Specialty life science company Revive Therapeutics Ltd. (CSE: RVV) has said that it will investigate novel oral dosage forms of psilocybin, such as oral dissolvable thin films or tablets, based on its wholly-owned patent-pending psilocybin formulations and its exclusive licensed drug delivery technology from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
“We are expanding our psilocybin-based pharmaceutical portfolio with unique oral dosage and drug delivery forms that will target and have the potential to treat diseases and disorders currently not investigated with psychedelic compounds,” said Michael Frank, Revive’s, Chief Executive Officer. “We are combining our robust intellectual property portfolio in both psychedelic formulations and our drug delivery technology which is unique within the industry, and leveraging our research partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish a specialty portfolio of psilocybin-based pharmaceuticals that we can advance to clinical trials and partnerships with other life sciences companies.”
The company said in a statement that through initial evaluations with its research team, it has found there are several unique parallels between the company’s intellectual property portfolio of psilocybin-based formulations and delivery mechanism and the drug delivery technology, which is comprised of tannin-chitosan composites that have been studied with cannabidiol in the past. Revive said it intends to research both delivery mechanisms in parallel as each provides its own unique qualities such as the potential of rapid onset of action and time-release compositions.
New Interest in Psilocybin
Psilocybin is being viewed as a treatment for several conditions including drug-resistant depression. Studies have been performed to illustrate the efficacy of psilocybin for this specific purpose. One completed study found that psilocybin produced substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer. The study was published in 2016, and wrote that “At 6-month follow-up, these changes were sustained, with about 80% of participants continuing to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety. Participants attributed improvements in attitudes about life/self, mood, relationships, and spirituality to the high-dose experience, with >80% endorsing moderately or greater increased well-being/life satisfaction.”
According to the World Health Organization, almost 350 million people worldwide were affected by depression in 2016. Common antidepressant drugs help maintain the balance of various hormones and chemicals in the brain, which assists in the treatment of depression.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that the percentage of people above the age of 12 years using antidepressants in the U.S. rose to 12.7% in 2011-2014. According to MedGadget, the antidepressant drug market was valued at $13.69 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $15.88 billion by 2025. The CDC said that in the U.S., antidepressants were the most commonly prescribed drugs in 2013 and from over 16 million long term users, around 70% are female.
In March, Revive completed its acquisition of Psilocin Pharma Corp., a specialty psychedelic sciences company focused on the development of Psilocybin-based therapeutics for significant unmet medical needs including rare and orphan indications. Psilocin developed patent-pending formulation and production solutions for the active compound Psilocybin. The process encompassed with its intellectual property cover methods of production of Psilocybin-based formulations.
In a statement, the company noted that Psilocin has also developed formulations to date which include the Hydroxy Line. The line will include PSY-0.1 -Capsules- PSY-0.2 -Sublingual Spray- PSY-0.3 -Gel Cap- PSY-0.4/0.5 -Effervescent Tablets-and PSY-0.6 -Breath Strips. The precisely dosed formulations will work with both natural and synthetically derived Psilocybin which will be targeted for clinical research and subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approval in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, bulimia and anorexia nervosa, and a number of other diseases. Psilocin’s range of products have been engineered to work synergistically with the body’s own natural pathways of absorption while offering a contemporary approach to consumption
Best Delivery Method
Revive believes that the most optimal delivery method to deliver psilocybin will be in the form of both an oral dissolvable tablet and an oral thin film strip, commonly recognized as a ‘Breath Strip’. The company said that it is preparing its formulation development plans to pursue clinical studies for indications currently not being evaluated with psilocybin.
The company reported that it has key provisional patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that cover methods of production of psilocybin-based formulations, including sublingual sprays, effervescent tablets, hard-shell capsules, sublingual and transmucosal delivery systems (i.e. gum drops, oral strips, dosing pens). In addition to those patent applications, Revive has a patent-pending portfolio that includes Psilocybin extraction and crystallization methodologies.
The delivery technology is a natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, and biocompatible composite that combines a tannin material, which is derived from a plant group having antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and wound healing properties, and a chitosan material, which is derived from the crustacean group having blood-clotting and antimicrobial properties. The delivery technology has a rapid onset of action and controlled or sustained release potential capabilities and may allow combining multiple extracts from mushrooms in one formulation.
Revive is also exploring the use of Bucillamine for the potential treatment of infectious diseases, with an initial focus on severe influenza strains including COVID-19.