InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:IN; OTCQX:IMLFF), a fully integrated, cannabinoid-based biopharmaceutical company that leverages its proprietary biosynthesis platform technology to develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with high unmet medical needs, today announced that the Company's research partner, University of British Columbia, has been approved to receive a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for their collaborative efforts with InMed in the biosynthesis of cannabinoids.
Under the terms of the grant, the NSERC has committed funding of C$136,000 towards the Collaboration over the course of three years. The Collaboration, entitled 'Microbial metabolic engineering for cannabinoid biosynthesis', which originally commenced in May 2015, targets development of a microbial-based cannabinoid expression system for the manufacture of individual cannabinoid drugs for treating diseases with high unmet medical needs.
InMed's Vice President, Pre-Clinical Research & Development, Eric Hsu, Ph.D., commented, "We are honored that our trusted, world-class research partner, Dr. Yadav at UBC, has received this prestigious grant from the NSERC. Through our continued research effort on this program with UBC, we remain optimistic that the development of our proprietary biosynthesis platform technology will result in commercial-scale manufacturing of cannabinoids."
"We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the NSERC for their vote of confidence in our cutting-edge work," added Vikramaditya G. Yadav, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. "The successful completion of this Collaboration will not only advance the Company's manufacturing capabilities and its R&D pipeline, but also provide immense social and strategic benefit to Canada."
InMed is a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that specializes in developing novel therapies through the research and development into the extensive pharmacology of cannabinoids coupled with innovative drug delivery systems. InMed's proprietary bioinformatics database drug/disease targeting tool, cannabinoid biosynthesis technology and drug development pipeline are the fundamental value drivers of the Company. For more information, visit www.inmedpharma.com.
About Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ("NSERC"):
NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Its investments deliver discoveries – valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Its investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships supported by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges. NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.
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About Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is vital to good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. It is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. The most common form of glaucoma has no warning signs. The effect is so gradual that you may not notice a change in vision until the condition is at an advanced stage. Vision loss due to glaucoma can't be recovered.