Spotlight Innovation Obtains Exclusive, Worldwide License from Florida State University Research Foundation to Commercialize Therapeutics for Zika Virus Infection

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlight Innovation Inc. (OTCQB: STLT), a pharmaceutical company advancing technologies designed to address rare, emerging and neglected diseases, today announced that the Company has obtained from the Florida State University Research Foundation exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize certain compounds for the treatment of viral infections, including Zika virus infection. Included among the licensed compounds are those identified in a study1 co-authored by Florida State University Professor Hengli Tang that was published in Nature Medicine in August of this year. Prof. Tang and his research team collaborate with Spotlight Innovation as part of an existing sponsored research agreement (SRA), and he is a member of the Company's Scientific Advisory Board.


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Miao X, Lee EM, Wen Z, Cheng Y, Huang W-K, Qian X, TCW J, Kouznetsova J, Ogden SC, Hammack C, Nguyen HN, Itkin M, Hanna C, Shinn P, Allen C, Michael SG, Simeonov A, Huang W, Christian KM, Goate A, Brennand K, Huang R, Menghang X, Ming G-L, Zheng W, Song H, Tang H. Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Zika Virus Infection and Induced Neural Cell Death Via a Drug Repurposing Screen. Nature Med. 2016 Aug 29.


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