Genprex (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and diabetes, was named the recipient of the first-ever License of the Year award presented from the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute (“UPII”). The award honors advances made with GNPX’s license from University of Pittsburgh toward progressing the development of its gene therapy for diabetes. GNPX has been involved in groundbreaking, potentially curative gene therapy shown to transform alpha cells in the pancreas into functional beta-like cells. The therapy, which involves the diabetes gene therapy candidate GPX-002, is potentially applicable to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Genprex signed an exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh in February 2020. The agreement involves an innovative gene therapy technology developed by lead researcher, George Gittes, MD at the Rangos Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (“UPMC”) Children’s Hospital. “We thank the UPII for acknowledging the breakthrough work of Dr. George Gittes and his team at the Rangos Research Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, whose efforts have produced this highly innovative therapeutic approach to treating diabetes that could replace the need for insulin replacement therapy and ultimately lead to a cure of this devastating illness afflicting tens of millions of people around the world,” said Genprex president and CEO Rodney Varner in the press release. “We are honored to receive this recognition, considering the great number of cutting-edge technologies coming out of this distinguished university and research center. We thank UPII for bestowing this honor on our gene therapy license with Dr. Gittes and the Rangos Research Center and applaud them for the groundbreaking gene therapy research being conducted at this esteemed institution.”
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About Genprex Inc.
Genprex is a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and diabetes. Genprex’s technologies are designed to administer disease-fighting genes to provide new treatment options for large patient populations with cancer and diabetes who currently have limited treatment options. Genprex works with world-class institutions and collaborators to in-license and develop drug candidates to further its pipeline of gene therapies in order to provide novel treatment approaches. The company’s lead product candidate, REQORSA (quaratusugene ozeplasmid), is being evaluated as a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”). REQORSA has a multimodal mechanism of action that has been shown to interrupt cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells; re-establish pathways for apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells; and modulate the immune response against cancer cells. REQORSA has also been shown to block mechanisms that create drug resistance. In January 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted fast track designation for REQORSA for NSCLC (“NSCLC”) in combination therapy with osimertinib (AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso(R)) for patients with EFGR (“EFGR”) mutations whose tumors progressed after treatment with osimertinib alone. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.Genprex.com.
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