Company’s Chief Scientific Officer to Participate in “New Approaches to Combating Opioids” Panel
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Opiant") (NASDAQ: OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions and drug overdose, today announced that Opiant’s Chief Scientific Officer, Phil Skolnick, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon.), will participate in a panel at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Industry Day, to be held October 29-30, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Skolnick will speak on a panel entitled: “New Approaches to Combating Opioids.” The panel will be chaired by Kristen Herring, Ph.D., Health Scientist, BARDA Division of Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasures.
The panel will take place on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 3:30 PM ET. The BARDA Chemical Threats program has made an amendment to the BARDA Broad Agency Announcement to seek opioid countermeasures with new mechanisms of action. In this session, BARDA team members will bring together drug developers and stakeholders for an open discussion on critical factors and enablers.
“I look forward to participating in this panel, and addressing how our current development program for OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, represents a potential solution to both the dramatic rise in overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, and the possible weaponization of synthetic opioids,” said Dr. Skolnick. “We were recently granted a multi-year contract worth up to $4.6 million from BARDA that will accelerate development of OPNT003 as a medical countermeasure in the event of a chemical attack using synthetic opioids. We are excited to partner with BARDA in this endeavor.”
About BARDA Industry Day
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, remains committed to engaging with our industry and government partners to fulfill our mission, saving lives and protecting Americans through the research and development of medical countermeasures against serious health security threats. The theme of BARDA Industry Day 2018 is: Driving Innovation. To learn more about BARDA Industry Day and this year’s event click here.
About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions and drug overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, describes addictive disorders as chronic relapsing brain diseases which burden society at both the individual and community levels. With its innovative opioid antagonist nasal delivery technology, Opiant is positioned to become a leader in these treatment markets. Opiant's first drug overdose product, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is approved for marketing in the U.S. and Canada by its commercialization partner, Adapt Pharmaceuticals. For more information please visit: www.opiant.com.
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