OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 14, 2017) - Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. ("Tetra" or the "Company") (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(OTC PINK:GRPOF), announced today it has entered into a binding term sheet with Panag Pharma Inc. for the development and commercialization of novel cannabinoid based formulations for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Combined total market potential of both products in the USA in 2014 is estimated over US$5.5 billion.
Per the binding term sheet, Tetra will have exclusive access to sell the ocular and topical drug products in North America with right of first negotiation for outside U.S. and Canadian territories. In addition, Tetra will have a right of first negotiation for future products.
Tetra will be working in close collaboration with Panag's team of experts to ensure a rapid and successful development. Tetra shall be responsible for 100% of the research and development of the Licensed Products. Tetra will own and control all regulatory approvals in the Territory, including the application and any other marketing authorizations within the Territory and shall be responsible for all aspects of commercializing the drug products.
Panag has developed potential new cannabinoid-based therapies for ocular and topical anti-inflammatory and pain markets. The total ocular anti-inflammatory market was estimated at over $3 billion in the USA in 2014 and includes conditions such as post-op inflammation, allergic conjunctivitis and inflammatory dry eye. Panag also developed a cannabinoid topical drug product for the treatment of local neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain. In 2014, the over the counter sales of topical analgesics were estimated at over $2.5 billion according to IMS.
"This announcement further demonstrates Tetra's commitment to shareholders to add future products to our product portfolio in an effort of building a leading bio- pharmaceutical organization," said Andre Rancourt, CEO of Tetra Bio-Pharma. "This will further allow Tetra to generate revenues in 2017 through its partnership with Panag. Tetra is going to work closely with Panag to exploit its innovative technology that indirectly acts on the CB2 receptor with the goal of launching several products in the retail market. This is in-line with Tetra's goal of commercializing products pending legalization."
According to Guy Chamberland, Chief Scientific Officer of Tetra Bio-Pharma, "We are going to prioritize the development of the ocular therapy as this is a promising innovative product and the potential financial reward will be significant. Tetra had already positioned itself to become a leader in topical pain relief with its PPTGR technology. With the Panag partnership, Tetra is going to modify its development plans to accelerate bringing an innovative cannabinoid topical drug product to the market. The Panag team is going to strengthen Tetra's overall scientific knowledge and expertise base making it one of the leading biotechnology companies developing cannabinoid-based therapies."
About Panag Pharma:
Panag Pharma Inc. is a Canadian based bio-tech company focused on the development of novel cannabinoid based formulations for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Panag believes that pain relief should be safe, non-addictive and above all; effective. The Panag Pharma team of PhD scientists and medical doctors are among the world's leading researchers and clinicians in the area of pain treatment and management. They bring a combined experience of over 100 years in research and clinical care of people dealing with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions. Panag's current pipeline of pain relief products include formulations for the topical application to the skin, the eye and other mucous membranes. Recently approved by Health Canada and currently undergoing clinical trials, Panag Pharma's Topical AOTC provides a new approach to the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation.
About Tetra Bio-Pharma:
Tetra Bio Pharma is a multi subsidiary publicly traded company (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(OTC PINK:GRPOF) engaged in the development of Bio Pharmaceuticals and Natural Health Products containing Cannabis and other medicinal plant based elements.
Tetra Bio Pharma is focused on combining the traditional methods of medicinal cannabis use with the supporting scientific validation and safety data required for inclusion into the existing bio pharma industry by regulators physicians and insurance companies. More information is available about the company at: www.tetrabiopharma.com.
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