Shares of Moleculin Biotech (NASDAQ: MBRX) are up 9% mid-day following the company’s comments regarding the recent FDA approvals for new drugs for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The company’s drug candidate, Annamycin, is currently being evaluated for the treatment of relapsed or refractory AML. “While these new drugs make valuable incremental improvements in AML therapy, most AML patients will still fail to respond to (or relapse from) initial therapy; therefore, our initial clinical development plan will attempt to address the significant unmet need of patients who relapse from, or are refractory to, initial therapy. We also believe that, if Annamycin can demonstrate superior efficacy and safety to the current standard of care, the drug may be able to fill major areas for first-line AML treatment. In the meantime, these transactions serve to remind us of the opportunity for our company if Annamycin shows significant activity in our planned clinical trials,” Moleculin CEO Walter Klemp stated in the news release.
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About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.
Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a preclinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on discoveries made at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The company’s lead product candidate is Annamycin, an anthracycline being studied for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia, more commonly referred to as AML. Moleculin also has two preclinical small molecule 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. The other portfolio targets the metabolism of tumors. For more information about the company, please visit www.moleculin.com.
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