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December 06, 2017 10:01 ET

Moleculin's WP1066 Drug receives $2 million Private Grant

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - December 06, 2017) - Moleculin Biotech, Inc., (NASDAQ: MBRX) ("Moleculin" or the "Company"), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on license agreements with The University of Texas System on behalf of the MD Anderson Cancer Center ("MD Anderson"), announced that its WP1066 drug will receive $2 million in private grant funding for its recently announced Investigational New Drug ("IND") clearance for a physician-sponsored Phase I trial of Moleculin's drug WP1066 in patients with recurrent malignant glioma and brain metastasis from melanoma.

"On the heels of our recent IND announcement, we are honored to now announce that a significant private grant has been awarded to help cover the costs of the upcoming brain tumor trial at MD Anderson," commented Walter Klemp, Chairman and CEO of Moleculin. "We should emphasize that this $2 million grant is in addition to two prestigious SPORE grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute ("NCI")."

Mr. Klemp added, "The Specialized Programs of Research Excellence ("SPORE") program was established by NCI to enable the rapid and efficient movement of basic scientific findings into clinical settings and it is now considered a highly prestigious award for promising anticancer technologies. Due to the highly competitive nature of such grants and their and external review processes, we believe they provide further validation of our program and the approach to the treatment of brain cancer and cancer metastasis to the brain. Overall, the combination of all of these funding sources not only allows this trial to begin to move forward, we believe it signals strong support for the development of this class of potential drugs and more specifically, significant enthusiasm for the potential of WP1066 to shut down unwanted cell signaling and to empower the immune system to fight cancer."

The grants described here do not flow through Moleculin's financial statements, but instead are applied to the cost of preclinical and clinical activities at and conducted by MD Anderson.

About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.

Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on discoveries made at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Our 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. We also have two preclinical small molecule portfolios in development, 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 http://www.moleculin.com.

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