Highlight Therapeutics announces name change from Bioncotech and launch of new website

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Highlight Therapeutics announces name change from Bioncotech and launch of new website

Madrid,  Spain –April 17,  2020:Highlight Therapeutics, a  clinical-stagebio pharmaceutical  company developing RNA-based therapies against cancer, announces that  it has changed its name  from Bioncotech with immediate effect. The company has launched a new corporate website, www.highlighttherapeutics.com, and related rebranding.

Highlight  Therapeutics  also announced  that  clinical  trials  of  its  lead  product  candidate  BO-112  will  be classified numerically under the umbrella name Spotlight for ease of identification.

BO-112 is a best-in-class RNA-based therapy which has been demonstrated to initiate  a powerful immune response, leveraging a unique multi-target approach to turn ‘cold’ tumors ‘hot’ and therefore visible to the immune  system.It  has  the  potential  to  rescue  patients  who are resistant to current  checkpoint  inhibitor therapy, a very large market opportunity. BO-112 is currently being investigated in a range of clinical trials as  a  monotherapy and  in  combination with  checkpoint  inhibitors by Highlight Therapeutics  and  external collaborators including MSD, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc, and UCLA.

Marisol Quintero, CEO of Highlight Therapeutics, commented:“BO-112 highlights tumor cells,making them visible to the immune system.Our new identity as Highlight Therapeutics, and the branding of our expanding clinical  trial  program under  the Spotlight banner,  are  a clear representation  of  our  focus  and  the  unique approach we are taking to unlock the potential of checkpoint inhibitors in immunotherapy.

“Highlight Therapeutics has developed an extensive preclinical  package  differentiating BO-112 from other innate immune activators.  We are launching our new name at amajor inflection point in the development of  our  portfolio  as  we  work  to expand  on our initial  findings  and  apply  intratumoral  immunotherapy  to indications where we believe it has the potential to benefit many more patients, including liver metastases and melanoma.”

For more information, please contact:

Highlight Therapeutics S.L- Marisol Quintero, CEO info@highlight.com

Mo PR Advisory - Mo Noonan / Jonathan Birt Tel: +44 (0) 7876 444977/ 07860 361746

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About Highlight Therapeutics

Highlight, formerly known as Bioncotech Therapeutics S.L, is a private, clinical-stage company dedicated to unlocking the full potential of immuno-oncology. Its lead drug candidate BO-112 is a best-in-class RNA-based therapy which has been demonstrated to initiate a powerful immune response, leveraging aunique multi-target approach to turn ‘cold’ tumors ‘hot’ and therefore visible to the immune system. It has the potential to rescue patients who are resistant to current checkpoint inhibitor therapy, a very large market opportunity. BO-112 is currently being investigated in a range of clinical trials as a monotherapy and in combination with checkpoint  inhibitors.  In addition to in-house  research,  Highlight  Therapeutics  has  a  numberof  external collaborators, including Merck & Co and UCLA.

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