MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opthea Limited (ASX:OPT, Nasdaq: OPT), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel therapy to treat highly prevalent and progressive retinal diseases, today announced that Dr Megan Baldwin, CEO of Opthea, will virtually present and provide a corporate update at the 10th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:40pm ET (Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:40am AEDT).
A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investors page of the Opthea website at https://www.opthea.com/presentations/.
Opthea (ASX:OPT, Nasdaq: OPT) is a biopharmaceutical company developing a novel therapy to address the unmet need in the treatment of highly prevalent and progressive retinal diseases, including wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME). Opthea’s lead product candidate OPT-302 is being developed for use in combination with anti-VEGF-A monotherapies to achieve broader inhibition of the VEGF family, with the goal of improving overall efficacy and demonstrating superior vision gains over that which can be achieved by inhibiting VEGF-A alone.
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