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MOLOGEN AG prepares start of clinical study with cancer medicine MGN1703

(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) The Berlin-based biotech company, MOLOGEN, is moving swiftly forward with its preparations for starting the clinical study on the innovative cancer medicine, MGN1703. The aim is to start with patient consumption in a few weeks time. MGN1703 is based on the DNA immunomodulator dSLIM® developed by MOLOGEN.

The quantities of the Investigational Medicinal Product MGN1703 required for the clinical study have already been produced and are all available. Together with the study centers, university hospitals in Essen and Cologne, the organizational and logistical procedures required to ensure an optimum study are currently being prepared. The last formal specifications of the approval and licensing authorities were met in the past few days.

Speaking about the preparatory work, Dr. Matthias Schroff, Chief Executive Officer of MOLOGEN AG said: "The preparations for starting the clinical study with MGN1703 on schedule are going full steam ahead. I expect that we will be able to bring the first patients into the study in a few weeks time."

Information about the clinical study with MGN1703

The planned study (Phase I) of the safety, compatibility and immunological effect of MGN1703 in the treatment of various cancers is a major milestone for a comprehensive clinical development program. MOLOGEN plans to establish an effective, compatible treatment for the treatment of the most frequent cancers in the form of MGN1703. According to forecasts from experts, there is a global market worth several billion dollars for innovative, immunomodulatory forms of cancer therapy.

The study is to be performed at the renowned cancer centers in university hospitals in Essen and Cologne, and will last around six months.

dSLIM® - an innovative TLR9 agonist

In dSLIM® ("double Stem Loop Immunomodulator"), MOLOGEN has developed an innovative TLR9 agonist. Use of dSLIM® activates the immune system to protect against tumor-associated antigens by targeting the TLR9 receptor on certain immune cells. As a result of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, tumor-associated antigens are released by cancer cells. The immune system activated by dSLIM® is in a position to overcome its fatal tolerance towards cancer cells and advance against them strategically.

Market for immunomodulatory therapies worth billions

In terms of efficacy and compatibility, immunomodulatory therapies could mean a real medical breakthrough in the fight against cancer. Experts estimate that there is a global market worth billions of US Dollars for such therapies.

Pharmaceutical companies are therefore extremely interested in securing the rights to molecules like TLR9 agonist and testing substances in many different indications. The recent acquisition of a US competitor by a globally operating pharmaceutical group is convincing proof of the great potential attributed internationally to TLR technology.

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MOLOGEN AG

MOLOGEN AG, a biopharmaceutical company based in Berlin, specializes in the research and development of innovative medicines based on DNA structures (DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid).
Its patented DNA-based platform technologies MIDGE® and dSLIM® form a universal foundation with a wide range of possible applications. Activities focus on product developments for the treatment of cancer and vaccines for serious infections in humans and animals.

MOLOGEN was founded in 1998 and was the first German biotechnology company to go public. MOLOGEN AG shares are listed in the General Standard of Deutsche Börse (ISIN DE 0006637200).