This week in psychedelic business news: New patents; another Health Canada SAP Approval; and legal psilocybin rules for Oregon.
CB Therapeutics Granted New Psychedelic Patent
This week in psychedelic business news, CB Therapeutics has obtained a patent covering the use of microorganisms to produce tryptamines and their analogs, such as psilocybin and various other molecules found in psychedelic mushrooms. CEO Sher Ali Butt says this patented process to produce these molecules is “more environmentally sustainable” than other industry methods, which can create significant amounts of toxic waste, CO2 and other byproducts that negatively impact the environment. CB Therapeutics’ cellular agriculture platform enables the conversion of cheap feedstocks into high-value compounds, resulting in a scalable and eco-conscious supply chain, carried out by precision fermentation.
Braxia Scientific Gets Health Canada SAP Approval to Provide Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for Depression in Ontario
Braxia Scientific (CSE: BRAX) (OTC: BRAXF) (FWB: 4960) is the latest psychedelic company to score approval from Health Canada's Special Access Program to treat a patient with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder in Ontario. “To our knowledge, this is the first Health Canada SAP approval for psilocybin-assisted therapy for a person with Major Depressive Disorder in Ontario,” said the company's Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr. Joshua Rosenblat. “Health Canada was very responsive to this request, promptly providing the Letter of Authorization. This rapid approval stands in contrast to the previously required Section 56 exemptions that could take years to fully process. Allowing use of the SAP will be incredibly beneficial for patients in need of this treatment that are unable to receive it through psychedelic clinical trials.” Although this is Braxia Scientific's first psilocybin-assisted therapy treatment approval through SAP, the company was first to receive Health Canada approval for a multi-dose psilocybin-assisted therapy clinical trial in July 2021, dosing its first participant in November 2021, and since providing psilocybin-assisted therapy to 16 individuals living with depression.
Ojai Energetics Offers Portfolio of Psychedelic Patents at Davos
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland just wrapped up its first-ever showcase of the psychedelic industry via The House of Psychedelics, which featured almost 40 sessions and speakers, including researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and even shamans. Among those companies was Ojai Energetics, who went to offer up a psychedelic IP portfolio of LSD, ketamine, and psilocybin/psilocin assets for sale. “OE has built one of the most robust psychedelics patent portfolios in the world,” said Sr. VP of Business Development, Andre Bourque. “Our patents cover drug delivery platform composition of matter for all psychedelic drugs, such as tryptamine class compounds (LSD, psilocybin, DMT), phenethylamine class compounds (mescaline, MDMA), and ketamine to name a few.” Three in particular, he said, “outperform what's available on the market” and the company is “seeking to add them to the right portfolio for well-intentioned therapeutic research and development.”
Oregon Adopts First Set of Rules for Legal Psilocybin
Last, but not least in this week's psychedelic business news, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) adopted the state’s first set of administrative rules regarding psilocybin products, testing, and training programs. When the state’s trailblazing therapeutic psilocybin program, authorized by the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, commences this coming January, licensed manufacturers will only be allowed to cultivate or possess one specific fungi species: psilocybe cubensis. Additionally, psilocybin products are limited to those products that can be consumed orally. Read over the OHA’s full first batch of finalized rules here.