Genprex (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing therapies for patients with cancer and diabetes, recently received a patent from the China National Intellectual Property Administration. “The granted patent broadly covers the use of the company’s drug candidate REQORSA(R) immunogene therapy in combination with PD-1 antibodies, such as Keytruda(R), to treat cancers. The REQORSA gene therapy in combination with Keytruda is the subject of the company’s ongoing Acclaim-2 clinical trial for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (‘NSCLC’). In this trial, the company is enrolling and treating patients with advanced, metastatic NSCLC whose disease progressed after treatment with Keytruda. The first patient was dosed in this study in April of last year,” a recent article reads. “Now with the latest patent grant in China, we have secured exclusivity for the use of this drug combination for the treatment of cancer in some of the most important markets in the world. The company already has received patent protection in the U.S., Australia, Mexico, Japan and Russia. This patent protection prevents others from using this drug combination to treat cancer in these jurisdictions,” Thomas Gallagher, Esq., SVP of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Genprex, is quoted as saying.
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About Genprex Inc.
Genprex is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing therapies for patients with cancer and diabetes. Genprex’s technologies are designed to administer disease-fighting genes to provide new therapies for large patient populations with cancer and diabetes who currently have limited treatment options. Genprex works with world-class institutions and collaborators to develop drug candidates to further its pipeline of gene therapies in order to provide novel treatment approaches. Genprex’s oncology program utilizes its proprietary, non-viral ONCOPREX(R) Nanoparticle Delivery System, which encapsulates the gene-expressing plasmids using lipid nanoparticles. The resultant product is administered intravenously, where it is taken up by tumor cells that then express tumor suppressor proteins that were deficient in the tumor. The company’s lead product candidate, REQORSA(R) (quaratusugene ozeplasmid), is being evaluated in three clinical trials as a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”) and small cell lung cancer (“SCLC”). Each of Genprex’s three lung cancer clinical programs have received a Fast Track Designation from the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and its SCLC program has received an FDA Orphan Drug Designation. Genprex’s diabetes gene therapy approach is comprised of a novel infusion process that uses an adeno-associated virus (“AAV”) vector to deliver Pdx1 and MafA genes directly to the pancreas. In models of type 1 diabetes, GPX-002 transforms alpha cells in the pancreas into functional beta-like cells, which can produce insulin but may be distinct enough from beta cells to evade the body’s immune system. In a similar approach, GPX-003 for type 2 diabetes, where autoimmunity is not at play, is believed to rejuvenate and replenish exhausted beta cells. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Genprex.com.
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