Calgary, Alberta, May 10, 2021 – Leiio Wellness Ltd. (“Leiio” or the “Company”), a premium brain performance brand fueled by mushrooms, is pleased to announce the formation of an impressive advisory board consisting of a group of highly respected medical, clinical, technological, regulatory and research experts.
Mauro Zappaterra, MD, PhD brings both medical and clinical expertise to LEIIO. Mauro graduated from Harvard Medical School and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, focusing on optimizing human performance through regenerative medicine, nutrition, mind-body exercises, mind-training, and biofield therapies. He completed his MD/PhD at Harvard, studying neuronal stem cells and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) effects in brain development and adults. He has published numerous scientific and medical articles, and his work on the CSF was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron journal. He combines his training in rehabilitation medicine, evidence-based research, nutrition, and various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as polarity therapy, reiki and biodynamic craniosacral therapy to work holistically with individuals to optimize their potential and improve their quality of life. He currently directs comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment programs for people with chronic pain and helps them improve their quality of life and increase functional capacity.
Dr. Julia Hoffman is VP of Behavioral Health Strategy at Livongo, a company empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. She was previously the National Director of Mobile Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and a Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, a Defense Center of Excellence. She is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA) who attended Stanford University, completed a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and a fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Julia has led the creation, evaluation, and broad international dissemination of numerous technology-based behavioral health tools. She founded and scaled mobile development for behavioral health at both DoD and VA and has been honored for these efforts by President Barack Obama, the US House of Representatives, the FCC, the American Telemedicine Association, and the American Psychological Association. In addition, Julia brings a technology focus to our advisory board.
Bruce Patsner, MD, JD is a regulatory expert with decades of food and drug law experience. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His post-graduate training was in both Internal Medicine and Ob-Gyn, and later in Gynecologic Oncology. After a successful career in academia and the private sector, he attended Cal Berkeley and Harvard law school. He then went on to a successful stint at CDER/FDA as a Senior Medical Officer. Since leaving the FDA in 2003, he has worked as a Regulatory and Pharmacovigilance consultant on prescription drugs, medical devices, biologicals, dietary supplements, and alternative medical therapies at several medical schools, Genzyme/Sanofi, Legacy Healthcare, and now Leiio Wellness. In addition, he has taught Food and Drug Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Yonsei University Law School in Seoul, Korea.
Dom D’Agostino Ph.D brings his expertise in research from the involvement in a vast array of professional, academic and personal endeavors. As an Associate Professor with tenure at the University of South Florida, Dom teaches students of the Morsani College of Medicine and the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, focusing on medical biochemistry and physiology, neuroscience, and neuropharmacology. In addition, his laboratory develops and tests metabolic-based strategies for targeting CNS oxygen toxicity (seizures), epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. Before joining the faculty at USF, Dom completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dom earned his Ph.D. at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a B.S. from Rutgers University.
Cory Rosenberg, Leiio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The team of advisors that the Leiio team can now access is stellar. As a company focused on psychedelic and functional mushrooms, we need specialized advice as we build out our vertically-integrated supply chain and innovation labs, including managing expectations as we see a path to the legalization of psychedelic products.”
Chris Claussen is Leiio’s Co-Founder and Chief of Product and has been investigating the use of functional mushrooms and the promising potential of psilocybin microdose therapies for more than a decade. Chris noted, “The advisory team we have assembled gives the product development and technical team access to a group of scientists with unparalleled research experience in neuroscience, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis and brain wellness. Their immense, combined knowledge in behavioral health, biologicals, dietary supplements, and alternative medical therapies cannot be understated and will be immensely powerful for Leiio.”
Leiio is a U.S., vertically integrated, premium brain performance brand fueled by mushrooms. Our vertical supply chain develops and supplies USA-grown, 100% full-fungi functional mushrooms to our in-house consumer brands and a finely curated network of wholesale partners. Pending a DEA license, Leiio will pursue a novel IP and the foundation for a safe, standardized and naturally-derived psilocybin supply chain for distribution to researchers across the U.S.
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