BIODATA
Research Project
Ethics number: 210323874
MCSA  Medical Cannabis SA
ONQSA  Clinical Research Organisation
Ethics number: 210323874
MCSA  Medical Cannabis SA
ONQSA  Clinical Research Organisation
BIODATA
Research Project
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“Expanding the Boundaries of
 Medical Cannabis Through Clinical Trials”

About the BIODATA
Research Project

A progressive venture between Biodata (A division of Labat Healthcare), Medical Cannabis SA and ONQ Clinical Research Organisation will commence a research project to develop relevant data in support of its future clinical trials for pain management, anxiety and sleep disorders. “It’s being called South Africa’s first real-world study of medical cannabis and researchers at Biodata, ONQ Clinical Research Organisation and Medical Cannabis SA predict that it will provide much-needed insight into the link between cannabis genetics and patient outcomes".

Led by Dr. Shiksha Gallow the principal investigator, the medical cannabis real-world evidence (MC-RWE) study will involve a minimum of 1,000 participants whose medical cannabis use will be observed over a period of time. It is further predicted that the research project will be extended to a significantly increased sample size should the initial results show a high level of success. Participants in the study will be able to access a range of medical cannabis flower and oils that have consistent genetic, chemical, cannabinoid, and terpene profiles, which will address an ongoing issue with anecdotal evidence.

Biodata will conduct the research by way of a Crowd Funded Project and the aim is to create funding to support the costs of running the research program which will assist with creating substantial observational and case studies data and to fund future clinical trials. The resultant outcome would be to ensure legal access to natural occurring medicines like cannabis to the South African public as a whole.

All cannabis is sourced from fully compliant South African Health Products Authority approved and licensed facilities.

Our Team of Medical Professionals

Principle Investigators

Dr Shiksha Gallow

Principle Investigator

Dr Gallow is the Medical Director and Clinical Trial Executive of Biodata which is part of the JSE listed Labat Healthcare. She has vast academic qualifications in both the medical sector, public health and strategic management.
Dr Gallow is registered with the HPCSA in Clinical Pathology as a Medical Scientist. She is also a registered Professional Natural Scientist with the SACNASP. Additionally, Dr Gallow is registered as an Ethnomedicine Medical Practitioner with EPASA as well as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and is also a registered Dr with the ANHA. Furthermore, Dr Gallow is a Medical Cannabis Practitioner registered with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians in the UK.

She holds a Masters Degree in Medical Science (MMedSci), a Masters in Medicine in Public Health Medicine (MMed MPH), Masters in Business Admin (MBA), and a PHD. She is currently completing a second PHD in the health profession with cannabinoids and prostate cancer. Furthermore, she completed her Clinical Pathology medical board exam Cum Laude (the most distinguished in the country of South Africa at the time). She has also completed a Medical Cannabis accredited qualification with the University of Washington Medical School, and has completed her Diploma in Medical Cannabis with Centre of Excellence Cum Laude. The Universities she obtained her degrees include, Durban University, University of Roehampton UK, Open University UK, Milton Keynes University UK, University of Washington Medical School, UNISA and the MBA was affiliated with Milton Keynes University UK. To add to her educational profile Dr Gallow is also a qualified trainer, assessor and moderator with SETA and ETDP SAQA, as well as a Prince 2 Practitioner registered with APMG. Dr Gallow has also recently published two academic books internationally one in the field of Medicine and the other in Business Science. She has published many articles in various journals, in the health, medicine and business sciences.

Dr Regina Hurley

Co-Principle Investigator

Dr Hurley is an American Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Fellowship American Pediatric Anesthesiologist and American State Licensed Medical Cannabis Physician as well as South African HPCSA Registered Specialist Anesthesiologist, former HOD Amajuba district anesthesia Department, Current practicing anesthesiologist at Mediclinic and Chairperson Hospital Clinical Performance Committee Mediclinic. Dr Hurley’s cannabis lectures are accredited by the South African Medical Association for educating other professionals. She is a previous Cannabis Expo Speaker and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and educational blogs.

Investigators

Dr. Sello Seahloli

Executive Director of ONQ research

Dr Seahloli has over 20 years’ experience in the clinical research field and medical writing. He started his career in 1995 with Schering Plough South Africa in medical / pharmaceutical marketing and clinical research. Dr Seahloli holds a B.Sc. in Medical Sciences specialising in Haematology, M.Sc. degree in Medicine specialising in Haemato-Oncology and a Ph.D. in clinical research. Dr Seahloli was a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Washington DC. and is currently a member of the South African Clinical Research Association and Med Bay.

Dr Ahmed Jamaloodeen

Registered HPCSA Medical Doctor

Dr Jamaloodeen is a registered HPCSA Medical Doctor in South Africa and is Director of various companies across various sectors. Dr Jamaloodeen is a permitted hemp farmer in Newcastle in KZN practicing eco-farming and organic farming on 5000 hectares using the latest technology and artificial intelligence. Dr Jamaloodeen is  the National Treasurer of CDCSA, Vice -Treasurer of CSCKZN and an AFASA member

Dr. Omphemetse Mathibe

MBChB (UP)

A trusted, high performing and experienced clinician with a history of serving patients by successfully diagnosing, treating and managing diseases and complications, with a particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, and critical care. Disciplined and confident by nature with extensive experience in hospital and clinical settings.

Dr. Xavagne Leigh Fransman

MBCHB UFS

A dependable and well-rounded clinician with excellent patient rapport. Experienced in both the public and private sector, successfully diagnosing and treating a wide variety of patients while maintaining unwavering professionalism and care. Passionate about women’s health, emergency medicine and the incorporation of safe, registered medical cannabis products in everyday clinical medicine.

Dr Marian Tupy

Medical Doctor: Surgeon

Dr Marian Tupy is a registered medical doctor with the HPCSA. He is a specialist surgeon in Urology. Dr Tupy has obtained his PHD in Urology at the Komensky University in Slovakia. He has many years of experience in medicine and surgery. He has experience in medical cannabis and treating patients with cannabinoids and is registered with the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association. He is one of the investigators in this Observation Trial, and has a section 21 license with SAHPRA for medical cannabinoids.

Why become a
research participant

  • Would you like to explore the possibilities of using cannabis plant material and oils to help manage chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety etc.
  • Are you buying untested and potentially toxic cannabis plant material from questionable and/or unreliable sources?
  • Would you like to participate in a sanctioned cannabis research project to help develop substantial observational data for the future clinical trials.
  • Would you like to obtain premium cannabis from legal and regulated sources on a monthly basis to see if it will assist with your ailment or conditions?
  • Do you want access to a qualified and knowledgeable resource to assist with your cannabis use?

Biodata, together with Medical cannabis SA, is offering South African patients the opportunity to register to be a part of this ground-breaking clinical cannabis trial It’s being called South Africa’s first real-world study of medical cannabis, and researchers at Biodata and Medical Cannabis SA predict that it will provide much-needed insight into the link between cannabis genetics and patient outcomes. All cannabis is sourced from fully compliant SAHPRA licensed facilities.

How to become
a research participant

1
Fill out the online application, consent and indemnity forms here.
Application
Our team of medical doctors and scientists will evaluate your application to see if you qualify.
2
Once qualified we will inform you of your successful application and you will be allocated a research number to log into the research portal.

Your research number will be a unique way to access the research portal where you can view the different package options, choose your package, fill out questionnaires, make payments and change/update your details if needed.
3
Once logged into the research portal you will be asked to choose a research package and complete the crowdfunding form.

There are two packages available 1. Medicinal cannabis flower 2. Medicinal  cannabis oil. Strain information, COA (Certificate of Analysis) and usage instructions will be available.
4
Would you like to obtain premium cannabis from legal and regulated sources on a monthly basis to see if it will assist with your ailment or conditions?
5
Once payment confirmation is received we will ship your first research package. Delivery is nationwide and will be made within 3-5 business days upon receipt of payment.
6
Once you have received your research package you will have 30 days to complete the online feedback questionnaire in the research portal and order your next research package. In order to qualify for the following month's research package the questionnaire must be filled out.

Research Packages and
Crowdfunding Contributions

Research Package 1

14g Medicinal Cannabis Flower:
Strain Information
Tallyman strain. 17-22% THC
Certificate of Analysis
Directions and Dosage
0.5 grams at night or
as prescribed by the doctor

Each compartment contains 0.5 grams of flower
Organically grown in a SAHPRA approved facility.

Research Package 2

15ml Medicinal Cannabis Oil:
Strain Information
Certificate of Analysis
Directions and Dosage
As prescribed by doctor.
Patient will be reimbursed R150 per order for partaking in the trial
A  once off Registration Fee of R150 will apply for first time applicants.

Crowdfunding Explained

Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a specific cause or project by asking a large number of people to donate money, usually in small amounts, and usually over a period of time. This can also be conducted by way of a subscription. In a new industry such as the Cannabis industry, many countries have followed this model for research due to the large costs of a clinical trial.

It is Biodata’s intention to raise capital via this route, to not only fund part of the research project but to create a fund for controlled and authorised clinical trials. The crowd funders have a mutual interest of ensuring thatCannabis takes it rightful place as a legal and legitimate medicine into the future. The narrative driving the crowdfunding approach is thus to ensure successful implementation of Cannabis and Cannabis products (including THC) as aTraditional Medicine, which is compliant with all regulatory and legal compliances under the Medicines act and the Drug Trafficking act. The crowd investment is per the above narrative and the return on investment is the legitimisation of Cannabis flower and cannabis oils and the replacement product for highly addictive and dangerous opiates for medicinal purposes without legal interference.

It is anticipated that the fund will be requesting a monthly investment of R1150 per month from individuals who are interested to invest in their health and the research. The funds will be used to finance the research activities, clinical trials, medical expenses and the administrative costs associated with the normal cost of research operations. Crowdfunding pre-clinical studies is not anew concept and has successfully been used all over Europe. One of the major successes relates to patients with certain disease sufferers like the Oncolytic Virus for patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors. Over R50 Million was raised by family participants of disease sufferers (Nat Med. 2015:21:101-102)

The growing popularity of crowdfunding is a testimony for its successfulness and usefulness in terms of clinical trials. Some of the advantages include:

· Public Interaction – In this regard, Catherine Ferguson, Innovation Project Lead andCancer Research UK, points out that; “One key thing is tangibility. It’s an inherent part of crowdfunding that isn’t inherent in regular funding.” She also adds that, Crowdfunding enables a “more direct relationship with both the researchers and the research.” In addition to this, crowdfunding also enables researchers to create close relationships with donors and can engage with thousands of people on a regular basis.

· Ease and Efficiency – Spreading the idea and the perspectives of clinical studies can be daunting. And when gaining publicity is important for a project to receive sponsorships and donations, crowdfunding can really accelerate the whole process. As a Result, more people will be able to find out about the goals of the research campaign and, therefore, will be able to contribute financially as much as they can.

· Cost-Effectiveness – Additional costs is something that any research company wants to avoid when looking for sponsors. Especially when trials themselves are quite costly.In consequence, using crowdfunding platforms offers cost-efficient ways of finding donors and people ready to support the trial.

· Goal – This process will not only create additional awareness of the benefits of Cannabis, but it will show the public support for the legitimisation of Cannabis as areal replacement for the dangerous opiates on the market currently.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

About the BIODATA
Research Project

A progressive venture between Biodata (A division of Labat Healthcare), Medical Cannabis SA and ONQ Clinical Research Organisation will commence a research project to develop relevant data in support of its future clinical trials for pain management, anxiety and sleep disorders. “It’s being called South Africa’s first real-world study of medical cannabis and researchers at Biodata, ONQ Clinical Research Organisation and Medical Cannabis SA predict that it will provide much-needed insight into the link between cannabis genetics and patient outcomes".

Led by Dr. Shiksha Gallow the principal investigator, the medical cannabis real-world evidence (MC-RWE) study will involve a minimum of 1,000 participants whose medical cannabis use will be observed over a period of time. It is further predicted that the research project will be extended to a significantly increased sample size should the initial results show a high level of success. Participants in the study will be able to access a range of medical cannabis flower and oils that have consistent genetic, chemical, cannabinoid, and terpene profiles, which will address an ongoing issue with anecdotal evidence.

Biodata will conduct the research by way of a Crowd Funded Project and the aim is to create funding to support the costs of running the research program which will assist with creating substantial observational and case studies data and to fund future clinical trials. The resultant outcome would be to ensure legal access to natural occurring medicines like cannabis to the South African public as a whole.

All cannabis is sourced from fully compliant South African Health Products Authority approved and licensed facilities.

Our Team of Medical Professionals

Principle Investigators

Dr Shiksha Gallow

Principle Investigator

Dr Gallow is the Medical Director and Clinical Trial Executive of Biodata which is part of the JSE listed Labat Healthcare. She has vast academic qualifications in both the medical sector, public health and strategic management.
Dr Gallow is registered with the HPCSA in Clinical Pathology as a Medical Scientist. She is also a registered Professional Natural Scientist with the SACNASP. Additionally, Dr Gallow is registered as an Ethnomedicine Medical Practitioner with EPASA as well as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and is also a registered Dr with the ANHA. Furthermore, Dr Gallow is a Medical Cannabis Practitioner registered with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians in the UK.

She holds a Masters Degree in Medical Science (MMedSci), a Masters in Medicine in Public Health Medicine (MMed MPH), Masters in Business Admin (MBA), and a PHD. She is currently completing a second PHD in the health profession with cannabinoids and prostate cancer. Furthermore, she completed her Clinical Pathology medical board exam Cum Laude (the most distinguished in the country of South Africa at the time). She has also completed a Medical Cannabis accredited qualification with the University of Washington Medical School, and has completed her Diploma in Medical Cannabis with Centre of Excellence Cum Laude. The Universities she obtained her degrees include, Durban University, University of Roehampton UK, Open University UK, Milton Keynes University UK, University of Washington Medical School, UNISA and the MBA was affiliated with Milton Keynes University UK. To add to her educational profile Dr Gallow is also a qualified trainer, assessor and moderator with SETA and ETDP SAQA, as well as a Prince 2 Practitioner registered with APMG. Dr Gallow has also recently published two academic books internationally one in the field of Medicine and the other in Business Science. She has published many articles in various journals, in the health, medicine and business sciences.

Dr Regina Hurley

Co-Principle Investigator

Dr Hurley is an American Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Fellowship American Pediatric Anesthesiologist and American State Licensed Medical Cannabis Physician as well as South African HPCSA Registered Specialist Anesthesiologist, former HOD Amajuba district anesthesia Department, Current practicing anesthesiologist at Mediclinic and Chairperson Hospital Clinical Performance Committee Mediclinic. Dr Hurley’s cannabis lectures are accredited by the South African Medical Association for educating other professionals. She is a previous Cannabis Expo Speaker and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and educational blogs.

Investigators

Dr. Sello Seahloli

Executive Director of ONQ research

Dr Seahloli has over 20 years’ experience in the clinical research field and medical writing. He started his career in 1995 with Schering Plough South Africa in medical / pharmaceutical marketing and clinical research. Dr Seahloli holds a B.Sc. in Medical Sciences specialising in Haematology, M.Sc. degree in Medicine specialising in Haemato-Oncology and a Ph.D. in clinical research. Dr Seahloli was a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Washington DC. and is currently a member of the South African Clinical Research Association and Med Bay.

Dr Ahmed Jamaloodeen

Registered HPCSA Medical Doctor

Dr Jamaloodeen is a registered HPCSA Medical Doctor in South Africa and is Director of various companies across various sectors. Dr Jamaloodeen is a permitted hemp farmer in Newcastle in KZN practicing eco-farming and organic farming on 5000 hectares using the latest technology and artificial intelligence. Dr Jamaloodeen is  the National Treasurer of CDCSA, Vice -Treasurer of CSCKZN and an AFASA member

Dr. Omphemetse Mathibe

MBChB (UP)

A trusted, high performing and experienced clinician with a history of serving patients by successfully diagnosing, treating and managing diseases and complications, with a particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, and critical care. Disciplined and confident by nature with extensive experience in hospital and clinical settings.

Dr. Xavagne Leigh Fransman

MBCHB UFS

A dependable and well-rounded clinician with excellent patient rapport. Experienced in both the public and private sector, successfully diagnosing and treating a wide variety of patients while maintaining unwavering professionalism and care. Passionate about women’s health, emergency medicine and the incorporation of safe, registered medical cannabis products in everyday clinical medicine.

Dr Marian Tupy

Medical Doctor: Surgeon

Dr Marian Tupy is a registered medical doctor with the HPCSA. He is a specialist surgeon in Urology. Dr Tupy has obtained his PHD in Urology at the Komensky University in Slovakia. He has many years of experience in medicine and surgery. He has experience in medical cannabis and treating patients with cannabinoids and is registered with the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association. He is one of the investigators in this Observation Trial, and has a section 21 license with SAHPRA for medical cannabinoids.

Why become a
research participant

  • Would you like to explore the possibilities of using cannabis plant material and oils to help manage chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety etc.
  • Are you buying untested and potentially toxic cannabis plant material from questionable and/or unreliable sources?
  • Would you like to participate in a sanctioned cannabis research project to help develop substantial observational data for the future clinical trials.
  • Would you like to obtain premium cannabis from legal and regulated sources on a monthly basis to see if it will assist with your ailment or conditions?
  • Do you want access to a qualified and knowledgeable resource to assist with your cannabis use?

Biodata, together with Medical cannabis SA, is offering South African patients the opportunity to register to be a part of this ground-breaking clinical cannabis trial It’s being called South Africa’s first real-world study of medical cannabis, and researchers at Biodata and Medical Cannabis SA predict that it will provide much-needed insight into the link between cannabis genetics and patient outcomes. All cannabis is sourced from fully compliant SAHPRA licensed facilities.

How to become
a research participant

1
Fill out the online application, consent and indemnity forms here.
Application
Our team of medical doctors and scientists will evaluate your application to see if you qualify.
2
Once qualified we will inform you of your successful application and you will be allocated a research number to log into the research portal.

Your research number will be a unique way to access the research portal where you can view the different package options, choose your package, fill out questionnaires, make payments and change/update your details if needed.
3
Once logged into the research portal you will be asked to choose a research package and complete the crowdfunding form.

There are two packages available 1. Medicinal cannabis flower 2. Medicinal  cannabis oil. Strain information, COA (Certificate of Analysis) and usage instructions will be available.
4
Would you like to obtain premium cannabis from legal and regulated sources on a monthly basis to see if it will assist with your ailment or conditions?
5
Once payment confirmation is received we will ship your first research package. Delivery is nationwide and will be made within 3-5 business days upon receipt of payment.
6
Once you have received your research package you will have 30 days to complete the online feedback questionnaire in the research portal and order your next research package. In order to qualify for the following month's research package the questionnaire must be filled out.

Research Packages and
Crowdfunding Contributions

Research Package 1

14g Medicinal Cannabis Flower:
Strain Information
Tallyman strain. 17-22% THC
Certificate of Analysis
Directions and Dosage
0.5 grams at night or
as prescribed by the doctor

Each compartment contains 0.5 grams of flower
Organically grown in a SAHPRA approved facility.

Research Package 2

15ml Medicinal Cannabis Oil:
Strain Information
Certificate of Analysis
Directions and Dosage
As prescribed by doctor.
Patient will be reimbursed R150 per order for partaking in the trial
A  once off Registration Fee of R150 will apply for first time applicants.

Crowdfunding Explained

Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a specific cause or project by asking a large number of people to donate money, usually in small amounts, and usually over a period of time. This can also be conducted by way of a subscription. In a new industry such as the Cannabis industry, many countries have followed this model for research due to the large costs of a clinical trial.

It is Biodata’s intention to raise capital via this route, to not only fund part of the research project but to create a fund for controlled and authorised clinical trials. The crowd funders have a mutual interest of ensuring thatCannabis takes it rightful place as a legal and legitimate medicine into the future. The narrative driving the crowdfunding approach is thus to ensure successful implementation of Cannabis and Cannabis products (including THC) as aTraditional Medicine, which is compliant with all regulatory and legal compliances under the Medicines act and the Drug Trafficking act. The crowd investment is per the above narrative and the return on investment is the legitimisation of Cannabis flower and cannabis oils and the replacement product for highly addictive and dangerous opiates for medicinal purposes without legal interference.

It is anticipated that the fund will be requesting a monthly investment of R1150 per month from individuals who are interested to invest in their health and the research. The funds will be used to finance the research activities, clinical trials, medical expenses and the administrative costs associated with the normal cost of research operations. Crowdfunding pre-clinical studies is not anew concept and has successfully been used all over Europe. One of the major successes relates to patients with certain disease sufferers like the Oncolytic Virus for patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors. Over R50 Million was raised by family participants of disease sufferers (Nat Med. 2015:21:101-102)

The growing popularity of crowdfunding is a testimony for its successfulness and usefulness in terms of clinical trials. Some of the advantages include:

· Public Interaction – In this regard, Catherine Ferguson, Innovation Project Lead andCancer Research UK, points out that; “One key thing is tangibility. It’s an inherent part of crowdfunding that isn’t inherent in regular funding.” She also adds that, Crowdfunding enables a “more direct relationship with both the researchers and the research.” In addition to this, crowdfunding also enables researchers to create close relationships with donors and can engage with thousands of people on a regular basis.

· Ease and Efficiency – Spreading the idea and the perspectives of clinical studies can be daunting. And when gaining publicity is important for a project to receive sponsorships and donations, crowdfunding can really accelerate the whole process. As a Result, more people will be able to find out about the goals of the research campaign and, therefore, will be able to contribute financially as much as they can.

· Cost-Effectiveness – Additional costs is something that any research company wants to avoid when looking for sponsors. Especially when trials themselves are quite costly.In consequence, using crowdfunding platforms offers cost-efficient ways of finding donors and people ready to support the trial.

· Goal – This process will not only create additional awareness of the benefits of Cannabis, but it will show the public support for the legitimisation of Cannabis as areal replacement for the dangerous opiates on the market currently.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.