugs of similar chemical classes or clinically relevant sensitivity to fluorescein dye as assessed by the Investigator
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