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Check-Cap Announces Initiation of the U.S. Pivotal Trial

ISFIYA, Israel, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Check-Cap Ltd. (the "Company" or "Check-Cap") (NASDAQ: CHEK) (NASDAQ: CHEKZ), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company advancing the development of C-Scan®, the first and only patient-friendly, preparation-free screening test to detect polyps before they may transform into colorectal cancer (CRC), today announced the initiation of its U.S. pivotal trial of C-Scan® at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.

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The Company has successfully obtained Institutional review board (IRB) approval for the study and expects to promptly begin patient enrollment. Elizabeth Rajan, M.D., gastroenterologist, and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, will be the principal investigator of the study at this site.

"We are excited to announce the accomplishment of this important milestone in our path to demonstrate the potential of C-Scan to detect colorectal polyps before they may turn into cancer in the average-risk population," said Alex Ovadia, chief executive officer of Check-Cap. "We are pleased to have engaged with expert gastroenterologists at Mayo Clinic and continue to advance the participation of additional experienced clinical trial centers in this study. We have established a supply and distribution infrastructure and process of the C-Scan and our plan is to complete the calibration portion of the trial and begin the second statistically powered portion of the study during Q4 2022."

Mr. Ovadia continued, "Detecting precancerous polyps is needed to effectively prevent colorectal cancer. However, the acceptance of the colonoscopy procedure is low, in part due to the invasiveness of the procedure and bowel cleansing. We believe Check-Cap has the potential to reach those who are deterred by colonoscopy and to help improve colon cancer screening through a patient-friendly solution without the need of bowel cleaning, sedation, and fasting."

About the Pivotal Trial:
The U.S. pivotal study (NCT05271656) is designed to obtain FDA clearance for C-Scan® in the U.S. The study is a two-part open label trial to evaluate the accuracy of C-Scan to identify subjects who are at elevated risk for colon polyps. It is expected to enroll approximately 1,000 subjects ages 50-75 and will be conducted at up to 15 clinical sites in the U.S.  The first part of the trial is designed to enable further calibration of C-Scan for the average risk U.S. population and will enroll up to 200 subjects. The second part consists of a statistically powered, randomized study which will compare the performance of C-Scan to traditional colonoscopy, using sensitivity and specificity measures and will enroll approximately 800 subjects. Additional information about the trial (NCT05271656) can be found here.

About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, with more than 1.9 million new cases identified every year globally. Over 935,000 deaths occur annually worldwide as a result of CRC, with a 64% survival rate at 5 years. While 0.5% of the average-risk screening population presents cancerous polyps in the colon and rectum, approximately 25% of the same population presents benign polyps with the potential to turn into cancer over time. It can take as many as 10 to 15 years before a pre-cancerous polyp develops into invasive cancer. As such, there is a crucial detection window for the prevention of colorectal cancer, through the detection of these benign polyps with potential future malignancy.

About Check-Cap
Check-Cap is a clinical stage medical diagnostics company aiming to redefine colorectal cancer (CRC) screening through the introduction of C-Scan®, the first and only patient-friendly preparation-free screening test to detect polyps before they may transform into colorectal cancer and enable early intervention and cancer prevention. The Company's disruptive capsule-based screening technology aims to help millions of people to stay healthy through preventive CRC screening. C-Scan uses an ultra-low dose X-ray capsule, an integrated positioning, control and recording system, as well as proprietary software to generate a 3D map of the inner lining of the colon as it travels naturally along the gastrointestinal tract. C-Scan is non-invasive and requires no sedation. It requires no bowel preparation, allowing the patients to continue their daily routine with no interruption. C-Scan is not intended to replace colonoscopy. A positive C-Scan result should be followed by colonoscopy.  C-Scan is an investigational device and is not available for sale in the United States.

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Investor Contacts
Irina Koffler 
LifeSci Advisors, LLC 

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LifeSci Advisors, LLC 

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LifeSci Communications

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