Artelo Biosciences Presents Comparative Data from Key Preclinical Studies on ART12.11 at the 34th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium

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Artelo Biosciences presented comparative preclinical data on ART12.11 at the 34th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium. Findings revealed ART12.11, a novel cannabidiol: tetramethylpyrazine cocrystal, has a unique pharmacokinetic profile, potentially superior to existing treatments for anxiety-related disorders. Research showed ART12.11 increased plasma levels of CBD in rodents and displayed efficacy in reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms. The drug demonstrated similar plasma levels of CBD as Epidiolex, suggesting its potential as an effective treatment. Artelo is currently optimizing ART12.11's oral delivery formulation.

  • ART12.11 showed a unique pharmacokinetic profile that could not be replicated by coadministration of its individual components.
  • Rodent studies indicated elevated plasma levels of CBD and its metabolites with ART12.11 compared to CBD alone.
  • ART12.11 demonstrated significant reduction of anxiety and depressive symptoms in chronically stressed rats.
  • Similar plasma levels of CBD were achieved with ART12.11 as seen with Epidiolex, even in an unoptimized formulation.
  • Efficacy and bioavailability improvements of ART12.11 over CBD and TMP alone have yet to be confirmed in human trials.
  • Current research to preclinical rodent studies; human clinical trial data is not yet available.

Multiple studies confirm ART12.11’s superior advantages as a product candidate for the treatment of anxiety related disorders

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., July 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Artelo Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTL), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on modulating lipid-signaling pathways to develop treatments for people living with cancer, pain, dermatologic and neurological conditions, today announced several presentations about ART12.11, Artelo’s proprietary cocrystal combination drug candidate, were delivered at the 34th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) Symposium held June 30 through July 5, 2024 in Salamanca, Spain.

Andrew Yates, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Artelo, presented results from two studies entitled, “ART12.11, a Novel Cannabidiol: Tetramethylpyrazine Cocrystal, Demonstrates a Unique Pharmacokinetic Profile,” and “ART12.11, a Novel Cannabidiol: Tetramethylpyrazine Cocrystal, Demonstrates a Pharmacokinetic Profile Comparable with Epidiolex® in Rats,” respectively. Matthew Jones, a member of the laboratory of Dr. Steven Laviolette at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, delivered the oral presentation “A Novel Cannabidiol: Tetramethylpyrazine (ART12.11, CBD:TMP) Cocrystal Improves the Efficacy and Bioavailability of Cannabidiol to Induce Anxiolytic and Anti-Depressant Effects.”

Rodent pharmacokinetic data demonstrated that oral administration of an aqueous suspension of ART12.11 leads to increased plasma levels of CBD and its metabolites compared to CBD in the same formulation. This pharmacokinetic profile could not be replicated with coadministration of CBD and TMP. Furthermore, orally administered ART12.11 demonstrated similar plasma levels of CBD and its metabolites as an Epidiolex-like formulation in fed rodents. These results were obtained with an unoptimized aqueous suspension of ART12.11. Artelo is currently conducting drug formulation studies in order to optimize the oral solid delivery of ART12.11.

In the pharmacodynamic study performed at the laboratory of Dr. Laviolette, oral administration of ART12.11 significantly reduced a range of anxiety and depressive symptoms in chronically stressed rats. These effects were not significantly observed with either Cannabidiol (CBD) or Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) administered alone, or with a co-administration of CBD and TMP, despite CBD dosed alone with three times the amount of CBD used contained in ART12.11.

Dr. Yates commented, “The improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of ART12.11 are unique to our cocrystal composition and cannot be matched by either compound alone or co-administration of CBD and TMP and we were able to obtain similar exposure as Epidiolex without formulation optimization. Together with our strong and expanding patent position we believe these data support our ongoing development of ART12.11 as a promising treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.”

About ART12.11
ART12.11 is Artelo’s wholly owned, proprietary cocrystal composition of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetramethylpyrazine (TMP). Isolated as a single crystalline form, ART12.11 has exhibited better pharmacokinetics and improved efficacy compared to other forms of CBD in nonclinical studies. Superior pharmaceutical properties, including physicochemical, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic advantages have been observed with ART12.11. Artelo believes a more consistent and improved bioavailability profile may ultimately lead to increased safety and efficacy in humans, thus making ART12.11 a preferred CBD pharmaceutical composition. The US issued composition of matter patent for ART12.11 is enforceable until December 10, 2038 and has now been granted in six additional countries.

About Artelo Biosciences
Artelo Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics that modulate lipid-signaling pathways including the endocannabinoid system. Artelo is advancing a portfolio of broadly applicable product candidates designed to address significant unmet needs in multiple diseases and conditions, including anorexia, cancer, anxiety, pain, and inflammation. Led by proven biopharmaceutical executives collaborating with highly respected researchers and technology experts, the company applies leading edge scientific, regulatory, and commercial discipline to develop high-impact therapies. More information is available, including poster presentations, at or follow the Company’s progress on Twitter: @ArteloBio.

About the International Cannabinoid Research Society
The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) is the premier global scientific association with more than 650 international members from 40 countries, all active researchers in the field of endogenous, plant-derived, and synthetic cannabinoids and related bioactive lipids. In addition to acting as a source for impartial information on cannabis and the cannabinoids, the main role of the ICRS is to provide an open forum for researchers to meet and discuss their research. The ICRS Symposium is being held June 30- July 5, 2024 in Salamanca, Spain. Interested parties may follow @ICRS_Society on X. 

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What is ART12.11 and its potential use?

ART12.11 is a cannabidiol: tetramethylpyrazine cocrystal developed by Artelo Biosciences, showing potential for treating anxiety-related disorders.

What were the findings of the ART12.11 preclinical studies?

Preclinical studies indicated ART12.11 increased plasma CBD levels and reduced anxiety and depressive symptoms in chronically stressed rats.

How does ART12.11 compare to Epidiolex?

ART12.11 achieved similar plasma levels of CBD as Epidiolex in rodent studies, suggesting comparable efficacy.

What are the next steps for ART12.11 following the preclinical studies?

Artelo Biosciences is currently conducting formulation studies to optimize the oral delivery of ART12.11.

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