SOURCE: Marina Biotech, Inc.

Marina Biotech, Inc.

February 18, 2016 08:30 ET

Marina Biotech Announces Evaluation and Option Agreement to Deliver a Genome Editing Technology

BOTHELL, WA--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2016) - Marina Biotech, Inc. (OTCQB: MRNA), a leading nucleic acid-based drug discovery and development company focused on rare diseases announced today that they have entered into an evaluation and option agreement regarding the Company's SMARTICLES platform for the delivery of an undisclosed genome editing technology. The agreement is notable in that it contains an option provision for the exclusive license of the Company's SMARTICLES platform in a specific gene editing field. This represents the first time that the Company's SMARTICLES technology has been evaluated in connection with gene editing. Further terms of the Agreement were not disclosed.

"SMARTICLES continues to be the most widely licensed delivery technology in the nucleic acid therapeutics sector," stated J. Michael French, president and CEO of Marina Biotech. "We are now beginning to see expansion in other therapeutic areas such as gene editing. We hope that the unique properties of SMARTICLES opens novel therapeutic opportunities for patients with unmet needs."

About SMARTICLES Clinical Experience
Clinical achievements with SMARTICLES represent the combined experiences (a total of approximately 130 patients) of licensees ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNAI) and Mirna Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIRN).

ProNAi's lead product candidate, PNT2258, is designed to target cancers that overexpress BCL2. ProNAi is actively enrolling patients in "Wolverine", a Phase 2 trial evaluating PNT2258 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and in "Brighton", a Phase 2 trial evaluating PNT2258 for the treatment of Richter's transformation. For more information, please visit www.pronai.com.

Mirna's lead product candidate, MRX34, a mimic of naturally occurring microRNA-34 (miR-34), is currently being studied in a Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with primary liver cancer, advanced solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Mirna plans to develop MRX34 as a monotherapy and in combination with other therapeutic modalities, such as targeted therapies and immuno-oncology agents.

For more information, visit www.mirnarx.com.

About Marina Biotech, Inc.
Marina Biotech is an oligonucleotide therapeutics company with broad drug discovery technologies providing the ability to develop proprietary single and double-stranded nucleic acid therapeutics including siRNAs, microRNA mimics, antagomirs, and antisense compounds, including messengerRNA therapeutics. These technologies were built via a roll-up strategy to discover and develop different types of nucleic acid therapeutics in order to modulate (up or down) a specific protein(s) which is either being produced too much or too little thereby causing a particular disease. We believe that the Marina Biotech technologies have unique strengths as a drug discovery engine for the development of nucleic acid-based therapeutics for rare and orphan diseases. Further, we believe Marina Biotech is the only company in the sector that has a delivery technology in human clinical trials with differentiated classes of payloads, through licensees ProNAi Therapeutics and Mirna Therapeutics, delivering single-stranded and double-stranded nucleic acid payloads, respectively. Our novel chemistries and other delivery technologies have been validated through license agreements with Roche, Novartis, Monsanto, and Tekmira. The Marina Biotech pipeline currently includes a clinical program in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (a precancerous syndrome) and a preclinical program in myotonic dystrophy. Marina Biotech's goal is to improve human health through the development of RNAi- and oligonucleotide-based compounds and drug delivery technologies that together provide superior therapeutic options for patients. Additional information about Marina Biotech is available at www.marinabio.com.

Marina Biotech Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this news release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Federal Securities laws that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and involve factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) the ability of Marina Biotech to obtain additional funding; (ii) the ability of Marina Biotech to attract and/or maintain manufacturing, research, development and commercialization partners; (iii) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to successfully complete product research and development, including preclinical and clinical studies and commercialization; (iv) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to obtain required governmental approvals; and (v) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to develop and commercialize products prior to, and that can compete favorably with those of, competitors. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in Marina Biotech's most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Marina Biotech assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements because of subsequent events.

Contact Information

  • For Marina media inquiries:
    Ryan Ferrell
    ryan.ferrell@hdmz.com
    Desk/Mobile: (312) 506-5202

    For Marina partnership inquires:
    J. Michael French
    President and CEO
    Marina Biotech, Inc.
    admin@marinabio.com
    (425) 892-4322