Skye Bioscience, Inc. | October 13, 2021
Skye Bioscience, Inc. (“Skye” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary, synthetic cannabinoid-derived molecules to treat glaucoma and other diseases with significant unmet need, has formed a new exclusive sponsored research agreement with Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana SLU (“EHBE”), focused on developing and characterizing novel molecules that can affect the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for therapeutic benefit. The research initiative, referred to as the Cannabinoid Pharmaceutical Innovation Program (CPIP), will focus on targeting important signaling pathways in the endocannabinoid system to realize therapeutically beneficial effects.
The CPIP reflects the company’s continued commitment to expand its leadership in cannabinoid-based science and cutting-edge research that can be commercialized through new and existing technologies. It leverages R&D initiatives with key opinion leaders with specialized research centers in the US and internationally, such as the University of Mississippi, University of Cordoba, and University of Eastern Piedmont. This agreement deepens the commitment of Drs. Munoz and Appendino, who will be the principal investigators and continue to lead Skye’s scientific advisory board. The CPIP is driven by the focus on investing in key value-creating pillars for the Company - ophthalmology applications, clinical development, pipeline expansion and people - to achieve the vision of creating a world-class cannabinoid pharmaceutical company.
"As the world comes to appreciate the broad and dynamic role of the endocannabinoid system in humans and animal health, the pharmaceutical potential of cannabinoids to modulate this system is just starting to be understood. While the anecdotal evidence of the health benefits of cannabinoids dates back millenia, modern science has barely scratched the surface to validate the benefits of the ECS in preventing and treating diseases. Skye’s ambition is to play a leading role in effecting important therapeutic outcomes by influencing the endocannabinoid system. We want to continue to make strategic investments that can further bring value to all stakeholders, and our clear focus in this initiative is to achieve novel discoveries that achieve important clinical utility with commercial value. These overarching priorities will guide our strategy, project initiatives, and investments."
Punit Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Skye Bioscience
Under the terms of the agreement:
Skye will approve and fund designated projects and have exclusive rights to all data and products, and any intellectual property resulting from this research collaboration will be owned by Skye
Research will be broad and encompass novel molecules that modulate the ECS to treat or prevent human or animal diseases
EHBE will receive a single digit royalty on all licensing revenue or other consideration paid to Skye by a third-party licensee, assignee or purchaser related to any product commercialized as part of a Skye Project
Skye will pay EHBE a retainer of $200,000 per year.
“Having worked with cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system for over 25 years, it is clear that there are tremendous opportunities to discover and create cannabinoid-derived molecules with potential to beneficially interact with the ECS for positive medical outcomes. With the launch of Skye’s new Cannabinoid Pharmaceutical Innovation Program with our research team in Cordoba, Spain, our efforts will focus on preclinical development of CBDVHS, R&D of CB1 modulators involved in pain, inflammatory diseases, neurological diseases, fibrotic diseases and metabolic diseases, and drug discovery relating to modulators of the cannabinoid receptors CB2 and GPR55. We aim to generate a wide portfolio of proprietary products and IP around molecules with commercial potential.”
Eduardo Munoz, Managing Director of Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana
About Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana SLU
Emerald Health Biotechnology España SLU (EHBE) is a preclinical-stage drug development research company focused on new cannabinoid derivatives to treat severe life-threatening conditions and other pathologies. Led by cannabinoid research experts and scientific advisors to Skye, Drs. Eduardo Munoz and Giovanni Appendino, EHBE is a pioneer in developing chemical cannabinoid derivatives that improve the therapeutic properties of the natural compounds.
About Skye Bioscience
Skye Bioscience Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company unlocking the pharmaceutical potential of cannabinoids through the development of its proprietary, cannabinoid-derived molecules to treat diseases with significant unmet needs. The company’s lead program, THCVHS, is focused on treating glaucoma, a disease with no cure and the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. For more information, please visit: www.skyebioscience.com
BioMarin | November 18, 2020
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and Deep Genomics declares that the organizations have gone into a preclinical collaboration that will use Deep Genomics' artificial intelligence drug discovery platform (The AI Workbench) to distinguish oligonucleotide drug applicants in four uncommon sickness signs with high neglected need. Deep Genomics will get an undisclosed forthright installment and is qualified to get improvement achievements as a piece of the coordinated effort. BioMarin will get an elite alternative to get Deep Genomics' privileges to each program for development and commercialization. The organizations didn't uncover financial terms.
In the cooperation, Deep Genomics will utilize its AI Workbench to recognize and approve target components and lead competitors, and BioMarin will propel them into preclinical and clinical development. The AI Workbench empowers quick investigation of novel targetable components and restorative up-and-comers. It joins deep learning, automation, progressed biomedical information and huge measures of in vitro and in vivo information to precisely recognize targetable sub-atomic systems and guide the revelation and advancement of oligonucleotide treatments.
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Mekonos | November 24, 2020
Mekonos, a biotech organization launching the first-of-its kind system-on-a-chip (SoC) for focused ex vivo gene engineering, today reported it has finished a $4.6 million financing round. Mekonos will utilize the new funding to quicken the SoC stage for its current and new ad organizations. The SoC stage, with IP from Stanford University, is a breakthrough that allows for molecular delivery in gene editing and synthetic biology. The stage is versatile over all cell types and has demonstrated to be a high return answer for partners. The stage assists organizations with expanding limit, quicken revelations, and develop new pre-clinical assets in the emerging cell and gene therapy space.
The financing round was driven by Novartis AG with participation from institutional VCs including Hike Ventures, CRCM Ventures. Existing investors participated in the round, including Good AI Capital and past lead Elementum Ventures.