CNAB : United Cannabis Corp Analysis and Research Report
2017-11-25 - by Asif , Contributing Analyst - 106 views
United Cannabis was originally formed on November 15, 2007 as a California corporation under the name MySkin, Inc. MySkin was engaged in the business of providing management services to a medical spa in Los Angeles, California which provided various advanced skin care services until March 31, 2014, when this business was sold to the former President of the Company.
In early 2014 the company decided to exit the medical spa management business and change its focus to creating unique products which can be used to treat a wide range of diseases that can be used by patients globally. The company's products are subject to all existing marijuana laws in the United States.
The company own intellectual property relating to the legalized growth, production, manufacture, marketing, management, utilization and distribution of medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana infused products. United Cannabis has entered into what the company believe are significant agreements with partners where United Cannabis has agreed to provide intellectual property and consulting services. The company also have formalized strategic relationships with other businesses in the marijuana industry.
On August 15, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued to the Company US Patent #9730911 (the “Patent”) granting exclusive rights to its proprietary formulations based on compounds extracted from cannabis plant materials; more specifically the composition of matter pertaining to the use of phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids, and specific terpene profiles in liquid form. This composition of matter Patent provides protection for its proprietary formulations. The Patent protects the use of suspending both phytocannabinoids and cannabinoids with specific combinations of cannabis derived terpenes in liquid forms with an array of delivery methods including capsule, sublingual, topical, oral, suppository, and vaporization. Cannabinoids referenced in the application include ratios of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromenic acid (CBCa), and cannabichromene (CBC).
The company's primary goal is to advance the use of phytocannabinoids therapeutics in medicine through research, product development and education. United Cannabis is dedicated to improving the lives of patients. The company provide the intellectual property, patented technology, trusted brands, clinical data, technical training, sales tools and methodologies necessary to assist its clients’ businesses for success. The company's ACT Now Program utilizes its patented Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals with a HIPPAA compliant electronic health record (“EHR”) software that enables physicians to create comprehensive sequencing charts specific to their patients’ medical aliments. The ACT Now EHR software allows for global monitoring, patient management, and effective cannabinoid therapy protocols.
The company's Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinal products are designed to help supplement deficiencies related to the endocannabinoid system including pain, neuropathy, arthritis, MS, IBS, autism, seizures, eczema, sleep, anxiety, head trauma, opioid dependency and clinical endocannabinoid deficiencies. The endocannabinoid system is a signaling system within the human body that utilizes hundreds of receptors to help maintain homeostasis between the central nervous system and the immune system.
The company's Prana Aromatherapy Transdermal Roll-on line uses a proprietary blend of essential oils infused with cannabinoids designed to provide targeted and large surface relief with combinations of aromatherapy. The transdermal is a part of the complete patented Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals line, which is offered in 5 categories (P1, P2, P3, P4, P5), with three delivery methods (sublingual, capsules, topical). Dosages range from 1mg to 50mg, are available in both raw and activated formulations, and paired with specific cannabis derived terpene profiles.
The company's short term plan involves licensing the technology associated with its products to companies which are licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana in states where medical marijuana is legal. As of October 31, 2017, the company had signed license agreements with two companies.
The company's long term plan is to perform clinical trials on the most promising products in its product line that are currently being manufactured in California. The company intend to perform its phase I clinical trials at the West Indies University in Jamaica. The company will fund the initial clinical trials by licensing its Prana product line to manufacturers in all legal territories in the United States and with revenue received for providing technical, financial and licensing consulting services. After its phase 1 clinical trials are complete, the company plan on partnering with companies that have expertise in global pharmaceutical distribution and research for phase II and III clinical trials in the United States.
In furtherance of its long-term plan, on July 14, 2017, the company acquired 95% of the voting interests of Prana Therapeutics, Inc. (“Prana”), in consideration for the issuance of 5,730,000 shares of its shares of common stock. The acquisition of Prana broadens its foundation in plant-based drug development. Prana is a biotech company focused on developing targeted therapeutics for prevention of the negative side effects of chemotherapy, management of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of brain cancer.
Similar to the use of the compounds found in the cannabis plant to create its Prana Bio Medicinal products, Prana identifies novel combinations of botanical compounds to address unmet medical needs. Prana’s principal drug, Epidiferphane™, is a leading example of how combinatorial targeting can be used to address complex and difficult-to-treat diseases.
Prana was founded by Drs. Brent Reynolds, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, College of Medicine and Dennis Steindler, a professor of Medical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, as well as, Dr. Loic Deleyrolle, a research assistant at McKnight Brain Institute at the University Florida; and, Prana’s business model is based on technology developed there. Drs. Reynolds and Steindler have filed on behalf of the University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (“University of Florida”) patents related to the composition of matter and use claims on this technology in the United States and internationally. Prana owns the exclusive, world-wide license to the technology through a licensing agreement with the University of Florida. Both Drs. Reynolds and Deleyrolle will continue as part time employees of Prana, while also serving as professors and performing research at the University of Florida. Dr. Steindler will not have any future affiliation with Prana, and Prana will be operated as a stand-alone, majority owned subsidiary of the Company.
The company purchased Prana based upon its belief in the potential of Epidiferphane™ to help with the negative side effects of chemotherapy, inflammation and brain tumors;
The Negative Side Effects Of Chemotherapy
An estimated 650,000 patients undergo chemotherapy each year, in the US alone, at a cost of approximately $12 billion. There are several protocols to minimize the side effects associated with chemotherapy, there is currently no protocol that prevents these symptoms. Preclinical data have shown Epidiferphane to be effective in preventing Anemia (low red blood cells), Neutropenia (low white blood cells), attenuating Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, and protecting the endogenous neural stem cell population that is associated with Chemofog (memory problems). At least one of these conditions are experienced by 90% of patients going through chemotherapy.
Approximately 150 million patients suffer from inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and back-centric conditions, spending in excess of $30 billion on treatments, many of which have significant side effects. Epidiferphane™ in combination with nutritional ketosis reduces levels of cytokines that contribute to inflammatory diseases and in a small cohort of patients has been reported to reduce pain, morning stiffness and improve sleep.
There are approximately 80,000 new brain cancer diagnoses in the US each year; Glioblastoma, the most common type, has a survival diagnosis of approximately 12 months. In pre-clinical rodent testing, Epidiferphane™, in conjunction with a nutritional ketosis, has been shown to double the mean life expectancy, increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy, and sensitize chemotherapy resistant tumors to standard of care drugs.
In the recent quarterly result the company said the Reason for the decrease in revenue it said "Decline caused for the most part by a changeover in the production process utilized by its affiliated licensee, which resulted in a shortage of finished product during the latter part of the second quarter, which had a continuing impact on production volumes in the third quarter. The affiliated licensee has implemented an automated system to help meet potential future demand."