International law practice Osborne Clarke has advised King's College London on its establishment with ValiRx PLC ("ValiRx") of Cytolytix Limited ("Cytolytix), a new ValiRx subsidiary formed to progress the preclinical development of its triple negative breast cancer treatment, CLX001 based on IP licensed from King's College London.

Osborne Clarke's team was led by Partner Justin Starling and included Senior Associate Magnus Williams.

The development of CLX001, a peptide designed to destroy cancer cells without requiring specific cell markers or gene mutations for activity, will be led by Essex-based life science company, ValiRx as the major shareholder in Cytolytix. Oversight will be provided by the board Cytolytix board, including Kings College London and the academic inventors of CLX001, Martin Ulmschneider and Charles Chen.

Triple negative breast cancer accounts for around 15% of breast cancers. It is often more aggressive, harder to treat and more likely to recur than other cancers. The CLX001 treatment will have the potential for expansion into ovarian cancer and other solid tumour cancers.

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