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Spherix is Granted Exclusive Option to License Anticancer Drug from the University of Kentucky
NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX) today announced that the Company has executed an exclusive option agreement ("Option") with the University of Kentucky (UK) related to its anticancer drug designated G4-1, a novel proteasome inhibitor.
Spherix's Option includes two issued patents, United States Patent Nos. 9,493,439 and 9,586,946, each having expiration dates in the mid-2030's. The lead inventors for both patents are Chang-Guo Zhan, professor, and Kyung Bo Kim, associate professor, in UK's College of Pharmacy. Under the Option, Spherix has until late November to complete its due diligence and execute a license agreement for commercial development.
"Early research indicates great potential for the University of Kentucky's anticancer drug G4-1. The published data is extremely encouraging, especially the drug's benefits over already-approved drugs," stated Mr. Anthony Hayes, CEO of Spherix. "We believe G4-1 will be a strong compliment to CBM's lead compound, the pancreatic drug Gem-DHA, for which a U.S. patent will soon be issued. We expect it will add great value to our overall clinical development strategy and look forward to completing our diligence on this promising anticancer drug."
"I am pleased that our team has once again identified and completed a transaction that we believe can yield exceptional financial benefit to Spherix and its shareholders," added Hayes.
A report of G4-1's anticancer effects has been published in Miller et al. (2015), Proteasome Inhibitors with Pyrazole Scaffolds from Structure-Based Virtual Screening, J. Med. Chem. 58:2036-2041 (the "Miller Article"). According to the Miller Article:
- G4-1 is highly effective in mice in suppressing tumor growth in a mouse xenograft model of prostate cancer.
- It demonstrates excellent metabolic stability profiles in mouse and human liver microsomes, as compared with two other FDA-approved proteasome inhibitors, bortezomib (Velcade®) and carfilzomib (Kyprolis®) ("FDA-Approved Drugs"), which are known to undergo rapid metabolic inactivation.
- It was identified from ~340,000 small molecule candidates against the active site of proteosomes.
- It was highly effective in suppressing solid tumor growth in vivo, a utility that the FDA Approved Drugs lack, as clearly demonstrated by multiple clinical trials.
- Its anticancer effect was not negatively impacted in cancer cell line models by acquired resistance to the FDA Approved Drugs.
- It exhibited no apparent systemic toxicity in the xenograft mouse model.
Announcement of Spherix's exclusive Option with the University of Kentucky follows a recent positive report related to the issuance of a patent application, licensed by CMB BioPharma, Inc. from the University of Texas at Austin, covering CBM's lead drug candidate Gem-DHA, which is intended for the treatment of pancreatic cancer (see https://ir.spherix.com/news-releases/?qmodStoryID=6754416076980803). The patent application (U.S. Serial No. 15/115.393) is among the assets to be sold to Spherix as part of the previously announced Asset Purchase Agreement between CBM and Spherix. The purchase transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
Spherix Incorporated is a technology development company committed to the fostering of innovative ideas. Spherix Incorporated was formed in 1967 as a scientific research company.
Our activities generally include the acquisition and development of technology through internal or external research and development. In addition, we seek to acquire existing rights to intellectual property through the acquisition of already issued patents and pending patent applications, both in the United States and abroad. We may alone, or in conjunction with others, develop products and processes associated with technology development and monetizing related intellectual property.
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