KELOWNA, BC / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2017 / Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTC:LXRP) (CSE:LXX) (the "Company" or "Lexaria"), a drug delivery platform innovator, announces a new topical skin cream research and development ("R&D") program; R&D into nicotine edibles; and updates existing R&D programs.
Topical Skin Formulations for Cannabinoids.
Lexaria has formulated topical cream products as an extension of its DehydraTECH™ technology, for the delivery of cannabinoids into and through the skin which may prove to have emollient benefits desired by the topical products sector. Lexaria's president, John Docherty M.Sc., has extensive experience as a biotech company executive and researcher for skin-based delivery of therapeutics.
Multiple Lexaria formulations are scheduled to be laboratory tested for human skin absorption and penetration characteristics during January through March 2018. Testing will be completed at a third-party lab utilizing human skin tissue and the latest in vitro evaluative techniques to measure cannabidiol penetration in the skin. Lexaria expects to optimize formulation and manufacturing processes to develop superior-performing product designs that will potentially be available to licensees during 2018.
Nicotine in Edible Formats.
Lexaria has accelerated its research focus on nicotine following its recently announced nicotine patent grant and has been researching edible forms of nicotine which could use the Company's DehydraTECH™ technology. Formulations have been prepared and are currently completing quality control testing, prior to in vivo absorption and tolerability testing in animals.
A third-party Philadelphia based lab has been contracted to perform the first nicotine edible tests expected in February. In vivo testing with rats will examine two main outcomes:
1) Gastrointestinal distress. Without an enabling technology, untreated nicotine causes gastrointestinal upset and distress making nicotine edibles impractical. The DehydraTECH™ process will be evaluated for its ability to lessen gastrointestinal distress thus potentially opening the door to the creation of a new line of consumer products.
2) Absorption time and efficiency in crossing the intestinal wall and reaching the bloodstream. Earlier testing of the DehyrdaTECH™ process using cannabidiol as an active ingredient, proved reduced absorption times and enhanced intestinal permeability. It is expected that similar outcomes using nicotine may be experienced.
University of British Columbia (UBC) TurboCBD™ Study.
As previously announced, the UBC study was initiated with UBC board evaluation and approvals. However, a recent change in UBC policy has resulted in all MITACS/UBC studies of this class to be temporarily halted. This change in policy affects numerous studies at UBC. Lexaria is currently reviewing methods of modifying the contemplated UBC study and/or alternatives to complete the planned study objectives at UBC or elsewhere if necessary and will report on next steps when they are known.
National Research Council.
The National Research Council and Lexaria have successfully developed model formulations using the DehydraTECH™ process and methodology. Following this completed first phase, the parties now plan to formulate and test DehydraTECH™ based cannabinoid formulations in early 2018 to determine the inherent processes that enable the palatability and absorption benefits DehydraTECH™ formulations have demonstrated. This second phase is expected to be performed with cannabinoids for the first time to provide additional guidance for further study.
Lexaria has conducted various cannabinoid formulation experiments, together with potential DehydraTECH™ licensee partners, on chocolates, candies, gummies, mouth-melts, chocolate bars, protein bars, beverages such as beer, spices, tea, coffee, supplements and more.
Beverage formulations have produced cannabinoid water-based products including de-alcoholized beer that mask unwanted cannabis flavor and are fast acting. Chocolate formulations were reported as being the fastest acting, most consistent, and best-tasting products in approximately 70% of cases in a recent consumer study. As the recreational markets for cannabis become legal in California and Canada, Lexaria expects increased demand for its superior-performing edible products. Its formulations further allow clients to retain organic food claims as the DehydraTECH™ process does not use any chemicals.
Lexaria will work with new and improved formulations for a variety of food products on a continuous basis throughout 2018 as it broadens its ever growing universe of products under development for potential licensees. This should shorten the technology licensing sales cycle and also assist companies as they collaborate with Lexaria to develop and sell the highest-performing products in their respective sales categories.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp. has developed and out-licenses its disruptive delivery technology that promotes healthier ingestion methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness of lipophilic active molecules. Lexaria has multiple patents pending in over 40 countries around the world and has patents granted in the USA and in Australia for utilization of its DehydraTECHTM delivery technology. Lexaria's technology provides increases in intestinal absorption rates; more rapid delivery to the bloodstream; and important taste-masking benefits, for orally administered bioactive molecules including cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine and other molecules.
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