RYAH and Ei.Ventures Enter Into Letter of Intent to Develop New Delivery Solutions for Psychedelic Research

The proposed collaboration is expected to:

  • Assess the compatibility of the RYAH Smart Patch delivery and monitoring device, software, and data platform with Ei.Ventures' proprietary psychedelic formulations

  • Further Ei.Ventures' research and development strategy, accelerating use testing on controlled delivery and monitoring of psychoactive compounds for mental wellness treatments

  • Position the companies toward a commercial licensing arrangement to deliver psychedelic therapies, in anticipation of governmentally approved treatment options for mental healthcare

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / November 15, 2021 / RYAH Group, Inc. (CSE:RYAH) ("RYAH" or the "Company") announced today that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (the "Letter of Intent") with Emotional Intelligence Ventures ("Ei.Ventures"), a leading psychedelic formulation and therapeutic research company. The collaboration is aimed at developing new delivery solutions for Ei.Ventures' psychoactive compounds using RYAH's Smart devices and data analytics, with the goal of advancing patient care to further address the current global mental health crisis.

The executed Letter of Intent initiates a collaboration that is anticipated to culminate into the parties negotiating and finalizing certain definitive research and development (R&D), licensing, and distribution agreements between the parties (the "Definitive Agreements"). The Definitive Agreements, if entered into, are expected to provide for RYAH's licensing of certain intellectual property relating to its Smart Patch device and data analytics to Ei.Ventures for, among other things, R&D and potential commercialization, by Ei.Ventures, of certain psychedelic mushroom formulations in conjunction with RYAH's Smart Patch hardware, software, and patient session analytics. It is anticipated the terms of any such licensing and R&D agreements, including any potential hardware and software customizations, will be agreed upon in the Definitive Agreements.

"This marks a new era for RYAH Group, as we look to expand our non-medicine touching technologies and treatments to support industry partners engaged in the psychedelics markets, in addition to medical cannabis," said Gregory Wagner, CEO of RYAH. "Our cutting-edge devices and data analytics are designed to work with a wide range of plant-based medicines, making it a logical next step for the Company to partner with Ei.Ventures, which is a leader in psychedelic research, formulation and mental healthcare."

David Nikzad, CEO of Ei.Ventures, notes, "We are committed to developing next-generation solutions for psychedelic therapy emphasizing technology platforms capable of delivering and monitoring the use of psychedelic drugs for treating mental illness. Ei.Ventures is working to transform how mental illness is treated and improve the quality of life for those who struggle with their mental health. The RYAH platform offers both technology and data platforms capable of delivering our advanced formulations and collecting relevant clinical data about the use and effectiveness of our transdermal product."

The global psychedelic market is poised to benefit from the high prevalence of mental health diseases and conditions that are on the rise, and a growing pool of patients with unmet treatment needs. Fairfield Market Research indicates that the global psychedelic drugs market revenue is anticipated to rise at a pace of 14.5% CAGR during the period, as the market reaches US$6330.0 million by 2026 from US$3210.0 million in 2021.

Forrester estimated consumers will make around 480 million virtual visits for healthcare in 2020, with almost 38% for mental healthcare. Demand for virtual mental healthcare such as therapy and counselling is estimated to total 138 million visits by the end of 2021.

About RYAH Group, Inc.

RYAH is a connected device, and big data and technology company focused on valuable predictive analysis in the global medical plant and nutraceutical intake industry. Its robust artificial intelligence platform aggregates and correlates Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant patient data, intended to help doctors and patients personalize plant-based treatments to predict treatment outcomes better. The data collection is relevant for clinics, doctors, dispensaries and pharmaceutical companies, and licensed processors (LPs) to monitor and manage formulation effects on patients and demographics. RYAH gathers deep and insightful data on the complete patient session and formulation lifecycle with a strong intellectual property portfolio. For more information, visit www.ryahgroup.com.

About Ei.Ventures

Ei.Ventures is creating a new standard for mental wellness through botanical psychedelic inspired compounds, functional plant medicines, and integrative technology. Our ambition is to deliver legal therapeutic treatment options that address the current global mental healthcare pandemic. We seek to provide resources that will provide critical data for further academic understanding of psychoactive compounds. In markets that allow psychedelic therapy, we anticipate being able to provide a suite of therapeutic products. For more information, visit www.ei.ventures.

Forward-Looking Statements

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The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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For additional information, please contact:

Sofiya Kleshchuk
Client Relations
RYAH Group
+1 917 210 0543
Invest@ryahgroup.com

Gregory Wagner
Chief Executive Officer
RYAH Group
+1 917 210 0543
Info@ryah.com

PRESS INQUIRIES

Joshua Greenwald
KCSA Strategic Communications
+1 646 379 7971
jgreenwald@kcsa.com

Susan von Seggern
Ei.Ventures
+1 213 840 0077
susan@ei.ventures

SOURCE: RYAH Medtech Inc.



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