Toronto-based Mindset Pharma Inc.(CSE: MSET) (FSE: 9DF) (OTCQB: MSSTF) wants to patent new drugs that don’t cause any changes in consciousness unlike psilocybin or LSD but have an effect on the same serotonin receptors.
On Wednesday, the drug development company announced it filed two international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty for the non-tryptamine compounds known as “Family 6″ meant to treat neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.
The company believes the drugs have the potential to treat a substantially wider patient population such as children or geriatric patients. It says that by reducing or removing the psychedelic effects, in-clinic supervision is not required and therefore, reduces costs and makes it more convenient.
“By applying Mindset’s innovative drug discovery and development platform on novel psychedelic-inspired non-hallucinogenic drug candidates, we have begun to see results,” Mindset Pharma CEO James Lanthier said in a statement.
Lanthier says the results of the pre-clinical studies, which form the basis of the patent applications, show great promise. The studies involved testing new drug candidates that are not tryptamines, using methods such as in-vitro screening and studying the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of the drugs in living organisms.
The findings showed that these drug candidates activate the 5-HT2A serotonin receptor, which is associated with certain therapeutic benefits, without causing the typical signs of hallucinogenic effects.
Lanthier said some of these new drugs are more potent than psilocybin and 5-MeO-DMT as 5-HT2A agonists but still do not produce significant hallucinogenic effects, as measured by the lack of head twitch responses observed in the in vivo studies.
Last month, Reunion Neuroscience Inc. (NASDAQ: REUN, TSX: REUN) filed a lawsuit alleging that Mindset copied Reunion’s RE104 compound and misleadingly presented that exact composition to the Patent Office. Mindset denies all allegations and plans to defend itself in court.