TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 28, 2014) - Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) ("Revive" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has applied to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Orphan Drug Designation for REV-003 (Tianeptine) in the treatment of Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is classified as a rare disease by the Office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

The FDA Orphan Drug Designation program provides a special status to drugs intended to treat, diagnose or prevent so-called orphan diseases and disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan Drug Designation may qualify a company for several benefits under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983. These benefits may include a seven-year marketing exclusivity period upon product approval, a U.S. tax credit for certain clinical testing expenses for the orphan drug, written guidance on the non-clinical and clinical studies needed to obtain marketing approval of an orphan drug, waiver of filing fees under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and orphan drug grants.

"Our application for Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. is a major step in the commercial development process of REV-003 for the treatment of Rett Syndrome," said Fabio Chianelli, Chief Executive Officer of Revive. "This application follows the previously announced positive pre-clinical results evaluating the potential therapeutic effects of REV-003 on the respiratory activity of an animal model of human Rett Syndrome. In the study, REV-003 had a significant stimulatory effect on the respiratory activity, approximately 20% (p < 0.05), in an animal model of human Rett Syndrome."

Rett Syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. Children with Rett syndrome develop a number of symptoms that include breathing difficulties, seizures, cognitive disabilities, and loss of motor control. The incidence of Rett Syndrome is estimated at 1 in 10,000 females; in the United States, approximately 16,000 children and women are affected. There is no cure for Rett Syndrome.

About Revive Therapeutics Ltd.

Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) is focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing treatments for major market opportunities such as gout, Rett Syndrome, a rare disease, and post-operative pain. 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


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Contact Information:

Revive Therapeutics Ltd.
Fabio Chianelli
Chief Executive Officer
905-605-5535 (ext. 10)