VANCOUVER, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("InMed") (CSE: IN; OTCQB: IMLFF), announced progress today on its R&D program in the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In June, 2015 InMed initiated its COPD program using its bioinformatics analysis tool to identify the targets and potential active compounds that can be useful for the treatment of COPD. Subsequently, with in vitro assays using human lung fibroblasts (HFL-1 cell line), InMed has demonstrated that certain cannabinoid compounds are capable of affecting a specific protein in the biochemical pathway relevant to healing and fibrosis in the lung.
Dr. Sazzad Hossain, Chief Scientific Officer of InMed, noted, "Taking into consideration the impact of this specific protein's role in lung tissue remodeling and fibrosis, these preliminary data are important and promising for developing cannabinoid-based therapies for COPD." It is well known that cannabinoids exhibit bronchodilatory, immunosuppressive, and anti-inflammatory properties and thus cannabinoid-based therapies may offer safer and more effective treatment options for COPD.
"We continue to make significant scientific progress that further validates InMed's proprietary bioinformatics analysis tool as a cost-effective way to identify drug-disease targets and expedite their validation in pre-clinical models," added Dr. Ado Muhammed, Chief Medical Officer of InMed. "In addition to our primary drug development programs in Epidermolysis Bullosa and Glaucoma, we are pleased to continue to expand the role of cannabinoids in other disease areas."
About Dr. Hossain
Dr. Hossain has more than 20 years of academic and industrial experience in new drug discovery, natural health product development at institutions including the University of British Columbia, National Research Council of Canada and Xenon Pharmaceuticals. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, primarily in pharmacology, genetics and nutritional sciences.
About Dr. Muhammed
Dr. Muhammed has extensive R&D and clinical experience in the development of cannabinoid therapies. His previous position was Associate Medical Director at GW Pharmaceuticals, a UK-based pharmaceutical company that has pioneered the cannabis-based medicines sector. He is a Member, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians of England), the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians and the International Society for Pharmacovigilance.
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 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
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