Neptune and Tetra Bio-Pharma Enter Co-Development Agreement for Purified Cannabinoid Oil-Based Products targeting Pain and Inflammation
LAVAL, QUÉBEC–(Marketwired – Feb. 12, 2018) - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. (“Neptune”) (NASDAQ:NEPT)(TSX:NEPT) and Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (“Tetra”) (TSX VENTURE:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF) today announced that they entered into an agreement for the co-development, commercialization and marketing of purified cannabinoid oil-based products to address pain and inflammation relief applications for the natural health products and pet veterinary markets.
“We are excited to partner with Tetra, a biopharmaceutical leader in the development of cannabinoid-based novel drugs and treatments. The products that will be co-developed will be supported by research as well as our unique formulation and delivery system knowledge, which are key components of our mission to deliver differentiated science-based, value-added products,” said Jim Hamilton, President and CEO of Neptune.
“We are proud to partner with a company like Neptune. Their know-how in extraction, performed in a state of the art GMP facility, is a great asset to have for the cannabis medicinal/pharma oil market. This combined to Tetra’s expertise in the development of products for the prescription drug and pharma retail market, makes this partnership truly one of a kind. Leveraging our complementary expertise in research, regulatory affairs, science, formulation, and delivery forms, we intend to commercialize these new products in preparation of the forthcoming retail cannabis market in Canada, and a RX veterinary North American market,” stated Bernard Fortier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tetra.
The veterinary health care market is expected to reach US $39.7 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 8.06% during 2017-2022 (the forecast period)1. Veterinary medicines are associated with treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases among animals. It covers a variety of animal species, both, in domestic and wild.
1 Mordor intelligence October 2017: Veterinary Health Care Market-Growth, Trends and Forecast (2017-2022)
About Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.
Neptune is a wellness products company, with more than 50 years of combined experience in the industry. The Corporation formulates and develops turnkey solutions available in various unique delivery forms, offers specialty ingredients such as MaxSimil®, a patented ingredient that may enhance the absorption of lipid-based nutraceuticals, and a variety of other marine and seed oils. Neptune also sells premium krill oil directly to consumers through web sales at www.oceano3.com. Leveraging our scientific, technological and innovative expertise, Neptune is working to develop unique extracts and formulations in high potential growth segments, such as medical and wellness cannabinoid-based products.
Neptune is also pursuing opportunities in the prescription drug markets, through its 20% investment in Acasti Pharma Inc. (“Acasti”). Acasti focuses on the research, development and commercialization of omega-3 phospholipid therapies for the treatment of severe hypertriglyceridemia.
The Company’s head office is located in Laval, Quebec.
About Tetra Bio-Pharma
Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSX VENTURE:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF) is a biopharmaceutical leader in cannabinoid-based drug discovery and clinical development. Tetra is focusing on three core business pillars: clinical research, pharmaceutical promotion and retail commercialization of cannabinoid-based products. More information at: www.tetrabiopharma.com
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