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Brains Bioceutical’s Natural, Plant-Based Cannabidiol Receives Novel Food Validation From The United Kingdom Food Standards Agency

Brains Bioceutical is the first company to receive validation for a cannabidiol (CBD) that is sourced naturally from industrial hemp

UNITED KINGDOMFeb. 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Brains Bioceutical Corp. (“Brains Bio” or the “Company”) through its wholly owned subsidiary BSPG Laboratories Ltd., is pleased to announce it has received novel food validation from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its natural, plant-based CBD active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). The FSA has received over 800 CBD Novel Food applications and it has rejected over 600 of these. Three applications have been fully validated to date; one has been placed in the on-hold section. This validation will be required for any CBD nutraceutical products placed on the market in the UK and Europe. Brains Bio is the first company to receive novel food validation for its naturally sourced CBD API. This strategic advantage will allow the company to be the only manufacturer on the market able to meet the demand for natural plant-based products.

“We are extremely proud to have secured the FSA’s validation after years of research and data analysis on our industry-leading, natural hemp-based cannabinoid API,” said Brains Bio CEO and Chairperson Ricky Brar. “This will allow Brains Bio to capitalize on our first mover advantage, being strategically positioned within the industry that will likely face supply constraints based on the vigorous requirements related to novel food. Brains Bio and our B2B partners are confident we will be able to meet this consumer demand and rapidly achieve market share on a path to developing the UK’s largest CBD brand. From its initial inception, Brains Bio has been part of the first group of approvals within the industry, and this includes the rarity of our EU-GMP and MHRA approvals.”

Securing novel food validation is a highly vigorous process that is costly and time-consuming for companies seeking to sell their products legally in the UK and European markets.  Since 2015, Brains Bio has significantly invested in the collection and analysis of data required by the FSA, including toxicology reports, stability data, product manufacturing data, genotoxicology studies, detailed information on typical CBD exposure and usage, risk assessment and risk mitigation plans, and additional supporting data. In addition to supporting the FSA’s strict criteria to ensure consumers receive the best quality products, Brains Bio is the only producer of natural hemp-based cannabinoid APIs in the UK to develop a fully verified submission, including a comprehensive data package, to the FSA. This distinction positions Brains Bio as a leader in the rapidly growing global cannabidiol market, which is projected to accelerate by nearly 20 per cent to $7.99 billion USD by 2027.1

“The CBD sector has been growing rapidly over recent years within the UK. It is a huge relief to see a UK-based company innovating within this space to successfully navigate the new novel foods regulations now overseen by the FSA. Brains Bio is a fine example of how a UK-based company can lead the charge in science, research, and clinical data globally to find their way through the thicket of regulations being applied retrospectively on an existing industry.  As a non-synthetic product, their farsighted investment in Sandwich is likely to bring them a significant competitive advantage, delivering what the market wants, but consistent with the very highest standards of safety,” said Crispin Blunt, chairman of the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group.

Brains Bio is committed to advancing the research and development of natural cannabinoid APIs. The company is actively involved in clinical and academic trials across the world, evaluating the efficacy and impact of cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products to enhance life and expand treatment options.

“We know that the key to unlocking the transformative power of cannabinoids in the health and wellness industries is robust, evidence-based research,” said Dean Billington, Chief Operating Officer of Brains Bio. Brains Bio is proud to be at the forefront of this movement, unlocking solutions to enhance life and provide alternative therapeutic options for consumers.”

The novel food validation builds on Brains Bio’s previous milestone accomplishment of validation that the company received earlier this year from the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority for its European Novel Foods application.

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Brains Bio is the leader in evidence-based cannabinoid and phytochemical active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to enhance life and treatment options for consumers and patients. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with operations in the United Kingdom, Brains Bio is one of the only producers of natural hemp-based cannabinoid APIs in the world. Combined with the company’s unparalleled expertise and institutional knowledge in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and cannabinoid-based product development, Brains Bio is strategically positioned to be a trailblazer in healthcare innovation across the world.

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1 Source: Research and Markets, Global Cannabidiol Market (2021-2027) by Source, Distribution Channel, Product, Route of Administration, End-User, and Geography, IGR Competitive Analysis, Impact of Covid-19, Ansoff Analysis


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