VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bright Minds Biosciences (“Bright Minds,” “BMB” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: DRUG) (CSE: DRUG), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel drugs for the targeted treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy, and pain, today announced that Dr. Alan Kozikowski will no longer serve in the role of Chief Scientific Officer.
“Alan has been with Bright Minds since the beginning, and his leadership was instrumental in shaping our vision and discovery efforts. As Bright Minds advances its first drug candidate BMB-101, we are now transitioning from a discovery to a clinical phase company and look forward to this new stage of growth. On behalf of the entire Company, I would like to thank Alan for his service and dedication,” said Ian McDonald, CEO and Co-founder of Bright Minds Biosciences.
Bright Minds has initiated a search for its new Chief Scientific Officer, and Jan Torleif Pedersen, PhD, MSc, a current member of the Board of Directors, will serve as the interim Chief Scientific Officer until the position is filled.
Dr. Pedersen is an innovative and highly experienced leader in drug discovery research, with more than 25 years of expertise in neuroscience research management. Dr. Pedersen spent 20 years at Lundbeck, a global pharmaceutical company specializing in brain diseases, in positions of increasing responsibility, including building its neurodegeneration/Alzheimer’s disease pipeline and bringing research programs to the clinic. Dr. Pedersen is a co-founder of three biotech companies, among these, Acadia Pharmaceuticals.
BMB-101, a 5-HT2C selective and biased agonist, has demonstrated compelling activity in a host of in-vitro and in-vivo non-clinical tests. Compared to Locaserin, BMB-101 exhibits strong Gq signaling coupled with minimal beta arrestin recruitment. Mechanistically, Serotonin (5- Hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter widely expressed in the central nervous system, and drugs modulating 5-HT have made a major impact in mental health disorders. Central 5-HT systems have long been associated with the control of ingestive behavior and the modulation of behavioral effects of psychostimulants, opioids, alcohol and nicotine. Over the past decade, the various 5-HT receptor subtypes have been cloned and characterized. Results of clinical trials and animal studies indicate that 5-HT2C up receptor agonists may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of addiction by decreasing the intake of opioids as well as impulsive behavior that can escalate compulsive drug use.
About Bright Minds
Bright Minds is focused on developing novel transformative treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy, and pain. Bright Minds has a portfolio of next-generation serotonin agonists designed to target neurocircuit abnormalities that are responsible for difficult to treat disorders such as resistant epilepsy, treatment resistant depression, PTSD, and pain. The Company leverages its world-class scientific and drug development expertise to bring forward the next generation of safe and efficacious drugs. Bright Minds’ drugs have been designed to potentially retain the powerful therapeutic aspects of psychedelic and other serotonergic compounds, while minimizing the side effects, thereby creating superior drugs to first-generation compounds, such as psilocybin.
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