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Outside Investment, New Technology Support Growing Cannabis Industry

Denver Colorado – January 30, 2019 –  Revolutionary innovations and advancements within the cannabis industry are drawing significant investment from big corporations.

 

  • Technology currently in development will make it easier to consume active ingredients in cannabis.
  • Advances have attracted investment for the technology’s use in tobacco as well as cannabis.
  • These improvements could move consumers to healthier forms of consumption than smoking.


Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
(CSE:LXX) (OTC:LXRP) (LXRP Profile) has benefited from recent investment by Altria to support its innovative research and design work. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) (TSX:WEED) has received substantial investment from a beverage company, which will support the development of cannabis drinks. Within the sector, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB) is in the process of acquiring an organic grower. Outside investment is bolstering Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CRON) (TSX:CRON), a cannabis company with global reach. And another innovator, GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH), has run successful trials on a new drug to tackle a form of childhood epilepsy.

 

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Finding Funds for Cannabis

 

The quest for finance is important in any industry, but for cannabis businesses, which are going through a period of impressive growth thanks to legal and social changes, this need for money is particularly time sensitive. Those who find substantial funding now may be in the best position to expand in the growing market.

 

Only a select few companies in the cannabis industry have successfully attracted capital from — and built relationships with — Fortune 500-type corporations. Though cannabis is growing, the sector is still relatively small compared with those big names, and the perceived reputational issues can be a deterrent. Even among cannabis companies that have drawn big money, few have established a partnership allowing them to retain control, much less receive money in return for license rights and minority ownership in a subsidiary. Instead, most of these companies aim to be bought out by bigger businesses.

 

But there have been exceptions.

 

A Better Deal for a Cannabis Company

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) is an example of one company that has built a big funding deal on its own terms.

 

Biotech company Lexaria is perhaps most known for its DehydraTECH technology, a revolutionary system for processing molecular compounds to make them more suitable for human consumption. Applicable to molecule such as THC and cannabidiol, the active ingredients in cannabis, the technology makes these compounds taste better, increases the body’s ability to absorb them, and speeds up their impact on the body. Together, these changes can increase the efficacy of both medical and recreational drugs.

 

To provide the funding for further work on this technology, Lexaria has struck a deal with industry giant Altria, which will cover the use of DehydraTECH to deliver nicotine.

 

The milestone deal is between Lexaria Nicotine LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lexaria, and a subsidiary of Altria, Altria Ventures Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Altria will initially provide $1 million of finance towards a Lexaria research and development program, with the option for funding of up to $12 million.

 

Unlike so many other deals in the biotech sector, the partnership won’t see Altria gain any ownership over Lexaria itself. Instead, the company will receive minority ownership of the Lexaria Nicotine subsidiary, with the option to increase its stake in that company through multiple phased private financings. Lexaria retains its independence while benefiting from the money that big tobacco can provide. Critically, Lexaria’s shares have not been diluted by this fresh source of finance.

 

In addition to a minority stake in Lexaria Nicotine, Altria has received a license to use DehydraTECH technology in oral nicotine delivery products, on an exclusive basis in the United States and a nonexclusive basis elsewhere in the world. This will provide Lexaria with a new revenue stream, as it is slated to receive royalties for any DehydraTECH products Altria launches. The impact on Lexaria’s financial statements of a Fortune 500-derived royalty stream could be significant.

 

Tobacco companies are eagerly searching for alternatives to traditional cigarettes, to reduce their damaging impact on health and the reputational damage this brings. These factors give Altria a strong motive to develop products using DehydraTECH, providing profits for Lexaria and demonstrating the potential of DehydraTECH to other interested parties.

 

Starting with a $1 million stake might seem small compared with other big headline deals. But by gaining Altria’s buy in without selling any part of its main company, Lexaria has struck a profitable balance between raising finance and retaining its independence. It’s a unique transaction that other cannabis companies haven’t been able to achieve.

 

Applying the Technology

 

Though this recently announced deal is about tobacco, Lexaria’s attention is very much on the cannabis market.

 

There are three main routes for the active ingredients in cannabis to enter the body — by inhalation, by being placed under the tongue, and by being eaten. Each has its own drawbacks. Inhalation has the highest level of bioavailability, or how much of the chemical is absorbed, but is harmful to the consumer’s lungs. Consumption by under-the-tongue methods has a moderate level of bioavailability but an unpleasant taste. Eating cannabis products has a low level of bioavailability, giving consumers a low bang for their bucks, plus flavor challenges usually met through the addition of large amounts of sugar.

 

DehydraTECH transforms the situation by seriously reducing the downsides of eating cannabis.

 

The technology involves combining active ingredients with fatty acids such as those found in sunflower oil, which provide a protective bond, with a patented dehydration process. The molecules within the fatty acids are believed to keep active ingredients away from bitter taste receptors, significantly reducing their unpleasant flavor, thus vastly reducing the need to disguise them with sugar. Low-calorie edibles that taste great are possible!

 

Fatty acids also help active ingredients in cannabis as they pass through the digestive system. They protect cannabinoids from damage while passing through the stomach, increase the extent to which they’re absorbed by the intestines and can even bypass the liver’s first attempts to filter them out. This leads to much higher absorption, significantly increasing their bioavailability.

 

This process makes cannabis edibles, which are already healthier than smoking the drug, far more appealing and better value for money. This has led to deals such as Lexaria’s licensing of DehydraTECH to Nuka for use in its cannabis-infused chocolates.

 

To make the most of this potential, Lexaria has created subsidiaries specializing in the use of DehydraTECH for cannabis. Lexaria CanPharm Corporation focuses on the cannabis market, providing DehydraTECH and other enhancements to the global cannabis industry. The company is in discussions to license its technology in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

 

Lexaria Hemp Corporation. operates within the related hemp industry, which works with a specific form of cannabis that is low in psychoactive THC but potentially rich in other active ingredients. Lexaria Hemp is in discussions with a number of companies about how its products is used to deliver cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp.

 

With a groundbreaking technology, a carefully developed corporate structure and now a new Fortune 500 source of funding, Lexaria appears to be in a strong position within the cannabis industry.

 

A Crop of Cannabis Companies

 

The dramatic growth of legal cannabis in recent years has created a range of important companies focused on the sector.

 

Like Lexaria, Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) (TSX:WEED) has had success in attracting finance from bigger players outside the cannabis sector. The company has received $4 billion in investment from an American beverage company, which has bought a significant stake in the core company. This will help to finance the development of cannabis-infused drinks and is seen as part of a wider trend, as tobacco and cannabis companies look to vary their product lines while health concerns constrict their sales.

 

The expansion of the cannabis market has seen a string of investments and purchases within the sector. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB), one of the big players in Canada, recently signed a letter of intent to acquire Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation in a deal valued at $175 million. This will give Aurora control of a well-established organic cannabis brand, increasing its market appeal.

 

Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CRON) (TSX:CRON) has, like Lexaria, drawn investment from Altria, in the amount of CA$2.4 billion. In this case, the funds have come in exchange for shares in the core company, giving Altria a great deal of influence at Cronos. Cronos already does business in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Israel, so this will provide Altria with a way into global cannabis markets, as the spread of legalization expands cannabis markets around the world.

 

Other companies, such as GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) (OTC:GWPRF), are strongly oriented towards the use of cannabis for medical purposes. As well as selling strains of medical cannabis, GW has been carrying out research to develop medicines based on it. The company recently saw positive results from the second round of trials of an oral solution created to tackle Dravet syndrome, a severe and hard-to-manage form of epilepsy.

 

With more money coming in from big-value companies and new technology in development, the cannabis industry looks set for a bright year.

 

For more information on Lexaria, please visit Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP).

 

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Definitive Agreement Marks Milestone for Alternative Nicotine Delivery Options

NEW YORK NY – January 16, 2019 – In a country where the life-threatening risks of smoking are well-known and 22 million smokers want to quit, a milestone agreement between a drug delivery platform innovator and one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of tobacco and cigarettes may offer tobacco users an alternative method of satisfying their needs along with greatly reduced risk.

 

  • The quest for other alternatives to cigarettes has brought Big Tobacco to the door of biotech company Lexaria.
  • The bioscience potential for nicotine delivery cannot be ignored and may deliver myriad benefits.
  • Lexaria’s proprietary DehydraTECH technology makes the company an ideal partner.

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTC:LXRP) (LXRP Profile) has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lexaria Nicotine LLC and Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) have executed a definitive agreement to pursue innovation in oral, reduced-risk nicotine consumer products using Lexaria’s patented DehydraTECH™ technology. Other tobacco companies are also exploring alternative options for smokers. British American Tobacco Industries (NYSE:BTI) (OTC:BTAFF) is exploring vaping and using the move away from cigarettes to bolster its public image. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) has been campaigning to get international support for alternatives to cigarettes as well as developing its own alternatives, including heating tobacco. And Imperial Brands PLC ADR (OTC:IMBBF) (OTC:IMBBY) has established a stake in a cannabis biotech company as it explores the options for this alternative drug.

 

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Tobacco’s Big Challenge

 

Big Tobacco currently faces an uncertain future. Decades of anti-smoking campaigns have had their desired effect in improving the health of consumers, with smoking levels dropping and the habit increasingly being excluded from public spaces. Vaping has accelerated this change, providing smokers with a less damaging, more socially acceptable alternative. That’s bad news for the tobacco companies, whose traditional consumer base is fading fast.

 

With these trends clearly unlikely to change, tobacco companies are exploring different avenues to stay viable. Altria recently invested $12.8 billion in the country’s leading vape manufacturer, JUUL Labs Inc. Rather than fighting against the trend and, in the process, possibly endangering lives, savvy companies are investigating alternatives to keep their businesses alive. One of the best options may be an alliance with bioscience.

 

Holding Out Promise

 

The quest for other alternatives to cigarettes has brought Big Tobacco to the door of biotech company Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP), and specifically Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology, which enhances the performance of beneficial compounds in ingestible products across four categories: taste, smell, speed of action, and bio-absorption and bioavailability. This move holds out promise to both help nicotine-addicted smokers move away from unhealthy combusted tobacco and help Altria identify a new revenue source.

 

The agreement outlines a milestone-based research and development program executed by Lexaria. The program will include a comprehensive series of clinical investigations of oral forms of nicotine delivery, utilizing the company’s patented DehydraTECH technology. Altria is funding the program with an initial investment of $1 million and an option for additional funding of up to  $12 million through several phases of private financing. In exchange for the funding, Altria will receive a minority equity interest in Lexaria Nicotine and specific DehydraTECH license rights.

 

“Lexaria Bioscience is proud that, after careful selection, Altria has chosen to fund research into DehydraTECH technology and potentially commercialize this technology for oral nicotine,” says Lexaria Bioscience CEO Chris Bunka. “This partnership will provide significant benefits to Lexaria Bioscience and its shareholders with a world-class R&D program and regulatory compliance process. We believe Altria is the best corporate partner we could work with to truly make a difference in the lives of millions of consumers.”

 

More than Big Money for Big Innovations

 

The bioscience potential for nicotine delivery cannot be ignored, but this strategic partnership is about more than big money for big innovations. Rather, the creation of alternative delivery systems for nicotine is rooted in helping people kick the smoking habit and removing the risk of lung cancer and the impact of passive smoking on those around them. The aim of the agreement is to create a more socially acceptable and less disruptive way to consume nicotine.

 

Through the agreement, Altria has been granted an exclusive license to use DehydraTECH technology for oral nicotine delivery forms in the United States and a nonexclusive basis to use the technology in international markets. Important for stakeholders of Lexaria, the company will receive a royalty from Altria based on revenue generated from the sale of nicotine products containing DehydraTECH.

 

The agreement between Lexaria and Altria has the potential to be a longer-term relationship. Lexaria Bioscience will at first retain a majority interest in Lexaria Nicotine. But Altria has the option to acquire 100 percent ownership interest in Lexaria Nicotine commensurate with then-current fair market value. And Lexaria Bioscience has not sold any of its own equity to Altria, remaining fully independent. With favorable research results, such an outcome could set up Altria with a new way forward in tobacco products while providing Lexaria Bioscience with significant additional financial resources to fund growth in its hemp/CBD, pharmaceutical and other divisions.

 

Why Lexaria

 

Lexaria is hardly a big player in the world of bioscience, so why has Altria, a major player in its market, chosen the company as a partner?

 

The answer lies in Lexaria’s proprietary DehydraTECH technology. This technology has already demonstrated its ability to mask unpleasant flavors and speed up delivery of orally ingested nicotine in successful previous animal studies. Imagine the possibility of satisfying a nicotine craving in something as simple and unobtrusive as a cup of coffee.

 

In addition to making bioactives more pleasant to consume, DehydraTECH makes them more effective once they are in the body. The human digestive system doesn’t absorb all of these bioactives when they are consumed. Smoking tobacco gives the user a faster, stronger “hit” because of the higher absorption rate through the lungs. DehydraTECH increases and speeds up the body’s absorption of bioactives such as nicotine in edible format, allowing a healthier way to increase absorption than smoking. This approach means nicotine products using DehydraTECH no longer need to be combusted or aerosoled and completely avoid lung absorption.

 

“Lexaria Bioscience has repeatedly demonstrated the powerful effects of its patented DehydraTECH technology for enhancing the palatability and speed of onset of orally consumed bioactive substances such as nicotine,” said John Docherty, president of Lexaria Bioscience. “Laboratory research to date on oral nicotine formulations has been quite encouraging. We are very excited to advance the clinical phases of our comprehensive R&D program together with Altria with a view to full commercial product development.”

 

New Directions for an Old Industry

 

Altria isn’t the only company in the industry adjusting to a world where tobacco is socially stigmatized. British American Tobacco Industries (NYSE:BTI) (OTC:BTAFF)  has had more success in the vaping game. The company recently announced a new range of e-cigarette products, under the Vype brand. By refining the evaporating technology in its devices, the company has created what it believes will be a more satisfying consumer experience. This comes as part of a broader strategy in which the company is looking to offer consumers lower-risk tobacco products, improving the health of its customer base and the company’s public reputation. BTI recently released a report on its work in this area, highlighting the lengths it has gone to in offering alternatives to conventional cigarettes.

 

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), a company spun off Altria to avoid the historic problems of the U.S. tobacco market, has made much of its agenda to provide alternatives to smoking. It has been working to convince medical authorities and world leaders of the benefits of other tobacco options — alternatives the company is developing. One of its creations is the IQOS heated tobacco system, which aims to provide the absorption benefits of inhalation while reducing the harm of smoking.

 

Imperial Brands (OTCQX:IMBBF) (OTCQX:IMBBY), another Big Tobacco company with a significant range of vaping products, is combining its vaping interests with investment in cannabis. It recently took an equity stake in Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company focused on researching, developing and licensing cannabinoid-based compounds and therapies. This puts Imperial Brands in a position to approach alternatives to cigarettes from multiple directions.

 

As smoking declines, these investments in pharmaceutical science could be vital for the survival of tobacco companies and could generate new revenue streams for innovative biotech players.

 

For more information on Lexaria, please visit Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP).

 

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Booming Cannabis Consumables Space Continues to see Product Innovations

Denver CO – November 28, 2018 – The North American Marijuana Index of leading cannabis stocks continues to hold onto the 250 range that it meteorically climbed into at the start of the year.

 

  • Growing acceptance of cannabis is setting the stage for a consumable cannabis boom.
  • Major companies have begun to throw their hats into the ring.
  • North America is steadily headed towards broad legalization.

 

Canada is legalizing cannabis across the board, Mexico is fast-tracking legalization, and industrial hemp appears to be headed for legalization in the United States thanks to landslide approval in the Senate (86 to 11) of its version of the new hemp-friendly Farm Bill. Prospects of a shift in the reluctant attitude of the House as Democrats prepare to take majority there have also had a positive impact. The global cannabis market is on track to hit $146.4 billion by the end of 2025, and the industry hasn’t even seen the first real breakout commercial product in the fastest-growing CBD (cannabidiol) and beverages/edibles markets. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTC:LXRP) (LXRP Profile) is a contender for that recognition with bio-absorption-enhancing technology and a growing line of hemp oil CBD products. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) continues to be the leading name in cannabinoid prescription medicines with its FDA-approved, oral CBD anti-seizure solution, Epidiolex. WeedMD (OTC:WDDMF) (TSX-V:WMD) ranks as one of the top licensed Canadian producers, with a multichanneled distribution strategy and 70,000 square feet of production space already online. HEXO Corp. – Ordinary Shares (OTC:HYYDF) is another Canadian producer with a track record for low-cost production that currently has around 310,000 square feet of space with plans to tack on a whopping 1 million square feet by the end of the year. Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (OTC:MMNFF) (CSE:MMEN) is a rapidly expanding U.S. cannabis company with 19 licensed facilities in four key states representing both cultivation and dispensaries.

 

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Cannabis-Infused Consumables Primed to Explode

 

Cannabis-infused beverages saw 88 percent growth in sales from 2016 to 2017, according to analyst Flowhub, and that benchmark is likely to be met or surpassed this year. CBD and the widely known psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are finding their way into alcoholic beverages as decades-old cannabis prohibition slowly retreats ahead of growing consumer confidence about the safety of medical cannabis and recreational marijuana use.

 

With huge new markets opening up across North America, the potential for cultivators appears to be almost unlimited. Even in places where recreational-use legalization may be a long shot, typically some form of medical access already exists. With baseline metrics such as these, it is little wonder that the North American cannabis market alone was recently projected to hit $41 billion this year, before climbing to $95 billion in 2026.

 

Bioavailability Tech Could Be Game-Changer

 

Because of the way the body metabolizes ingested cannabinoids, edibles traditionally are understood to act slowly, taking one to two hours to kick in. Comparatively poorer absorption by the gastrointestinal tract prompts many consumers to pursue more dangerous methods of consumption, such as smoking, in order to achieve the desired effectiveness more rapidly. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP) has developed a proprietary lipophilic enhancement technology to bypass this problem, achieving bio-absorption rate increases 10 times greater than other products while slashing the effect onset time from hours to under 20 minutes.

 

Lexaria’s proprietary technology is patent protected for CBD and other nonpsychoactive cannabinoids and has patents pending for THC, other psychoactive cannabinoids, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), nicotine and other molecules. Essentially a B2B, Lexaria is in an enviable position amid the rise of cannabis edibles ranging from recreational drinks to CBD-based nutraceuticals, with a key piece of technology that the company can out-license to third-party partners. Moreover, the company’s proprietary technology may mask undesirable tastes, eliminating the need for sugar-filled edibles, and may actually allow cannabinoids to bypass being broken down by the liver if desired.

 

Established Presence, Superior Tech—A One-Two Knockout Punch

 

Lexaria also already has a considerable, established presence in the edibles space, with brands such as the company’s ViPova line of CBD-infused coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The company has seen success since 2014 with beverages such as its original Yunnan Black Tea, which contains 50 mg of Multi Scandinavian full-spectrum hemp oil per serving. These beverages lack the typical oily residue found in most CBD-infused drinks and have virtually no cannabis odor or flavor.

 

At the low cost of only 2 cents per milligram ($1.25 per serving), the company’s delicious ViPova teas, which come in a variety of flavors including Earl Grey and Herbal Masala Chai, are a testament to Lexaria’s ability to deliver high-value beverages to the cannabis market. The increased bioavailability of the CBD in these beverages, thanks to the company’s proprietary technology, combined with the low per-unit price, represents an incredible value that consumers are noticing. Also, Lexaria’s product mix currently includes the company’s branded Lexaria Energy Foods as well as TurboCBD supplements.

 

Bottles and Cans Giving Way to Packets of Powder

 

Capitalizing on its bioavailability-enhancing technology and established presence as a CBD-infused product developer, Lexaria has now moved to tackle the U.S. soft drinks market, which is expected to be worth $388 billion-plus by 2025, introducing a discreet, single-serving foil packet cannabinoid drink powder named ChrgD+. Lexaria is confident that a small two-gram foil packet that can be discreetly carried in a shirt pocket or purse for incorporation into a beverage will be a big hit. After all, consumers can’t show up at their kid’s soccer game with a can of soda whose branding announces “cannabis” to everyone in view.

 

The multi-spectrum cannabinoid portable drink powder ChrgD+ can turn any drink into a CBD-infused beverage, including wine or cocktails. While currently only available in a CBD-from-hemp version, Lexaria is in talks with cannabis companies to realize its objective of deploying a THC version of the powder.

 

Powdered single-serving packets of consumers’ favorite drinks have exploded in popularity during recent years as an increasing number of beverage makers are opting to give consumers the convenience of mixing their own drinks from flavor packets containing the rich, distinct flavor profiles of brands they have come to know and love. The same thing is now happening in CBD drinks, and Lexaria may possess some distinct advantages over the competition.

 

All Kinds of Consumables

 

CBD and THC appear to be rapidly making their way into all kinds of consumables. The industry’s reputation continues to be improved in the eyes of consumers due to advancing breakthroughs in cannabinoid medicines used to treat everything from epileptic seizures to inflammatory bowel disease.

 

GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) broke the blockade in cannabinoid medicines with the highly purified, plant-derived CBD indication Epidiolex, which is available in the United States as of November 2018 for the treatment of seizures associated with severe forms of epilepsy. This one company has arguably done more than any other to improve public perception of the cannabis sector, specifically medical cannabis. The company is not resting on its laurels either, following up the availability of Epidiolex via physician prescription with a patient support program designed to help Epidiolex users obtain access to therapy.

 

WeedMD (OTCQX:WDDMF) (TSX-V:WMD) moved recently to exploit its position as a leading federally licensed Canadian producer and distributor by executing a pivotal, exclusive development agreement with Montreal-based pharmaceuticals, natural health products and cosmetics developer Smart Medicines GMP. The partnership maps out a comprehensive five-year development plan, including ramping up the operational capabilities of Smart Medicines’ 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Montreal laboratory. WeedMD also recently signed a multiyear retail sales distribution agreement with Lifford Cannabis Solutions, which specializes in helping cannabis companies advance their products through control boards to retail.

 

HEXO Corp. – Ordinary Shares (OTC:HYYDF), which produces cannabis through its Hydropothecary brand, issued a major announcement in August that it will develop nonalcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages with Molson Coors Canada. This joint venture with one of the world’s biggest beer makers is a serious play by HEXO to establish itself in the burgeoning cannabis-infused drinks market. This announcement was followed up by word that HEXO has closed on the acquisition of its first major facility outside of Quebec, taking a big step toward realizing the company’s hub-and-spoke business expansion strategy.

 

MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (OTC:MMNFF) (CSE:MMEN) recently signed a definitive $33 million agreement to acquire control of Level Up (Kannaboost Technology and CSI Solutions), which has a 25,000-square-foot production facility as well as retail locations in Scottsdale and Tempe, Ariz. Furthermore, MedMen will obtain a 40 percent stake in the top-selling K.I.N.D. Concentrates brand via the acquisition. MedMen also recently acquired the retail operations and license for a key location in Santa Ana, California, from Captor Capital Corp. in an all-stock transaction, adding to the company’s growing strategic footprint in one of the most affluent areas of Southern California.

 

With several of the world’s largest beverage makers on the fence about entrance into the CBD-infused beverages market, the stage is set for smaller players, as well as majors from parallel sectors without a significant ground game in nonalcoholic drinks. But beverages are just one aspect of a rapidly evolving industry that spans the gamut from edibles and concentrates to grow-ops and biopharma development.

 

For more information on Lexaria, please visit Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP).

 

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Canada Leads International Cannabis Boom — and It’s Not About Smoking

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New York NY – October 22, 2018 –  Legal changes in Canada are creating an ideal base for cannabis companies, which are shifting their focus away from smoking.

 

  • As the first G20 nation to make recreational cannabis legal, Canada is creating an opportunity for its cannabis companies to become global leaders.
  • Analysis shows that the global cannabis market is larger than expected — and set to keep growing.
  • Many new consumers prefer not to smoke their cannabis, leading to a shift towards cannabis-derived food and drinks.

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP) (LXRP Profile) has developed patented technology that helps make cannabis available to nonsmokers; the company’s innovative development methods make cannabis’ active chemicals more palatable and more effective in food and drink. Companies such as Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) are expanding their production to cater to this growing market, resulting in rising share values. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) has leveraged its position in the market to raise extra financing through a $345 million public offering.  Aurora Cannabis, Inc. (OTC:ACBFF) (TSX:ACB) has been focusing on ensuring access to a broad market, setting up supply agreements across Canada. Meanwhile, other companies are evaluating international growth opportunities, with Cronos Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRON) (TSX:CRON)  having established subsidiaries on five continents.

 

The Canada-led Revolution

 

This month marks one of the most dramatic changes ever in the cannabis market, a moment set to transform the industry and the way that it’s viewed. As of Oct. 17, consumers across Canada are able to buy cannabis for recreational consumption for the first time. Canada is the first G20 nation to make such a change, and the precedent could be critical. Other countries are watching what happens in Canada, as voters around the world push their governments toward similar legalization; there are already more than 30 countries around the world where cannabis is legal in some form for medical use.

 

The Canadian example comes just as analysis shows that the cannabis market is larger than previously realized and set for continued growth. This puts Canadian companies in a powerful position, able to make the most of being based in a country that’s friendly to the cannabis industry. By using the freedom and opportunities this presents, these companies could easily become global leaders in a fast-growing sector.

 

Canada Legalizes Cannabis

 

For Canadian companies working in the cannabis sector, such as Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP), huge changes are coming.

 

After much political maneuvering, recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada in keeping with a promise made by Justin Trudeau when he was elected prime minister in 2015. The wait has been frustrating for some, but it has given companies such as Lexaria time to establish their leadership position.

 

Canada already has a thriving medical cannabis industry, in which tight regulation provides control over the use of drugs. The new regulations extend this careful approach to the recreational market. Using a model similar to liquor licensing, retailers will have to be licensed to sell cannabis and follow clear rules. Those who try to sell outside the system will be quickly shut down.

 

In setting up its system, the Canadian government and provincial authorities have learned from the example of legalization in certain U.S. states. They worked with cannabis companies to ensure that the licensing system for both production and retail was ready for the Oct. 17 deadline While there will undoubtedly be hitches, including the likelihood that demand will initially outstrip supply, this appears likely to be a smooth launch.

 

Companies have also been making adjustments. For example, Lexaria recently announced a new subsidiary, Lexaria CanPharm Corp., which is focused purely on applying the company’s technology to the cannabis industry. Because Lexaria sells technology, if is already earning revenue in several locations both within and outside of Canada without touching the plant. Lexaria has a Canadian base but international reach.

 

Cannabis Market Larger Than Expected

 

Judging the potential size of the legal cannabis market is a tricky business. The drug’s widespread illegality around the world means that data is almost entirely drawn from surveys, in which respondents may be wary of admitting their consumption. Legalization will likely lead to changes in consumption patterns; easier access will almost certainly increase both medical and recreational demand.

 

Despite the limitations on judging the market, observers have been keen to estimate what the market could represent. A survey from before legalization indicated that 4.2 million Canadians consume cannabis on a regular or occasional basis. Based on this data, companies and commentators have predicted an industry worth billions of dollars, which could quickly surpass the whiskey industry.

 

But leading cannabis commentators are now suggesting that previous estimates may have undervalued cannabis’ potential. The only specialist cannabis analyst for a major Wall Street trading firm believes that the impact of legalizing a previously illegal market has been underestimated. Legalization could lead not just to large-scale sales of cannabis but also to its use as an ingredient in other products. Because Fortune 500-type companies are now interested in the space, the market could eventually be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

 

If that analysis is accurate, then many cannabis companies are being massively undervalued. That’s good news for the future prospects of businesses such as Lexaria.

 

Consuming Cannabis without Smoking

 

This growth is likely to be coupled with changes in the way cannabis is consumed — changes of huge relevance for Lexaria.

 

A recent survey of U.S. consumers showed that many would like to try cannabis if it became legal. They also said that they would be more likely to do so if they could consume the plant through food. Putting cannabis into drinks and snack foods will make it easier for people to enjoy in a social setting with friends, in a similar way that they currently consume alcohol. That would make it a more popular and accepted part of everyday life.

 

Lexaria’s patented technology could be invaluable for companies catering to this desire. Its lipophilic enhancement technology is designed to improve the biological conductivity of active compounds, including those found in cannabis. It increases their potential for absorption by the body, meaning that consumers get better value for their cannabis. It also improves the taste, which will be important in making cannabis food and drinks popular. Recent tests have shown good results for applying this technique to active ingredients derived from cannabis.

 

Lexaria plans on licensing this technology to third-party partners and was recently awarded its 9th and 10th granted patents applicable for cannabis beverages. With cannabis-infused food and drink set to hit the Canadian market next year, and with large companies eyeing its potential, plenty of companies are sure to be interested in such technology that takes advantage of Lexaria’s leadership position.

 

Growing with the Market

 

The legalization of recreational cannabis is good for companies already working in the Canadian medical market such as Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY). A company with a strong pedigree in research and development, Tilray is expanding its sales potential in preparation for the recreational market. Its High Park Farms subsidiary recently received a license to sell cannabis in Canada and has already carried out several harvests to get stocks ready for sale. Such moves have led to positive views of the company’s future, with Wall Street commentators predicting a huge rise in the value of its shares over the next year.

 

The expectation of huge growth in the cannabis industry is helping companies raise extra finance to tap into that market. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) has just raised over $345 million through a public offering. A medical cannabis company, GW isn’t currently involved in the recreational sector but is still profiting from the growth it brings.

 

One of the big players in Canada’s medical cannabis market, Aurora Cannabis, Inc. (OTCQX:ACBFF ) (TSX:ACB), has been laying the groundwork to make the most of recreational sales. The company has supply agreements with provinces across Canada, giving it the opportunity to reach a broad customer base. As well as providing quick profits, this will help to establish brand recognition early on for greater influence as the market grows.

 

While attention is currently focused on Canada, that is just one part of the cannabis market. As with other industries, global reach will eventually decide the biggest players, and Cronos Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRON) (TSX:CRON) is already working on such expansion. With subsidiaries in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Israel, the company is tapping into growing cannabis markets around the world. Lessons from Canada will help in developing these other markets and in positioning Cronos to make the most of them.

 

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is a critical part in an international puzzle, one whose pieces include unexpected growth, global connections and transformations in consumer habits. Put together, these pieces offer the hope of a profitable future for cannabis companies.

 

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Intangible Assets Power Growth, Acquisitions in the Pharmaceuticals Sector

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New York, NY – October 4, 2018 – Intangible assets such as patents increasingly dominate the global business landscape, especially in the pharmaceutical sector.

 

  • Intangible assets are estimated to be worth trillions of dollars in the United States alone.
  • These assets drive deals as companies acquire smaller patent holders.
  • In growing sectors such as cannabis, smaller companies are rushing to establish intangible assets ready for expected market growth.

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTC:LXRP) (LXRP Profile) is one of the leaders in the world of cannabis, with applications made for more than 50 different patents and more to come. Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) is also focusing on building its intellectual property (IP) portfolio including exclusive rights to at least 22 issued or pending patents. In wake of receiving FDA approval of its Epidiolex® (cannabidiol) oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) has applied for five new Epidiolex patents. Recently Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) announced that it has, alone or with its subsidiary or joint-venture partners, filed eight provisional U.S. patents pertaining to the delivery and application of cannabis and cannabinoid-based therapeutics. And through its ownership of CanniMed, Aurora Cannabis, Inc. (OTC:ACBFF) has obtained six patents related to cannabinoid delivery for pain management.

 

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The Power of Intellectual Property

 

Intellectual property is now one of the most important parts of the global economy. Copyrights, trademarks and patents are a vital weapon in the arsenal of many businesses. For some companies, this is a secondary consideration, a way to strengthen and protect their positions within their fields. For others, it’s their entire focus — a way to dominate a sector or provide valuable returns.

 

The power of IP means that no part of the economy goes untouched. New industries often arise off the back of new IP. Even when that’s not the case, the development of new techniques and technologies frequently lead to the creation of patents, as companies work to innovate and control techniques that give them an edge over their competitors. For relatively new sectors, such as the cannabis market, this means the sudden flourishing of IP and a race by companies to stake their claim on these valuable assets. As a sector matures, so will its IP market.

 

The Value of Intangible Assets

 

Patents are a big part of business for companies such as Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) (OTCQX:LXRP), for whom developing and protecting new technology is fundamental to success. Whether it’s underlying technology such as DehydraTECH, the company’s system for increasing the body’s absorption of chemical compounds, or specific products derived from DehydraTECH, such as TurboCBD, Lexaria’s success is founded on its distinctive IP.

 

IP is part of a wider sector of the economy valued at trillions of dollars in the United States alone — intangible assets. This is the wealth provided not by physical assets and the processes that directly transform them but by less visible, more abstract resources. It includes IP, whose value is often examined and measured, as well as harder-to-pin-down elements such as business processes and reputation.

 

These factors have always played a part in business, but their growing recognition and analysis has led to the growth of companies whose main focus is on intangible assets, from investment research firms and reinsurers to patent licensing and enforcement companies.

 

Representing around a third of the U.S. economy, intangible assets are now consciously analyzed and developed by virtually every business, even if they don’t recognize the “intangible asset” label. Companies with a solid focus on these areas can place themselves in positions of great strength.

 

Patents in a New Sector

 

The speed at which intangible assets can develop is well illustrated by movements in the cannabis sector, where many of Lexaria’s patents apply.

 

The legal global cannabis market started to emerge only recently, thanks to a handful of countries allowing medical marijuana. The market has started to mature through a small but growing number of territories with legal markets for recreational cannabis, as well as the separate management and licensing of industrial hemp. Legal cannabis is now a multibillion-dollar business. Although Lexaria’s technology has other profound drug delivery applications, cannabis is where it looks set to have the most immediate impact.

 

This has led to a rush to control intangible assets around cannabis. It’s noteworthy that Chinese companies own more than half of the cannabis-related patents registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization, even though the cannabis trade remains illegal in China. China has a good eye for long-term developments and is setting itself up to control a growing global trade.

 

Outside of China, Lexaria is one of the world’s biggest holders of cannabis patents with eight patents already granted. The company currently holds four patents in the United States and four in Australia, covering aspects of its work to make beneficial drugs more palatable and effective. In addition, the company has further patent applications in process in more than 40 countries as part of a concerted strategy to expand its patent portfolio. This is made possible by the focused, tangible research and development being carried out by the company and is ultimately driven by the need to develop and control intangible assets.

 

Lexaria has disclosed it expects four more patents granted in 2018, bringing its total to twelve. Of note, all twelve of these are within just a single patent family — and Lexaria expects patent success  across all nine families of its current applications. Indeed the company recently revealed that it has  seven more patent families in the works. Lexaria’s goal is to have some 200 patents pending or granted which, if achieved, could turn the organization into an IP behemoth in the global cannabis industry.

 

The Value of Patents

 

The commercial value of patents, even those still pending approval, can be extraordinary, reaching billions of dollars. In 2011, Nortel sold 6,000 patents and patent applications for $4.5 billion. The following year, AOL sold 925 patents to Microsoft for more than a billion dollars. While some companies develop patents purely to protect their work, others develop them specifically to be sold.

 

This focus on intangible assets drives many mergers and acquisitions. The Craftsy digital network developed online shows such as “Man about Cake” with a focus on audience rather than immediate profit, leading to the company’s acquisition by NBC Universal. The intangible assets of the company’s identity, reputation and audience had become highly valuable in themselves.

 

Similar priorities can be seen on a far larger scale in SoftBank’s $31.4 billion acquisition of chip designer ARM Holdings, or roughly $7 million per patent or patent application. ARM’s revenues were only $1.5 billion per year, but its 4,500 patents cover technology of potentially incredible value. In just three years, the desire to control patented drugs and processes in the healthcare sector overall resulted in 58 mergers and acquisitions with values of a billion dollars or more.

 

In Lexaria’s field of pharmaceuticals, patents are crucial, representing both the outcome of years of R&D and also potential market share and control in the emerging global cannabis business. Lexaria is attempting to own enough IP in the global cannabis industry that patent royalty revenues begin to flow worldwide.

 

Because patents are among the most valuable assets a company can own, a small investment in research now may pay off in a huge way in years to come. In a sector with such huge growth potential as cannabis, Lexaria’s IP portfolio may generate cash flows regardless of whether other companies intend to license the technology or not; by owning core IP, other companies may be forced to pay royalties. If Lexaria’s goal of owning hundreds of issued patents becomes a reality, the company’s patent portfolio could have huge ramifications on its valuation.

 

Powered by Intellectual Property

 

Lexaria isn’t alone in its commitment to strengthen its IP collateral. Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) is also focusing on building its IP portfolio including exclusive rights to at least 22 issued or pending patents. Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy has observed that if cannabis companies are going to move forward, they’ll need to develop IP in both the medicinal and recreation aspects of the cannabis spectrum.

 

GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) has established a leading position in the development of plant-derived cannabinoid therapeutics through its intellectual property portfolio, proven drug discovery and development processes, and regulatory and manufacturing expertise. The company successfully developed the world’s first prescription medicine derived from the cannabis plant.

 

In addition to the eight provisional patents it has filed, Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) has updated applications relating to earlier insomnia patent applications, bringing the total number of U.S. provisional patent filings to 39. The filings are part of a concerted plan by Canopy Growth to deliver to patients and healthcare providers innovative medicines and health products targeting disease areas with substantial medical needs.

 

Aurora Cannabis, Inc.’s (OTCQX:ACBFF) pain-management patents are only part of the company’s commitment to creating a stronghold in the cannabis market. Aurora has become one of the fastest-growing cannabis companies, as evidenced by Aurora Sky, the company’s 800,000-square-foot flagship facility; by launching the world’s only mobile app for ordering medically prescribed cannabis; and by being the only LP to service two metropolitan areas with same-day delivery.

 

With so much value placed on intangible assets, patents are fueling growth and acquisitions worth billions of dollars. In the pharmaceutical sector and beyond, patents definitely appear to be where the big money is.

 

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Lexaria Files New Patent Application for Delivery of Tobacco Derived Products

Kelowna, British Columbia /TheNewswire /September 28, 2018 – Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQX: LXRP) (CSE: LXX) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a drug delivery platform innovator, announces the filing of a new strategic patent application.

 

The new provisional patent application is entitled “Lipophilic Active Agent Infused Tobacco Leaves and/or Tobacco Materials and Methods of Use Thereof”. This application represents Lexaria’s tenth patent family and expands the applicability of the already-patented DehydraTECHTMtechnological process to impart benefits to tobacco leaves that may be utilized to deliver compounds that may or may not include nicotine.

 

Through this and other patent applications under construction, the Company has a goal of managing between 150-200 patent applications around the world within two years.

 

Separately, Lexaria has receivedUS$128,000 from the exercise of 250,000 warrants at the price of US$0.44 and the exercise of 30,000 warrants at the price of US$0.60, previously granted to third parties who are neither officers nor directors of the Company.

 

No commissions or placement fees have been paid related to the funds received from these warrants exercised. Proceeds will be used for general corporatepurposes.

 

Finally, Lexaria announces it has cancelled the contract announced on April 25 with GP Holdings LLC due to ongoing delays and non-performance.

 

The securities referred to herein will not be or have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

 

About Lexaria

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. has developed and out-licenses its disruptive delivery technology that promotes healthier ingestion methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness of lipophilic active molecules. Lexaria has eight patents granted in the USA and in Australia and has filed over 50 patent applications worldwide across ten patent families. Lexaria’s technology provides increases in intestinal absorption rates; more rapid delivery to the bloodstream; and important taste-masking benefits, for orally administered bioactive molecules including cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine and other molecules.

 

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Lexaria Receives Three Patent Grants and Two Notices of Allowance; Provides Patent Portfolio Guidance

Kelowna, British Columbia /TheNewswire /September 7, 2018 – Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQX: LXRP) (CSE: LXX) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a drug delivery platform innovator, announces strategic additions to its patent portfolio.

 

Three new Australian patents were granted to Lexaria by theAustralian Patent Office,bringing theCompany’s worldwide patent portfolio to eight issued patents:four each in the US and Australia. All eight patents are within Lexaria’s first patent family, “Food and Beverage Compositions Infused With Lipophilic Active Agents and Methods of Use Thereof”, and significantly strengthen Lexaria’s intellectual propertyclaims in the US and Australia. The three new Australian patents are projected to expire on June 10, 2035.

 

Meanwhile the US Patent & Trademark Office has issued two new Notices of Allowance for pending patent applications and the Company expects to receive corresponding US issued patents prior to year-end 2018. The Company is concurrently pursuing accelerated examination in Australia based on these US Notices of Allowance and expects two new Australian patents to also be issued prior to year-end 2018. If issued in both the US and Australia, the Company will then hold twelve issued patents within its first patent family and continues to pursue claims in corresponding pending applications within this first patent family around the world.

 

Lexaria has been working throughout 2018 to expand its patent portfolio as a result of positive developments from its many research projects. The Company defines a patent family as a set of related applications directed toa new particular invention, and that may include US provisional applications, PCT applications, national stage applications including the US, continuations thereof, as well as issued/granted patents.

 

On April 11, 2018 Lexaria reported that it was then managing six patent families. Lexaria has nowfiled a total of over 50 patent applications across nine current patent families. The Company is preparing at least seven additional patent applications that will each form the basis for a separate patent family. Lexaria expects to have filed the seven new patent applications before the end of 2018 and will then be managing sixteen patent families.The Company expects many patents to be granted within each of these patent families.

 

With over 50 patent applications filed worldwide across nine patent families and at least seven more patent families planned, the Company will disclose material patent filings and issuances, but not each patent-related development.

 

About Lexaria

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. has developed and out-licenses its disruptive delivery technology that promotes healthier ingestion methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness of lipophilic active molecules. Lexaria has eight patents granted in the USA and in Australia and has filed over 50 patent applications worldwide across nine patent families. Lexaria’s technology provides increases in intestinal absorption rates; more rapid delivery to the bloodstream; and important taste-masking benefits, for orally administered bioactive molecules including cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine and other molecules.

 

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About Lexaria Bioscience

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX; OTCQX:LXRP) has developed and out-licenses its disruptive and cost-effective DehydraTECH™ technology that promotes healthier administration methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness of ingestible drugs and other beneficial molecules.

 

Lexaria’s DehyraTECHTM delivery technology is protected by a robust suite of patents granted or pending worldwide and is proven effective in multiple international studies in greatly assisting rapidity and quantity of absorption of a range of lipophilic (i.e., fat-soluble), bioactive molecules.  By significantly enhancing the performance and experience with oral ingestion, Lexaria’s DehyraTECH delivery technology offers a viable and often healthier alternative to other delivery methods for bioactive substances in widespread use today such as inhalational delivery through smoking.

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (“Lexaria”) acquired the precursor to the DehydraTECH™ technology in 2014 and has since strengthened and broadened the technology to an unprecedented degree. Lexaria has emerged as a global leader in enhancing the speed of action, flavor and gastro-intestinal delivery of orally-administered products

 

The Lexaria family of companies has also demonstrated early-stage effectiveness in improvements of delivery through human skin for the potential development of topically-administered products, including patches, cremes and lotions.

 

In 2018, Lexaria created four different wholly-owned subsidiary companies to each focus on commercial opportunities in their respective industries: Nicotine; Pharmaceuticals; Hemp; and Other. Together, they are empowered with global exclusive licenses to utilize and sub-license DehydraTECH worldwide for the delivery of molecules within their respective industries.

 

Lexaria has conducted ground-breaking studies to open doors previously closed to disruptive new delivery technology, including the possibility of potent and fast acting ingestible products that avoid the lung diseases and cancers caused by inhalation of combusted molecules common in smoking. And, because of the demonstrated improvements in delivery, DehydraTECH also opens the possibility of utilizing micro doses in accordance with evolving FDA policies related to reducing delivered quantities of substances like nicotine.

 

In 2018, Lexaria demonstrated in animal studies a propensity for the DehydraTECH technology to elevate the quantity of drug delivered across the blood-brain-barrier, initiating additional new patent applications.

 

Lexaria produces industry-leading research to support its novel delivery methods. Lexaria’s business model depends on industry partners who license its technology for additional R&D and consumer product development.

 

None of this can happen without the talented and dedicated people who have supported Lexaria’s development and growth. Lexaria’s internal and consulting team includes industry leaders, research scientists, clinicians, analytical chemists, medical schools and universities, intellectual property experts  and partnering company collaborators.

 

OVERVIEW

 

Lexaria has developed and commercialized a patented and cost-effective delivery technology (DehydraTECH™) that has been both laboratory and market proven to enhance the performance of beneficial compounds in ingestible products across four categories:

 

  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Speed of action
  • Bioabsorption & bioavailability

 

Lexaria’s technology is easily applied through incorporation of an intermediate step in the formulation and manufacturing of existing or new ingestible products.  This step involves mixing the beneficial compound of interest as a delivery “payload” together with certain fatty acids, infusing the mixture into a substrate material, and then using controlled dehydration synthesis processing to conjugate the payload and fatty acids together at a molecular level before integrating the newly-combined molecules into production.

 

A Versatile Solution to Improve Bioabsorption, Taste, and Efficacy

 

Compounds processed using Lexaria’s DehydraTECH™ system become masked to oral and olfactory receptors, rendering them essentially flavorless and odorless.  As such, DehydraTECH™ formulations do not require unwanted sweeteners or chemical masking agents for flavor and odor blocking.  This allows manufacturers to create low-sugar products with fewer calories, while also avoiding the use of excessive artificial sweeteners.

 

After being swallowed, the fatty acids are believed to protect the conjugated payload from hostile stomach conditions and expedite its transit to the small intestine where nutrient bioabsorption occurs.  Once in the small intestine, the fatty acids are believed to enable rapid and more significant permeation of the intestinal wall for the conjugated payload, then transport it to the systemic circulation by one of two pathways depending on the type of fatty acid(s) chosen for each specific formulation:

 

1. Hepatic Transport

 

In cases where liver metabolism is desirable for biotransformation of the payload before access to the general circulation, Lexaria’s methodology uses medium chain fatty acids for formulation purposes since they are absorbed via the portal vein and transported to the liver for processing prior to entering the general circulation.  This would be applicable, for instance, with prodrug compounds that rely on metabolism by liver enzymes to become pharmacologically active within the human body.

 

2. Lymphatic Transport

 

Conversely, in cases where faster onset of action and/or maximizing action of the originally formulated payload without biotransformation is desirable, Lexaria’s methodology uses long chain fatty acids, which are absorbed via the lymphatic lacteals thereby diverting away from the liver and entering the general circulation very quickly.  For payloads that deliver pain relief or meet other immediate needs, this rapidity of onset is a vital benefit.

 

DehydraTECH™ formulations may also permit formulation with a combination of long and medium chain fatty acids in the same preparation for purposes of engineering products with both fast and sustained release profiles. Such timed-release formulations can be sought to deliver beneficial payloads both quickly, as well as over a sustained duration for several hours.

 

DehydraTECH™ formulations have been shown through in vitro and in vivo studies to increase intestinal bioabsorption of bioactive compounds by as much as 5-10X and demonstrate effectiveness in as little as 15 minutes after administration (see:  Research).  Lexaria’s DehydraTECH™ process has the added benefit of being very cost-effective to implement; requiring micro quantities of fatty acid ingredient incorporation into food, beverage, and capsule products at a fraction of a penny per serving, together with the use of processing equipment that is readily found in most commercial kitchen/production facilities and is highly scalable.

 

Commercial Applications

 

Lexaria’s DehydraTECH™ is designed specifically for formulating and delivering lipophilic (i.e. fat-soluble) payloads.  DehydraTECH is protected by a robust suite of patents-pending or patents granted around the world covering its use with a broad range of bioactive molecules, including Nicotine, common NSAID pain-relievers, and much more.

 

Lexaria’s technology is best thought of as an additional layer that companies offering consumer supplements and foods, prescription and non-prescription based drugs, and nicotine products can utilize to improve the effectiveness of their existing or planned new products. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. has no plans to create and sell Lexaria-branded products containing controlled substances. Instead, Lexaria licenses its advanced technology to other companies around the world to offer consumers the best performance possible across an array of product formats.

 

Nicotine

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (“Lexaria”) has formed the Lexaria Nicotine Corp. as its exclusive worldwide nicotine business unit. More than 99% of all nicotine that is consumed worldwide is delivered through smoking cigarettes. Approximately 6,000,000 deaths per year around the world are attributed primarily to the delivery of nicotine through the act of smoking according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of note: “…it is primarily the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke – not the nicotine – that cause illness and death.” (U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE]). As many as 69% of U.S. adult smokers want to quit smoking and 43% of US adult smokers have attempted to quit in any twelve-month period. Lexaria postulates that delivery of nicotine to satisfy current demand, utilizing our patented DehydraTECH technology in common food and consumer product formats, could shift demand away from smoking cigarettes. However, ingestion of nicotine is challenging because it is poorly tolerated by the human gastrointestinal system and then significantly metabolized by the liver, thereby diminishing its overall effectiveness through edibles. Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology offers a means to formulate ingestible product formats of nicotine and/or its analogs with higher bioavailability performance possibilities due to the benefits of our technology.

 

Pharmaceuticals

 

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (“Lexaria”) has formed the Lexaria Nicotine Corp. as its exclusive worldwide nicotine business unit. More than 99% of all nicotine that is consumed worldwide is delivered through smoking cigarettes. Approximately 6,000,000 deaths per year around the world are attributed primarily to the delivery of nicotine through the act of smoking according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of note: “…it is primarily the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke – not the nicotine – that cause illness and death.” (U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE]). As many as 69% of U.S. adult smokers want to quit smoking and 43% of US adult smokers have attempted to quit in any twelve-month period. Lexaria postulates that delivery of nicotine to satisfy current demand, utilizing our patented DehydraTECH technology in common food and consumer product formats, could shift demand away from smoking cigarettes. However, ingestion of nicotine is challenging because it is poorly tolerated by the human gastrointestinal system and then significantly metabolized by the liver, thereby diminishing its overall effectiveness through edibles. Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology offers a means to formulate ingestible product formats of nicotine and/or its analogs with higher bioavailability performance possibilities due to the benefits of our technology.

 

HempCo

 

The Lexaria Hemp Co. holds exclusive global rights to the Lexaria patent portfolio related to hemp-based applications. Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology is designed to deliver functional ingredients within hemp in oral product formats with significantly enhanced palatability, speed of effectiveness and potency as a viable and healthier alternative to conventional inhalational (i.e. smoking or vaping) administration practices. Extensively evaluated through invivo, invitro, and human clinical studies, one of the most extensive databases in the world has been collected by Lexaria related to hemp-based ingredients empowered with our DehydraTECH technology. In 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) for the first time ever exempted cannabidiol from hemp from its list of restricted substances on its International Standards Prohibited List of substances.

 

Other

 

Lexaria CanPharm Corp, a Canadian corporation, owns exclusive global rights to Lexaria’s intellectual property as it is applied to psychotropic bioactive molecules that act upon human CB1 and CB2 receptors in those areas of the world where it is permissible to do so. Substances that act upon these receptors and systems in the human body that affect pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression, and have also been shown to have utility against cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Lexaria’s ground-breaking 2018 research that proved many-fold improvements in delivering an active ingredient across the blood-brain-barrier could have disruptive potential within this business sector as well as all others where Lexaria is active.

 

Lexaria’s methodology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, capsules and more. This is accomplished through choosing an appropriate substrate compound for infusion during performance of the Lexaria formulation and manufacturing process, which can range from a foodstuff like cocoa powder or tapioca starch used in many confectionary products, or an emulsifier like gum arabic used in many beverage products. Many of the most common base ingredients used in modern processing of foods, beverages and supplements are effective to use with DehydraTECH™.

 

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