Lexaria Bioscience announces R&D agreement with British American Tobacco
Kelowna, British Columbia – TheNewswire – August 31, 2020 – Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTC:LXRP) (CSE:LXX) (CNSX:LXX.CN) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, announces that it has entered a research and development (“R&D”) framework agreement with British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited (“BAT”) to investigate Lexaria’s technology for potential use in nicotine products.
R&D work under the Agreement will be paid for by BAT.
“Lexaria is pleased to work with British American Tobacco on these research and development activities,” said Chris Bunka, Chief Executive Officer of Lexaria, who is also responsible for the accuracy of this news release.
The Agreement does not contemplate development of oral nicotine consumer products in North America, given Lexaria’s existing North American relationship with a leading United States-based tobacco company. The Agreement is expected to be completed within six months, though provisions exist to extend the Agreement if required.
British American Tobacco is a leading, multi-category consumer goods business, established in 1902. BAT’s purpose is to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of its business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for its consumers. British American Tobacco is one of the largest tobacco companies in the world with products sold in over 11 million locations across more than 180 countries.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp.’s (OTCQX: LXRP, CSE: LXX) proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH™, improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The Company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules. DehydraTECH increases bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduces time of onset from 1 - 2 hours to 10 - 20 minutes, and masks unwanted tastes for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine, and other molecules. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles, and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 16 patents granted and over 60 patents pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com.
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