BOTHELL, Washington and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —¬†Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisine for smoking cessation, today announced an amendment to their Technology Licence Agreement with the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Achieve has been granted exclusive rights for all human medicinal uses of cytisine derivatives created under the License Agreement across all therapeutic categories. Under the amended collaboration agreement, studies will be conducted to generate and evaluate semi-synthetic cytisine derivatives for potential use in multiple indications across addiction and neurological disorders.

Achieve entered into a strategic collaboration in June 2017 with the University of Bristol to license certain patent and technology rights to explore next-generation cytisine-based therapies specifically related to smoking cessation.

Cytisine is a plant-based alkaloid with a high binding affinity to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. It is an established smoking cessation treatment that has been approved and marketed in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years.

“Our immediate focus is to execute the cytisine smoking cessation development plan in U.S. but we must also be forward-thinking about our product lifecycle and pipeline,” said Rick Stewart, Chairman and CEO of Achieve Life Sciences. “Partnerships with key academic institutions, such as the University of Bristol, allow us to explore additional ways in which we can improve cytisine and evaluate its role in the treatment of other addictions and neurodegenerative diseases.”

Professor Tim Gallagher, PhD, Dean