Mindset Pharma Announces Additional Preclinical Results Suggesting Superior Efficacy and Improved Safety in Head-to-Head Comparison to Psilocybin for its First Lead Clinical Candidate, MSP-1014

MSP-1014, a next generation psychedelic medicine showed superior 5-HT2A receptor efficacy and safety compared to psilocybin

TORONTO, July 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mindset Pharma Inc. (CSE: MSET) (FSE: 9DF) (OTCQB: MSSTF) ("Mindset" or the "Company"), a drug discovery and development company focused on creating optimized next-generation psychedelic medicines to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders with unmet medical needs, today announced that its first lead clinical candidate, MSP-1014, a differentiated next-generation psilocybin drug candidate from its Family 1 of novel, patent-pending psychedelic compounds, has further demonstrated superior efficacy and an improved safety profile in head-to-head pre-clinical comparisons to psilocybin.

“There is a growing body of supporting evidence that suggests MSP-1014 will deliver superior efficacy and an improved safety profile compared to generic psilocybin,” said Joseph Araujo, Chief Scientific Officer of Mindset. “One critical pre-clinical study we used to assess MSP-1014’s potential superior efficacy compared to psilocybin was 5-HT2A receptor activity. 5-HT2A is a serotonin subtype receptor well understood to be highly correlated with a psychedelic experience. To assess this activity, we compared MSP-1014 to psilocybin using the mouse head twitch response (HTR) assay. We observed an increased number of HTRs, indicated by sequences of rapid head shakes or twitches, following 3 mg/kg doses of MSP-1014 compared to psilocybin. With equimolar doses of psilocybin and MSP-1014, MSP-1014 more than doubled HTRs in mice. When compared to psilocybin, locomotor activity was not reduced with increased doses of MSP-1014 in mice. These findings were confirmed in rats, in which MSP-1014 showed wet dog shakes and back muscle contractions (WDS/BMC) equal to or greater than psilocybin. Additionally, increasing doses of MSP-1014 did not result in body temperature reduction, which is seen when administering increasing doses of psilocybin.”

“We believe the superior traits of MSP-1014 have the potential to provide a safer and more scalable alternative in the world of psychedelic medicine, with the potential to treat a broad range of neuropsychiatric disorders,” said James Lanthier, CEO of Mindset. “MSP-1014 is just the beginning for Mindset. Mindset has developed and continues to grow a broad and diverse pipeline of improved and differentiated second and third generation psychedelic medicines with the goal of creating improved psychedelic therapeutics. We look forward to announcing additional results and milestones from our new drug program soon.”

About MSP-1014

MSP-1014 is a differentiated psilocybin-based compound from Mindset’s Family 1 of novel, patent-pending psychedelic compounds. MSP-1014 was the first compound identified by the Company to progress towards human clinical trials after displaying high rates of success through a comprehensive range of specialized in vitro and in vivo tests.

For additional detail on our Family 1 lead candidate MSP-1014, please watch the following interview from Mindset’s management team: https://youtu.be/ZWl14TPzAek.

About Mindset Pharma Inc.

Mindset Pharma Inc. is a drug discovery and development company focused on creating optimized and patentable next-generation psychedelic medicines to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders with unmet needs. Mindset was established in order to develop pharmaceutical assets that leverage the breakthrough therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. Mindset is advancing its own proprietary therapeutics identified across its four novel families of psychedelic-inspired compounds.

For further information on Mindset, please visit our website at www.mindsetpharma.com.

For more information, please contact:

Investor Contact:
Allison Soss/Tim Regan
KCSA Strategic Communications
Email: MindSet@kcsa.com
Phone: 212-896-1267/ 347-487-6788

Company Contact:
James Lanthier, CEO
Email: jlanthier@mindsetpharma.com

Jason Atkinson, VP, Corporate Development
Email: jatkinson@mindsetpharma.com
Phone: 416-479-4094

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