Revelation Biosciences Inc. Receives Approval to Begin a Phase 1b Clinical Study of REVTx-99 as an Experimental Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Nasal Congestion

-Phase 1b study will investigate the efficacy of REVTx-99 on nasal symptoms elicited by nasal allergen challenge-

-Top-line data anticipated in the first quarter of 2022-

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Revelation Biosciences Inc. (Revelation), a clinical-stage life sciences company that is focused on the development of immunologic‑based therapies for the prevention and treatment of disease, announced today it has been granted ethics committee approval (Bellberry Limited Human Research Ethics Committee [HREC]) in Australia to conduct a Phase 1b allergen challenge clinical study (RVL-CLR01) to evaluate the potential utility of REVTx-99 for treating patients with allergic rhinitis and patients with chronic nasal congestion.

“REVTx-99 is being developed for preventing and treating respiratory viral infections, like influenza and COVID-19. However, based on our phase 1 biomarker data, we believe REVTx-99 may also prove successful in reducing allergy symptoms, including chronic nasal congestion,” said James Rolke, Chief Executive Officer of Revelation Biosciences.

In the US, approximately 8% of adults and 7% of children have allergies that cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, based on current CDC data. Hay fever symptoms include itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion caused by seasonal, perennial, or even unknown sources of allergies. In some people the allergies can trigger long term allergen-related chronic nasal congestion (nasal congestion lasting for twelve or more weeks). Chronic nasal congestion affects approximately 12% of the US adult population, equating to at least 29 million people in the US having nasal congestion for three or more months out of the year.

The Phase 1b, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design study will enroll up to 28 participants. The primary endpoint is to evaluate the effects of REVTx-99 versus placebo on safety and tolerability. Key secondary endpoints include allergy symptoms and peak nasal inspiratory flow elicited by nasal allergen challenge. The study will have two cohorts, each cohort will receive an allergen challenge administered either before (prophylactic) study drug administration or after (treatment) study drug administration, then after a washout period the cohorts will crossover to either after or before (i.e. before->after, after->before). Revelation expects enrollment of RVL‑CLR01 to begin during the fourth quarter of 2021 with topline data early in the first quarter of 2022.

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About REVTx-99

REVTx-99 is a proprietary intranasal drop formulation in development for the prevention or treatment of respiratory viral infection and is broadly applicable to most infectious viruses including Influenza A, Influenza B, parainfluenza, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. REVTx-99 is also being developed for other indications such as: allergic rhinitis and chronic nasal congestion. The innate immune system is the first line of defense against invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are associated with sentinel cells (e.g. macrophages, dendritic cells) and serve a vital role in the innate immune response. REVTx-99 acts by stimulating the innate immune system at the site of infection via an alternative pathway (TLR4) to produce protective cytokines including Type I and Type II interferons. Through stimulation of TLR4, locally administered REVTx-99 induces the upregulation of localized cytokines and chemokines, which may directly compete for binding to eotaxin via the CCR3 receptor, preventing eotaxin from recruiting eosinophils, thereby reducing recruitment of Th2 cells, and attenuating the allergic response.

About Revelation Biosciences Inc.

Revelation Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical stage life sciences company focused on the development of immunologic-based therapies for the prevention and treatment of disease. Revelation has several product candidates in development. REVTx-99, the lead therapeutic candidate, is an intranasal immunomodulator to prevent or treat infections caused by various respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 including its variants, influenza A and B, parainfluenza, rhinovirus, and RSV. REVTx-99 is also being developed for other indications such as: allergic rhinitis and chronic nasal congestion. REVTx-200 is an intranasal immunomodulator adjunct to be used in combination with an intramuscular vaccination for more complete immunity. REVTx-200 is based on the same technology used in REVTx-99. In addition to Revelation’s therapeutic pipeline, Revelation is also developing REVDx-501, a rapid home use diagnostic that can be used to detect any respiratory viral infection, regardless of virus type or strain, without the need for specialized instrumentation.

Revelation recently announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (Merger Agreement) with Petra Acquisition, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAICU, PAIC, & PAICW), a special purpose acquisition company, for a business combination that will result in Revelation becoming a publicly traded company (Business Combination). The merger is expected to close in Q4 2021. After the close of the merger the combined company will be listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “REVB.”

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About Petra Acquisition, Inc. 

Petra Acquisition, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAICU, PAIC, & PAICW) is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities, with an initial focus on target businesses in the healthcare or a healthcare-related industry.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding the anticipated benefits of the transaction, the anticipated timing of the transaction, the future business and financial condition of the company post-closing and expected financial impacts of the transaction, the satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, the level of redemptions of Petra’s public stockholders; the market opportunities for Revelation’s product candidates; and the potential for regulatory approval for Revelation’s product candidates. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. We caution investors that forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. As a result, caution must be exercised in relying on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: risks relating to the successful completion of RVL-CLR01 clinical study; the risk that we may not fully enroll our RVL-CLR01clinical study or enrollment will take longer than expected; risks relating to the occurrence of adverse safety events and/or unexpected concerns that may arise from data or analysis from our RVL-CLR01 clinical study; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to an amendment or termination of the Merger Agreement and the proposed transaction contemplated thereby; the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement due to the failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Petra or Revelation or other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement; the inability to project with any certainty the amount of cash proceeds remaining in the Petra trust account at the closing of the transaction; the uncertainty relative to the cash made available to Revelation at the closing should any material redemption requests be made by the Petra stockholders (since the sources of cash projected in this press release assume that no redemptions will be requested by Petra stockholders); the inability of the company post-closing to obtain or maintain the listing of its securities on Nasdaq following the Business Combination; the amount of costs related to the Business Combination; Revelation’s ability to yield sufficient cash proceeds from the transaction to support its short-term operations and research and development efforts since the Merger Agreement requires no minimum level of funding in the trust fund to close the transaction; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties following the announcement of the Business Combination; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the ability of Revelation to meet its post-closing financial and strategic goals, due to, among other things, competition; the ability of the company post-closing to grow and manage growth profitability and retain its key employees; the possibility that the company post-closing may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; risks relating to the successful development of Revelation’s product candidates; the clinical utility of an increase in intranasal IP-10 levels as a biomarker of viral infections; the ability to complete planned clinical studies of REVTx-99; expected initiation of the clinical studies, the timing of clinical data; the outcome of the clinical data, including whether the results of such study is positive or whether it can be replicated; the outcome of data collected, including whether the results of such data and/or correlation can be replicated; the timing, costs, conduct and outcome of our other clinical studies; the anticipated treatment of future clinical data by the FDA, the EMA or other regulatory authorities, including whether such data will be sufficient for approval; the success of future development activities for REVTx-99 and expanded indications, REVTx-200, REVDx-501, or any other product candidates; potential indications for which product candidates may be developed; the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on Revelation’s suppliers, vendors, regulatory agencies, employees and the global economy as a whole; the expected duration over which Revelation’s balances will fund its operations; and other risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as those risks and uncertainties discussed from time to time in other reports and other public filings with the SEC by Petra.

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Company Contacts

Sandra Vedrick
Vice President, Investor Relations & Human Resources
Revelation Biosciences Inc.
Email: [email protected]


Chester Zygmont, III
Chief Financial Officer
Revelation Biosciences Inc.
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