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MGC Pharma Patent Application For CannEpil Drug Delivery System Granted By European IP Office

MGC Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX, LSE: MXC, ‘MGC Pharma’ or ‘the Company’), a European based bio-pharma company specialising in the production and development of phytomedicines, is pleased to announce that the Slovenian Intellectual Product Office (SIPO) has granted a patent for the Company’s Drug Delivery System of self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system (SNEDDS) in Ionic Complex Concentrate (CannEpil®-IL).

Key Highlights:

  • Patent granted by the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office for CannEpil® drug delivery carrier of self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system (SNEDDS) in Ionic Complex Concentrate (CannEpil®-IL), MGC Pharma’s phytocannabinoid-derived Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) drug, designed to treat drug-resistant (refractory) epilepsy with a high CBD, low THC formula.
  • CannEpil® is one of four products approved for prescription under the Medical Cannabis Access Programme by the Health Product Regulatory Authority in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Between 300 – 400 patients have been prescribed CannEpil® across Australia and Ireland on a monthly basis for the past two years.
  • MGC Pharma have signed an agreement with leading specialty pharmacy supplier, Sciencus Rare, for the distribution of CannEpil® and neurological treatment CogniCann®.
  • CannEpil®-IL Patent utilises Graft Polymer’s proprietary GraftBio™ SNEDDS technology (Self-Nano Emulsifying Drug Delivery System), a unique platform designed to deliver active ingredients more effectively and in higher concentrations to cells, improving the bioavailability and synergy of natural active ingredients.

The Patent

The Patent sets out the formulation of the Self-nanoemulsifying Cannabinoids-Ionic Complex concentrate drug delivery system, the method of manufacture, and its capacity for enhancing stability, solubility, and bioavailability of drugs designed for multiple neurological therapeutic applications.

The SNEDDS is based on the IV type (oil-free) nanotechnology which guarantees a globular molecule size below 50 nanometres (nm), in order to pass through the Blood Brain Barrier. For the effective treatment of neurological diseases, molecules must be less than 25nm, therefore the Self-nanoemulsifying Cannabinoids-Ionic Complex concentrate is based on an “Ionic Complex” that greatly increases solubility and bioavailability of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient, reducing the diameter of the molecule.

The grant of the patent provides MGC Pharma commercial protection over the intellectual property associated with CannEpil®-IL, its unique formulation and manufacturing process for 20 years.

The CannEpil® formulation is designed to treat Drug Resistant Epilepsy with a high CBD, low THC formulation. The treatment utilises Graft Polymer’s GraftBioTM self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system.


CannEpil® is designed to treat one of the most common serious neurological conditions, Epilepsy, which affects approximately 600,000 people in the UK, and ~50 million people worldwide,[1] with approximately 33% of those adults, and 20-25% of those children, suffering from Refractory Epilepsy (or Drug Resistant Epilepsy) which cannot be controlled with traditional anti-seizure medication.[2] The annual cost for patients with epilepsy in the United States is estimated to be approximately 12.5 billion dollars.[3]

In 2019 CannEpil® was made available for distribution and prescription in Ireland under full governmental health insurance coverage, making it the second product available with coverage in the Republic of Ireland as part of Ireland’s Medical Cannabis Access Programme. There are over 37,000 people living with Epilepsy in Ireland alone, with CannEpil providing a solution to a significant number of those cases.[4]Between 300 – 400 patients have been prescribed CannEpil® across Australia and the Republic of Ireland monthly over the past two years.

CannEpil® is currently undergoing a randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of high CBD/low THC on driving performance, sedation and mood, in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia (SUT). In addition to this, MGC Pharma are awaiting the approval of the import permits for CannEpil® by the Israel Ministry of Health in order to commence the Phase IIb trials for the formulation, as the Company looks to achieve Central Market Authorisation in the next 2-3 years.

Sciencus Rare Distribution

MGC Pharma has signed an agreement with leading European pharmacy supplier, Sciencus Rare for the distribution of CannEpil® and CogniCann® products (announced 5th April 2022). With a turnover of £1.9billion, Sciencus Rare is the largest distributor of specialised healthcare solutions for patients with long-term conditions, rare and ultra-rare diseases, spanning 50 different products and partnered with 40 pharmaceutical companies to deliver over 1.2 million orders around the world.

Roby Zomer, Co-founder and Managing Director of MGC Pharma, commented: “We are very pleased that the Patent for our proprietary drug delivery system has now been granted by the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office. This is a recognition of the strength of our product and provides legal commercial protection for our Company and our partner’s IP.

“We are continuing to consistently build on the foundations we have established in bringing our products to the central market and are proud of the progress we have made thus far. The grant of this patent advances our European focus and affirms our commitment to treating patients with serious conditions on a global scale.”

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