- Developing pain relievers that mimic body’s natural pain relief peptides
- Other programs include development of treatments for diabetes, synthetization of blue scorpion venom and study of a novel cannabinoid delivery platform
- Revenues from international licensing strategy
The discovery of endomorphins in 1997 was a remarkable reminder of the human body’s wondrous nature. Endomorphins are naturally produced morphine-like substances with an affinity for the µ-opioid receptors in the brain, which fortunately happen to be the best places to alleviate pain. With a potency that far exceeds morphine, these endogenous substances are the body’s first line of defense against pain and stress. Since their discovery, efforts to replicate them in the lab have been underway, and a number of those initiatives are now bearing fruit in R&D establishments. A signal example is the biotechnology developed by Dr. Harry Parekh, which provides a drug development platform for PreveCeutical Medical Inc. (CSE: PREV) (OTCQB: PRVCF) (FSE: 18H). Using it, the health sciences company plans to develop endomorphin analogs which, unlike opioids, aren’t addictive and don’t trigger the respiratory depression that all too often causes fatal overdosing.
The development of this new class of pain relieving drugs could usher in an era of more temperate painkillers. Opioids are effective in reducing pain, but their use is blighted by possibilities of sinister side effects. Since they delay the functioning of the body’s respiratory apparatus, the peril of fatal overdose is ever-present. In addition, their efficacy diminishes over time as the body develops…
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