Clinical-stage gene therapy company Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) this morning provided an update on the development of its lead drug candidate, Oncoprex(TM) immunogene therapy, in combination with immunotherapy for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”). Based on data from the ongoing study through GNPX’s July 2018 sponsored research agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as prior clinical and pre-clinical studies, Genprex is working with its scientific advisory board and outside consultants to design a clinical trial for Oncoprex. According to the update, the new study will focus on Oncoprex in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor for the treatment of NSCLC, with a goal of enrolling patients in the first quarter of 2020. “Recent studies have shown that less than half of cancer patients qualify for approved immunotherapies based on the patient’s PD-1 or PD-L1 protein expression level,” Genprex President and COO Julien Pham said in the news release. “Current immunotherapy treatment is only benefitting a small number of cancer patients. We are working to fill this gap by combining our lead drug candidate with approved immunotherapies to give patients more treatment options. The preclinical studies have shown encouraging data that this combination could be a viable treatment option for late-stage non-small cell lung cancer.”
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About Genprex Inc.
Genprex, Inc. is a clinical stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for cancer patients, based upon a unique proprietary technology platform, including Genprex’s initial product candidate, Oncoprex(TM) immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Genprex’s platform technologies are designed to administer cancer fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanovesicles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. Oncoprex has a multimodal mechanism of action whereby it interrupts cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells, re-establishes pathways for apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells, and modulates the immune response against cancer cells. Oncoprex has also been shown to block mechanisms that create drug resistance. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Genprex.com
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