Kannalife, Inc. Receives Patent Grants in Additional European Territories

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kannalife, Inc. (“Kannalife” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: KLFE), a biopharmaceutical and medchem company specializing in the research and development of potent novel monotherapeutics, announced today that the Company has been issued patents in Austria (“AT”), Luxembourg (“LU”), Liechtenstein (“LI”), and the Principality of Monaco (“MC”, and collectively with AT, LU, and LI, the “Additional Territories”) for its patent known as WO2015/106108A2 titled, “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy” (the “PCT Patent”).

With the PCT Patent, along with Kannalife’s novel lead drug candidate, KLS-13019, and its other novel therapeutic agents like Atopidine™, Kannalife now has near global coverage in the top pharmaceutical markets in the world.

The global market for prescription drug sales are expected to see a compound annual growth rate of almost 7% from 2019 to 2024.1 Europe makes up a large part of the industry as it was responsible for 23.2% of the world’s pharmaceutical sales in 2018,2 with experts predicting the market will reach over $226 billion in total from pharmaceutical market sales by 2022.3

“Adding to the list of twelve European states, we have received grant notices from four more important jurisdictions that are at or near the top of having the highest per capita income within the European Union. These jurisdictions are known for tax benefits and useful corporate hubs in establishing future potential collaborations and sales marketing efforts in Europe,” said Dean Petkanas, CEO of Kannalife.

KLS-13019 leads Kannalife’s intellectual property portfolio of novel monotherapeutic molecules (“KLS Family”) which are capable of acting as neuroprotective agents, and have the potential to treat a range of diseases, including nervous system, oxidative stress, and neurodegenerative disorders. It is the Company’s leading candidate to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a disorder which currently has no FDA approved drugs for treatment. Current off-label prescription of opioids, a leading agitator of overdose deaths and addiction, is the current model of treatment.

The PCT Patent grants in the Additional Territories mark the twenty-third (23rd) patent that Kannalife has received to date worldwide. Of the twenty-three (23) patents issued to Kannalife, two (2) are U.S. patents, and twenty-one (21) are foreign patents. The two (2) U.S. patents are:

  • U.S. Patent 9,611,213 “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy”; and
  • U.S. Patent 10,004,722 “Method for treating hepatic encephalopathy or a disease associated with free radical mediate stress and oxidative stress with novel functionalized 1,3-benzene diols”

The twenty-one (21) foreign patents claim priority to Kannalife’s original 2014 U.S. filing through international application PCT/US2015/010827, which was published as WO2015/106108A2 titled, “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy”.

Of the twenty-one (21) foreign patents, sixteen (16) of them are granted for the PCT Patent in the European territories of AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FR, GB, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, SE and TR. The remaining five (5) foreign patents are:

  • Japanese Patent JP6486950B2 “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy”
  • Russian Patent RU2676475C2 “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy”
  • Chinese Patent CN106456573B “Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy”
  • Australian Patent AU2015204609B2“Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy,” and
  • European Patent EP3094318B1“Novel Functionalized 1,3-Benzene Diols and their Method of Use for the Treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy.”

The Company recently completed a STTR phase 1 study funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study was performed in an animal model to evaluate the potential use of KLS-13019 as a potent, non-opioid alternative monotherapeutic in the prevention and reversal of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

Kannalife also has national phase patent applications based on the PCT Patent application pending in Canada, Brazil and India.

About Kannalife, Inc.
Kannalife, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical medchem company focused on the development of proprietary and patented novel, monotherapeutic molecules for patients suffering from unmet medical needs of neurodegenerative disorders - including chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a chronic neuropathy caused by toxic chemotherapeutic agents; hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a neurotoxic brain-liver disorder caused by excessive concentrations of ammonia and ethanol in the brain; mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), a disorder associated with single and repetitive impact injuries; and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease associated with highly repetitive impact injuries in professional and amateur sports.

Atopidine™ is Kannalife’s novel, patented small molecule that has been shown to have protective and anti-inflammatory properties in pre-clinical testing. The same studies show that it has also outperformed cannabidiol (CBD) in preventing inflammatory responses relevant to UVB-radiation, including cytokines, TNF-a, IL-1b, and IL-6.

KLS-13019 is Kannalife’s leading patented, investigational, novel, monotherapeutic product for the potential treatment of a range of neurodegenerative and neuropathic pain disorders, beginning with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Neither KLS-13019 or Atopidine™ have been reviewed or approved for patient use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other healthcare authority in the world. Their safety and efficacy have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research.

The Company’s KLS Family of proprietary molecules focuses on treating oxidative stress-related diseases such as HE, chronic pain from neuropathies like CIPN, and neurodegenerative diseases like CTE. Kannalife conducts its research and development efforts at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA.

For more information about Kannalife, Inc., visit www.kannalife.com and the Company’s Twitter page at @Kannalife.

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  1. EvaluatePharma. World Preview 2019, Outlook to 2024
  2. Evaluate. European Pharma Market Outlook to 2022
  3. Statista. Total pharmaceutical market sales forecast in Europe from 2012 to 2022


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