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Opexa Therapeutics to Present at September Conferences

09/02/2014

THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA), a biotechnology company developing Tcelna® (imilecleucel-T), a novel T-cell immunotherapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), today announced that Neil K. Warma, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at two upcoming industry conferences. Details regarding these events are as follows:

Rodman & Renshaw 16th Annual Healthcare Conference

  • Presentation Date/Time: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 10:00am EDT
  • Location: Kennedy II Salon in The New York Palace Hotel, New York, New York
  • A live webcast of the Company presentation can be accessed here or via the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.opexatherapeutics.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website until December 9, 2014.

Aegis Capital Corp. 2014 Healthcare & Technology Conference

  • Presentation Date/Time: Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 9:45am PDT
  • Location: The Encore at Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • A live webcast of the Company presentation can be accessed here, or via the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.opexatherapeutics.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website until December 12, 2014.

About Opexa

Opexa’s mission is to lead the field of Precision Immunotherapy™ by aligning the interests of patients, employees and shareholders. The Company’s leading therapy candidate, Tcelna®, is a personalized T-cell immunotherapy that is in a Phase IIb clinical development program (the Abili-T trial) for the treatment of Secondary Progressive MS. Tcelna is derived from T-cells isolated from a patient’s peripheral blood, expanded ex vivo, and reintroduced into the patient via subcutaneous injections. This process triggers a potent immune response against specific subsets of autoreactive T-cells known to attack myelin.

About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the central nervous system and is the most common, non-traumatic, disabling neurological disease in young adults. It is estimated that approximately two million people have MS worldwide.

While symptoms can vary, the most common symptoms of MS include blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and problems with strength and coordination. The relapsing forms of MS are the most common. The Secondary Progressive form of MS represents about a third of the MS patient population.

About Tcelna

Tcelna® is a potential personalized therapy that is under development to be specifically tailored to each patient's disease profile. Tcelna is manufactured using ImmPath®, Opexa's proprietary method for the production of a patient-specific T-cell immunotherapy, which encompasses the collection of blood from the MS patient, isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, generation of an autologous pool of myelin-reactive T-cells (MRTCs) raised against selected peptides from myelin basic protein (MBP), myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) and proteolipid protein (PLP), and the return of these expanded, irradiated T-cells back to the patient. These attenuated T-cells are reintroduced into the patient via subcutaneous injection to trigger a therapeutic immune system response.

Opexa is currently conducting a Phase IIb study of Tcelna. Named “Abili-T,” the trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study in patients who demonstrate evidence of disease progression with or without associated relapses. The trial is being conducted at approximately 35 leading clinical sites in the U.S. and Canada with each patient receiving two annual courses of Tcelna treatment consisting of five subcutaneous injections per year. The trial’s primary efficacy outcome is the percentage of brain volume change (atrophy) at 24 months. Study investigators will also measure several important secondary outcomes commonly associated with MS, including disease progression as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), annualized relapse rate and changes in disability as measured by EDSS and the MS Functional Composite.

For more information visit the Opexa Therapeutics website at www.opexatherapeutics.com.

Source: Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.

Karthik Radhakrishnan, 281-775-0600

Chief Financial Officer

or

Investor Relations:

The Trout Group

Adam Cutler, 646-378-2936

opexa@troutgroup.com