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FSD Pharma Inc. Announces C$10.125 Million Private Placement

FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) CSE;HUGE or the “Company”), today announced it has entered into definitive agreements with certain institutional investors for the purchase and sale of 1,500,000 shares of the Company’s Class B Subordinate Voting Shares (“Shares”) at a price of C$6.75 per Share pursuant to a private placement resulting in gross proceeds of approximately C$10.125 million. The Company has also agreed to issue common share purchase warrants to purchase 1,500,000 Shares of the Company. The warrants will have a five year-term and an exercise price of C$9.65 per share. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about June 8, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including applicable exchange approvals.  The Company has granted the investors an option to acquire up to an additional C$10.125 million of units on the terms set forth above for a period of 30 days following the initial closing.

The proceeds are expected to be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

The securities to be sold in this private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or applicable state securities laws, and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE; CSE: HUGE.CN; FRA: 0K9A) is a publicly traded holding company, since May 2018.

FSD BioSciences Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract and the musculoskeletal system.

Through our acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in 2Q19, the Company is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the ultramicronized formulation of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA).

The Company has a Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trial for its lead candidate, FSD-201, currently underway in Australia.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019 . The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, the costs associated with such planned trials, our ability to obtain required funding and the terms and timing thereof, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitoylethanolamide (“PEA”), and the objectives and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for FSD 201 micro-PEA and statements regarding the closing of the offering.  The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such Forward‐Looking Information. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s continuous disclosure filings available under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Forward‐Looking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Contacts for FSD Pharma: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations, IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com Or LHA Investor Relations, Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma Receives U.S. FDA Approval to design a Phase 2a Clinical Trial to Treat Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE.CN) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the company permission to submit an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for the use of FSD-201 (ultramicronized palmitoylethanolamide, or ultramicronized PEA)  to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Severe COVID-19 is characterized by an over-exuberant inflammatory response that may lead to a cytokine storm and ultimately death. FSD Pharma is focused on developing FSD-201 for its anti-inflammatory properties to avoid the cytokine storm associated with acute lung injury in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

“FDA’s permission to design a proof-of-concept study in COVID-19 patients evaluating clinical doses of FSD-201 is a paradigm shift for FSD Pharma and is the result of outstanding work conducted by Dr. Edward Brennan, President FSD BioSciences, and his team,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman & CEO. “We contacted the FDA in late-March 2020 after becoming aware that several Italian physicians and scientists were advocating for use of ultramicronized PEA for patients suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, based on the drug’s mechanism of action as a potent and safe anti-inflammatory agent that reduces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Numerous studies over the past 40 years also validate the efficacy and safety of ultramicronized PEA in the treatment and prophylactic effects in respiratory infections. These studies also pointed out that the ease of application of PEA offers the possibility to have a quick therapeutic answer ready in case of a flu epidemic.”

COVID-19 Trial Design

Based on the FDA feedback received to date, we expect the trial will be a randomized, controlled, double-blind, U.S. multicenter study to assess the efficacy and safety of FSD-201 dosed 600mg or 1200mg twice-daily plus standard of care (SOC) versus SOC alone in symptomatic patients with clinical presentation compatible with COVID-19. Eligible patients will present with symptoms consistent with influenza/coronavirus signs (fever, dry cough, malaise, difficulty breathing) and/or newly documented positive COVID-19 disease.

The primary endpoint is to determine if FSD-201 plus SOC provides a significant improvement in clinical status (i.e., shorter time to symptom relief). Key secondary objectives include determining if FSD-201 plus SOC demonstrates additional benefit in terms of safety, objective assessments such as length of time to normalization of fever, length of time to improvement of oxygen saturation and length of time to clinical progression including time to mechanical ventilation or hospitalization, and length of hospital stay. The exploratory endpoint is cytokine clearance as measured by Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).

The treatment period is expected to be 14 days.  All patients who experience clinical benefit are expected to continue to receive their assigned treatment until study completion.

Rationale for Ultramicronized PEA in COVID-19

More than 600 scientific papers attest to the physiological properties of PEA and its role as an endogenous modulator, as well as its pharmacological and therapeutic effects, specifically its anti-inflammatory profile.

PEA acts via multiple mechanisms either directly to activate PPAR-α and GPR55 or indirectly through the inhibition of FAAH, which increases endogenous levels of anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol (2-AG).  These endocannabinoids directly activate CB2 (or CB1) receptors and TRPV1 channels (entourage effect). PEA may also activate TRPV1 channels via PPAR-α.

AEA has been shown to inhibit tumor necrosis factor-α-induced NF-kappa B activation, independent of CB1 and CB2. Saturated acylethanolamides such as PEA (an endogenous congener of AEA) may act in an analogous fashion to modify chronic inflammation in autoimmune disorders.

Nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini described the importance of the activation of the inflammatory cascade and in 1993 discovered that PEA functions as a mast cell modulator by reducing mast cell migration and degranulation; thus, PEA reduces the pathological overactivation of these cells and the activity of proinflammatory cytokines (such as TNF-α and IL6), cyclooxygenase and iNOS. It is this excess immune response activity that contributes to the physiologic derangement induced by influenza viruses and sets up the pathogenesis of the “cytokine storm.”

In summary, PEA down regulates hyperactive mast cells, inhibits iNOS expression and nuclear NF-kappa B translocation. It is theorized that coronavirus activates the cellular IKK/NF-kappa B signaling pathway for replication; therefore, PEA as a PPAR-α agonist may ameliorate oxidative/nitrosative stress induced by NF-kappa B and may be a suitable agent for antiviral intervention.

In addition, PEA has repeatedly been shown to down-modulate excess immune response activity that contributes to the physiologic derangement induced by viruses and help mitigate the pathogenesis of the “cytokine storm.”

The detailed description of the role of PEA in viral pathogenesis via multiple mechanistic pathways can be found in Jan MKH, Theca AMH (2017) Palmitoyl Ethanol Amide in Prophylaxis and Treatment of Viral Infections. Infect Dis Diag Treat 2017: J103.

Between 1969 and 1979, PEA was marketed as Impulsin by a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the former Czechoslovakia to treat influenza and the common cold. During this period, clinical trials were conducted for these indications that involved nearly 4,000 patients and volunteers across six randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. Together, these clinical trials demonstrate that PEA has clear treatment and prophylactic effects in respiratory infections, and is safe in its use. Side effects were not reported, and study authors explicitly stated that “No side effects were registered after several years of clinical testing of Impulsin in military and civilian communities.” They also pointed out that the ease of application of PEA offers the possibility to have a quick therapeutic answer ready in case of a flu epidemic.

In addition, since 2004 PEA has been dispensed in Italy and Spain as a prescription-based medical food supplement. More recently, the Company was made aware that several Italian physician-scientists are advocating for the use of ultramicronized-PEA for patients suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, and that several are using ultramicronized PEA to treat COVID-19 patients in Italy on a compassionate use basis.

Background on Ultramicronized PEA

FSD Pharma acquired worldwide rights (ex-Italy and Spain) to ultramicronized PEA from Epitech Group, an Italian pharmaceutical company that invented and holds the patents until 2034 for ultramicronized PEA (defined as 0.6 -10µM particle size). PEA is a naturally occurring fatty acid amide that was first discovered in the yolks of chicken eggs. It is biosynthesized from a membrane phospholipid and is degraded to palmitic acid and ethanolamine, and serves as an anti-inflammatory modulator within the cell.

Epitech markets ultramicronized PEA as a prescription-based “Food for Special Medical Purposes” in Italy under the brand name Normast® 600mg oral tablets, for several chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, including sciatic pain and diabetic neuropathy.

FSD is focused on developing ultramicronized-PEA (FSD-201) for its anti-inflammatory properties. A first-in-human safety and tolerability study is currently progressing in Australia led by principal researcher Jason Lickliter, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Nucleus Network.

Many clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of ultramicronized PEA on chronic pain have been published in the last decade. A number of studies have demonstrated that ultramicronized PEA at doses up to 2700mg/day administered to patients with various chronic pain syndromes induced a significant decrease in pain intensity, compared with control groups. In addition, clinical studies have demonstrated that ultramicronized PEA is generally very well tolerated. More than 1,500 patients have received either ultramicronized or micronized PEA in clinical studies and no serious adverse events were reported in the vast majority of these studies at doses as high as 2700mg/day.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE; CSE: HUGE.CN; FRA: 0K9A) is a publicly traded holding company, since May 2018.

FSD BioSciences Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract and the musculoskeletal system.

Through our acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in 2Q19, the Company is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the ultramicronized formulation of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA).

The Company has a Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trial for its lead candidate, FSD-201, currently underway in Australia

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The Company’s subject area experts continue to review the scientific evidence/claims/research relevant to the application of PEA and ultra-micro PEA and thus far have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the material reviewed that has been quoted in the press release. The company is not making any express or implied claims that its product has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the Covid-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus) at this time.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, including the approval of our IND submission, the completion of  any trials regarding the use of FSD-201 to treat COVID-19 or whether FSD-201 may be effective in treating COVID-19, the costs associated with such planned trials, our ability to obtain required funding and the terms and timing thereof, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitoylethanolamide (“PEA”), and the objectives and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for FSD 201. micro-PEA.  The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such Forward‐Looking Information. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s continuous disclosure filings available under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Forward‐Looking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Zeeshan Saeed, President & Founder, FSD Pharma, Inc., Zeeshan@fsdpharma.com, (416) 854-8884; Investor Relations, IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com Or LHA Investor Relations, Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma Begins Phase 1 In-human Safety and Tolerability Study of Ultra Micro-Palmitolylethanolamide (PEA)

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) today announced receipt of approval from the Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital, part of the Alfred Health group of hospitals serving the state of Victoria in Australia, to initiate a Phase 1, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of single and multiple ascending doses of ultra-micronized-PEA in normal healthy volunteers.

The study is now underway at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and is being led by principal researcher Jason Lickliter, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Nucleus Network, Australia’s largest and most experienced Phase 1 clinical research organization.

“The initiation of this Phase 1 in-human safety and tolerability clinical study of ultra-micronized formulation of PEA is a ground-breaking milestone for our company as we stride forward to find novel anti-inflammatory treatment outcomes for patients by targeting the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman & CEO. “I must congratulate Dr. Edward Brennan, President of FSD Pharma’s BioSciences Division, and his very qualified team on delivering this milestone on schedule. Dr. Brennan’s decades of experience in drug development is very noteworthy, and I share his confidence that this Phase 1 in-human study based on U.S. FDA-approved guidelines will produce favorable data. The study would validate considerable scientific literature already published, over the years, in the European Union, that claims safety and tolerability of micro-PEA, which is being dispensed in Italy and Spain as a prescription-based medical food supplement since 2004.”

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (PEA). The Company has Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA underway in Australia.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility, the progress and funding of the CBD Research Project, the ability and technical feasibility of algae being utilized to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids and the ultimate success of the CBD Research Project, the production of prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and related royalty fees. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such Forward‐Looking Information. Forward‐Looking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations: IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com; Or LHA Investor Relations: Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma to Ring the Opening Bell of the Canadian Securities Exchange on Friday, March 6, 2020

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) today announced that Executive Co-Chairman and CEO, Raza Bokhari, MD will be joined by the Company’s founders, Anthony Durkacz and Zeeshan Saeed, members of its Board of Directors, and leadership team to ring the opening bell at the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The Market Open Ceremony will be held at the CSE Media Centre in Toronto and will be webcast live beginning at 9:28 a.m. Eastern time via the following link: https://www.instagram.com/canadiansecuritiesexchange/ and available on replay at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHAlYSqAf_2dGADm9yiqTiw

“We are immensely thrilled to ring the opening bell at the CSE to celebrate our accomplishment as the first CSE-listed company to dual-list onto a major U.S. stock exchange,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman & CEO. “Having raised a record $53 million in pre-listing capital and following our listing on the CSE in May 2018, we have continued to demonstrate a track record of success that is reflected in trading liquidity that tops 6 billion shares to date that is among the volume leaders on the CSE.

“Today, we are among a select group of 12 Canadian-domiciled, cannabis-related companies that trade on a major U.S. exchange. I am very hopeful that sooner rather than later, we will be placed in a league of our own as we continue to demonstrate that the primary thrust of our business is to conduct U.S. FDA-approved clinical trials on synthetic compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that target the endocannabinoid system of the human body,” concluded Dr. Bokhari.

CSE CEO Richard Carleton added, “Entrepreneurs around the world have come to recognize the CSE as the ideal platform from which to access low-cost capital. We celebrate one of our own in FSD Pharma as an emerging leader in the marketplace. What Raza and his leadership team have built serves as a roadmap for other entrepreneurs supported by CSE as their pre-eminent global listing venue.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results
The Company also reported its audited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. These filings are available for review on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility, the progress and funding of the CBD Research Project, the ability and technical feasibility of algae being utilized to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids and the ultimate success of the CBD Research Project, the production of prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and related royalty fees. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such Forward‐Looking Information. Forward‐Looking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations: IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com Or LHA Investor Relations: Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma Generates $7.7 Million in Proceeds and 670% Return on Investment through Sale of Interest in Cannara Biotech

FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) today announced the sale of its 12% equity interest in Cannara Biotech Inc. (CSE: LOVE) (“Cannara”) to a consortium of buyers for cash proceeds of more than $7.7 million (the “Share Sale Transaction”).

The terms of the Share Sale Transaction were negotiated at arm’s length with a group of buyers that included entities controlled by members of the Cannara board and senior management. A substantial portion of FSD Pharma’s shareholdings in Cannara were subject to a statutory escrow expiring December 2021. Under the terms of the Share Sale Transaction, the buyers agreed to acquire FSD Pharma’s interest subject to escrow and, as such, assumed all of the associated market risk. The Share Sale Transaction represents a 670% return on the Company’s stake in Cannara.

“This is a very positive milestone for the shareholders and stakeholders of FSD Pharma to recognize a 7x return in less than two years,” stated Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman & CEO. “This transaction represents, which I hope is the first of others that will follow to strengthen our cash position on the balance sheet. Our aim is to scale up to $50 million in disposable cash through monetizing our non-cash assets and raising new capital from institutional and institutional grade investors in the United States and elsewhere.”

For further details on the Share Sale Transaction, please refer to FSD Pharma’s Early Warning Report, which will be available under Cannara’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility, the progress and funding of the CBD Research Project, the ability and technical feasibility of algae being utilized to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids and the ultimate success of the CBD Research Project, the production of prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and related royalty fees. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such ForwardLooking Information. ForwardLooking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: FSD Pharma Inc., Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations, IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com; Or LHA Investor Relations, Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma Chairman & CEO to Present at 22nd Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference in NYC

FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) announces that Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, accompanied by FSD Pharma Biosciences leadership, will be participating in the 22nd Annual BIO CEO & Investor conference, including presenting a company overview at 9:45 a.m. ET on Monday, February 10, 2020.

About BIO CEO & Investor Conference

The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is one of the largest investor conferences focused on established and emerging publicly traded and select private biotech companies. The event features issue-oriented plenary sessions, educational sessions focused on hot therapeutic areas and key business issues, company presentations, one-on-one meetings, and networking opportunities.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethanolamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility, the progress and funding of the CBD Research Project, the ability and technical feasibility of algae being utilized to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids and the ultimate success of the CBD Research Project, the production of prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and related royalty fees. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such ForwardLooking Information. ForwardLooking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: FSD Pharma Inc.: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations: IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com Or LHA Investor Relations, Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma and Solarvest Enhance Commitment to CBD Research Project

FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma”) and Solarvest BioEnergy Inc. (TSX-V: SVS) (“Solarvest”) (collectively, the “Parties”), are pleased to announce that, further to their press release of May 7, 2019, the Parties have agreed to amendments to the Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (the “Research Agreement”) designed to accelerate progress of the research project that Solarvest is carrying out (the “CBD Research Project”). Under the amended Research Agreement, FSD Pharma has agreed to issue additional class B subordinate voting shares (“FSD Shares”) to Solarvest, which will enable Solarvest to fund the CBD Research Project. In addition, Solarvest has appointed Dr. Edward J. Brennan, Jr., M.D., FACS (“Dr. Brennan”), currently the President of FSD Pharma’s BioSciences Division, to the board of directors of Solarvest.

The CBD Research Project involves Solarvest utilizing its algae expression platform to modify algae for the production of pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids (“Project Cannabinoids”). The Solarvest project is progressing on track and has made progress towards this objective. Since this is a cost-intensive project, and, to enable Solarvest to accelerate the pace of the research, FSD Pharma has issued an additional 225,371 FSD Shares to Solarvest.

The Parties have also mutually agreed that Solarvest would benefit from the additional oversight of Dr. Brennan, who brings with him over 25 years of experience in leadership roles at major pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations and has a proven track record in drug development.

FSD Pharma may realize substantial benefits if the CBD Research Project is successful, as Solarvest is required to grant FSD Pharma an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and commercialize prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and Solarvest will additionally provide FSD Pharma with a royalty fee on the sale or licensing of certain products derived from the Project Cannabinoids.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethonalamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

About Solarvest

Solarvest is an algae technology company that owns numerous key patents. Solarvest’s organic Omega-3 patent application has been filed and is pending in Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, India, China, S. Korea, Hong Kong and Australia. Its patent pending process produces the world’s first organic DHA & Omega-3. Solarvest has been working with a contract manufacturer has achieved commercial yields and is poised to supply the global Omega-3 market. The Solarvest system grows the algae under closely controlled conditions ensuring that the health products are produced without the environmental contaminants found in our oceans. In addition, organic certification provides our customers the assurance that the products are GMO free, sustainable and produced without chemicals. Since they are algae based the products are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Solarvest’s FDA licensed organic Omega-3 products offer the consumer a healthy and sustainable product choice.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethonalamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility, the progress and funding of the CBD Research Project, the ability and technical feasibility of algae being utilized to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids and the ultimate success of the CBD Research Project, the production of prescription drugs that can treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, and related royalty fees. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such Forward‐Looking Information. Forward‐Looking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

Contacts

FSD Pharma Inc.
Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc.
sandy@fsdpharma.com
(647) 864-7969

Investor Relations
IR@fsdpharma.com
www.fsdpharma.com

Or

LHA Investor Relations
Sanjay M. Hurry
shurry@lhai.com
(212) 838-3777

Solarvest BioEnergy Inc.
Gerri Greenham, Chief Executive Officer
ggreenham@solarvest.ca
(416) 420-0947

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HUGE rings the bell at NASDAQ

This is a huge step for FSD Pharma:

 

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Seasoned Healthcare Executive and Academic Luminary Larry Kaiser, MD, Joins FSD Pharma Board of Directors

FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) today announced that it has appointed Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Kaiser will also continue to serve as the Chairman of FSD Pharma’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Dr. Kaiser is currently the Managing Director with the Healthcare Industry Group at Alvarez and Marsal, a leading global professional services firm. Most recently, Dr. Kaiser was the President and CEO of the $2.2 billion Temple University Health System (“Temple”), Dean of Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences at Temple University. Among his many accomplishments at Temple was the acquisition of the Fox Chase NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the development of a number of programs, including the number one lung transplant program in the country, a nationally recognized program in pulmonary hypertension, in addition to growing programs in cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery. Before joining Temple University in 2011, Dr. Kaiser served as the President of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the largest of six health-related campuses at the University of Texas.

“With decades of academic and senior executive experience in medicine and the delivery of healthcare in the United States, Dr. Kaiser brings substantial depth and strength to our Board of Directors,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman and CEO of FSD Pharma. “Dr. Kaiser has already contributed immensely as Chairman of our world-class Scientific Advisory Board, where his input has been very meaningful in shaping our Biosciences strategy to focus on assembling synthetic compounds that target the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system of the human body. As a Director, we are relying on his leadership and sage counsel as we continue to double down on our Biosciences effort to eventually bring to market prescription-based drugs by conducting rigorous FDA-approved clinical trials.”

Dr. Kaiser stated, “I am truly honored to join the outstanding leadership group that Dr. Bokhari has assembled at FSD Pharma. I am impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit that this company brings and look forward to a number of exciting developments in the months to come. It is a privilege to work with a group so committed to building a successful and innovative company based on the foundation created by its founders.”

Dr. Kaiser graduated AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Fraternity) from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency in general surgery as well as a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then completed a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Toronto. Following that, he held positions as attending thoracic surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College (both New York City) and subsequently as Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kaiser held a variety of positions, including chief of general thoracic surgery, founder and director of the university’s lung transplantation program, director of its Center for Lung Cancers and Related Disorders, and co-director of the Thoracic Oncology Laboratory. In 2001, following a national search, he was named the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery as well as Surgeon in Chief for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 1997, Dr. Kaiser was named as the first recipient of the Eldridge Eliason Professorship of Surgery endowment at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kaiser is author or co-author of 17 books and more than 300 original papers, and he serves on multiple editorial boards, including the Annals of Surgery, the world’s leading surgical journal, the American Journal of Surgery, and the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Kaiser has served in a number of leadership capacities for professional societies and associations and has been a director of both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In 2005, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA-approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract, and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid-sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethonalamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017, and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (collectively, “Forward-Looking Information”). Forward-Looking Information includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to FSD Pharma’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance, receipt of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approvals, development of any FDA approved synthetic compounds, the successful treatment of diseases by such compounds, the ability to address the opioid crisis, the development of opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethonalamide (“PEA”), the intention and timing of the initiation of Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for PP 101 micro-PEA, maintenance of FSD Pharma’s Cannabis Act License, the ability to cultivate and sell cannabis produced in FSD Pharma’s facility. The use of words such as “budget”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “forecast”, “future”, “target”, “project”, “capacity”, “could”, “should”, “focus”, “proposed”, “scheduled”, “outlook”, “potential”, “estimate” and other similar words, and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, are intended to identify Forward-Looking Information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current beliefs or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Such beliefs or assumptions necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such ForwardLooking Information. ForwardLooking Information is not a guarantee of performance. The Forward-Looking Information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any Forward-Looking Information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on Forward Looking-Information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any Forward-Looking Information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations: IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com; Or LHA Investor Relations, Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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FSD Pharma to Ring Nasdaq Opening Bell on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FSD Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRA: 0K9) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Executive Co-Chairman and CEO Dr. Raza Bokhari, along with the founders, members of the Company’s Board of Directors, members of the leadership team, early investors, advisors, and other stakeholders, will ring the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 9:30 am ET.

The Opening Bell Ringing Ceremony will be held at Nasdaq’s MarketSite in New York City and will be webcast live beginning at 9:20 am ET via the following link: https://www.nasdaq.com/marketsite/bell-ringing-ceremony and live streaming will be available on Facebook at the following link: http://Facebook.com/Nasdaq.

“It will indeed be a unique privilege for me to ring the opening bell at Nasdaq to commence trading in the presence of FSD Pharma’s extended family and friends,” said Raza Bokhari, MD, Executive Co-Chairman and CEO. “The recent listing of our Class B Subordinate Voting Shares on Nasdaq has included us in a select group of 12 Canadian-domiciled cannabis companies that trade on a major U.S. exchange. I am, however, very hopeful that sooner rather than later we will  be placed in a league of our own as we continue to demonstrate that the primary thrust of our business is to focus on conducting clinical trials on synthetic compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that target the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system of the human body.”

About FSD Pharma

FSD Pharma is a specialty, biotech pharmaceutical R&D company focused on developing over time a robust pipeline of FDA approved synthetic compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system of the human body to treat certain diseases of the central nervous system and autoimmune disorders of the skin, GI tract and the musculoskeletal system.

Through its acquisition of Prismic Pharmaceuticals in Q2 2019, FSD Pharma is also making an effort to help address the opioid crisis by developing opioid sparing prescription drugs utilizing the micronized formulations of palmitolylethonalamide (PEA). The Company intends to initiate Phase 1 first-in-human safety and tolerability trials for its lead candidate, PP 101 micro-PEA during 1Q20.

FSD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FV Pharma, is a licensed producer under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017 and its full Sale for Medical Purposes license on June 21, 2019. The Company is licensed to cultivate cannabis in approximately 25,000 square feet of its facility in Cobourg, Ontario.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its regulation services provider accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements relating to the Company’s expectations regarding the Shares being listed on Nasdaq and the timing of commencement of the Shares trading on Nasdaq, constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words “could”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe”, “will”, “projected”, “estimated” and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on FSD Pharma’s current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results and developments may differ materially. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and FSD Pharma is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking-information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any forward-looking information contained herein.

SOURCE FSD Pharma Inc.

For further information: Sandy Huard, Head of Communications, FSD Pharma, Inc., sandy@fsdpharma.com, (647) 864-7969; Investor Relations, IR@fsdpharma.com, www.fsdpharma.com; Or LHA Investor Relations: Sanjay M. Hurry, shurry@lhai.com, (212) 838-3777

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