Awakn Life Sciences Signs Its First Licensing Partnership Agreement in Europe

February 21, 2023
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Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - February 21, 2023) - Awakn Life Sciences Corp. (NEO: AWKN) (OTCQB: AWKNF) (FSE: 954) ("Awakn"), a biotechnology company developing therapeutics to treat addiction with a near-term focus on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), announces today it has signed its first Licensing Partnership agreement in Europe with a healthcare consortium currently operating in stealth-mode ("Portuguese Partner"). The agreement will support the Portuguese Partner's strategy to launch a new chain of medical-psychedelic clinics in Portugal, with the first location in Lisbon.

Awakn will provide the Portuguese Partner with an exclusive licence for use of its clinical protocols for the treatment of AUD, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders and PTSD in Portugal for a period of 10 years. Awakn will train the Portuguese Partner's clinicians in the delivery of these protocols and will provide ongoing strategic, operational, risk management, and marketing support.

Portugal has a population of 10 million people and is a member of the European Union, Unfortunately, like many of its European counterparts it has a relatively high lifetime prevalence of metal health conditions, in the region of 20% to 30%. These conditions include addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and PTSD, conditions that Awakn's protocols treat and that will be licensed to the Portuguese Partner.

Anthony Tennyson, Awakn CEO commented "We are very pleased to expand our Licencing Partnership business by geography, into Portugal, and by scope into anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and PTSD. We are also delighted to work with our new partners in Portugal who are deeply experienced in, and knowledgeable of, the Portuguese mental health treatment and wellness sectors. With Awakn being the first chain of psychedelic clinics in Europe we have a wealth of knowledge to help accelerate the development and execution of their strategy. Importantly, this partnership will allow many people in Portugal to access new more effective treatment options which are not currently available."

About Awakn Life Sciences Corp.

Awakn Life Sciences Corp. is a biotechnology company developing therapeutics to treat addiction. Awakn has a near-term focus on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), a condition affecting 285m people globally for which the current standard of care is inadequate. Our goal is to provide breakthrough therapeutics to addiction sufferers in desperate need and our strategy is focused on commercializing our R&D pipeline across multiple channels.

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Investor Enquiries:
Anthony Tennyson, CEO, Awakn Life Sciences
anthony.tennyson@awaknlifesciences.com

Media Enquiries:
Gordo Whittaker, CMO, Awakn Life Sciences
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