First and only patent-protected synthetic CBD gel being studied in refractory epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome and osteoarthritis
Devon, PA, October 20, 2015 – Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYNE), a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for its ZYN002 cannabidiol (CBD) gel. The “Single Rising Dose Study in Normal Subjects and Patients with Epilepsy” study will evaluate the pharmacokinetic profile and tolerability of ZYN002 in 32 healthy volunteers and then in 12 patients with epilepsy. The first group of healthy volunteers was dosed today in Australia. Results are expected in the first half of 2016.
“The initiation of the ZYN002 CBD Gel Phase 1 trial is an important development milestone for Zynerba,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and CEO of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals. “We believe our novel, highly innovative and proprietary transdermal gel may offer unique advantages by delivering drug through the skin and into the bloodstream. Transdermal delivery of CBD not only avoids first-pass metabolism but it also avoids potential degradation of CBD into THC in the stomach and the associated increased psychoactive effects of THC. ZYN002 CBD gel presents significant promise for large unmet patient populations.”
About ZYN002 CBD Gel
Zynerba’s ZYN002 CBD Gel is the first and only synthetic CBD formulated as a patent-protected permeation-enhanced gel and is being studied in refractory epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome and osteoarthritis. ZYN002 is a clear, odorless, permeation-enhanced gel that is designed to provide consistent, controlled drug delivery transdermally with convenient once- or twice-daily dosing. Transdermal therapeutics are absorbed through the skin directly into the systemic circulation, avoiding first-pass liver metabolism and potentially enabling lower dosage levels of active pharmaceutical ingredients and rapid and reliable absorption with high bioavailability. In addition, transdermal delivery avoids the gastrointestinal tract and potential stomach acid degradation of CBD into THC, as demonstrated in a Zynerba in vitro study, which may lead to increased psychoactive effects.
Epilepsy is a disease characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures (transient symptoms due to abnormal neuronal activity in the brain) and by the neurobiological, cognitive, psychological and social consequences of the condition. Complex partial seizures usually start in a small area of the temporal lobe or frontal lobe of the brain and quickly involve other areas of the brain that affect alertness and awareness. Approximately 2.2 million patients in the United States and 3.1 in Europe and Japan battle epilepsy. Complex partial seizures are the most common type of seizure, representing 35% of all epilepsies.
About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ZYNE) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing proprietary next-generation synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics formulated for transdermal delivery. Zynerba is developing therapeutic candidates based on proprietary transdermal technologies that, if successfully developed, may allow sustained, consistent and controlled delivery of therapeutic levels of two cannabinoids: cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and THC. Transdermal delivery has the potential to reduce adverse effects associated with oral dosing. ZYN002, the Company’s CBD Gel, is the first and only synthetic CBD formulated as a patent protected permeation-enhanced gel and is being studied in refractory epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome and osteoarthritis. Zynerba is also developing ZYN001, which utilizes a synthetically manufactured pro-drug of THC in a transdermal patch to deliver THC through the skin and into the bloodstream. ZYN001 will be studied in fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathic pain. Learn more at www.zynerba.com and follow the company on Twitter at @ZynerbaPharma.
Armando Anido, Chairman and CEO
Richard Baron, CFO
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