NEMUS Biosciences Initiates Anti-Infective MRSA Program
March 18th, 2015
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Nemus Biosciences Inc. [stockquote symbol=NMUS], a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of cannabis-based therapeutics, recently announced the initiation of clinical studies concerning the use of cannabinoids as anti-infective therapeutics. In partnership with the University of Mississippi, initial studies will be focused on Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”), with in vitro testing results expected early this year. The researchers hope to progress to formulation and animal testing shortly thereafter where applicable.
“MRSA has proven to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world, with the incidence in the United States showing a rise in community-acquired versus healthcare-acquired disease,” reports Brian Murphy, MD, MPH, NEMUS Bioscience Inc. Chief Marketing Officer. “The NEMUS anti-infective program will explore the use of unique cannabinoid-based therapies to help treat bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections and conditions. To begin, we will focus solely on MRSA and the potential of these compounds to prevent systemic infection among patients colonized with the antibiotic-resistant form of this bacteria.”
NEMUS Bioscience and the University of Mississippi entered into a research and in-licensing collaboration agreement last year. With more than 100 compounds that can be derived from the cannabis plant, the researchers are eager to explore the vast potential medical uses for these purified molecules, given the drug’s significant impact on various parts of the human body. Cannabinoids have the potential to eliminate infective threats, including those that have developed resistance to current therapies and pose the greatest threat to humanity.
“We look to complete in vitro testing early this year and progress to formulation and animal testing thereafter where applicable,” added Dr. Murphy. “There is an urgent medical need for newer agents to treat resistant organisms and NEMUS is looking to leverage the antimicrobial capacity of cannabinoids to meet these threats.”
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