The success of these small companies depends on whether those companies can convince investors that their firms have a sound intellectual property strategy. This strategy, which centers on patents, helps minimize the risks for investors.
That’s why Champignon Brands’ /zigman2/quotes/216819817/delayed CA:SHRM +3.49% already impressive cache of pharmaceutical patents gives it a leg up in the competitive rush to claim market share in the nascent Psilocybin industry.
The company has acquired a good chunk of its IP property through a series of smart acquisitions of entrenched players ranging from research facilities and specialty biotech companies to craft mushroom cultivation facilities.
But some will come from its in-house clinical research, too.
Normally, when you do clinical trials, the ideal is to own the resulting IP. Champignon is partnering with the University of Miami and Miller School of Medicine in its research work but will own 100% of the intellectual property, drug discovery, and resultant data.
Its Psilocybin Patent Portfolio will greatly help the company in the commercialization of GMO and vegan certified rapid onset treatments capable of improving health outcomes, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as substance and alcohol use disorders.
Even better: It can license its patented formulations to other companies as it deems fit.
#4 Smart Acquisitions
A big reason why Champignon Brands Inc.’s (cn:SHRM) /zigman2/quotes/217267142/composite SHRMF -4.01% is looking to hit the ground running is due to its impressive array of smart acquisitions.
Tassili, a 100% owned subsidiary, is focused on development of therapeutics for multiple pathological psychological diseases based on psychedelic and cannabis compounds. In
partnership with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and physicians at the University of Miami, Tassili is working to develop effective psilocybin-based therapeutics for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Presently, Tassili is conducting preclinical studies and eventual human clinical trials, with the objective of demonstrating safety and efficacy of the combination of psilocybin and cannabidiol in treating mTBI with PTSD or stand-alone PTSD; final results are expected in 2021.
Tassili has filed four provisional patents and in collaboration with university research
institutes intends to demonstrate that the clinical and physiological effectiveness in
PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are enhanced by timely measured
dosages of psilocybin and cannabidiol, with superior clinical results measured by
Artisan Growers is another subsidiary 100% owned by Champignon Brands Inc.’s. The company operates a craft mushroom cultivation facility, capable of producing an assortment of organic craft mushroom varieties, including Lion's Mane, Chaga, Reishi and Agaricus Blazei. Artisan Growers utilizes a variety of cultivation techniques and grow infrastructure to produce premium craft mushrooms.
Champignon also wholly owns Novoformulations, a specialty biotechnology company focused on developing novel and innovative delivery systems for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.
Novoformulations is presently working with ketamine, anaesthetics and adaptogenics, as well as a host of pharmaceuticals and natural molecules at a purpose-built good manufacturing practice (GMP) and pharmaceutical (DIN) licensed facility, located in Quebec, Canada, and an accredited pharmacy in Ontario.
#5 Super Tag Team
The ultimate objective of any investment is to grow your capital and maximize your profits....
And few industries are as promising as the bustling psychedelic biotech sector, assuming the compounds are widely decriminalized.
Psilocybin and Magic Mushrooms could be the new marijuana… Champignon is looking to follow in the footsteps of Canopy Growth Corp.
Source: CNN Money
Champignon Brands Inc.’s (cn:SHRM) /zigman2/quotes/217267142/composite SHRMF -4.01% has so far been flying under Wall Street’s radar, but has still managed to climb 140% since its March IPO.
In other words, early-in investors have already more than quadrupled the value of their stock in the company less than two months after it went public.
Champignon is adequately capitalized, raising over $4 million since inception. The company also fully owns Canadian Rapid Treatment Center of Excellence, a clinic that is doing 1.5 million in annual revenue and gross margins of up to 50%.
Champignon plans to roll out five more such clinics before the current year.
Mind Medicine has a $113M market cap likely due to its ties to "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary and Canopy Growth Corp CEO Bruce Linton, despite MindMed only having IPO’d in February.
Yet, Champignon is headed by a super-tag team that’s every bit as impressive.
Sitting on the company’s board are a securities lawyer; a cannabis accountant and two ex-Toronto narcotics officers who are well versed in decriminalization. They are 100% committed to being a first mover in the space and have the personnel to make it happen.
At a current valuation of just $65M, straddling incredible growth runways and an idea whose time has finally come, this is a company to watch.
Other companies capitalizing on the decriminalization trend:
Curaleaf Holdings /zigman2/quotes/203485866/delayed CA:CURA +3.60%
Curaleaf is a multi-faceted U.S. cannabis company, operating dispensaries, cultivating product, marketing and more. The company also produces a wide range of cannabis products, including concentrates, edibles, tinctures, capsules, vaporizer cartridges, and dry natural marijuana.
Despite the fact that the company only just went public, it has seen a lot of attention from investors, securing a valuation of over $4.5 billion.
Curaleaf’s third-quarter financials shocked analysts, with Q3 revenue soaring by 289 percent. "Boasting the largest retail dispensary footprint under a single, unified brand, with now 33 locations across 10 states, Curaleaf has established itself as a leader in the burgeoning U.S. cannabis industry,” CEO Joe Lusardi noted.
Molson Coors is an iconic multi-national beer company, with brands that are recognizable across the United States and Canada. Besides just its Molson and Coors lines, the company has also ventured into more niche beverages to take advantage of the growing craft beer market, buying up brands like Leinenkugel’s and Blue Moon.
Not to be left behind in the marijuana boom, Molson Coors is also developing a line of non-alcoholic cannabis-based beverages with its partner, the Hydropothecary Corporation.
Molson Coors Canada president and CEO Frederic Landtmeters noted, “While we remain a beer business at our core, we are excited to create a separate new venture with a trusted partner that will be a market leader in offering Canadian consumers new experiences with quality, reliable and consistent non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages.”
Aurora Cannabis /zigman2/quotes/203734337/delayed CA:ACB -1.88%
Aurora Cannabis is one of the biggest names in the burgeoning marijuana sector. With a market cap over $14 billion, Aurora has carved out its position as a leader in the industry. And the company is still making moves.
Recently, Aurora sealed a supply deal with Mexico’s Farmacias Magistrales SA, the country’s first and, for now, at least, only federally licensed importer of raw materials containing THC.
In an announcement from Aurora, the company stated that the deal “firmly establishes Aurora’s first-mover advantage in one of the world’s most populous countries, where more than 130 million people will have federally legal access to a range of Aurora’s non-flower medical cannabis products containing THC.”
Cronos Group /zigman2/quotes/202715342/delayed CA:CRON -0.73%
Following its October slump, Cronos Group has seen a surge in trading volume, with a renewed investor interest in the company thanks to rumors surrounding the company’s discussions with tobacco giant Altria.
The Canadian firm, though primarily an equity investor, has made some major moves in recent years, wheeling and dealing with some of the hottest names in the sector. Because of its forward-thinking attitude, it has drawn the attention of many major mainstream players, including the company behind Marlboro, Altria Group.
On December 7th, rumors were finally confirmed when Cronos made the official announcement of a C$2.4 billion strategic investment from Altria. "Altria is the ideal partner for Cronos Group, providing the resources and expertise we need to meaningfully accelerate our strategic growth," said Cronos Group's Mike Gorenstein, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Canopy Growth Corporation /zigman2/quotes/202205609/delayed CA:WEED -0.37%
After securing a major $4 billion investment from beverage giant Constellation Brands, it seemed like Canopy Growth was on the top of the world. The same day, shares in the company surged by 30 percent.
Though things have cooled down a bit since then after a downgrade from analysts of the Constellation Brands stock, Canopy has not stopped making moves in the market, most recently swallowing up renowned vaporizer producer Stor & Bickel Gmbh & Co., the creator of the iconic Volcano® Medic and the Mighty® Medic devices.
The €145 million all-cash deal makes it one of the largest in the marijuana sector this year, and Canopy Growth is not likely to stop there.
By. Lloyd Davis
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