WORCESTER, Mass. and TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ -- Generex Biotechnology Corporation (www.generex.com) (OTCBB:GNBT) today announced its participation in a MedCannAccess (www.MedCannAccess.com) partnership with CannScience Innovations Inc.
MedCannAccess today announced that it has acquired a substantial minority equity stake in CannScience, a leading cannabinoid drug development firm. This partnership positions MedCannAccess to be a leader in the development of pharmaceutical cannabinoid products.
"Successful companies in the cannabis industry will have three legs to their platform: quality production, an effective patient acquisition and retention strategy, and innovative research and development capabilities," said Rade Kovacevic, VP Business Development at MedCannAccess. "We believe we have strong positions already in the first two legs, and through this investment, we have solidified the R&D piece of our platform, positioning us as a leader in future cannabinoid drug development. Physicians and patients alike have been calling for access to cannabinoid products that do not require smoking or inhalation; this partnership will allow us to take that significant step forward."
CannScience is an R&D biopharmaceutical company established in Toronto, Canada to conduct research and product development for extracts and formulations related to medical cannabis and its derivatives. CannScience is developing proprietary technologies and owns know-how related to the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabinoids and potentially how they integrate with various medical devices and drug delivery technologies. CannScience intends to develop commercial ready products and obtain regulatory approval for RapidMist™ in the Canadian and international jurisdictions. The company's founders have a wealth of experience in the life sciences industry and access to laboratories at some of the top research institutions in Canada.
"CannScience is working to develop its product pipeline which will include proprietary drug, device, and delivery technologies," said Har Grover, the CEO of CannScience. On November 18, 2014, CannScience entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent with Generex to license Generex's proprietary RapidMist™ drug delivery technologies to CannScience for the buccal delivery of cannabis derived products into the bloodstream.
MedCannAccess was established to provide access to the highest-quality of medical cannabis products developed through research and innovation, aiming to improve the quality of life for persons with a wide range of conditions including chronic disabilities and terminal illnesses. MedCannAccess is a proud member of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association, Toronto Board of Trade, Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
About Generex Biotechnology Corporation
Generex is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of drug delivery systems and technologies. Generex has developed a proprietary platform technology for the delivery of drugs into the human body through the oral cavity (with no deposit in the lungs). The Company's proprietary liquid formulations allow drugs typically administered by injection to be absorbed into the body by the lining of the inner mouth using the Company's proprietary RapidMist™ device. Antigen Express, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Generex. The core platform technologies of Antigen Express comprise immunotherapeutic vaccines for the treatment of malignant, infectious, allergic, and autoimmune diseases. Antigen Express has pioneered the use of specific CD4+ T-helper stimulation technologies in immunotherapy. One focuses on modification of peptides with Ii-Key to increase potency, while a second relies on inhibition of expression of the Ii protein. Antigen Express scientists, and others, have shown clearly that suppression of expression of the Ii protein in cancer cells allows for potent stimulation of T-helper cells and prevents the further growth of cancer cells. For more information, visit the Generex website at www.generex.com or the Antigen Express website at www.antigenexpress.com.
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SOURCE Generex Biotechnology Corporation
For further information: Rade Kovacevic, VP Business Development, MedCannAccess, 519-780-7830; Generex Biotechnology Corporation, Todd Falls, 800-391-6755, http://www.generex.com