Based on numerous ongoing scientific and pharmaceutical research projects into the possible future medical uses of Indian sandalwood oil as well as based on the promising findings from this research to date, the global demand for Indian sandalwood is forecasted to increase substantially, driven primarily by these newly emerging applications for Indian sandalwood in the pharmaceutical sector.
While in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine Indian sandalwood has been in use for centuries as an important remedy in the treatment of, for instance, bronchitis, bladder as well as viral skin infections etc. (given its antiseptic, antipyretic, draining and mucolytic medicinal properties), it has only been recently, that western science has begun to research the composition and healing properties of Indian sandalwood oil.
Our asset partner Quintis is the only producer and supplier of so-called "ICH Q7 standards" based Indian sandalwood oil, meaning an oil of sufficient quality to be used as an ingredient in the pharmaceutical and medicinal industries. The ICH Q7 standard is a risk-based auditing standard for API manufacturers and serves as a set of recommendations providing a minimally required standard.
Quintis has named Indian sandalwood oil of this quality "SAO“, Sandalwood Album Oil.
Indian sandalwood oil of this quality is called "ESIO" (East Indian Sandalwood Oil) by Quintis
In 2015 Quintis acquired 100% of the San Antonio (Texas, USA) based American biotech and partner company Santalis Pharmaceuticals (Santalis). Santalis develops and markets mainly dermatological and non-prescription remedies as well as prescription drugs that contain Indian sandalwood oil in SAO quality as a main ingredient. Santalis owns the exclusive worldwide exploitation and distribution rights for the use of Quintis’s Indian sandalwood oil in ICH Q7 quality in the health care sector.
Various Santalis products to help cure certain skin diseases (e.g. skin warts, eczema, oral mucositis) are currently undergoing clinical (phase 2-3) trials with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Further products for the treatment of diseases such as psoriasis, genital warts, MRSA infections and veterinary applications are in development.
Initial laboratory-based tests undertaken by Santalis for the use of Indian sandalwood oil in SAO quality for the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacteria, so-called Staphylococci (e.g. MRSA and VRSA), show promising results. These tests have shown, that unlike antibiotics, SAO successfully kills many of the germs in question.
Through Santalis and Quintis our investors therefore gain early access to these newly emerging and exciting growth opportunities for Indian sandalwood in the pharmaceutical industry.