Spotlight Innovation Subsidiary Caretta Therapeutics Announces Venodol, a New Over-the-counter Product to Treat Chronic Pain

Caretta Therapeutics also signs Master Broker Agreement for Distribution of its Products into Retailers

URBANDALE, Iowa, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlight Innovation Inc. (OTCQB: STLT) today announced that subsidiary Caretta Therapeutics plans, in the second quarter of 2017, to launch its first product. Venodol, a topical roll-on intended to provide relief from chronic pain, is a non-addictive alternative to opioid and steroidal analgesics. It was developed under a licensing agreement with Dr. Paul Reid to commercialize products derived from snake venom. Additionally, Caretta Therapeutics has signed a Master Broker Agreement with a premier global distribution brokerage firm to distribute its products into supermarket, drug store, mass merchandise and warehouse chains.

Commenting on the announcement of Venodol, John Krohn, Spotlight Innovation's President and Chief Operating Officer, said, "Chronic pain decreases the quality-of-life of tens of millions of people in the United States and hundreds of millions around the world. We believe there is significant demand for non-surgical, non-addictive chronic pain remedies. We are pleased to announce Venodol as our first product for this substantial market, and our broker agreement positions us for successful distribution of our products into marquee mass market retailers."

Venodol is tentatively scheduled to be available over-the-counter in the United States in the second quarter of 2017, in both regular and extra strengths. Caretta Therapeutics intends to introduce additional chronic pain relief products under the licensing agreement.

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