TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: KTOV, TASE: KTOV), ("Kitov" or "the Company") an innovative biopharmaceutical company, announced today the acquisition of an additional 27% stake in TyrNovo Ltd., a privately- held developer of novel small molecules in the oncology therapeutic field, from unaffiliated minority shareholders. As announced on January 13, 2017, Kitov had acquired a controlling interest, which is now approximately 65% of TyrNovo. After the closing of this transaction, Kitov will hold approximately 92% of TyrNovo's issued and outstanding ordinary shares.
Following negotiations with a group of unaffiliated minority shareholders who collectively hold approximately 27%, of TyrNovo, the Company has entered into an agreement to acquire their shares based on an agreed upon TyrNovo valuation of $7 million. In exchange for these TyrNovo shares, Kitov will issue 13,169,689 new shares (equivalent to 658,484 American Depositary Shares or ADSs) of Kitov, at an agreed upon price, in excess of prevailing market prices, of $2.50 per ADS.
"Since early 2017, NT219 demonstrated impressive efficacy results including in combination with Keytruda®, where it converted non-responding tumors to responders and blocked tumor progression in an immuno-oncology preclinical model. We are pleased to have negotiated the opportunity for Kitov to increase its stake in TyrNovo. We are committed to the development of NT219, which we believe is a highly attractive asset for Kitov's shareholders in the growing field of oncology" stated Mr. Isaac Israel, Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that expanding our ownership in TyrNovo provides a significant opportunity for further growth of Kitov and added value to our shareholders."
"Based on the pre-clinical results generated to date, we are receiving solid preliminary interest from potential strategic partners for NT219, which presents a novel, first-in-class mechanism of action in the oncology field."
NT219 is a small molecule that presents a new concept in cancer therapy by promoting the degradation and the phosphorylation of two oncology-related checkpoints, Insulin Receptor Substrates (IRS) 1 and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), respectively. While targeted anti-cancer drugs inhibit the "ON" signal, NT219 activates the "OFF" switch, extensively blocking major oncogenic pathways. In pre-clinical trials, NT219, in combination with several approved cancer drugs, displayed potent anti-tumor effects and increased survival in various cancers by preventing the tumors from developing -drug resistance and reversing resistance after it has been acquired. 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, through the prevention of acquired resistance and regression of resistant tumors.
TyrNovo is developing NT219, a small molecule originally developed by Dr. Hadas Reuveni and Prof. Alexander Levitzki at the Hebrew University, and exclusively licensed from Yissum, the Hebrew University Research Development Company. TyrNovo demonstrated the potential of NT219 to overcome resistance to multiple anti-cancer drugs, by using the Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) models, in collaboration with Prof. Izhak Haviv from the Bar-Ilan University and Prof. M. Stemmer from Clalit HMO.
About Kitov Pharmaceuticals
Kitov Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KTOV, TASE: KTOV) is an innovative biopharmaceutical drug development company. Leveraging deep regulatory and clinical-trial expertise, Kitov's veteran team of healthcare 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. Kitov's newest drug, NT219, which is developed by its majority-owned subsidiary, TyrNovo Ltd., is a small molecule that presents a new concept in cancer therapy, and in combination with various approved oncology drugs, demonstrated potent anti-tumor effects and increased survival in various cancer models. By lowering development risk and cost through fast-track regulatory approval of novel 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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