You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by depression or anxiety. Biochemically, they’re considered co-morbid, which means they often happen at the same time and feed off of one another. Depression and anxiety often overlap in terms of neurotransmitters and therefore, they’re often lumped together and treated the same way.
And if you look at the numbers of those infected with these twin diseases, considered the common cold of mental illness, you realize that this isn’t exactly a battle we’re winning. The normal course of treatment for depression and anxiety is psychotherapy, medications like antidepressants, or both. Let’s also factor in lifestyle changes, improved sleep habits, better social support, stress-reduction techniques and exercise—but what if none of that works?
Ask yourself – why is the 2020 Global Anxiety Disorder & Depression Treatment Market about USD $16 billion and forecasted to reach USD $19.81 Billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 2.4% over the forecast period? Have we tried everything?
No, as it turns out. We haven’t.
Filament Health (FH.NEO) represents another significant option—as yet untried because of pearl-clutching governments past—and now it might be a solution whose time as come.
What is Filament Health?
Filament Health is a psychedelic drug discovery and extractions tech company. Their mission statement is to get safe, approved and natural psychedelics for everyone who needs it as soon as possible on the belief that measurable and useful medicines will help resolve many of the world’s mental health problems. Including depression and anxiety. Filament makes their money by leveraging the commercialization of their extraction tech, and uses its intellectual property portfolio, as well as its in-house GMP facility, and Health Canada issued Dealer’s License for all natural psychedelics.
The operative word in that paragraph is ‘natural.’ There’s no synthesis is psilocybin or any other psychedelic compound. You’ll never read a press release about them picking up a device or company wherein they gather IP required to combine molecules requires to make artificial psychedelics. It’s not in their company DNA.
“We believe very strongly that it’s important to bring a natural option for these various psychedelic compounds to the market for a couple of reasons: first and foremost, it’s no secret that general everyday consumers prefer natural products when they can get them. You probably didn’t take a synthetic caffeine pill this morning, you probably took a cup of tea or coffee—that’s a natural extract. We think this consumer megatrend will continue into psychedelics, and consumers on the fence about whether or not to try psychedelics, may be more comfortable trying it if the product is natural,” said Ben Lightburn, CEO of Filament Health in an interview with Equity Guru’s own Maddy Grace.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for the nascent psychedelics industry, much like the cannabis industry before it, is how to ensure a stable, repeatable experience. You’ll find a McDonalds anywhere you go in North America and the Big Mac you buy will taste the exact same whether it’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico or in North Vancouver, British Columbia. They use the same ingredients, the sauces are mixed the same way, and it’s served the same way. That’s by design. It means customers know what they’re getting whenever they crack open one of those paper boxes they come in, and there’s no surprises.
Cannabis is much the same—this time owing more to regulations than market sentiment.
Filament has developed tech capable of extracting and standardizing a stable dose of natural psilocybin to overcome issues with crop-to-crop and flush-to-flush variability. You can rest assured when you pick up one of Filament’s products from your pharmacy in the future that you’re getting the correct dosage, and there will be no surprises. You don’t want surprises in your depression and anxiety medicine.
Before Filament’s tech, previous methods of natural extraction produced challenges including poor yields, instability, and repeatability. Your experience would literally not be the same each trip and that’s no good for anyone. It’s definitely one of the things Health Canada will be looking for when regulations come.
M&A and Intellectual Property
In March of this year the company picked up Psilo Scientific, a drug discovery and extraction tech company for a little over $11 million in a mix of $200,000 in cash and 37,156,469 shares. The acquisition included a change of control with Psilo becoming a subsidiary of the company.
The company has only been in existence since June 22 when it completed a reverse takeover wherein Filament Ventures and a numbered company based in BC rolled into one another to form the company as we now know it.
Filament Health is the first public company to get a patent from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for natural psilocybin extraction and standardization and associated psychoactive compounds. They received the patent on August 3, 2021, for transforming psychedelic raw materials into pharma-grade standardized extracts.
Their latest patent, and their 20th application, supports the company’s research phase programs, including three international Patient Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications. The company intends to use their Canadian success by using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) in the United States and internationally.
The PPH allows a company to speed up the patent application process, and can be used if the application has a corresponding patent allowable by one of the PPH partners. The CIPO has PPH partnerships with 26 intellectual property offices throughout a global PPH pilot program, with four IP offices through bilateral PPH pilot programs.
“This milestone sets us ahead of industry peers and demonstrates the strength of our IP strategy. Many naturally occurring compounds have great potential to alleviate suffering, and our patent filings cover a range of innovative technologies necessary for transforming the healing power of those compounds into pharmaceutical standardized form,” said Lightburn.
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The company’s last financials were released mid-way through August and they told a story about a company with a respectable $7.8 million cash position and an assets to liabilities distribution that favours providing shareholders with equity.
Lately, they’ve been doing the rounds most new companies do by adding themselves to the OTCQB Venture and Pink boards, trying to raise their profile as high as they can by getting their name and ticker to every potential investor.
“Listing on the OTCQB and obtaining DTC eligibility are important milestones towards increasing investor access for a wide range of United States investors and increasing our trading liquidity. With these announcements, we look forward to expanding Filament’s presence in the U.S. and deepening our relationships with our investor base, furthering our mission to get safe, natural psychedelics into the hands of everyone who needs them as soon as possible,” said Warren Duncan, chief financial officer.
Normally there would be some questions about how this company planned on taking their product through the necessary preclinical and clinical trial testing, and these questions would revolve around how they were going to afford it. That’s admittedly a price-tag in the tens of millions of dollars range before marketing. But we don’t.
What Filament has done is establish a partnership with the research program at the University of California, San Francisco to help answer questions about the mechanisms, safety and actual use value of psychedelics for health conditions like depression and anxiety. Ultimately, that’s fairly smart. Shifting the price tag over to another publicly funded entity while enjoying the proceeds of the work.
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