IGC Acquired Exclusive Rights to THC-based Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease
India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE MKT:IGC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive license agreement with the University of South Florida making IGC the exclusive licensee of the U.S. patent filing entitled “THC as a Potential Therapeutic Agent for Alzheimer’s Disease.” By acquiring this patent filing, IGC is protecting a potential cannabis-based blockbuster treatment for America’s most expensive disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease Market Overview
In 2017 Medicare and Medicaid alone are expected to spend $175 billion on patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There are currently over 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s (AD). The cost of Alzheimer’s has increased significantly and is expected to continue to surge higher. The number of patients is expected to double over the next 20 years and the direct costs are expected to exceed $450 billion per year in the next 12 years. There is still no accepted cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
THC has several known molecular pathways by which it interacts with the human body, including binding to the CB1 receptor, anti-oxidative effects, and others. The patent filing claims discovery of a new pathway: low doses of THC bind to amyloid beta plaques and prevent those plaques from aggregating on neurons, which is what occurs in Alzheimer’s disease and causes cognitive decline. If the patent is granted and proven, IGC will own a significant therapeutic pathway by which THC interacts with the human body. The pathway has incredible potential in treating Alzheimer’s disease and is now a burgeoning research area. Acquiring this patent further supports IGC in protecting its proprietary formulation IGC-AD1, which includes low-doses of THC and is intended to disrupt the buildup of amyloid beta plaques and alleviate some of the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Securing this licensing agreement from the University of South Florida represents a major turning point for IGC as we now look to prepare several of our key products for clinical trials,” explained Ram Mukunda, CEO of IGC. “We have worked hard to assemble a strong development team and a primary pipeline of four major products addressing large markets and possible blockbuster indications utilizing cannabis-based therapies. We are putting the finishing touches on our products, which may include filing additional patents, and we very much expect to start pursuing clinical trials for our Alzheimer’s product and others this year.” IGC also expects in the near future to share some data that supports its formulation, the patent application, and the transition to clinical trials as well as details of commercialization initiatives.