Signed informed consent must be obtained prior to participation in the study
Male or female patients ≥ 50 years of age at screening
Active choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to AMD that affects the central subfield, including retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) with a CNV component, confirmed by presence of active leakage from CNV seen by fluorescein angiography and sequellae of CNV, e.g. pigment epithelial detachment (PED), subretinal or sub-retinal pigment epithelium (sub-RPE) hemorrhage, blocked fluorescence, macular edema (intraretinal fluid (IRF) and/or subretinal fluid (SRF) and/or sub-retinal pigment epithelium (sub-RPE) fluid that affects the central subfield, as seen by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)) at screening, as confirmed by central reading center (study eye). If active CNV according to the above explained activity criteria is not detectable in screening image data (no IRF and no SRF), presence of residual and/or recurrent fluid (IRF and / or SRF) within the last 6 months before baseline visit is also considered eligible. In this case, historical images must be submitted for analysis by the central reading center.
Pretreatment with any anti-VEGF drug for a maximum of five years (60 months). Patients should have shown functional and/or anatomical treatment response to the pretreatment(s), prior to participating in this study.
The treatment initiation phase with the current anti-VEGF must have been completed for at least 6 months with continuous treatment in a ≥ q4w to ≤ q12w injection interval (±2-day window, i.e., 26 to 86 days inclusive) before the baseline visit. At least 4 weeks (minimum 26 days) must have passed between the last anti-VEGF pretreatment and baseline.
Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) score between 83 and 38 letters, inclusive, using Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) visual acuity testing charts at both screening and baseline visit (study eye)
Concomitant conditions or ocular disorders in the study eye at screening or baseline which could, in the opinion of the investigator, prevent response to study treatment or may confound interpretation of study results, compromise visual acuity or require planned medical or surgical intervention during the 52-week study period, atrophy or fibrosis at the center of the fovea as confirmed by central reading center or structural damage of the fovea (study eye)
Any active intraocular or periocular infection or active intraocular inflammation, at screening or baseline (study eye)
Uncontrolled glaucoma defined as intraocular pressure (IOP) > 25 mmHg on medication, or according to investigator's judgement, at screening or baseline (study eye)
Presence of amblyopia, amaurosis or ocular disorders in the fellow eye with BCVA <20/200 at screening (except when due to conditions whose surgery may improve VA, e.g. cataract)
Ocular treatments: treatment with anti-VEGF drugs for > 5 years in the study eye, pretreatment with brolucizumab at any time in the study eye, previous treatment with investigational drugs in the last 6 months, intraocular or periocular steroids at any time, macular laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy at any time, peripheral laser photocoagulation within 3 months prior to baseline, intraocular surgery within 3 months prior to baseline, vitreoretinal surgery at any time, aphakia with the absence of posterior capsule (study eye)
Stroke or myocardial infarction during the 6 month period prior to baseline
Systemic anti-VEGF therapy during the 3-month period prior to baseline
Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply