TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2014) - Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) ("Revive") announced today that it has signed a material transfer agreement (the "MTA") with a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Osaka, Japan.
Pursuant to the MTA, Revive will obtain access to confidential information and clinical trial supply of the drug bucillamine for Revive's human clinical trial of REV-002, a potential new treatment for gout. In return, the global pharmaceutical company will have exclusive commercialization rights in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and Revive will have exclusive commercialization rights in the rest of the world.
"We are pleased to have secured this material transfer agreement as it allows us the opportunity to expedite towards a human clinical trial for the treatment of gout," said Fabio Chianelli, Chief Executive Officer of Revive. "This marks an important milestone for Revive as we strive to build relationships with recognized pharmaceutical companies around the globe."
Gout is a painful disorder caused by elevated serum uric acid (sUA) in the body due to under excretion of uric acid and/or over production of uric acid. There were 14.3 million diagnosed prevalent cases of chronic gout in the major pharmaceutical markets in 2012, which is forecast to increase to 17.7 million by 2021 (Source: Decision Resources 2012). A recent study suggested that only 43% of patients on current standard of care treatment achieved target goals for sUA (<6mg/dL) (Source: the LASSO study, 2013). Elevated levels of sUA may lead to acute attacks of severe pain, such as flares and inflammation. Accordingly, there is a need in the market for a therapy to control both sUA and inflammation.
REV-002 is a proposed combination of allopurinol and bucillamine being developed by Revive as a potential new treatment for gout. Bucillamine is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug, which is prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis in Japan and South Korea. In animal studies, it has been shown that bucillamine had a synergistic effect in combination with allopurinol in lowering circulating uric acid. REV-002 offers the potential to decrease uric acid in the body by increasing uric acid excretion and by decreasing uric acid production. In addition, REV-002 offers the opportunity to address the chronic inflammatory component of gout.
About Revive Therapeutics Ltd.
Revive Therapeutics Ltd. is a Canadian public company (TSX VENTURE:RVV) focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing treatments for major market opportunities such as sleep apnea, gout and rare diseases. Revive aims to bring drugs to market by finding new uses for old drugs, also known as drug repurposing, and improving the therapeutic performance of existing drugs for underserved medical needs. Additional information on Revive is available at www.revivethera.com.
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