FDA fast-tracks psilocybin-based CYB003 for depression

The FDA continues to signal openness to psychedelic-based therapies. Following its recent Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for a potential LSD-based anxiety treatment, the agency has extended the same status to Cybin Inc.‘s CYB003 for major depressive disorder (MDD). The move marks the first FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for an adjunctive, psychedelic-based Major Depressive Disorder treatment. This move expedites CYB003’s review process and provides increased FDA guidance throughout development.

“I think there’s a positive attitude at the FDA,” said Doug Drysdale, CEO of Cybin. He noted that a significant number of agency representatives attended their end of Phase 2b meeting, indicating strong interest across departments. “They seem excited about the potential of these new treatments.”

FDA’s Breakthrough Designations for psychedelic and MDMA therapies

The FDA has previously granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) to psiloc…

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FDA grants breakthrough status to LSD-based anxiety treatment

In a major shift away from decades of stigma, the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MindMed‘s MM120, an LSD-based treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This milestone not only underscores the growing recognition of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics but also could point to a potential turning point for the struggling psychedelic sector and specifically bolsters the future of MindMed.

[Related: Could LSD change the game in anxiety treatment?]

Psychedelic stocks: A long, strange trip continues

As with many psychedelic companies, MindMed’s stock (NASDAQ: MNMD) has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years, briefly reaching close to $60 per share in early and mid-2021 amid peaking investor enthusiasm for the potential of psychedelic-based treatments. But the stock, like many others in the sector, has faced significant declines as investor enthusiasm waned later in 2021 and 2022.

The breakthrough therapy des…

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