HOUSTON, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Moleculin Biotech,
Inc., (Nasdaq: MBRX) ("Moleculin" or the "Company"), a clinical
stage pharmaceutical company with a broad portfolio of drug
candidates, today announced that recruiting has begun and the first
patient has been enrolled in the Emory
University Phase 1 clinical trial of WP1066 for the
treatment of brain tumors in children. The study is being
conducted at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
WP1066 is the lead molecule in Moleculin's portfolio of immune
stimulators and modulators of transcription. WP1066 has been
shown in animal models to both stimulate a natural immune response,
while also inhibiting the activated form of STAT3 (p-STAT3), a gene
transcription factor that is considered a master regulator of
"p-STAT3 has long been considered an 'undruggable' target,"
commented Walter Klemp, Chairman and
CEO of Moleculin. "We've shown activity in patients with
WP1220, one of the other molecules in this portfolio. This
trial represents another opportunity to show that p-STAT3 is a
viable target. We are honored to be a part of this effort to
cure childhood brain tumors."
About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.
Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage pharmaceutical
company focused on the development of a broad portfolio of oncology
drug candidates for the treatment of highly resistant tumors and
viruses. The Company's clinical stage drugs are: Annamycin, a Next
Generation Anthracycline, designed to avoid multidrug resistance
mechanisms with little to no cardiotoxicity, being studied for the
treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia, more
commonly referred to as AML; WP1066, an Immune/Transcription
Modulator capable of inhibiting p-STAT3 and other oncogenic
transcription factors while also stimulating a natural immune
response, being studied for brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and
hematologic malignancies; and WP1220, an analog to WP1066, being
studied for the topical treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Moleculin is also engaged in preclinical development of additional
drug candidates, including additional Immune/Transcription
Modulators, as well as compounds capable of
Metabolism/Glycosylation Inhibition, such as WP1122.
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Some of the statements in this release are forward-looking
statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act
of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve
risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this press
release include, without limitation, the ability of WP1066 to be
shown safe and effective for pediatric brain tumor patients.
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/ Carol Ruth
The Ruth Group
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