Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Life sciences company Wesana Health, which was co-founded by former NHL enforcer Daniel Carcillo, has announced that George Steinbrenner IV has joined the company’s board of directors.
Steinbrenner was part of a recent round of investors that drummed up $16 million in financing as Wesana prepares to go public.
The money will be used to fund the company’s pre-clinical and clinical development of psychedelic-assisted therapy to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a press release.
“When we set out to establish Wesana, we were personally very motivated to bring alternative treatments to market for those suffering from traumatic brain injury. To our great pleasure, we were able to find investors that are equally as motivated in not only our business model, but in the importance and unmet need for the innovative treatments we are developing,” Carcillo says in the statement.
Carcillo retired from the NHL in 2015 at the age of 30. Over the course of his career, he was diagnosed with seven concussions, though he suspects he suffered far more than that.
In retirement, Carcillo battled lingering injuries and severe depression until another former NHL enforcer, Riley Cote, suggested that he accompany him on a trip to Colorado to undergo psilocybin therapy.