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Unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabinoid APIs


Develop next generation pharmaceuticals

The science behind cannabinoids, like cannabidiol (CBD), is growing rapidly – with research demonstrating the potential of these molecules to support a wide range of health areas that could benefit patients with conditions including CNS (central nervous system) diseases,1 pain disorders,2 cancer3 and more. This is creating a myriad of opportunities for innovation across the pharmaceutical industry and inspiring the development of bespoke drug products that will support global patient health.

Stronger together

Together, dsm-firmenich and Brains Bioceutical have created an innovation platform to enable agile, early drug development and help our customers realize the full therapeutic potential of bespoke cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals. We have the core competencies, combined with a deep understanding of patient and customer needs, to help brands enter the cannabinoid market with confidence and expand treatment options for patients worldwide. 


  1. Ożarowski, M., Karpiński, T. M., Zielińska, A., Souto, E. B., & Wielgus, K. (2021). Cannabidiol in Neurological and Neoplastic Diseases: Latest Developments on the Molecular Mechanism of Action. International journal of molecular sciences22(9), 4294. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22094294
  2. Argueta, D. A., Ventura, C. M., Kiven, S., Sagi, V., & Gupta, K. (2020). A Balanced Approach for Cannabidiol Use in Chronic Pain. Frontiers in pharmacology11, 561. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.00561
  3. O'Brien K. (2022). Cannabidiol (CBD) in Cancer Management. Cancers14(4), 885. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers14040885

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Whitepaper: Cannabinoid-based Drug Development

Due diligence considerations across the drug development journey 

This whitepaper helps stakeholders across the drug development journey navigate the complexities of cannabinoid-based innovation more effectively. The paper addresses critical factors at every stage of drug discovery – from choosing the right cannabinoid API and increasing the odds of commercial success, all the way to fine-tuning patient experience, convenience and compliance. 

Explore the science-based benefits behind CBD

There's an increasing bank of evidence demonstrating the promising potential of CBD in pharmaceutical applications. Download our whitepaper to explore the latest science behind CBD APIs and discover your next opportunity in early-stage drug development.

Optimizing CBD API formulations with lipids

This whitepaper explores the challenges surrounding the oral bioavailability of CBD and the benefits of using lipid-based systems in your formulation. Unlock novel opportunities in the pharma CBD space. 

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What role can medical CBD play in supporting mental health? Get an expert's perspective

Webinar: Is CBD a potential therapy for mental health disorders?

Watch our latest webinar held in partnership with Manufacturing Chemist and join Professor José Alexandre de Souza Crippa, Department of Neurosciences and Behaviour, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Dr Mariana Coelho, Clinical Project Scientist at dsm-firmenich, as they discuss the latest science and promising research into whether cannabidiol is a potential therapy to treat patients suffering from mental health conditions.


Discover innovation opportunities in the nutrition market

CBD is set to disrupt the dietary supplement category, driven by strong consumer interest in the ingredient’s possible benefits for immunity, stress, mood, sleep and more. Learn about our CBD offering for the nutrition market and how we’re supporting customers develop health benefit-driven products – from concept to consumer – with market-ready and premix solutions.


Watch on demand: dsm-firmenich and Brains Bioceutical present at CT-Cann 2023 Leading Industry Session

Learn about the latest in cannabidiol (CBD) early-stage drug development from Terry O’Regan, President Brains Bioceutical, and Alexandru Zabara, Innovation Manager Pharma at dsm-firmenich.

Get an expert view on how to unlock cannabinoid therapeutic innovation by advancing the scientific landscape, as well as approaches to addressing the challenge of CBD bioavailability: modulating physical properties of selected formulations in order to enhance in-vitro bioaccessibility and in-vivo pharmacokinetic performance.


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