TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 7, 2019 / Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (NASDAQ: IPCI) and (TSX: IPCI) ("Intellipharmaceutics" or the "Company"), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today announced that it has commenced a research and development program of pharmaceutical cannabidiol ("CBD") based products.
The Company believes that its current technology platforms could find use in cannabidiol therapeutics.
To this end the Company has filed provisional patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office pertaining to the delivery and application of cannabinoid-based therapeutics. The patent filings, together with certain of the Company's already issued drug delivery patents, are intended to form the basis of the development of a pipeline of novel controlled-release product candidates with CBD as the main active ingredient.
The Company is currently in talks with potential commercialization partners in the cannabidiol industry and has identified a potential supplier of CBD.
Intellipharmaceutics' CEO, Dr. Isa Odidi, said, "We believe that our experience with the research, development, manufacture, quality control and regulatory filing of controlled-release novel dosage forms incorporating controlled substances, such as opioids, together with our existing suite of drug delivery technologies should provide us with a significant competitive advantage in the pharmaceutical cannabidiol market. We look forward to working with new partners in this space to commercialize our new innovations."
Intellipharmaceutics is the holder of a Health Canada Drug Establishment License ("DEL") and a dealer's license under the Narcotics Control Regulations ("NCR"). Under the NCR license, Intellipharmaceutics is currently authorized to possess, produce, sell and deliver drug products containing various controlled substances, including CBD, in Canada.
According to Health Canada, a DEL is required under the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations ("FDR") for any person to fabricate, package/label, import, perform tests on, distribute or wholesale authorized drugs. In addition to a DEL, an NCR dealer's license is required for any person to conduct certain activities such as to produce, make, assemble, sell, provide, transport, send or deliver a narcotic, including CBD, which may be used as an ingredient in those drugs.
"Our pre-existing designation as a DEL holder and a licensed dealer of CBD under the NCR is another example of why we believe Intellipharmaceutics is well positioned to impact the space," said Dr. Isa Odidi. "We intend to be a pioneer in the new and exciting evolution from older concepts of medical cannabidiol products to more sophisticated pharmaceutical, CBD-based products."
The Company intends to seek opportunities for the development of novel delivery systems and the filing of patent applications specific to the delivery and use of cannabinoids in the United States and elsewhere. The United States is a "first inventor to file" jurisdiction for patent applications, which offers potential intellectual property protection pertaining to cannabinoids.
There can be no assurance that any of our provisional patent applications will successfully mature into patents, or that any cannabidiol-based product candidates we develop will ever be successfully commercialized or produce significant revenue for us.
Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Intellipharmaceutics has developed several drug delivery systems based on this technology platform, with a pipeline of products (some of which have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") approval) in various stages of development. The Company has abbreviated new drug application ("ANDA") and new drug application ("NDA") 505(b)(2) drug product candidates in its development pipeline. These include the Company's abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release formulation ("Oxycodone ER") based on its proprietary nPODDDS™ novel Point Of Divergence Drug Delivery System (for which an NDA has been filed with the FDA), and Regabatin™ XR (pregabalin extended-release capsules).
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