NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Innovation1 Biotech Inc. (OTCQB: IVBT) (“Innovation1” or the “Company”), a small molecule drug discovery company focused on the clinical development of modified Schedule 1 molecules of botanical origin, today announced the appointment of the Company’s Chief Science Officer, Andrew L. Salzman, M.D., to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Salzman is a physician, scientist, inventor, and biomedical entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in biomedical drug discovery and development. He has authored 175 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds 60 patents in the fields of medicine, pharmacology, organic chemistry, and medical devices. Dr. Salzman has received continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding since 1993, authoring 75 federal grants and receiving $160 million in federal grant and contract funding. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after completing undergraduate training at Yale College. Dr. Salzman completed his pediatric internship and residency at Columbia University, and post-doctoral fellowships in pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, immunology, mucosal physiology, and pediatric infectious disease at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital Medical Center.
“Dr. Salzman is already a key member of the Innovation1 team and as we continue to advance our portfolio, it’s only fitting that his position is advanced as well to our Board,” said Jeffrey Kraws, CEO of Innovation1 Biotech. “Andrew is an outstanding scientist and researcher and his expertise and experience will be invaluable as we pursue our mission to develop novel therapeutic approaches. We were patient in our selection process as we wanted the best scientific candidate on our Board to advance our pipeline.”
Dr. Salzman is an internationally recognized authority on free radical and oxidant mediated tissue injury. He founded and led the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. For the last 20 years he has founded and led biotechnology companies that have invented and developed novel pharmaceutical therapeutics. Among these, he has invented and developed the first PARP inhibitor (INO-1001, licensed to Genentech), the first adenosine 1 receptor agonist to enter clinical trials (trabadenoson, resulting in a NASDAQ IPO), and the first recombinant cystathionine beta synthase enzyme for classical homozygous homocystinuria (Pegtibatinase sold to Travere Therapeutics).
“Innovation1’s clinical portfolio holds significant potential to transform botanical Schedule 1 molecules into fully synthetic drugs that can be safely, reliably and consistently delivered to patients. I look forward to continuing to apply my knowledge and experience in developing therapies that can make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Salzman.
The Company’s portfolio includes five proprietary preclinical prodrugs, all fully synthetic without connection to botanical sourcing: a mushroom-derived psychedelic molecule for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a novel cannabinoid and tree bark derived psychedelic for treatment of addiction and three additional novel cannabinoid prodrugs addressing clinical indications of refractory pediatric epilepsy, hypertrophic scarring after burn wound injury, and ocular inflammation of the cornea and anterior uvea. In addition, Innovation1’s nutraceutical complex, Mioxal, is designed and formulated to contribute and help maintain normal energy metabolism, improve mood and reduce fatigue for those suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
For more information on Innovation1, please visit the Company’s website at www.innovation1bio.com.
About Innovation1 Biotech
Innovation1 Biotech Inc. is a small molecule drug discovery company focused on the clinical development of modified Schedule 1 molecules of botanical origin, where there is the opportunity to create breakthrough advances in diseases of unmet medical need. The Company’s portfolio includes five proprietary, fully synthetic preclinical prodrugs addressing independent clinical indications: a mushroom-derived psychedelic molecule for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a novel cannabinoid and tree bark derived psychedelic for treatment of addiction and three additional novel cannabinoid prodrugs addressing clinical indications of refractory pediatric epilepsy, hypertrophic scarring after burn wound injury, and ocular inflammation of the cornea and anterior uvea. Innovation1 also owns a currently approved nutraceutical complex specially designed and formulated to contribute and help maintain normal energy metabolism, improve mood, and reduce fatigue for those suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Jeffrey Kraws, CEO
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