Eleusis Holdings Ltd announced today it has received a Notice of Allowance for its proprietary psilocin salt form and accompanying formulations from the US Patent and Trademark Office. This salt form and formulations are being developed as Eleusis’ lead drug candidate, ELE-Psilo.
ELE-Psilo is an investigational psychedelic drug candidate designed to deliver psilocybin’s active moiety, psilocin, by intravenous administration. Psilocybin is a prodrug found naturally in certain species of fungi that is metabolized into its pharmacologically active form, psilocin. Eleusis is developing its proprietary salt form of psilocin to enable practical delivery of psilocin directly, and in the case of ELE-Psilo, via intravenous administration.
“The US Notice of Allowance of the Patent Application covering ELE-Psilo’s proprietary salt forms and formulations is welcome news as we look forward to initiation of clinical trials with ELE-Psilo this year,” said Shlomi Raz, CEO of Eleusis. “Eleusis aims to develop ELE-Psilo as the first psilocybin-based treatment with the potential to be consistent, controllable, and convenient for patients. We believe ELE-Psilo may have the potential to offer the rapid, robust, and durable anti-depressant effects of psilocybin observed in third party clinical studies1 without the attendant problems observed in these studies: variability in absorption and metabolism,2 prolonged treatment times,3 and inability to personalize treatment.”4
Eleusis plans to develop ELE-Psilo as a rapid-acting treatment for major depressive disorder. It anticipates ELE-Psilo will enter clinical trials in the United Kingdom in 2022. In October 2021, Eleusis secured an Innovation Passport Designation for ELE-Psilo for adult patients with treatment-resistant depression under the MHRA’s Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway.
Eleusis and Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. II (“SPKB”) (NASDAQ: SPKB/SPKBU/SPKBW), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), announced the signing of a definitive business combination agreement expected to result in Eleusis being a public company.
1 Carhart-Harris, R.L ,et al. (2021). Trial of Psilocybin versus Escitalopram for Depression. New England Journal of Medicine, 384(15), 1402–1411; Compass Pathways Press Release, 11/9/2021; Davis, A. K., et al. (2020). Effects of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy on Major Depressive Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry.
2 Madsen, M. K. et al. (2019). Psychedelic effects of psilocybin correlate with serotonin 2A receptor occupancy and plasma psilocin levels. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44(7), 1328–1334; Brown, R. T. et al. (2017). Pharmacokinetics of Escalating Doses of Oral Psilocybin in Healthy Adults. Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 56(12), 1543–1554.
3 Johnson M. et al. (2008). Human hallucinogen research: guidelines for safety. Journal of Psychopharmacology (Oxford, England), 22(6), 603–620; Rucker, J. et. al (2019) Psilocybin administration to healthy participants: safety and feasibility in a placebo-controlled study. Poster presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Orlando, FL, USA, 8–11 December 2019. Passie, T.(2002). The pharmacology of psilocybin. Addiction Biology, 7(4), 357–364.
Founded in 2013, Eleusis is a clinical-stage life science company that aims to unlock the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. ELE-Psilo, Eleusis’s lead drug candidate, is being developed to treat depression and is expected to enter Phase I trials in 2022, subject to regulatory authorization.
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Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of Silver Spike's securities, (ii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the business combination agreement and plan of merger by the shareholders of Silver Spike, the availability of the minimum trust account amount following redemptions by Silver Spike's public shareholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iii) the lack of a third-party valuation in determining whether or not to pursue the proposed transaction, (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement and plan of merger, (v) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on Eleusis’s business relationships, performance, and business generally, (vi) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans of Eleusis and potential difficulties in retention of Eleusis’s employees as a result of the proposed transaction, (vii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Eleusis or against Silver Spike or Eleusis Inc. 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The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of Silver Spike’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, the registration statement on Form S-4 and proxy statement/prospectus included therein discussed below and other documents filed by Silver Spike and NewCo from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as a predictor of future results, performance and/or achievements as projected financial information and other information are based on estimates and assumptions, whether or not identified in this document, that are inherently subject to various significant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of the parties involved in the proposed transaction. 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