Professor David Casarett and Dr Dustin Sulak are internationally recognised as key opinion leaders in the clinical use of medicinal cannabis and are both based in the United States.
The appointments support the development of Zelda’s novel medicinal cannabis therapies for autism, insomnia and cancer.
Zelda’s managing director Dr Richard Hopkins said, “We are delighted Dr Casarett and Dr Sulak have agreed to join our Scientific and Medical Advisory Board.
“They bring extensive expertise in the use of medicinal cannabis that will inform our clinical programs for indications including autism, insomnia and cancer.
“Their ability to access US-based patient groups will also support our strategy to bring Zelda-branded products to market.”
Professor Casarett is a leading palliative care physician and researcher at Duke University in North Carolina with a core interest in medicinal cannabis.
Dr Sulak is a high-profile medicinal cannabis practitioner who has treated more than 18,000 patients in the US.
World-class advisory board
Other members of the board are Professor Manuel Guzmán, Dr Cristina Sánchez and Dr Noah Federman.
Professor Guzmán is Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Madrid’s Complutense University and Dr Sánchez is an Assistant Professor at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
Dr Federman is director of the Pediatric Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Program at University of California (Los Angeles), part of the UCLA Sarcoma Program and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Zelda is an Australian-based bio-pharmaceutical company focused on developing a range of cannabinoid-based formulations for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
The company has a two-pronged strategy comprising:
- A human clinical trial program focused on insomnia, autism and eczema with activities in Australia, Chile and the USA.
- A pre-clinical research program examining the effect of cannabinoids in breast, brain and pancreatic cancer as well as research examining the potential for cannabinoids to treat diabetes-associated cognitive decline.