Brings total to twelve granted patents across the Company’s full portfolio
LONDON, Oct. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Small Pharma Inc. (TSXV: DMT) (OTCQB: DMTTF) (the “Company” or “Small Pharma”), a biotechnology company focused on short-acting psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental health conditions, today announces that as of October 18, 2022, it has been granted patent no. 11,471,417 by the United States Patent Office. This United States patent provides protection for a therapeutic composition of a small group of deuterated N,N-dimethyltryptamine (“DMT”) compounds, with expected lifetime of exclusivity until April 2041, further strengthening the Company’s intellectual property (“IP”) position in support of its research and development.
This patent sits alongside Small Pharma’s existing European granted patent no. 3902541, providing additional protection for the Company’s deuterated pipeline in a core market. The grant marks the Company’s twelfth granted patent in its psychedelic and non-psychedelic portfolio, which includes over 70 pending applications, and is the second United States patent grant within its psychedelic portfolio.
George Tziras, Chief Executive Officer of Small Pharma, said: “We have made significant strides this year progressing our research and development programs and in securing key IP to support and protect them. We secured eight patent grants so far this year, bringing our total from four to twelve. The grant of this second United States patent effectively protects all pharmaceutical formulations of the specified deuterated DMT compounds, enabling us to progress our deuterated pipeline with even greater confidence.”
About Small Pharma
Small Pharma is a biotechnology company progressing a pipeline of short-acting psychedelic assisted therapies for the treatment of mental health conditions. The Company’s current focus is on exploring new therapeutic approaches for depression. Small Pharma’s lead candidate, SPL026, is a proprietary synthetic formulation of DMT. The Company is advancing a clinical program of intravenous SPL026 with supportive therapy for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, which was granted an Innovation Passport designation from the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”). In addition, Small Pharma has a pipeline of proprietary preclinical assets in development.
For further information contact:
Small Pharma Inc.
George Tziras, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +1 (646) 751-4363
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Small Pharma makes no medical, treatment or health benefit claims about its proposed products. The MHRA or other similar regulatory authorities have not evaluated claims regarding DMT-assisted therapies and other next generation psychoactive compounds. The efficacy of such therapies has not been confirmed by MHRA-approved research. There is no assurance that such DMT-assisted therapies and other psychoactive compounds can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. Vigorous scientific research and clinical trials are needed. Any references to quality, consistency, efficacy and safety of potential therapies do not imply that Small Pharma verified such in clinical trials or that Small Pharma will complete such trials. If Small Pharma cannot obtain the approvals or research necessary to commercialize its business, it may have a material adverse effect on Small Pharma’s performance and operations.
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