- Levitee Labs acquiring 51% interest in new R&D compounding pharmacy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- New pharmacy to focus on production of intranasal ketamine and sublingual preparations, topical and transdermal formulations, capsules and other Levitee-branded compounds and products
Levitee Labs Inc. (CSE: LVT) (OTC: LVTTF) (FSE: 7H7) (the " Company " or " Levitee "), an integrative wellness company with a diversified portfolio of healthcare and wellness assets, has signed a letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire 51% of the issued and outstanding shares of a new pharmacy with compounding capacities in Alberta (the "Compounding Pharmacy"). The Compounding Pharmacy is led by an expert pharmacy operator with deep experience in the compounding space.
The Compounding Pharmacy is a licensed Level C non-sterile compounding lab adjacent to a separate compounding space and retail pharmacy. The separate compounding space and retail pharmacy was part of an acquisition announced by Levitee Labs on October 12 th , 2021. Through licensed compounding services, a pharmacy creates custom medications from base ingredients for patients, which Levitee Laboratories will use to expand the therapeutic options available to patients and physicians – this will fill gaps in health care for specific needs.
The Company will provide a variety of innovative delivery methods and unique forms of dosage such as intranasal ketamine and sublingual preparations, topical and transdermal formulations, capsules, suppositories, oral liquids and lollipops. The initial focus for formulations is on addiction treatment, mental healthcare, and pain management, with plans to expand the scope of work to other areas.
The acquisition represents the launch of the Company's initiative into production and distribution of pharmaceutical products under the Levitee Labs banner. The Compounding Pharmacy will be used to expand Levitee Labs' operations by introducing a R&D laboratory for the discovery and production of cutting-edge ketamine and psychedelic medicines (when permitted by law) for the safe and effective treatment of addiction, depression, and pain management.
"This acquisition has tremendous implications for our business as we look ahead to our own formulations and branded consumer goods, which will include products such as intranasal medicines and ketamine creams," commented Pouya Farmand, Chief Executive Officer at Levitee Labs. "Bringing a large R&D compounding pharmacy to our Levitee Pharmacies group is a true value-add as we work towards economies of scale as a fully integrated company."
As part of the acquisition announced by Levitee Labs on October 12 th , 2021, Levitee Labs will hold a 51% ownership stake in the Compounding Pharmacy. Levitee Labs will retain the right to acquire the remaining 49% of the Compounding Pharmacy at a pre-determined valuation (multiple of EBITDA – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). This LOI is non-binding and remains subject to the drafting of definitive agreements, approval from Levitee Labs' board, and regulatory body approvals.
According to a study conducted by the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute 1 , transdermal ketamine and lidocaine was found to be effective in 73% of patients diagnosed with acute neuropathic pain, from a sample size of 854 patient charts. These findings indicate the effectiveness and potential that ketamine-based compounds have on individuals with ailments that require their use.
About Levitee Labs Inc.
Levitee is establishing itself as a leader in the integrative wellness space. Through leveraging an M&A regimen that focuses on the centralization of complementary integrative wellness assets, Levitee aims to transform mental health and addiction treatments through the integration of psychedelic medicines and therapies. The Company's current portfolio of assets includes: Levitee Clinics™, a group of five operating addiction and pain treatment clinics in Alberta; Levitee Pharmacies™, three pharmacies operating in Alberta specialized in filling prescriptions for patients with substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and chronic pain; BlockMD, the first technology company in Alberta to receive provincial approval for electronic-prescriptions in the addiction treatment space; and Earth Circle Organics, a direct-to-consumer and wholesaler of supplements and superfood products with 180+ SKUs in its product lineup across three brands. Further information about Levitee is available on its website at www.leviteelabs.com .
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