Spotlight Innovation to Present Poster at the Cure SMA 2017 Annual SMA Conference

URBANDALE, Iowa, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlight Innovation Inc. (OTCQB: STLT) today announced that the Company will participate in a family-friendly research poster session at the Cure SMA 2017 Annual SMA Conference, which the Company is supporting as a Silver Sponsor. On Friday, June 30, 2017, in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL, Dr. Geoffrey Laff will present a poster entitled STL-182, an Orally-available Small Molecule that Stabilizes SMN Protein.

"We are proud to be a sponsor of this year's Cure SMA Annual SMA Conference and to present a poster designed to help families directly affected by SMA gain a better understanding of the disease," said Dr. Laff, Spotlight Innovation's Senior Vice President of Business Development.

The 2017 Annual SMA Conference will be held from June 29 to July 2 at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Nearly 2,000 attendees, including researchers, families, and medical care providers, are expected to participate.

Spotlight Innovation is developing STL-182, an orally-available small molecule that may have therapeutic potential for treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is an autosomal recessive disorder that is a leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. Synthesis and early preclinical testing of STL-182 were accomplished through a research collaboration between Professors Elliot Androphy of Indiana University School of Medicine and Kevin Hodgetts, director of the Laboratory for Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Their work was supported in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Spinal muscular atrophy affects between 1 in 6,000 and 1 in 10,000 newborns. Approximately 1 in 40 to 1 in 50 adults have only a single intact spinal motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, which encodes a protein (SMN) required for proper neuromuscular function. An infant who inherits no intact SMN1 gene from either parent may develop SMA and lose the ability to sit, stand, walk, swallow, and/or breathe. In about 60% of cases, patients with SMA die by age two.

Even in SMA patients, low levels of functional SMN protein are produced by an SMN1-related gene called SMN2. One therapeutic strategy to treat SMA is to increase levels of functional SMN protein encoded by SMN2. In mouse models of SMA, STL-182 may restore neuromuscular function by stabilizing endogenous SMN protein.

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Spotlight Innovation Inc. (OTCQB: STLT) identifies and acquires rights to innovative, proprietary technologies designed to address unmet medical needs, with an emphasis on rare, emerging and neglected diseases. To find and evaluate unique opportunities, we leverage our extensive relationships with leading scientists, academic institutions and other sources. We provide value-added development capability to accelerate development progress. When scientifically significant benchmarks have been achieved, we will endeavor to partner with proven market leaders via sale, out-license or strategic alliance. For more information, visit or follow us on

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements herein include statements regarding Spotlight Innovation's efforts to develop and commercialize various product candidates, including STL-182, and to achieve its stated benchmarks. Actual outcomes and actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties, such as: the inability to finance the planned development of STL-182; the inability to hire appropriate staff to develop STL-182; unforeseen technical difficulties in developing STL-182; the inability to obtain regulatory approval for human use; competitors' therapies proving to be more effective, cheaper or otherwise more preferable; or, the inability to market a product. All of which could, among other things, delay or prevent product release, as well as other factors expressed from time to time in Spotlight Innovation's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a result, this press release should be read in conjunction with Spotlight Innovation's periodic filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made only as of the date of this press release and Spotlight Innovation undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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