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Clinical stage cannabis biotech, Emyria (ASX: EMD), announced that participant recruitment, screening and consenting has commenced for its Phase 1 clinical trial of EMD-RX5.

The Phase 1 study will assess the safety and bioavailability of EMD-RX5 compared to Epidyolex in 12 healthy human volunteers, who will receive both cannabinoid (CBD) treatments.

The drug is being studied for multiple indications including psychological distress.

Psychological distress is a state of emotional suffering typically characterised by depression and anxiety, and affects around 15% of Australian adults.

There is currently no over-the-counter treatment, and Epidyolex is the only CBD-only medicine formally registered with the TGA and the FDA.

But recent pharmacokinetic studies comparing EMD-RX5 to Epidyolex demonstrated that EMD-RX5 had a higher bioavailability profile compared to Epidyolex.

“EMD-RX5 meets the strict requirements for product purity with both the TGA in Australia and the FDA in the USA, and as such, we believe EMD-RX5 has the potential to become a registered treatment in additional markets and for multiple clinical indications,” said Emyria CEO, Dr Michael Winlo.

“Since the EMD-RX5 clinical development program was developed with insights from Emyria’s growing Real-World Data asset, the company is able to move quickly from Phase 1 through to a Pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial,” he added.

Dosing of the first patient is now expected by the end of March.

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EMvision’s new board appointments

EMV Medical Device (ASX:EMV) announced that Professors Geoffrey Donnan and Stephan Davis, eminent neurologists and recognised leaders in the field of stroke care, will join the EMVision’s Clinical Advisory Board in an ex-officio capacity.

They will also become co-chairs of the Australian Stroke Alliance (ASA), and will be joined by stroke neurologist and Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) expert, Dr Angela Dos Santos.

In February, Dos Santos gave a presentation to the prestigious International Stroke Conference held in New Orleans on EMV’s medical imaging technology.

She’s also Australia’s first Aboriginal neurologist with subspecialty training in stroke.

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AdAlta to receive $1.6m in R&D loan

Cell therapy specialist AdAlta (ASX:1AD) has received a further $1.6 million under the Victorian Government’s R&D Cash Flow Loan Initiative.

In September last year, AdAlta had executed a $4m funding facility with Treasury Corporation of Victoria (TCV) as part of the initiative.

The company has now met the facility requirements to receive the full $1.6m second tranche of funds, bringing the total borrowed to the maximum amount of $4m.

The initiative is administered by Invest Victoria, and was designed to support innovative Victorian SMEs who are investing in R&D activity to develop the products and technologies vital to the state’s future economy.

Interest paid on the facility advances is variable, and is currently at 0.265% per annum.

AdAlta says the the funds will further extend its cash runway, and be used to further progress development of its lead product AD-214 to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients.

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