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Revelation Biosciences Inc. Appoints Dr. Julia Bohannon and Dr. Antonio Hernandez to Scientific Advisory Board

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#biotechnews--Revelation Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: REVB) (the “Company” or “Revelation”), a 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 Julia Bohannon, Ph.D. and Antonio Hernandez, M.D. to its scientific advisory board. Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Bohannon are inventors of the phosphorylated hexaacyl disaccharide (PHAD) based technology licensed from Vanderbilt University, previously announced on October 6, 2022.

Julia Bohannon, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Bohannon’s NIH funded research program is aimed at studying clinically relevant immunomodulatory treatments to boost innate immune responses following severe burn injury for the prevention of nosocomial infections, the leading cause of death in surviving burn patients. Utilizing a variety of trauma and infection models, Dr. Bohannon’s studies seek to understand how critical illness causes immune dysfunction and increased susceptibility to infection. The goal of these studies is to develop new approaches to decrease the incidence and severity of infection in critically injured patients.

Dr. Bohannon completed her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Bohannon has received numerous research excellence awards for her work, including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Faculty Clinical and Translational Research Scholar’s Award, the G. Jeanette Thorbecke Award from the Society of Leukocyte Biology, as well as a Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award from the National Institute of General Medicine, which currently funds her studies. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in the field of burn immunology.

Dr. Antonio Hernandez is a Professor of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Co-Medical Director, CV-ICU. Dr. Hernandez develops new therapies to enhance innate immunity mediated antimicrobial function and protect against inflammation-induced organ injury. His research includes the study of trained immunity to alter the inflammatory response to infection or injury, and has focused on synthetic de novo vaccine adjuvants which are candidates for pharmaceutical development. He employs clinically relevant models of acute sepsis, sepsis-induced immunosuppression, and ischemia reperfusion injury to train the innate immune system to enhance antimicrobial function and reduce organ injury. His clinical interests focus on improving outcomes in critically ill and cardiac surgery patients. His work contributes to ongoing development of new treatment modalities against infections.

Dr. Hernandez received his Bachelor of Science in biology with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After completing an anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, he remained there to complete fellowships in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine followed by a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. He was appointed to the faculty at Vanderbilt University where he also received his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. In addition to his research, Dr. Hernandez directs the cardiovascular intensive care unit (largest heart transplant program in the world for 3 consecutive years) where he has built perioperative support services for advanced care programs, including total artificial heart, pulmonary endarterectomy, combined heart-lung, and heart-liver transplantation, and various mechanical support services to include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

“I am thrilled to join Revelation’s SAB and delighted to be able to provide guidance to the team,” said Dr. Bohannon. “The Company has generated compelling data on PHAD, and I am eager to collaborate with, and help guide the scientific team regarding future development plans for PHAD and its potential for treating or preventing infections.”

“Revelation Biosciences is uniquely positioned to continue advancing PHAD to reduce the duration and severity of healthcare associated infection,” said Dr. Hernandez. “I look forward to working with this dedicated and driven team to help shape new approaches for the prevention or treatment of healthcare-associated bacterial infection including post-surgical infection, post-burn infection, urinary tract infection, sepsis, and antibiotic-resistant infection.”

“We are delighted and honored to have such accomplished scientific leaders join our Scientific Advisory Board,” said James Rolke, Chief Executive Officer of Revelation. “Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Bohannon bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in treatment of infection by augmenting the innate immune response, a form of trained immunity. Feedback and collaboration with our SAB will be a vital component of our efforts to develop unique therapies to fulfill currently unmet medical needs.”

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About Revelation Biosciences Inc.

Revelation Biosciences, Inc. is a life sciences company focused on the development of immunologic-based therapies for the prevention and treatment of disease. Revelation has multiple product candidates in development that are based on the well-established biology of phosphorylated hexaacyl disaccharide (PHAD) and its effect on the innate immune system. REVTx‑100 is being developed as a prevention and treatment of bacterial infection. REVTx‑300 is being developed as a potential therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic organ disease including CKD, AKI, myocarditis, and NASH. REVTx‑200 is being developed as an intranasal immunomodulator adjunct to be used in combination with an intramuscular vaccination for more complete immunity. REVTx‑99b is being developed as a treatment for food allergies.

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


Chester Zygmont, III
Chief Financial Officer
Revelation Biosciences Inc.

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