Kitov Announces Initiation of Formal Investigation by Israeli Securities Authority

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd. (KTOV) (KTOV), an innovative biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the Israeli Securities Authority has begun a formal investigation into the Company’s public disclosures around its lead drug candidate, KIT-302. 

J. Paul Waymack, M.D., Sc.D., Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer, stated, “Kitov stands fully behind the validity of all of its clinical trial results. The Company continues to move forward toward the filing of our New Drug Application for KIT-302 with the FDA.”

The investigation is in its initial stages, and Kitov’s officers are cooperating fully. Kitov’s management looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation in the most expeditious manner possible.

About Kitov Pharmaceuticals  
Kitov Pharmaceuticals (KTOV) (KTOV) is an innovative biopharmaceutical drug development company. Leveraging deep regulatory and clinical-trial expertise, Kitov's veteran team of healthcare and research professionals maintains a proven track record in streamlined end-to-end drug development and approval. Kitov's flagship combination drug, KIT-302, intended to treat osteoarthritis pain and hypertension simultaneously, achieved the primary efficacy endpoint for its Phase III clinical trial. KIT-302’s New Drug Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently being prepared for submission. Kitov's newest drug NT219, a potential immuno-oncology combination product, is being developed by Kitov's recently acquired subsidiary, TyrNovo Ltd. NT219 is a small molecule that presents a new concept in cancer therapy. In combination with various approved oncology drugs, NT219 demonstrated potent anti-tumor effects and increased survival in various cancer models, including sarcoma, melanoma, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, head & neck, prostate and colon cancers. Its mechanism of action is through the prevention of acquired resistance in tumors and by regression of resistant tumors. By lowering development risk and cost, including via fast-track regulatory approval of novel late-stage and other therapeutics, Kitov plans to deliver rapid ROI and long-term potential to investors, while making a meaningful impact on people's lives. For more information on Kitov, the content of which is not part of this press release, please visit http://www.kitovpharma.com

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