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Revolo Biotherapeutics Receives Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. FDA for its First-in-Class Peptide as a Potential Treatment for Eosinophilic Esophagitis

GAITHERSBURG, MD and CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 30, 2024 – Revolo Biotherapeutics (“Revolo” or the “Company”), a company developing therapies that reset the immune system to achieve superior long-term remission for patients with autoimmune and allergic diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to ‘1104, a first-in-class immune-resetting peptide being developed as a potential treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Revolo submitted its original request prior to the initiation of its Phase 2a EoE study (RVLO 121-04) and submitted an amended request following positive results from an additional Phase 2 study.

The FDA grants ODD status to support the development and evaluation of potential new medicines intended for the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of rare diseases or disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Revolo believes that this ODD reflects the potential for ‘1104 to address a critical unmet need for people living with EoE.

“We are excited that the FDA has granted ODD for ‘1104 in EoE, as there remains a significant unmet need for new treatment innovations for people living with this disease,” said Woody Bryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Revolo Biotherapeutics. “We look forward to initiating a Phase 2b study of ‘1104 in EoE later this year.”

Evan Dellon, M.D., MPH, Gastroenterologist, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Principal Investigator for the Phase 2a clinical trial, added, “’1104 is a promising EoE therapeutic with a novel mechanism of action.  Based on the proof-of-concept data from the Phase 2a study, I am eager to see this molecule move forward into the next stage of development.”

Revolo previously announced data from RVLO 121-04, a proof of concept, two-week, three-dose, Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of ‘1104, in adults with active EoE. The following key observations were made:

  • Patient-reported dysphagia median symptom scores (DSQ) showed a statistically significant improvement from baseline vs. placebo that was sustained for four weeks after the last dose.
  • A statistically significant reduction in eosinophils, CD4+, and CD8+ cells from baseline as measured in esophageal tissue by flow cytometry.
  • A statistically significant increase in T regulatory cells in esophageal tissue and B regulatory cells in the blood, respectively.

Based on the results from RVLO 121-04, Revolo plans to initiate a Phase 2b trial of ‘1104 in adults with active EoE in 2024. The trial will evaluate higher dose levels of ‘1104 and a longer duration of therapy.

About Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
EoE is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease that is characterized by the accumulation of eosinophils in the lining of the esophagus. Inflammation caused by immune cells such as T-cells and mast cells results in progressive tissue injury. If not effectively treated, patients with EoE may have difficulty swallowing, chronic pain, malnutrition, and weight loss.

About ‘1104
‘1104 is a first-in-class peptide that is involved in resetting the immune system. Revolo Bio has recently advanced ‘1104 through two Phase 2a trials: one in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and one in patients with allergen sensitivity while exploring its potential for other allergic diseases.

Revolo Biotherapeutics
Revolo Biotherapeutics is developing therapies that reset the immune system to achieve superior long-term remission for patients with autoimmune and allergic disease, without the immune system suppression seen with current therapies. Its two drug candidates, ‘1805 and ‘1104, a protein and a peptide respectively, reset the immune system to prevent the chronic pro-inflammatory immune response that results in autoimmune or allergic disease. The disease-agnostic mechanism of action of Revolo Biotherapeutic’s assets provides a potential platform for the development of treatments for multiple autoimmune and allergic diseases. ‘1805 is a modified analogue of a key protein in immune function nearing initiation of Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis and a Phase 2a clinical trial for an additional autoimmune indication. The disease-agnostic mechanism of action of Revolo Biotherapeutic’s assets provides a potential platform for the development of treatments for multiple autoimmune and allergic diseases.

For further information, please visit www.revolobio.com.

Company Contact
Woody Bryan, Ph.D.
President and CEO
wbryan@revolobio.com

Media Contact
Monica Rouco Molina, Ph.D.
LifeSci Communications
+1-929-469-3850
mroucomolina@lifescicomms.com

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David Southwell

Chairman

In addition to his role as Chairman of Revolo, David Southwell serves on the Board of Directors for Rocket Pharmaceuticals and PTC Therapeutics. David is the former CEO of TScan Therapeutics. Before that, he served as President and CEO of Inotek Pharmaceuticals until its merger with Rocket Pharmaceuticals in 2018. David has held other senior leadership roles and Board of Director positions at companies including Human Genome Sciences, Sepracor, Spero Therapeutics, inVentiv Health, and THL Credit.

Tunde Otulana, M.D.

Non-Executive Director

Tunde is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals in North Carolina, USA since August 2020. Prior to Veloxis he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. His career, which spans about 30 years in industry, government and academia, includes leadership roles at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. and the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Tunde is a physician trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Beth Alley

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Beth Alley has over 20 years of experience within the biopharmaceutical industry in regulatory affairs, commercial strategy, and medical writing throughout all phases of drug development. Her primary areas of focus have been in development of biologics for treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory, and infectious diseases.

Glen Giovanetti

Non-Executive Director

Glen Giovanetti has more than 35 years of experience in strategy and operational leadership in the life science industry as well as in financial governance, risk and reporting as EY’s Global Biotechnology Sector Leader and Life Sciences Sector Leader. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Life Science Cares, Teon Therapeutics and XW Pharma.

Marla S. Persky

Non-Executive Director

Marla S. Persky currently serves as the chief executive officer and president of WOMN LLC. She has more than 25 years of international senior business and legal experience in the pharmaceutical industry having held numerous business and legal positions at Boehringer Ingelheim and Baxter International. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, YGEIA Consulting Group, Primary Stages, World Neighbors and A Better Chance in Ridgefield.

Dora Rau

Senior Vice President, Quality

Dora Rau brings 25 years of experience in development and commercial operations for drugs, biologics, devices and combination products to the team. She has held numerous executive-level quality positions, with expertise in building quality systems and in leading teams to attain successful regulatory authority inspection outcomes and product approvals.

Jonathan Gold

Chief Financial Officer

Over the last 25 years, Jonathan Gold has been an institutional venture capitalist, a public fund manager, a founder, an operating executive, and a board member for companies across sectors including life sciences. In those roles, he was active in the development, financing and mergers and acquisitions for numerous public and private companies.

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Michael Albisser

Non-Executive Director​

Michael is a partner of Metellus, a Zurich and London-based venture capital firm investing in technology and life sciences with ground-breaking potential. Having more than 25 years of experience in the finance area he is responsible for finance, tax, and deal structures. He serves on the board of various venture-backed companies.

Dr. Isaac Cheng, m.d.

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Isaac Cheng is currently an investment professional at Morningside, a venture capital and private equity institution based in Boston USA, and Shanghai China. Dr. Cheng focuses primarily on biopharmaceutical and healthcare investments. He has served on numerous public and private company boards.

Peter Greenleaf

Non-Executive Director

Peter Greenleaf currently serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors of Aurinia, (NASDAQ: AUPH / TSX: AUP), an autoimmune therapeutics company. He has held several other CEO and chairman roles. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Antares Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biodelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI).

Marylyn Rigby

SVP of Marketing and Investor Relations

Marylyn Rigby is an experienced pharmaceutical, biotech, and drug delivery professional. In addition to her expertise in marketing, public and investor relations, she has a successful track record with business development, licensing, public and private equity financing, strategy and other key corporate functions.

Nancy Vinh

SVP of Clinical Operations

Nancy Vinh brings over 20 years of experience in managing early and late phase, international clinical trials for drugs, biologics, cell therapy and combination products across a wide range of therapeutic areas to the team. She has served as head of clinical operations and led registrational and label expansion trials execution.

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Dr. Clare Burgess

Chief Development Officer

Dr. Clare Burgess has 24 years of experience in clinical drug development as a pharmacologist and has worked across a wide range of therapeutic areas within the pharmaceutical industry. She has held multiple leadership roles and has led multidisciplinary teams across the world.

Jeff Myers, m.d., ph.d

Chief Medical Officer

Jeff Myers, M.D., Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in medical affairs, regulatory and clinical development within the biopharmaceutical industry, with focuses on cardiovascular, pulmonary, oncology, and inflammatory diseases.

Before entering the industry, he practiced as a congenital cardiac surgeon and served as the chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and as Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Roly Foulkes

Chief Scientific Officer

A true drug discoverer, Dr. Roly Foulkes has 25 years of experience building and delivering innovative therapeutic portfolios within the immunology and inflammatory disease space. He has a strong record advising small and medium sized immunology biopharma companies in developing competitive therapeutic strategies and bringing new innovative molecules to the clinic.

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Jones w (woody) Bryan, ph.d.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jones (Woody) Bryan, Ph.D., brings almost 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry to the team, having led successful business development operations in both private and public pharma and biotech companies.

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Jonathan Rigby, mba

Group Chief Executive Officer

As employee #1 of Revolo Biotherapeutics in the US, Jonathan Rigby has led the company through substantial and rapid growth. He brings three decades of experience creating value and opportunities for companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech and drug delivery technology industry.

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