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M101 as beta-catenin short-hairpin RNA (“shRNA”) combination against FAP. This is a combination of IT-102 and CEQ508 (tkRNAi beta-catenin shRNA). Celecoxib was originally approved for FAP, however, it was removed from the market due to fear of cardiovascular risks during the VIOXX withdrawal. But with the PRECISION trial showing that celecoxib is as safe as ibuprofen and naproxen, we anticipate more acceptance of celecoxib. Furthermore, having lisinopril on board to control edema and hypertension, we anticipate that high doses of celecoxib would be safe and effective against FAP. Additionally, the systemic suppression of COX-2 directly and beta-catenin indirectly with celecoxib will be augmented by targeted and local suppression of beta-catenin by beta-catenin shRNA (CEQ508). Together we anticipate a synergistic, safe and effective suppression of polyps in FAP. Since we have completed the phase I proof of concept study for CEQ508, we will move forward to registration phase III trial once we have FDA acceptance of Special Protocol Assessment (“SPA”).

M201 as beta-catenin shRNA combination against CRC. This is a combination of IT-103 and CEQ508 (tkRNAi beta-catenin shRNA). Olmesartan has been shown to improve overall survival (“OS”) among various cancer types, the combination of systemic suppression of ARB/COX-2/Catenin by IT-103 augmented by targeted and local suppression of beta-catenin by CEQ508 is expected to significantly improve the outcome for CRC patients. Additionally, the potential of using CEQ508 to manipulate the microbiome such that it is therapeutic will be investigated. We have termed this “therapeutic microbiome”.

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