Revelation Biosciences Inc. Appoints Joseph A. Bellanti, M.D. to Scientific Advisory Board

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- Dr. Bellanti is Director of the International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology and Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 06, 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, today announced it has appointed Joseph A. Bellanti, M.D. to its scientific advisory board.

Dr. Bellanti is a Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology (ICISI) at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Bellanti’s investigative efforts have focused on antimicrobial research, evaluation of new vaccine strategies and developmental immunology. This work resulted in a succession of seminal research contributions including the characterization of the IgM response of the newborn, the identification of the antiviral role of secretory IgA in respiratory secretions and the cellular immune responses to viral infections following immunization or natural infection.

Dr. Bellanti is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics for outstanding scientific contributions, the Humanitarian Award from the American College of Allergists for “excellence and service and teaching of clinical immunology”, the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from the State University of Buffalo, New York and the Founder’s Day Award of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also the recipient of Honoris Causa degrees from the University of Palermo, Italy, Georgetown University and recently, the CEA Universidad San Pablo, Madrid, Spain.

“Over the past several decades, my work has centered around generating new knowledge in immunology and translating it to clinical use,” said Dr. Bellanti. “We have seen so many advancements and innovations in this area, but still have a long way to go. The work Revelation Biosciences is doing could change the way we look at, prevent and treat stubborn and recurring infections, like influenza and COVID-19. I look forward to working with the team to develop new prevention and treatment options for the infections that impact so many people around the world each and every year.”

During the 2019-2020 season, the CDC estimates that influenza was associated with 38 million illnesses, 18 million medical visits, 405,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths. Globally, COVID-19 is responsible for more than 5 million deaths, with thousands of people dying every day.

“Dr. Bellanti represents the ‘triple threat’ academician; he’s proficient in teaching, research, and patient care,” said James Rolke, Chief Executive Officer of Revelation. “He has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of immunology and will be an invaluable voice as we work to build on the foundation he has laid.”

Dr. Bellanti has published more than 500 scientific articles and abstracts, as well as numerous textbook chapters and his widely acclaimed textbook in immunology, “Immunology IV: Clinical Applications in Health and Disease.”

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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). 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.

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Company Contacts

Sandra Vedrick
Vice President, Investor Relations & Human Resources
Revelation Biosciences Inc.


Chester Zygmont, III
Chief Financial Officer
Revelation Biosciences Inc.

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