India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IGC) has set a long-term goal for itself in the U.S. of becoming a leading provider of cannabis-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. This is a transition away from its earlier short-term strategy, including the sale of electronics and development of a hotel site in Malaysia. To this end, the company has jettisoned its electronics business. IGC is now fully focused on building a portfolio of patents and starting clinical and pre-clinical trials for a series of pain-reducing and other cannabis-based therapies. These therapies are designed to treat neuropathic pain, seizures, Parkinson’s, anorexia/cachexia, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD.
Ram Mukunda, CEO of the company, indicated that IGC’s 2017 goals are focused on its progression toward commencement of clinical trials for these combination therapies. The Journal of Pain, in September 2012, reported that between $560 billion and $635 billion is spent annually in the U.S. for pain management, making it a significant part of the American health care system. In response, IGC has developed a series of drugs for pain and other disorders, including IGC-501 for neuropathic pain, IGC-502 for the treatment of seizures, and IGC-504 and IGC-506 for eating disorders and cachexia.
The company recently filed for issuance of a provisional patent for IGC-506, a combination of cannabis-based extracts and other compounds. It should be noted that a provisional patent does not assure the issuance of a patent in the future.
Mukunda explained that IGC is starting a review of international medical sites as the company seeks preclinical and clinical trials of its patent portfolio. He described the marketplace that IGC is entering as large, indicating that trials, patents and seeking approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is seen as cost-effective.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.IGCinc.us
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