Genprex (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing treatments for patients with cancer and diabetes, recently announced that its research collaborators presented positive preclinical data for the NRPL2 tumor suppressor gene. “The studies used Genprex’s non-viral ONCOPREX(R) Nanoparticle Delivery System in KRAS/STK11 mutant anti-PD1 resistant metastatic human non-small cell lung cancer (‘NSCLC’) humanized mouse models. Genprex’s ONCOPREX(R) Nanoparticle Delivery System is a novel non-vital approach utilizing lipid nanoparticles to deliver tumor suppressor genes that have been deleted during the course of cancer development. The platform allows for intravenous delivery of various tumor suppressor genes, and potentially other genes, to achieve a therapeutic effect without the risk of toxicity often associated with viral delivery systems,” a recent article reads. “The preclinical data also provides further evidence that the ONCOPREX(R) Nanoparticle Delivery System has the ability to be successful using genes other than the TUSC2 gene that we are already using in clinical trials with REQORSA(R),” Rodney Varner, president and CEO of Genprex, is quoted as saying. “These compelling outcomes give us further confidence in the potentially broad-based applications of our non-vital delivery system, which may provide a multitude of potential pipeline opportunities in the future.”
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About Genprex Inc.
Genprex is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing treatments 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”). Both NSCLC clinical programs received a Fast Track Designation from the Food and Drug Administration. 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 are 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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