VANCOUVER, May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - BetterLife Pharma Inc. ("BetterLife" or the "Company") (CSE: BETR /OTCQB: PVOTF / FRA: NPAT) today announced that it has appointed Dr. Mark Swaim to the board of directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Blife Therapeutics Inc. The Company also highlights the results of the use of Interferon against Covid-19 in recent clinical observations and experiments.
BetterLife is pleased to highlight the recent NY Times report by Roni Caryn Rabin on the indication of the positive effects of a drug cocktail therapy on coronavirus patients involving Interferon β-1b (NY Times, May 8, 2020) as well the retrospective analysis of 77 patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China (Zhou Q 2020) treated with nebulized interferon alpha 2b (IFNα2b) and /or arbidol. The study authors included scientists and clinicians from St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia and Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. Their analysis suggests a significantly shorter time to viral clearance for patients treated with interferon alpha 2b (IFNα2b) compared to the group who received arbidol alone (p=0.003). The data, suggest that IFN α2b inhalation (similar to BLife's licensed AntiCovir) could potentially hasten the clearance of coronavirus, thereby shortening the clinical course of COVID-19.
The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Swaim to the board of directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary BLife Therapeutics Inc. Dr. Swaim earned his MD in the NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University, and a PhD in biochemistry and cell biology. At Duke University, Dr. Swaim completed research and clinical fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology and has extensive experience in leading clinical trials for a large number of pharma companies and speaking nationally on interferon therapeutics for virus hepatitis. Currently, Dr. Swaim is editor-in-chief and founder of BioPub, a small-cap biotech investing situations analysis website.
Dr. Swain in joining BLife Therapeutics said "Interferon alfa2b is an old friend in which my faith remains. Used deftly, it is a potent if needlessly almost forgotten weapon against RNA viruses like COVID -19."
Ahmad Doroudian, Chief Executive Officer of BetterLife commented "We are encouraged by the results of recent reports of studies cited in the NY Times and by Zhou et. al., on the potential benefits of Interferon against Covid-19. We look forward to working with Dr. Swaim to help us advance the development of AntiCovir and to raise, through his BioPub website, awareness of IFNa2b and AntiCovir as a potential treatment for COVID-19".
BetterLife announces that it has engaged GRA Enterprises LLC (the "Consultant") to provide investor relations services pursuant to a consulting agreement dated May 8, 2020. Services will include the production and publication of investor bulletins, distribution of investor bulletins to the Consultant's e-mail list, and posts via the Consultant's blogs and social media accounts. In consideration of these services, the Company has paid the Consultant a fee of US$50,000 for a 6-month contract. The Consultant is an arm's length party to the Company and does not currently own any securities of the Company as at the date hereof but may purchase securities in the Company from time to time for investment purposes.
About BetterLife Pharma Inc. and BLife Therapeutics Inc.
BetterLife Pharma Inc. is a science-based innovative medical wellness company aspiring to offer high-quality preventive and self-care products to its customers. BLife Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BetterLife Pharma Inc., is focused on the prevention of severe COVID-19 disease.
BetterLife has an agreement to acquire worldwide rights (other than in Greater China, Japan and ASEAN countries) to commercialize and sell AntiCovir, a potential COVID-19 treatment, from Altum Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Altum"). AntiCovir is an Interferon a2b ("IFNa2b ") based potential treatment that is proposed to be administered using a Metered Dose Inhaler ("MDI") or a nebulizer. Altum is currently preparing protocol and application to conduct a 306 patient randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, powered for Phase 3 registration clinical trials in Australia. Subject to regulatory approvals, the clinical trials in Australia could begin as early as July 2020. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent. See the Company's press release dated May 7, 2020 for further information.
Shareholders and other Company stakeholders are encouraged to only look to the formal disclosure record under the Company's issuer profile at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at abetterlifepharma.com for material information regarding the Company.
The Company is not making any express or implied claims that AntiCovir or any other product has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the Covid-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus) at this time. Further, the safety and efficacy of AntiCovir are under investigation and market authorization has not yet been obtained.
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