Oncology Program

Lung Cancer


Cancer is a complex disease that can start in any site in the body when a tissue grows out of control and inhibits the body’s normal functioning. At the cell level, cancer often involves the dysregulation of multiple genes and cellular pathways, leading to the cell’s inability to maintain proper cellular functions. Re-establishing or blocking these pathways can be done through many therapeutic approaches, including gene therapy. More general information about cancer can be found at The American Cancer Society.

Lung Cancer

Genprex’s oncology program is focused on developing new treatments for cancer. Our initial therapeutic target is lung cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC).  

According to the World Health Organization in 2020, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, causing more deaths than colorectal, breast, liver, or stomach cancers. In 2020, there were more than 2 million new lung cancer cases and 1.8 million deaths from lung cancer worldwide. In the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that in 2022 there will be more than 236,000 new cases of lung cancer and more than 130,000 deaths from this disease. NSCLC represents 84% of all lung cancers and the five-year survival rate for patients with NSCLC with distant spread is 7 percent. SCLC represents about 13% of lung cancer patients and the five-year survival rate for patients with SCLC with distant spread is 3 percent. With limited benefit from current therapies, we believe there is a significant unmet medical need for new treatments for NSCLC and SCLC in the United States and globally, and we believe REQORSA may be suitable for the majority of lung cancer patients.