Numinus First Canadian Public Company to Complete Legal Harvest of Psilocybe Mushrooms

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Numinus Bioscience’s developments include harvesting its first flush of Psilocybe mushrooms at its Health Canada licensed facility.

VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 22, 2020 /CNW/ – Numinus Wellness Inc. (“Numinus” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NUMI), a company creating an ecosystem of health solutions centred on developing and supporting the safe, evidence-based, accessible use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies, has harvested the first legal flush of Psilocybe mushrooms in Canada by a public company under its Health Canada-issued Controlled Drugs and Substances Dealer’s Licence. This news coincides with other recent developments by Numinus Bioscience, the Company’s 7,000 square foot analytics and research laboratory, which is focused on handling various psychedelic substances and developing analytical methods and formulations for the evolving psychedelics space. 

Numinus Bioscience first Psilocybe cubensis harvest (CNW Group/Numinus Wellness Inc.)

“The first harvest of legally grown Psilocybe mushrooms is a significant milestone for the whole industry” said Michael Tan, Chief Operating Officer. “Now, we can progress with research and development of standardized cultivation, extraction, and testing methods and exploring product formulations to support safe, evidence-based, accessible psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, as well as build a sequenced spore library.” 

Dennis McKenna, renowned ethnopharmacologist, Co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute, Founder of the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, and member of Numinus’ General Advisory Council, adds, “While there is a place for synthetic psilocybin in clinical practice, well-characterized and standardized extracts of natural forms of psilocybin i.e., mushrooms, cultivated and processed under stringent quality control protocols, are the wave of the future as therapeutic psilocybin gains acceptance. Given a choice, many people would prefer the option to use natural psilocybin. Mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine for literally thousands of years, and hence, they are just that much closer to these ancient traditions. Natural mushroom extracts are also likely to be far more affordable compared to synthetic psilocybin, and that is an important consideration when it comes to ensuring accessibility to this medicine which can be so beneficial to many people. Cost should not be a barrier to access these medicines, and the use of mushroom extracts will help ensure those who need them most can benefit from psilocybin therapies.”

Numinus Bioscience is establishing itself at the forefront of analytical testing for psychedelic substances, as a centre of excellence for psychedelic product research and development, and as an ancillary for psychedelic therapy clinical trials. Health Canada licences, scientific expertise, and state-of-the-art technologies facilitate ongoing innovation, while revenue from high-throughput contract cannabis testing is reinvested to further its psychedelic initiatives. 

In addition to today’s announcement, Numinus includes in its recent developments an amendment application to its Health Canada-issued Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence. The current licence permits testing, import and export, storage and distribution of MDMA, Psilocybin, Psilocin, DMT, and Mescaline as well as the undertaking of novel mycological research initiatives. The amendment will additionally permit the sale of Psilocybe mushroom fruiting bodies and extract for clinical research protocols and the development of standardized testing for additional psychedelic substances. 

Numinus is also proud to announce the recent appointment of Sharan Sidhu, regulatory expert and policy advisor for restrictive high growth industries, as Science Officer and General Manager. Sidhu brings extensive experience as a hub between academia, industry, and governing directorates to align research objectives with regulatory compliance. She has been a key strategist for research roadmaps, core initiatives, the development of IP, and the development of compliance requirements including LIMS, GLP/GMP, GACP, and ISO Standards. 

“Sharan’s experience and leadership are already proving instrumental in establishing Numinus Bioscience as a centre of excellence and major industry player in the delivery of safe, evidence-based, accessible psychedelic-psychotherapy,” said Payton Nyquvest, CEO, Founder, and Chairman. “We are honoured to have her join us on our mission.”

Sidhu is leading an accomplished scientific research team including Dr Bernd O. Keller, PhD (Advanced Analytical Methods), Dr Kristina Grotzinger, PhD (Phytochemistry), and Judit Varga, MSc (Advanced Microbiology Methods).

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF NUMINUS WELLNESS INC
Payton Nyquvest
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair

About Numinus
Numinus is a Vancouver-based health care company creating an ecosystem of health solutions centred around developing and supporting the safe, evidence-based, accessible use of psychedelic-assisted therapies. Numinus’ ecosystem units include Numinus Bioscience, Numinus R&D, and Numinus Health. Each unit is undertaking distinct, synergistic initiatives to hasten legal, for-profit psychedelic-assisted therapy models and position Numinus as a trusted industry leader for the eventual regulated rollout of these therapies.

Numinus Bioscience includes a 7,000 square foot research and testing laboratory as well as numerous Health Canada licences (through its wholly-owned subsidiary Salvation Botanicals) including a cannabis testing licence used for sustainable B2B revenue to support the company’s psychedelic efforts. The company holds a Dealer’s Licence which allows it to import, export, possess, and test MDMA, psilocybin, psilocin, DMT and mescaline as well as a licence to produce and extract psilocybin from mushrooms. These licences allow Numinus to support the growing number of studies on the potential benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies through research projects, product development, and the supply and distribution of these substances. 

Numinus R&D is embarking on implementation science and leveraging established relationships for partnerships to host studies, develop medical and therapeutic protocols, and influence regulatory approval.

Numinus Health is dedicated to delivering therapies that enhance and supplement existing options for people wanting lasting physical, mental and emotional health — centred around safe, evidence-based accessible psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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