|Public Limited Company|
|Traded as||NASDAQ: GWPH|
|Founder||Geoffrey Guy and Brian Whittle|
|Justin Gover (CEO)|
|Revenue||$33.8 million (2001)|
GW Pharmaceuticals is a British biopharmaceutical company known for its multiple sclerosis treatment product nabiximols (brand name, Sativex) which was the first natural cannabis plant derivative to gain market approval in any country. Another cannabis-based product, Epidiolex, for treatment of epilepsy, was approved for treatment of epilepsy in 2018.
Doctors Geoffrey Guy and Brian Whittle founded GW Pharmaceuticals in 1998. That year they obtained a cultivation license from the United Kingdom Home Office and the MHRA, allowing the company to cultivate cannabis from seeds and clones to conduct scientific research concerning the medicinal uses of the plant.
In July 1998, GW Pharmaceuticals collaborated with HortaPharm B.V., a cannabis research and development corporation based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, founded by two expert horticulturists from California, Robert Connell Clarke and David Paul Watson, also known as ‘Sam the Skunkman’. HortaPharm grew medicinal strains for the Dutch government.
Nabiximols (trade name Sativex) is a botanical drug that is a cannabis extract, administered as a mouth spray; it was approved in the UK in 2010 as a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients to alleviate neuropathic pain, spasticity, overactive bladder, and other symptoms.
Products in development
Cannabidiol oral solution
In 2015 GW Pharmaceutical initiated Phase 3 clinical trials of cannabidiol by mouth for treatment of two orphan conditions in children – Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes. GW also received fast track designation from the US FDA for use of the drug candidate to treat newborns with epilepsy.
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