AUSTIN, Texas & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genprex, Inc. (“Genprex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and other serious diseases, today announced that Dr. George Gittes, the lead researcher and Harvard graduate that developed Genprex’s new potentially curative diabetes gene therapy, was featured in a video interview discussing the therapy.
Dr. Gittes sat down with one of Proactive’s broadcast journalists to give an overview of the gene therapy, how it works, how it may have the potential to help treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes and next steps to move the gene therapy to the clinic.
“We noticed that by gene therapy we could cause some of the cells in the pancreas that do not normally make insulin, but they are closely related to insulin cells, to turn into an insulin-producing cell,” said Dr. Gittes, Co-Scientific Director and Professor of Surgery at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “The real excitement came when we realized that when we did this in a mouse that normally reacts to its own insulin cells in the same way a juvenile diabetic or Type 1 diabetic does, it didn’t notice these [new] cells and left them alone for a long time without us doing anything else. It was just one treatment with a gene therapy, and they [the mice] were fine for months, which is exciting.”
To watch the full video interview, please visit: http://bit.ly/2Ii8C1J.
In February 2020, Genprex signed an exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh for the potentially curative gene therapy for diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Dr. Gittes and his team at the University of Pittsburgh plan to continue studying the technology in a pre-clinical phase. As the research is refined and sufficient animal data is generated, the Company, in conjunction with Dr. Gittes and his team, plan to move forward with a Phase I clinical trial in diabetic patients, which could be the first-ever gene therapy tested in humans for diabetes.
About Genprex, Inc.
Genprex, Inc. is a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and other serious diseases. Genprex’s technologies are designed to administer disease-fighting genes to provide new treatment options for large patient populations with cancer and other serious diseases 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 for patients with cancer and other serious diseases. The company’s lead product candidate, Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), uses the company’s unique, proprietary platform which delivers cancer-fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanovesicles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. In January 2020, the FDA granted Fast Track Designation for Oncoprex in combination with AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso® for the treatment of NSCLC. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.genprex.com or follow Genprex on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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