Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX)
Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX) traded higher in Tuesday’s trading session after announcing the signing of a new technology license agreement with MD Anderson Copper Center for the Leukemia drug Annamycin. The stock was up by 20.59% to end the day at $2.05 a share. The rally also comes after the company regained compliance with the NASDAQ Listing Requirements.
Technology License Agreement
Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX) is a preclinical stage pharmaceutical company specializing in the development of anti-cancer drugs. Annamycin is the company’s lead drug candidate for the treatment of refractory acute myeloid leukemia. The company is also working on two other molecular portfolios, one of which is working on the modulation of hard-to-target tumor cell signaling mechanisms. The other molecule targets the metabolism of tumors.
The technology license agreement with MD Anderson’s Cooper Cancer Center is based on new patent applications that Moleculin is set to file. The patents are in relation to the company’s candidate drug Annamycin.
“In anticipation of beginning our planned clinical trials for Annamycin. One of our priorities has been to ensure the best possible protection for our intellectual property. Some key patent applications had yet to be filed and signing a new license agreement with MD Anderson clears the way for those patents,” said Walter Klemp, Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX) CEO.
Dr. Gill Appointment
Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX) has already appointed Dr. Lidia Gil of Poznan University to act as the lead European Principal Investigator. Dr. Gil is to oversee the planned Phase I/II clinical trial for Annamycin for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. The company has also expanded its engagement with CRO to include clinical sites in Poland.
Mayo Clinic WP1066 Partnership
Separately, Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ:MBRX) has entered into an agreement with Physicians at the Mayo Clinic as part of an effort that seeks to enable additional research on WP1066 molecule as a possible treatment for a rare form of pediatric tumors.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company is to supply Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists with WP1066 for preclinical testing as a novel treatment for Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas. The primary target with the upcoming trials is cell signaling protein STAT3. Initial studies have shown that WP1066 has the potential to suppress xenograft of human brain tumors transplanted into mice
“This, along with the physician efforts at MD Anderson to secure an IND to study WP1066 for the treatment of adult brain tumors, continues to validate the potential importance of WP1066 in the treatment of difficult tumors,” said Mr. Klemp.
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