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      Johnson & Johnson Highlights Commitment to Transform Treatment of Retinal Diseases at ARVO 2024

      Company to present, across eight data presentations, new real-world research on the economic value of genetic testing for retinal diseases and the role of automatic deep-learning based algorithms for geographic atrophy

      Johnson & Johnson to debut first-of-its-kind EYE-RD Global Registry, aiming to bridge knowledge gaps for inherited retinal diseases

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      RARITAN, N.J., May 3, 2024 – Johnson & Johnson today announced that eight company-sponsored presentations will be featured during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2024 Annual Meeting taking place in Seattle from May 5–9, 2024. The Company’s two oral presentations will include one highlighting a real-world analysis on the economic value of early genetic testing in patients with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), a group of rare eye disorders that can lead to serious vision impairment (Abstract #2154), and the second evaluating the role of automatic deep-learning based algorithms to measure precursors of geographic atrophy (GA), a late-stage and severe form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) (Abstract #2770).1,2

      Additionally, Johnson & Johnson will spotlight its EYE-RD Global Registry at the meeting, a first-of-its-kind observational, non-interventional global IRD registry created to make clinical information on IRDs more accessible to patients, providers, payers, and researchers. The registry will serve as a centralized repository of longitudinal data collected on genetically tested patients who are diagnosed or have a suspected diagnosis of IRDs such as X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a rare IRD estimated to impact one in 40,000 people globally.3,4 The registry has the potential to bridge the knowledge gap in IRDs through the collection of real-world data by collating more holistic insights about disease progression and patient experiences.

      “At Johnson & Johnson, we are committed to preserving vision, harnessing the best science to find solutions for those living with blinding retinal diseases,” said Hideo Makimura, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President and Global Head, Specialty Ophthalmology Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. “These data at ARVO 2024 showcase our commitment to bringing innovative new therapies that preserve and restore vision for patients worldwide.”

      Key results from two oral presentations include:

      • Economic Value of Early Genetic Testing in Inherited Retinal Dystrophies Diagnosis (Abstract #2154)1
        • Patients with delayed genetic testing incurred significantly higher healthcare costs than those with early genetic testing ($76,838 vs. $13,084 in total costs, respectively).
        • Genetic testing is often delayed due to lack of awareness or cost. The data reinforces the importance of early testing to potentially help improve IRD diagnosis and lower overall healthcare costs.
      • Deep-Learning Based Algorithm for Automatic cRORA and Photoreceptor Loss Detection in Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) Imaging (Abstract #2770)2
        • Due to slow and variable GA progression in patients, it can be challenging to measure the efficacy of treatments in clinical trials, often leading to long trial durations and large sample sizes, which could delay the availability of potential new therapies.
        • Automatic deep-learning based segmentation of multiple SD-OCT imaging biomarkers could potentially provide a time-saving and cost-effective method to quantify and predict disease progression and help clinicians more rapidly determine the efficacy of treatments in clinical trials.

      A complete listing of the Company-sponsored abstracts being featured at the ARVO Annual Meeting is provided below. Abstracts can also be found on the ARVO website.

      Presentation / Poster #Title
      Abstract #2154Economic Value of Early Genetic Testing in Inherited Retinal Dystrophies Diagnosis.

      Abstract #2283

      Posterboard #A0137

      Comparison of FAF and SD-OCT Geographic Atrophy Lesion Area and Growth Rate Measurements.

      Abstract #2580

      Posterboard #B0207

      Individuals With Geographic Atrophy (GA) Are at Greater Risk for Fall and Fracture Events Compared to Individuals Without GA: A US Claims Data Analysis.

      Abstract #3110

      Posterboard #A0374

      The Patient Journey from Early Symptoms to Initial Diagnosis of RPGR-Associated Retinal Disease: Can We Shorten Time to First Diagnosis in a Gene Therapy Era?

      Abstract #3739

      Posterboard #B0402

      Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Identify and Characterize RPGR Patients in a Large Electronic Health Record (EHR) Database.

      Abstract #3112

      Posterboard #A0376

      Decline Of Visual Function and Risk of Legal Blindness with Age in Patients With RPGR-Associated Retinal Degeneration, A Multicenter Study.
      Abstract #2770Deep-Learning Based Algorithm for Automatic cRORA and Photoreceptor Loss Detection in SD-OCT Imaging.

      Abstract #5984

      Posterboard #B0647

      Individuals with Geographic Atrophy (GA) Are at Greater Risk for Anxiety Disorder and Depression Compared to Individuals Without GA: A US Claims Data Analysis.

      Johnson & Johnson will also have an interactive Specialty Ophthalmology Medical Affairs exhibit booth (location #1539) at the ARVO annual meeting. For more information about Johnson & Johnson’s investigational portfolio in Specialty Ophthalmology, please visit

      About Our Commitment to Eye Health
      At Johnson & Johnson, we have a deep legacy in developing transformational new products that improve the health of patients’ eyes. As a global leader in eye health, we have a bold ambition: Vision Made Possible – and are paving the way for a new future of eye health to support the full spectrum of pediatric, developed, and mature eyes. Through cutting-edge innovation, scientific expertise, and advanced technologies, we are revolutionizing the way people see and experience the world. At every step of the eye health journey – from investigational gene therapies for retinal diseases to contact lenses and refractive and cataract surgical solutions – we stand as a trusted partner with the goal of making vision possible for customers and patients.

      About Johnson & Johnson
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      1Zhang Q, et al. Economic value of early genetic testing in inherited retinal dystrophies diagnosis. Abstract #2154. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2024 Annual Meeting

      2De Silva T, et al. Deep Learning based Algorithm for Automatic cRORA and Photoreceptor Loss Detection in SD-OCT Imaging. Abstract #2770. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2024 Annual Meeting

      3Boughman JA, Conneally PM, Nance WE. Population genetic studies of retinitis pigmentosa. Am J Hum Genet. 1980;32(2):223–235.

      4Fishman GA. Retinitis pigmentosa. Genetic percentages. Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(5):822–826.

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