TORONTO – Cybin Inc. (NEO:CYBN) (OTCQB:CLXPF), a biotechnology company focused on progressing psychedelic therapeutics, reported that it has selected social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder as the initial target indications for its proprietary psychedelic molecule CYB004.
“People struggle with many different mental health challenges, but anxiety affects more people than any other,” said Dr. Alex Belser, Chief Clinical Officer. “With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of anxiety have increased 3-fold, leaving many folks in a debilitating state. We think that treatment with psychedelic medicine may help. Our team’s previous research on anxiety at New York University and the trials conducted at UCLA and Johns Hopkins showed large magnitude decreases in anxiety after treatment with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This is a promising approach to treat anxiety with a clear pathway.”
SAD, sometimes called social phobia, describes the persistent and irrational fear of embarrassment and humiliation in social situations. SAD typically begins in childhood or adolescence and, untreated, can be associated with the subsequent development of major depression, substance abuse, and other mental health problems. The disorder can be associated with extensive functional impairment and reduced quality of life.
SAD is a prevalent condition, estimated to affect between 3% and 7% of the United States adult population.
SAD Market Size: Based on estimates derived from currently available FDA approved treatments, the current US market is estimated at US$165M with global estimates at US$1.15B as of 2021. The market is currently made up of multiple approved drugs still under patent protection, generics and off label use drugs.
GAD is marked by excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) about a range of everyday topics/events and is one of the most common mental disorders in both community and clinical settings and is associated with increased use of health care services.
GAD is a prevalent condition, estimated to affect between 3% and 6% of the United States adult population.
GAD Market Size: Current global estimates are approximately US$2.99B and projected to grow to US$4.5B by 2027. The market is currently made up of multiple approved drugs still under patent protection, generics and off label use drugs, including benzodiazepines which carry a risk of addiction, misuse and dependence.
According to The World Health Organization, 1 in 13 adults globally suffers from anxiety. Current FDA-approved medications for anxiety disorders include SSRIs and SNRIs, which have slow onset of action and side-effects including weight gain, nausea, vomiting and sexual dysfunction. Many patients also do not respond to SSRI or SNRI treatments for the anxiety disorders.
Various studies reviewing the improvements in anxiety with psychedelic treatments showed a significant response to therapy and were relatively well-tolerated. In these studies, patients benefited from a faster onset of action with less addictive effects.
“The decision to pursue anxiety disorders indications for CYB004 follows months of thoughtful, in-depth work by the Cybin development team. Careful consideration of many factors drives these decisions, including the prevalence of anxiety disorders, the measurable clinical endpoints, a realistic pre-clinical and clinical plan, along with an understanding of the effects of the molecule itself. For the Cybin team, this decision represents a further opportunity to help millions of sufferers of these all-too-prevalent disorders,” stated Doug Drysdale, Chief Executive Officer.
Cybin is a leading biotechnology company focused on progressing psychedelic therapeutics by utilizing proprietary drug discovery platforms, innovative drug delivery systems, novel formulation approaches and treatment regimens for psychiatric disorders.
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