The application describes more than 100 novel individual molecules and, if the broadest claims are allowed, could protect more than 10,000 possible new drug development candidates. The patent application and claimed drug candidates fall into the Company's EVM201 second-generation, psychedelic-derived drug development program, with an initial target indication of cancer-related distress (CRD) and the potential to be expanded into additional mental health indications.
Dr. Peter Facchini, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer at Enveric, noted, "Our proprietary PsyAI™ artificial intelligence technology was used to design and provisionally rank a large and diverse collection of psychedelic-inspired molecules for further development. The majority of these new molecules, all of which are protected by this most recent provisional patent application, have already been synthesized in quantities sufficient to evaluate their safety and pharmacological properties, including receptor-binding profiles and behavioral analyses in animals. Based on our extensive in silico and experimental data, we are hopeful that we can nominate our lead candidates for entry into Enveric's EVM201 preclinical development later this year."
About Cancer Related Distress
The aim of palliative care for patients with cancer is to alleviate suffering.1 Patients facing life-threatening illness often feel hopeless, powerless, and demoralized.1 They suffer clinically significant anxiety and depression, and the resulting existential distress can lead to a loss of meaning or purpose in life and a desire for hastened death.1 As many as 1 in 2 patients with cancer experience significant psychological distress, collectively referred to as Cancer Related Distress (CRD).2 Available treatments for psychological distress have had limited efficacy in patients with cancer. 1 Psychedelic-assisted therapy has recently shown exceptional promise in helping to alleviate the psychological and existential burdens, including CRD, that many patients with life-threatening illnesses face every day.1
- Rosenbaum D, Boyle AB, Rosenblum AM, Ziai S, Chasen MR. Psychedelics for psychological and existential distress in palliative and cancer care. Curr Oncol. 2019;26(4):225-226. Doi: 10.3747/co.26.5009
- Mehnert S, Hartung TJ, Friedrich M, et al. one in two cancer patients is significantly distressed: prevalence and indicators of distress. Psycho-Oncology. 2018;27(1):75-82. Doi: 10.1002/pon.4464
About Enveric Biosciences
Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB) is a cutting-edge neuroscience company developing next-generation psychedelic-inspired mental health medicines. Enveric's robust pipeline supports drug development from the clinic to commercialization for millions of patients in need around the world suffering from conditions that include cancer-related distress, PTSD, and more. For more information, please visit www.enveric.com.
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