Revive Therapeutics Announces US FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation for Bucillamine for the Treatment of Cystinuria

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 26, 2015) - Revive Therapeutics Ltd. ("Revive" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RVV) today announced that the Office of Orphan Products Development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has granted orphan designation status for the use of the drug Bucillamine for the treatment of cystinuria. Orphan drug designation is granted to therapeutics treating rare diseases affecting less than 200,000 people in the U.S. The orphan drug designation qualifies Revive for various incentives such as a seven-year period of marketing exclusivity in the U.S., the potential for expedited drug development, and opportunities for drug grants and assistance in clinical research study design from the U.S. FDA.

"We are pleased to receive the orphan drug designation for Bucillamine in the treatment of cystinuria from the U.S. FDA and with this designation it allows us to evaluate a number of options for further clinical development and/or access of Bucillamine to patients with cystinuria," commented Fabio Chianelli, Chief Executive Officer of Revive. "This milestone allows us to confidently commercialize Bucillamine for the treatment of cystinuria that it is estimated to have a potential market opportunity of $250 million annually. The orphan drug designation will provide a seven-year period of marketing exclusivity in the U.S. to Revive."

Cystinuria is a rare autosomic recessive genetic disorder that causes high levels of cysteine in the urine thus causing kidney stones to form. This can lead to significant morbidity in affected patients due to the often large and recurrent resulting kidney stones. There are approximately between 10,000 and 12,000 patients affected with cystinuria in the U.S and a worldwide prevalence of one in 7,000.

Current drugs approved by the US FDA for the treatment of cystinuria include Cuprimine® (D-penicillamine), which is a registered trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Thiola® (Tiopronin), which is marketed by Retrophin, Inc.. Both patent protection and the seven-year period of marketing exclusivity from the orphan drug designation for Cuprimine® and Thiola® have expired. Since the approval of Thiola® in 1988, there have been no significant improvements in the treatment of cystinuria.

Revive is focused on commercializing Bucillamine as a potential treatment option in cystinuria. Bucillamine is an oral small molecule drug, which has a chemical structure similar to Thiola®, but has two thiol groups versus the one for Thiola®. In an experimental, comparative in vitro and in vivo study (Koide et. al.) of Bucillamine versus Thiola® in three patients, it was found that the relative activity of Bucillamine was 5% to 12% stronger than that of Thiola® and the relative molecular activity was 40% to 50% stronger than that of Thiola®. From these results, it is theorized that Bucillamine because of its two thiol groups may potentially be an improvement over Thiola® for treatment of cystinuria (Source: T. Koide, M. Utsunomiya, S. Yamaguchi, T. Yoshioka. A new therapeutic agent for cystinuria, Urolithiasis 2: 571-574, Plenum Press, New York, NY 1994). Although these results provide only proof of concept and the therapeutic potential of Bucillamine, the long-term efficacy, safety and tolerance of Bucillamine in patients with cystinuria will need to be evaluated in well-controlled clinical trials.

About Revive Therapeutics Ltd.

Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RVV) is focused on commercializing treatments for gout, and orphan drug indications such as Cystinuria, Wilson disease and Rett syndrome. Additional information on Revive is available at


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Revive Therapeutics Ltd.
Fabio Chianelli
Chief Executive Officer
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