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PharmaDrug Announces World-Renowned Gastric Cancer Expert Dr. Yelena Y. Janjigian Joins Sairiyo Therapeutics Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 4, 2021) –  PharmaDrug Inc. (CSE: BUZZ) (OTC Pink: LMLLF) (“PharmaDrug” or the “Company“) wholly-owned subsidiary, Sariyo Therapeutics Inc. (“Sairiyo”), a biotechnology company focused on the research and development of Cepharanthine, a repurposed and reformulated naturally-derived compound for the potential treatment of cancer, neurological, inflammatory and infectious diseases, is pleased to announce that world-renowned gastric cancer expert, Dr. Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD, has been appointed to Sairiyo’s newly-formed scientific and clinical advisory board for Cepharanthine in the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Dr. Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD, is the chief of the Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Service in the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. An international expert in cancers of the esophagus and stomach, Dr. Janjigian is currently leading several studies that could impact the standard of care for cancers in these fields. She is currently the lead investigator for the ongoing phase III CheckMate 649 trial of immunotherapy with nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy) in treatment-naïve patients with advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer compared with nivolumab and chemotherapy or chemotherapy alone (NCT02872116). She focuses her research on new treatment strategies, with an emphasis on defining therapeutically relevant molecular characteristics of tumors in the gastrointestinal tract.

“I am passionate about improving treatment outcomes for people with esophageal and stomach cancers,” said Dr. Dr. Yelena Y. Janjigian. “As Chief of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, my mission is to foster research and innovation to transform the future of gastrointestinal oncology and help patients worldwide.”

“We are grateful to have Dr. Janjigian join our scientific and clinical advisory board to provide us with valuable guidance and clinical expertise in gastric cancers,” said Daniel Cohen, CEO of PharmaDrug.

Sairiyo received U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (“FDA”) orphan drug designation approval for Cepharanthine in the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Cepharanthine is a natural product and an approved drug used for more than 70 years in Japan to treat a variety of acute and chronic diseases. In clinical research, Cepharanthine exhibits multiple pharmacological properties including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, immuno-regulatory, anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties1. Sairiyo has an exclusive license from a research and development organization to develop and commercialize reformulated Cepharanthine for all diseases and exclusive rights to the patent, method of manufacturing, clinical supply, pre-clinical data and know-how to support FDA clinical trials.

The Company’s pharmaceutical strategy with Cepharanthine will focus on expanding its potential in cancer through pre-clinical and clinical research, forming research collaborations with academic institutions and industry and adding medical and clinical experts to its scientific and clinical advisory board.

About PharmaDrug Inc.

PharmaDrug is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of controlled-substances and natural medicines such as psychedelics, cannabis and naturally-derived approved drugs. The Company owns 80% of PharmaDrug Production GmbH, a German medical cannabis distributor, with a Schedule I European Union narcotics license and German EuGMP certification allowing for the importation and distribution of medical cannabis to pharmacies in Germany and throughout the EU. The Company also owns 100% of Super Smart, a Dutch company building a modern adult use psychedelic retail business with an elevated and educational focus. PharmaDrug recently acquired Sairiyo Therapeutics, a biotech company that specializes in researching and reformulating established natural medicines with a goal of bringing them through regulatory and research driven clinical trials.

For further information, please contact:

Daniel Cohen, Chairman and CEO
(647) 202-1824

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  1. Bailly, C., 2019. Cepharanthine: An update of its mode of action, pharmacological properties and medical applications. Phytomedicine 62, 152956.