TyrNovo to Present at 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research
Treatment with TyrNovo's NT219 in combination with targeted cancer drugs, as well as chemotherapy and immuno-oncology therapies, prevented acquired resistance and reversed resistance of colon, lung and head-and-neck cancers in patient-derived xenograft models

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kitov Pharma (NASDAQ and TASE: KTOV), today announced that TyrNovo Ltd., a company majority-owned by Kitov, will present pre-clinical data on TyrNovo's anti-tumor resistance drug candidate, NT219, in a poster session at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2018, to be held on April 14-18, at the McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.

The poster highlights recent promising results, further demonstrating NT219's efficacy in synergy with immuno-oncology therapies. The recent results, achieved using double autologous PDX models, demonstrated that NT219 converted non-responding tumors to responders to pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). The models also demonstrated the efficacy of NT219 in enhancing the immunotherapeutic potential of cetuximab (Erbitux®).

Details on the poster presentations are as follows:

Session Title: Immune Mechanisms Invoked by Therapies 1

Session Time: 4/16/2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Location: Poster Section 33
Poster Board Number: 2754 / 16

About NT219

NT219 is a small molecule that presents a new concept in cancer therapy by promoting the degradation and inhibiting 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, including sarcoma, melanoma, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, head & neck, prostate and colon cancers, by preventing the tumors from developing drug resistance and reversing resistance after it had been acquired.

About TyrNovo

TyrNovo Ltd., a Kitov Pharma (NASDAQ/TASE: KTOV) company, is a developer of novel small molecules in the oncology therapeutic field. TyrNovo is developing NT219, an oncology product designed to be used in combination with other oncology drugs. NT219 is a small molecule that presents a new concept in cancer therapy. In combination with various approved oncology drugs, NT219 has 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. For more information on TyrNovo please visit http://www.tyrnovopharma.com.

About Kitov Pharma

Kitov Pharma (Kitov Pharma Ltd.; NASDAQ/TASE: KTOV) is an innovative biopharmaceutical drug development group of companies. Leveraging deep regulatory and clinical-trial expertise, Kitov's veteran team of healthcare and business professionals maintains a proven track record in streamlined end-to-end drug development and approval. Kitov's flagship combination drug, Consensi™, intended to treat osteoarthritis pain and hypertension simultaneously, achieved the primary efficacy endpoints for its Phase III and Phase III/IV clinical trials. NT219, which is developed by its majority-owned subsidiary, TyrNovo Ltd., is a novel patented small molecule designed to overcome cancer drug resistance that is currently in pre-clinical development. By lowering development risk and cost through fast-track regulatory approval of novel late-stage 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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For further information, contact:

Simcha Rock
Chief Financial Officer of Kitov and Director of TyrNovo
+972-3-933-3121 ext. #105
simcha@kitovpharma.com   

Bob Yedid
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
+1-646-597-6989
bob@lifesciadvisors.com

 

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