Vitality Biopharma Files Intellectual Property in All Major Pharmaceutical Markets Worldwide

Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES

  • THC prodrugs including VBX-100 designed to deliver cannabinoids for targeted therapeutic effects without psychoactivity

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB:VBIO) (“Vitality” or the “Company”) a corporation dedicated to the development of cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceuticals, and to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders, today announced the filing of its cannabosides intellectual property (Publ. No. WO2017053574 A1) in all major pharmaceutical markets worldwide. 

After initial submission through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an international patent law treaty that provides a unified filing process for 151 countries, Vitality Biopharma has now begun submission for its patent applications in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and additional key regions.  Upon patent grant, coverage of underlying patent claims would extend to at least 2035, and ensure intellectual property protection in all major pharmaceutical markets worldwide. 

The filings include “composition of matter” patent claims covering Vitality’s THC prodrugs and lead drug candidate VBX-100, a gut-targeted cannabinoid pharmaceutical.  VBX-100 and the Company’s prodrug technology enables large concentrations of cannabinoids to be selectively delivered to the intestinal tract with limited entry into the bloodstream or brain.  As a result, Vitality’s prodrugs may provide targeted relief of Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders, providing therapeutic effects without any psychoactivity.

“We are excited to initiate patent prosecution in the U.S. and global pharmaceutical markets, where we are seeking broad patent coverage for VBX-100 and the entire portfolio of cannabosides,” said Dr. Brandon Zipp, Director of R&D, and Scientific Co-founder of Vitality Biopharma.  Robert Brooke, the Company’s CEO, adds that, “Today, Vitality is positioned very well for growth, as we have a highly differentiated and proprietary set of compounds that could dramatically alter the quality-of-life for patients.”

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