NeonMind Announces Corporate Update and Strategic Reorganization of its Pharmaceutical Division
- Designed to Accelerate Execution of Integrated Drug Development Plan
for NEO-001 to Treat Obesity
- Establishes R&D Advisory Board, Appoints Philippe Martin as Chairman
- Expands Regulatory Capabilities in Preparation for Proof-of-Concept Study
NeonMind Biosciences Inc. (CNSX: NEON) (OTCMKTS: NMDBF), an integrated drug development and wellness company focused on the potential therapeutic uses of psilocybin for treating obesity and weight management conditions, announced today a strategic reorganization to focus on the execution of the Company’s integrated drug development plan (“IDP”) for its lead drug candidate targeting obesity, NEO-001.
This new structure reorganizes NeonMind’s business operations to focus on its core Pharmaceutical Division, and establishes resources to execute on the Company’s regulatory and clinical operations strategy. This includes the establishment of a Research and Development Advisory Board and the expansion of NeonMind’s regulatory team through the engagement of several key industry professionals. The reorganization will enable NeonMind to successfully execute its IDP by streamlining its corporate structure and leveraging the guidance of regulatory experts.
These organizational changes will drive the advancement of our lead drug candidate, NEO-001, through the regulatory process. Combined with our earlier initiatives, including the establishment of our Specialty Clinics Advisory Board, we have brought together an incredible team, all with proven expertise in executing regulatory, clinical, and commercial milestones across leading pharmaceutical organizations. We are excited to prepare NEO-001 for a phase 1/2 study in obese patients as we collaborate with the FDA and Health Canada on IND/CTA submissions.Robert Tessarolo, President & CEO of NeonMind
Key Appointments to Oversee Core Businesses
As part of the reorganization, Philippe Martin has been appointed Chairman of the Company’s R&D Advisory Board. Mr. Martin was instrumental in building NeonMind’s integrated development plan through the Company’s R&D Working Group. He has 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience developing and commercializing innovative therapies in the fields of immunology, oncology/hematology, and neurology. Currently, he is the Chief of Development & Operations at Bioalta Inc. overseeing the development of pre-clinical and clinical assets. Previously, at Celgene, Mr. Martin led the development and commercialization of the blockbuster drug Otezla®. Prior to this, while at Schering-Plough, he oversaw the anti-TNF alpha collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and led the REMICADE lifecycle strategy and operations, as well as SIMPONI development, regulatory approvals, and preparation for launch in multiple indications.
In addition, NeonMind has expanded its regulatory team with the hiring of highly experienced regulatory consultants. They bring over 45 years of combined biopharmaceutical industry experience and will provide regulatory guidance and support as the Company prepares for its Proof-of-Concept study.
Related to the reorganization, the Company’s Chief Psychedelics Officer, Trevor Millar, is transitioning to an advisory capacity. Mr. Millar has resigned as Chief Psychedelics Officer and has been engaged by the Company as an advisor, effective August 6, 2021. Additionally, as NeonMind’s focus shifts to navigating the regulatory process, the Company has terminated its consulting agreement with Translational Life Sciences and Dr. William Panenka is leaving the Scientific Advisory Board.
In May 2021, the Company established its Specialty Clinics Advisory Board to guide the planning and operation of NeonMind branded clinics across Canada. To support this endeavor, in July 2021 NeonMind appointed Dr. Sagar Parikh, MD to its Specialty Clinics Advisory Board. In this role, Dr. Parikh will leverage his vast expertise in clinical treatment and interventional psychiatry including effectively treating patients with psychedelics such as ketamine, esketamine, and neurostimulation for mood and anxiety disorders to guide NeonMind as it develops specialty clinic services for communities in need. Dr. Parikh also brings pivotal experience in planning and successfully launching new mental health treatments.
NEO-001, the Company’ lead drug candidate targeting obesity, is a high-dose psilocybin treatment coupled with behavior therapy and lifestyle intervention, which aims to improve the efficacy of chronic weight management in adults. The Company has identified a regulatory strategy, including a target indication and product profile, which it believes will best position NeonMind as it advances its first lead candidate through development.
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