Pivot Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CSE: PVOT / OTCQB: PVOTF / FRA: NPAT) (“Pivot” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Definitive Agreement with Israeli-based SoluBest Ltd. to acquire the worldwide rights for the use, development and commercialization of its patented Solumer(TM) Oral Drug Delivery Technology (“Solumer(TM)”) for the improved bioavailability, delivery and commercialization of Cannabidiol (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other biocannabis-based products.
— Pivot acquires worldwide rights to Solumer(TM) Oral Drug Delivery Technology;
— Actively pursuing opportunities with multinational food, beverage and healthcare companies;
— SoluCBD and SoluTHC: ingredients for new category of cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beverages;
— Ideally suited for cannabis-infused beverages; completely dispersible, odourless and flavourless;
— Cost-effective, significantly improves bioavailability; reliable and consistent formulations
A patented and versatile technology, Solumer(TM) was developed by SoluBest Ltd. to maximize the solubility, bioavailability and physical stability of drug substances utilizing submicron particle engineering. SoluBest then achieves clear powder formulations through a spray drying process. Submicron technology has been proven in pre-clinical trials to significantly enhance bioavailability, and therefore drug performance. Dissolution profiles in intestinal media demonstrate a high dissolution rate and saturation solubility resulting in improved drug absorption, at a rate 10-15 times greater than control.
SoluBest’s CEO and patent co-inventor, Dr. Galia Temtsin Krayz stated, “We are very excited to partner with Pivot to monetize our important patent. As the cannabis industry evolves, differentiated products that actually work will rapidly gain market share. After the recent testing of the Solumer(TM) solution, there is no doubt that this technology will be a disruptive force and will be the standard others will try to match. Pivot’s formulations team has already identified potential uses for Solumer(TM) in multiple products and consumers will be impressed by the results.”
Dr. Joseph Borovsky, Pivot’s Executive Vice-President of Product Development commented, “I thank SoluBest for entrusting Pivot with the Solumer(TM) technology. We have now secured two distinct oil-to-powder technologies that are well suited for the food, beverage and healthcare industries resulting in the addition of several more products to our pipeline. The edibles market will allow customers to consume non-smokeable products while being able to fully enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids.”
“The addition of Solumer(TM) further positions us to collaborate with multinational companies to introduce non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages to consumers. Pivot has the largest portfolio of platform technologies for the formulation and delivery of cannabinoids in the cannabis space,” said Dr. Patrick Frankham, Pivot’s CEO. “As we prepare to bring Pivot’s industry leading pipeline of derivatives to market, we continue to aggressively execute on our business plan.”
In 2016, cannabinoid edibles accounted for approximately 16% of U.S. sales of cannabis products.1 Furthermore, Cannabiz Consumer Group states that cannabis-infused beverages could represent a $15 billion market opportunity upon legalization.2
_____________________________1 Statista: Distribution of the cannabis products market in the United States in 2016, by category2 Green with Envy: Why the Biggest Battleground for the Beverage Industry Will be in Cannabis
About SoluBest Ltd.
SoluBest Ltd. specializes in the development of customer tailored formulation and pilot production services – starting from the discovery and pre-clinical phases through to early clinical testing and scale-up. SoluBest was founded in 2001 to develop an easy-to-integrate technological platform for solving one of the most pressing issues facing the pharma industry: the problem of drug insolubility. For more information please visit www.solubest.com
About Pivot Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Pivot Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of therapeutic pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals using innovative drug delivery platform technologies. Pivot’s wholly-owned medical cannabis products division, Pivot Green Stream Health Solutions Inc. (“PGS” or “Pivot Green Stream”), conducts research, development and commercialization of cannabinoid-based nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Pivot’s wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Pivot Naturals, LLC, based in Costa Mesa, California, will manufacture and supply finished powderized cannabis products such as food additives, capsules, bulk powder and stick packs to the California market. PGS has acquired “RTIC” Ready-To-Infuse Cannabis oil-to-powder technology and Thrudermic Transdermal Nanotechnology (transdermal); acquired worldwide rights to BiPhasix(TM) Dermal Drug Delivery platform technology (topical), Solmic Solubilisation technology (oral), and Solumer(TM) Oral Drug Delivery technology; and an option to acquire worldwide rights to TriVair(TM) Nasal and Pulmonary Breath-Propelled Drug Delivery Systems(TM) for the delivery and commercialization of cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-based products. For more information please visit www.PivotPharma.com
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