Moleculin Announces Approval for Third Drug to Commence Clinical Trials

MBRX will now have three distinctive oncology drugs in clinic in four ongoing clinical trials


WP1220, a STAT3 inhibitor, to begin clinical trials in Poland for the treatment of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphona (“CTCL”), a rare and deadly skin cancer


HOUSTON – February 7, 2019 – Moleculin Biotech, Inc., (Nasdaq: MBRX) (“Moleculin” or the “Company”), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology drug candidates, all of which are based on license agreements with The University of Texas System on behalf of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, today announced it has received approval to begin clinical trials in Poland for its STAT3 inhibitor, WP1220, for the topical treatment of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (“CTCL”).


“This marks an important milestone for Moleculin.  We now have three unique drug candidates in four ongoing clinical trials for the potential treatment of rare and difficult cancers, ” commented Walter Klemp, Moleculin’s Chairman and CEO.  “We are committed to the strategy of what we call ‘multiple shots on goal,’ and this latest approval to begin trials means we now have three distinctly different therapies in clinical trials for the potential treatment of rare and difficult cancers.”


Dr. Don Picker, Moleculin’s Chief Science Officer, added, “CTCL is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer involving skin lesions that often have high levels of activated STAT3 (p-STAT3).  As a potent inhibitor of p-STAT3, we believe WP1220 may be ideally suited to treat these lesions through topical application, which is what this clinical trial is designed to evaluate.”


Dr. Malgorzata Sokolowska-Wojdylo, Dermatology Department Chair at the Medical University of Gdańsk in Poland, and the Principal Investigator running this clinical trial,  concluded, “There is a significant unmet need for improved topical therapies for CTCL, and we are excited to be the first clinic to evaluate this promising new drug in CTCL patients.”


About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.


Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology drug candidates, all of which are based on discoveries made at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Company’s clinical stage drugs are Annamycin, an 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, and WP1066, an immuno-stimulating STAT3 inhibitor targeting brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and AML. Moleculin Biotech is also engaged in preclinical development of additional drug candidates, including additional STAT3 inhibitors and compounds targeting the metabolism of tumors.


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Forward-Looking Statements


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Joe Dorame, Robert Blum or Joe Diaz

Lytham Partners, LLC



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