HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - June 15, 2017) - Moleculin Biotech, Inc., (MBRX) ("Moleculin" or the "Company"), a preclinical pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some 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 asked its contract research organization (CRO), Theradex Systems, Inc., to expand its engagement to include clinical sites in Poland for Moleculin's planned Phase I/II clinical trial of Annamycin for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
"We have been working on ways to increase our rate of patient accrual once we start our planned clinical trial for Annamycin," commented Walter Klemp, Chairman and CEO of Moleculin, "and we have identified several promising sites in Poland. By expanding our engagement with Theradex, we help ensure tight coordination of clinical activity between the US and Poland."
Mr. Klemp continued: "If our IND is permitted, which must happen for clinical trials to begin, we intend to hit the ground running, and we believe Poland improves that capability. AML patients in Poland have less access to clinical trials than those in the US, which should make it easier for us to recruit relapsed or refractory AML patients who have received a fewer number of prior failed treatments and, as a result, may be less resistant to future treatments, and/or whose general health is less severely compromised. Work is already under way to identify a lead European Principal Investigator and to recruit the most appropriate clinical sites for the expansion."
About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.
Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a preclinical pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on discoveries made at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Our lead product candidate is Annamycin, a Phase II clinical stage anthracycline being studied for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia, more commonly referred to as AML. We also have two pre-clinical small molecule development portfolios, one of which is focused on the modulation of hard-to-target tumor cell signaling mechanisms and the recruitment of the patient's own immune system, and the other of which targets the metabolism of tumors.
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