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Genprex Provides Clinical and Corporate Update for Second Quarter 2018

August 15, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2018-- Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNPX), a clinical stage gene therapy company developing a new approach to treating cancer based upon a novel proprietary technology platform, today announced a clinical and corporate update, and the filing of quarterly results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rodney Varner, Chairman and CEO, remarked, “We have made significant progress in recent months to advance the development of Oncoprex™ for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including engaging collaborators with expertise and other resources necessary for important pre-clinical and clinical services. We also obtained an additional $10 million in capital, which provides additional financial resources to position the Company to achieve its critical milestones in its path toward developing and commercializing Oncoprex. ”

Julien L. Pham, MD, MPH, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “We are moving toward resuming enrollment in the Phase I/II clinical evaluating the combination of Oncoprex™ and erlotinib (Tarceva®) for the treatment of Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), adding an additional preclinical trial to study Oncoprex in combination with immunotherapies, and progressing with manufacturing scale-up.”

Clinical Development Highlights (May 2018 to present)

  • Selected Accenture to provide clinical data management services to help accelerate the clinical development of Genprex’s lead drug candidate, Oncoprex™.
  • Entered an agreement to use WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG) to provide site selection and feasibility services, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) oversight for new clinical trial sites that Genprex anticipates adding to participate in its Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating the combination of OncoprexTM and erlotinib (Tarceva®) in NSCLC.
  • Selected 4Clinics as a CRO to provide clinical and regulatory support for the clinical development program in the form of biostatistics, statistical programming and analysis, as well as medical and scientific writing for the Phase I/II clinical trial.
  • Entered an agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Center under which Genprex is sponsoring a pre-clinical study intended to develop a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of cancer using a combination of the multifactorial tumor suppressor gene TUSC2 and immunotherapy, including the immune checkpoint inhibitors anti-PD1 and/or anti CTLA-4. This study will include the identification of biomarkers to predict the response to TUSC2-immunotherapy combinations.
  • Amended its agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to resume patient enrollment in its Phase I/II trial evaluating the combination of Oncoprex™ and erlotinib (Tarceva®) for the treatment of Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Corporate Update

  • Entered an agreement with the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School to establish executive offices at the school’s Health Discovery Building, joining the WorkSpaces @ Texas Health CoLab. WorkSpaces @ Texas Health CoLab is designed to identify and support people and companies that share Dell Medical School’s commitment to improving health outcomes to patients and reducing healthcare costs.
  • Established offices in Cambridge, MA, where Dr. Julien Pham, President and COO will oversee the clinical development of Genprex’s lead drug candidate, Oncoprex™.
  • Completed a $10 million private placement.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because these statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, the actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Genprex’s business plans, statements about the timing and success of the Company’s existing and planned clinical trials, statements about the development of the Company’s current and potential future product candidates, statements about the Company’s plans to seek regulatory approval of its product candidates, and statements about the services the Company expects to receive from its development partners and the effect of those services on the development of Oncoprex. Risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: the success, cost and timing of the Company’s product candidate development activities and current and planned clinical trials; the Company’s ability to execute on its strategy; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; the Company’s estimates regarding expenses, future revenue and capital requirements; and the ability of the Company’s development partners to provide services to the Company and the Company’s ability to utilize those services, and the ability of those services to influence the development of Oncoprex. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Genprex’s filings and reports with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Genprex does not undertake any obligation to update these statements to reflect any events that occur or facts that exist after the date on which the statements were made.

About Genprex, Inc.

Genprex, Inc. is a clinical stage gene therapy company developing a new approach to treating cancer, based upon a novel proprietary technology platform, including Genprex’s initial product candidate, Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Genprex’s platform technologies are designed to administer 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. Oncoprex has a multimodal mechanism of action whereby it interrupts cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells, re-establishes pathways for apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells, and modulates the immune response against cancer cells. Oncoprex has also been shown to block mechanisms that create drug resistance. Visit the company’s web site at www.genprex.com or follow Genprex on Twitter at https://twitter.com/genprex and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/genprexinc/.

Source: Genprex, Inc.

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