Published on
September 20, 2021

Small Pharma Included in AdvisorShares® Newly Launched Psychedelics ETF

LONDON, Sept. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Small Pharma Inc. (TSXV: DMT) (the “Company” or “Small Pharma”), a neuropharmaceutical company focused on psychedelic-assisted therapies, announces today that AdvisorShares® Investments LLC (“AdvisorShares”), a leading sponsor of actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has included Small Pharma in the inaugural launch of its AdvisorShares Psychedelics ETF (PSIL). PSIL invests in the emerging psychedelic drugs sector, offering exposure to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences companies leading the way in this nascent industry. The ETF at launch includes 16 publicly listed companies offering investors exposure to companies who are leading the way in the emerging psychedelics space.

“The launch of AdvisorShares’ psychedelics-focused ETF lends further validation to a burgeoning body of innovation in therapeutics seeking to treat populations with unmet medical needs,” said Peter Rands, Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, we are delighted to be incorporated in this inaugural launch of the PSIL ETF, providing both retail and institutional investors an opportunity to invest in a risk-adjusted vehicle focused on a broad category of new psychedelic therapies. Furthermore, as Small Pharma aims to transform mental health through DMT-based therapies, we could not be prouder to be conducting the world’s most advanced regulated clinical trial in DMT. We look forward to delivering topline data on our Phase IIa patient study, anticipated in the first half of 2022.”

AdvisorShares Psychedelics ETF (PSIL)

PSIL commenced trading on September 16, 2021, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol (NYSE: PSIL). PSIL began its trading as the first United States-listed actively managed ETF to deliver dedicated investment exposure to psychedelics and this emerging equity theme.

AdvisorShares, September 16, 2021, “AdvisorShares Launches Psychedelics ETF (Ticker: PSIL)”.

About Small Pharma

Small Pharma is a neuropharmaceutical company specialised in IP-led development of novel treatments for mental health conditions, with a focus on depression. Small Pharma initiated a clinical program into N,N-dimethyltryptamine (“DMT”) assisted therapy in February 2021. This program includes a Phase I/IIa trial on the Company’s lead candidate alongside development of a robust pipeline of proprietary preclinical assets.

About DMT

DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic tryptamine found in plants and in the brain of mammals. Scientific evidence suggests DMT offers the potential for rapid-acting and long-lasting antidepressant effects. DMT is differentiated by its short psychedelic experience (< 30mins), which allows for short treatment sessions and offers the potential for convenient supervised treatments within patient clinics. Small Pharma is advancing a pipeline of DMT-based therapies and is leading the world’s first DMT clinical trial for depression, in collaboration with Imperial College London.

For further information contact:

Small Pharma

Peter Rands
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0)2071 129118

Investor Relations Contacts:
Eric Ribner
LifeSci Advisors

Tim Regan
KCSA Strategic Communications
Tel: +1 (347) 487-6788

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Small Pharma makes no medical, treatment or health benefit claims about its proposed products. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) or other similar regulatory authorities have not evaluated claims regarding DMT-assisted therapies and other next generation psychoactive compounds. The efficacy of such therapies have not been confirmed by MHRA-approved research. There is no assurance that such DMT-assisted therapies and other psychoactive compounds can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. Vigorous scientific research and clinical trials are needed. Any references to quality, consistency, efficacy and safety of potential therapies do not imply that Small Pharma verified such in clinical trials or that Small Pharma will complete such trials. If Small Pharma cannot obtain the approvals or research necessary to commercialize its business, it may have a material adverse effect on Small Pharma’s performance and operations.

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