Revive Therapeutics Ltd.
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Revive Therapeutics Ltd.

October 02, 2017 07:00 ET

Revive Therapeutics Enters into Research Collaboration with Sanyal Biotechnology for Liver Diseases

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2017) - Revive Therapeutics Ltd. ("Revive" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RVV)(OTCQB:RVVTF), a company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel treatments for serious and unmet medical needs, today announced that it has entered into a research collaboration with Sanyal Biotechnology LLC ("SanyalBio") focused on advancing cannabinoids for the potential treatment of liver diseases.

The collaboration will initially focus on the use of cannabidiol on a novel autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) model based on the DIAMOND™ model designed and developed by SanyalBio specifically for Revive. The collaboration will be co-led by SanyalBio's scientific team, including CEO Dr. Rebecca Caffrey, Dr. Prasanna Santhekadur, and Dr. Arun Sanyal. This research collaboration is expected to generate a better model of autoimmune hepatitis which will enable SanyalBio to further advance the research of cannabinoids for the treatment of AIH and other liver diseases, and the research will provide meaningful information to support future clinical research and partnering discussions for Revive.

"We look forward to working with Revive to further understand how cannabinoids' strong anti-inflammatory properties has the potential to treat a number of liver diseases," said Dr. Arun Sanyal, MD, Scientific Advisor for Revive and co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Sanyal Biotechnology LLC. "SanyalBio will explore cannabidiol on a number of liver disease models based on SanyalBio's DIAMOND™ mouse model as well as obtaining a full understanding of the mechanism of action of cannabidiol in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and fibrosis."

"We are very pleased to collaborate with SanyalBio and Dr. Arun Sanyal, who brings an impressive track record and expertise in the preclinical and clinical development of novel therapies for liver diseases," said Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer of Revive. "Our focus into the research and development of novel therapies that target the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors is becoming a significant value driver of our product pipeline and as our research progresses it will allow Revive to engage in further collaborations, business development opportunities, and potential commercial activities."

About Liver Disease

Liver disease is described by irregular functioning of liver, causing disorders like hepatitis, fatty liver (NASH), and cirrhosis. There are over 100 described diseases of the liver affecting at least 30 million people alone in the U.S. A number of factors are driving the liver disease treatment market, which includes rapidly changing lifestyle patterns such as increasing alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets, and increasing prevalence of liver diseases. Liver diseases can result from injury to the liver caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), obesity, chronic excessive alcohol use or autoimmune diseases. Major drug categories used in the treatment of liver diseases includes anti-rejection drugs, vaccines, immunosuppressant, chemotherapy drugs and antiviral drugs. According to Allied Market Research, titled, "World Liver Disease Treatment Market - Opportunities and Forecast, 2014 - 2022", the global market for liver disease treatment is projected to reach $19,536 million by 2022.

About Sanyal Biotechnology LLC

Sanyal Biotechnology is a contract research organization focused on accelerating the search for a cure for NASH. The company has proprietary technology, the DIAMOND™ mouse, which is a superior mouse model for the development of liver diseases that accompany the obesity and Type 2 diabetes epidemics. Sanyal Biotechnology's preclinical drug screening services enable pharmaceutical companies to identify the compounds which are most likely to succeed in human clinical trials, thus shortening the timeline to drug approval. Sanyal Biotechnology is a privately held company based in Richmond, Virginia. The company was spun out of Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. For more information: www.sanyalbio.com

About Revive Therapeutics Ltd.

Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) (OTCQB:RVVTF) is focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel treatments for serious and unmet medical needs by identifying and investigating potential therapies targeting the endocannabinoid system, such as cannabinoids, that may be repurposed for new indications, be delivered in a different way, combined with existing drugs, or be developed as new chemical entities. Additional information on Revive is available at www.ReviveThera.com.

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