Geocann Appoints Michael Davidson, M.D. Head of Innovation, Technology and Clinical Research

COLORADO:  Geocann announced that Michael Davidson, M.D., has joined the company’s executive management team as Head of Innovation, Technology, and Clinical Research where he will focus on cutting-edge health solutions proven through well-designed clinical studies. Davidson is an internationally recognized expert on statins, novel lipid-lowering drugs, and omega-3 essential fatty acids. He has coordinated more than 1,000 clinical trials and published more than 250 articles for leading medical journals.

“Geocann’s initial cannabis research has set the benchmark for what’s demanded in an ever-evolving industry with implications and opportunities in a wide range of product applications such as nutritionals, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and medical devices,” Davidson said. “I’m honored to lead our efforts in new research with a vision to make a significant impact that adds value to Geocann, our global brand partners, and the industry as a whole.”

Davidson is well-recognized in both the medical and financial communities for his successful business acumen. He founded the Chicago Center for Clinical Research (now owned by Radiant Research Inc.), which became the largest investigator site in the United States under Davidson’s leadership. He was the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Omthera Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical in 2013 for $443 million USD. Most recently, he founded Corvidia Therapeutics in 2014 where he also served as the Chief Scientific Officer prior to it being acquired for $2.1 billion USD by Novo Nordisk in June 2020.

“Dr. Davidson’s experience and leadership will help guide our research and clinical study success that address the unmet needs of the hemp and cannabis industry,” Jesse Lopez, CEO and founder of Geocann, said. “Our goal is to provide innovative product solutions that are differentiated by patented drug delivery system technology and validated with first-to-market scientific evidence. While new cannabis markets are opening in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Australia, among others, we are keenly focused on expanding the depth of supporting science to increase our value proposition and protect our market leadership position in innovation and novel product solutions.”

According to Lopez, the company created the position to provide medical leadership in a business sector that is still in its infancy. “Davidson will offer invaluable experience in clinical study design, the review of scientific manuscripts and publications, and maintaining a laser focus on introducing the newest cannabis breakthroughs and how they relate to conditions such as pain, sleep, opioid-reduction, anxiety, and much more,” Lopez stated.

Geocann has been well-recognized for its substantial investments in research in order to meet the evolving demands of the marketplace and offer significant product differentiation to leading lifestyle and medical brands around the world. In addition to recent pharmacokinetic studies (Molecules 2019, 24(16), 2967) and the stability data for its products, further investments in new clinical research focused on both pharmacokinetic performance and clinical endpoints are well under way. Additionally, multiple toxicology studies have been completed and will be published this year as part of the company’s FDA GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) Notification and Novel Food application.


Pot Research Stalled Even As Legalization Gains Momentum

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Speaking by phone, Anthony Fabrizio was on a roll about his career in cannabis research when he suddenly fell silent. You could hear the San Francisco–based research director stammering, then grunting. Silence again.

Fabrizio returned to the conversation more than 10 seconds later. He chose his next words gingerly, like someone trying to find a light switch in a dark room, placing one hand in front of the other.

“I … just had a seizure,” he said. The research director for Terra Tech Corp., a public company based in Irvine, California, suffers absence seizures (sometimes called petit mal seizures) due to epilepsy. He credits smoking marijuana with reducing the number of seizures from about 20 a week to one every few months. Fabrizio, 27, a biochemist, has since become an evangelist for medical marijuana, which is legally available in 23 states and the nation’s capital, with legislation underway in other states.

Despite the growing momentum for pot legalization, marijuana remains one of the most difficult substances to study in the United States.

Laws Make Studying Marijuana Difficult

DELAWARE: The only marijuana available for research in the U.S. is locked down by federal regulators who are more focused on studies to keep people off the drug than helping researchers learn how it might be beneficial.

Marijuana is a trend that “will peak like tobacco then people will see their error,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which serves as the gatekeeper for U.S. marijuana research through its oversight of a pot farm that grows the only plants that can be used in clinical trials.

Meanwhile, marijuana advocates say NIDA’s control over research has made almost impossible their ability to test the drug against ailments such as pain, cancer-related nausea and epilepsy.

The federal researchers aren’t “set up to study potential medical benefits, so it’s inappropriate for NIDA to have a monopoly on supply,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based group that lobbies to change marijuana laws.

Cannabis Proves Effective In Treating Crohn’s Disease According To New Study

TEXAS:  A new clinical study published in the journal Pharmacology and by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis is effective in treating Crohn’s disease, which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBDs such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s affect over a million people in the United States. Many IBD victims suffer from pain, diarrhea and poor ability to digest food, and up to half of IBD cases are so severe that they ultimately require surgery to remove the affected bowel segment. [Read more…]