Analysis indicates viability of research pathway for MDMA-assisted therapy to treat symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury
CHICAGO and TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wesana Health Holdings Inc. (“Wesana” or the “Company”) (CSE: WESA; OTCQB: WSNAF), a data-driven life sciences company, is pleased to announce receipt of a commercial viability analysis conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) which validated and will expedite Wesana’s partnership talks with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). The parties will move forward with the negotiation of their definitive agreement to study the use of MDMA-assisted therapy to treat symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
“This analysis brings us one step closer to partnering with Wesana to conduct research into the potential of MDMA-assisted therapy in the underserved TBI population,” said MAPS Executive Director, Rick Doblin, Ph.D. “This market analysis makes the case even more compelling for our partnership.”
Daniel Carcillo, CEO of Wesana Health added, “The receipt of favorable results in the MAPS-commissioned BCG report is a critical milestone in what will be the first-of-its-kind collaboration between MAPS and Wesana, facilitating our definitive agreement conversations regarding MDMA-assisted therapy for TBI symptoms.”
The BCG report forecasts a continuing favorable environment for this collaboration. Should a definitive agreement be entered into, it is expected to accelerate the parties’ research timelines and provide additional support to MAPS for further investigation, advocacy, education, and equitable access to MDMA-assisted therapy for TBI symptoms.
Carcillo continued, “With the overall reported cost of TBI in the range of ~$76.5 billion annually in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the market is ready for a new solution. We remain committed to this important work as we move toward our goal of MDMA-assisted therapy for TBI symptoms and would be thrilled to deliver meaningful help to victims, families, friends and communities whose lives have been impacted by TBI.”
About Wesana Health
Wesana Health helps people transcend barriers in mental health and performance. We innovate in care development through our therapies and proprietary protocols, and in care delivery through activating a new multidisciplinary, technology-supported clinical model. Learn more at www.wesanahealth.com
Founded in 1986, MAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS is sponsoring the most advanced psychedelic therapy research in the world: Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. Since its founding, MAPS has raised over $130 million for psychedelic and marijuana research and education and has earned both the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency and a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) catalyzes healing and well-being through psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and sales of prescription psychedelics while prioritizing public benefit above profit. Founded in 2014, MAPS PBC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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