In a press release dated March 23rd, 2021, UK company COMPASS Pathways announced two new US patents related to the formulation and administration of the psychedelic compound psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. The company has dedicated itself to “developing psilocybin therapy through late-stage clinical trials” since its inception, as the co-founders George Goldsmith and Ekaterina Malievskaia “experienced the painful effects of depression within their own family. They discovered first-hand how hard it can be to find adequate mental health care for a loved one, and met many other patients and families who felt similarly helpless.”
The first patent, US Patent No 10,947,257, granted on March 16th, 2021, is about oral dosage formulations of psilocybin in crystal form, and oral methods of treating major depressive disorder (MDD) with crystalline psilocybin.
The second patent, US Patent No 10,954,259, granted March 21st, 2021, relates to the high-purity crystalline psilocybin the company has been developing. It also deals with pharmaceutical formulations of the crystals, as well as methods to deal with MDD with said formulations.
The two patents are interrelated and securing both guarantees the company’s efforts can continue unimpeded. Their methods of distilling psilocybin into crystal form will be instrumental in creating the end product for the patient. It’s methods like these that will help COMPASS administer precise doses.
About COMPASS Pathways
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we are currently conducting a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. We are headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York, US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com
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