Flowr Expands into Global Markets by Acquiring 19.8% Of Large-Scale Portuguese and Australian Cannabis Producer Holigen
Terms and License Agreement:
- Flowr acquires 19.8% of Holigen.
- Enters into an exclusive termed IP licensing agreement which is expected to significantly accelerate the completion of Holigen’s construction and licensing projects.
- Cash payment of C$6 million.
Massive Scale: Holigen is in the final stages of obtaining a license for one of the most significant cultivation facilities in the developed world which includes an outdoor cultivation license allowing a potential 500,000 kgs of annual capacity on 65 hectares.
Low Production Costs: Large scale outdoor production in Portugal could produce one of the lowest cost cultivation opportunities in the world given Portugal’s climate and workforce in combination with Flowr’s cultivation expertise.
Global Distribution: Holigen is in the final stages of obtaining a license in Portugal allowing export of low-cost cannabis products, providing direct access to EU markets as well as global exports.
Growing Network: Holigen is forming partnerships with major distributors serving Germany, Poland, UK and Ireland and has strong ties to the largest medical cannabis distributor in Australia with distribution channels across 35 countries.
Opportunity: Currently 22 countries in Europe have medical cannabis programs. By 2028, Europe’s medical cannabis market is projected to grow to over C$84 billion and Australia’s cannabis market to over C$11 billion (Source: Prohibition Partners)
“We believe this is a transformative transaction that establishes Flowr as a global player in the cannabis industry,” said Vinay Tolia, Co-CEO of The Flowr Corporation. “We’re using our financial strength and industry-leading cultivation expertise to gain exposure to the rapidly expanding European and Australian markets through Holigen.”
The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR), a Canadian Licensed Producer of premium cannabis products, announced today it has acquired a 19.8% interest in Holigen Limited (Holigen). Flowr will provide, among other things, its cultivation, facility design and construction IP for use by Holigen in the construction of its facilities in Portugal and Australia and for obtaining its final licenses in those territories.
Significant Cultivation Facilities, Potential Low-Cost Production
Holigen is a European-based cannabis company in the process of developing large-scale cannabis cultivation facilities and Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) compliant production facilities that are expected to provide finished medical cannabis products, pharmaceutical ingredients, and plants and seeds to medical cannabis markets globally. Holigen is in the final stages of obtaining one of the largest cultivation licenses in the developed world for outdoor and greenhouse facilities on 72 hectares (7.8 million square feet) in Portugal. This project has been designated a Project of National Interest by the Portuguese government, which ensures special handling and prioritization by government agencies and access to low cost financing.
Benefitting from Portugal’s climate, cost-effective land and labour, and the high crop yields it expects to generate by employing Flowr’s cultivation IP, Holigen could be among the lowest cost producers in the world.
“The combination of Holigen’s strong management team and incredible assets along with our cultivation, design and construction IP will create what we believe will be a worldwide leader in production” said Tom Flow, Co-CEO of Flowr.
Licensing Near Completion, GMP Certification Expected
Holigen expects to complete its licensing process for its first site in Portugal by mid-2019 and expects to be one of the few licensed producers in Europe that will produce products in GMP-compliant facilities.
Holigen has applied for licenses to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, import and export medical cannabis and derived products at two sites. These applications were considered compliant with local regulations by the health authorities in Portugal (INFARMED). Both sites are pending inspections to complete the licensing process. Holigen anticipates licenses to be granted for site 1 by Q2 2019 and site 2 by early 2020. Its Australian facilities have already achieved GMP certifications with respect to the relabeling and release of products. As the fit-out of the facility progresses, Holigen expects to arrange further GMP inspections.
In Australia, Holigen has strong ties to the country’s largest distributor of medical cannabis and holds the following medical cannabis licenses: Cultivation, R&D and Manufacturing from the Office of Drug Control and Drug Control Section Australia (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and GMP License from the TGA. Holigen is in the process of obtaining a New South Wales Schedule 8 pharmaceutical manufacturing license, which is the remaining license it requires.
Holigen currently is developing four cultivation facilities in Portugal and Australia along with production and R&D facilities. These sites include:
- A 65 hectare (seven million square foot) outdoor cultivation site in Portugal that is expected to be partly operational in the second quarter of 2019 and fully operation in the first quarter of 2021 with potential production of more than 500,000 kg annually;
- A 294,000 square foot greenhouse facility in Portugal that is expected to begin operating in the first quarter of 2020 with potential production of 110,000 kg annually;
- An indoor facility in Portugal expected to begin production in mid-2019 with a potential capacity of approximately 3,500 kg annually and the potential capacity to extract up to 49 tons of dried product;
- Approximately 90,000 square feet of planned GMP-compliant production facilities integrated into the Portuguese cultivation centers; and,
- A 2.4 hectare site in Sydney suitable for cultivation and manufacturing, which includes a 3,500 square foot indoor cultivation facility with a potential capacity of over 1,000 kg annually.
“We are delighted to be working with Flowr to develop these valuable properties and licenses into one of the leading cannabis franchises in Europe and Australia,” said Pauric Duffy, Holigen’s Co-Founder. “In addition to developing the cultivation facilities, we are hard at work developing medical cannabis brands in our key markets, preparing to leverage the distribution partnerships we are forming, and evaluating alternative product lines like infused beverages.
“Flowr has the high quality, high yield growing technology and experience that we believe will quickly allow Holigen to execute on the very significant licenses we hold and are obtaining in both Portugal and Australia,” said Peter Comerford, Holigen’s Co-Founder. “With the partnerships we are developing, we believe we will be positioned perfectly within the Australian government’s ambitious strategy for significant export of medicinal cannabis announced in January. With the licenses we are obtaining, combined with Flowr’s proven cultivation technology, we believe this transaction places both companies in a unique position to act as a true medicinal cannabis multinational.”
Holigen is led by Messrs. Duffy and Comerford and employs an operational team that includes seasoned pharmaceutical engineers led by Aldo Vidinha. These proven leaders have experience building sizable companies and facilities around the world and in the medical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
The closing of the transaction is subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions (including any required stock exchange approval).
The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR; OTC: FLWPF), through its subsidiaries, holds a cannabis production and sales license granted by Health Canada. With a head office in Markham, ON and a production facility in Kelowna, BC, Flowr builds and operates large-scale, GMP-designed cultivation facilities utilizing its own patented growing systems. Flowr’s investment in research and development along with its sense of craftsmanship and a spirit of innovation is expected to enable it to provide premium-quality cannabis that appeals to the adult-use recreational market and addresses specific patient needs in the medicinal market.
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This press release includes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws regarding Flowr, Holigen and their respective businesses, which may include, but are not limited to: the transactions described herein, the production capacity of Holigen, the cost of production of Holigen, the IP licensing agreement accelerating the completion of Holigen’s construction and licensing projects, the scale of Holigen, including with respect to Holigen having one of the most significant cultivation facilities in the development world, Portugal providing Holigen with the climate and workforce, in combination with Flowr’s cultivation expertise, to produce one of the lowest cost cultivation operations, the status of Holigen’s licensing process, including the timing of receipt of all required licenses, Holigen being able to export low-cost cannabis and having direct access to EU markets and global markets, the partnerships Holigen is forming with distributors in Germany, Poland, the UK and Ireland, the transaction proving to be transformative for Flowr, the use of Flowr’s financial strength and industry leading cultivation expertise gaining it exposure to the European and Australian markets through Holigen, Holigen’s facilities, Holigen seeking to have GMP compliant facilities, Holigen’s facilities producing finished medical cannabis products, pharmaceutical ingredients, plants and seeds to the medical cannabis market globally, the combination of Holigen and Flowr creating a worldwide leader in production, the dates for inspections and final granting of licenses for Holigen’s facilities and properties, Holigen seeking additional GMP inspections in the future, the completion and operational dates for Holigen’s facilities and properties, including the timing thereof, the production capacity of such facilities and properties, the extraction of dried flower at Holigen’s facilities, the relationship between Flowr and Holigen creating a leading cannabis franchise in Europe and Australia, Holigen working to develop medical cannabis brands, leveraging its distribution partnerships, and evaluating alternative product lines, such as infused beverages, the partnership between Flowr and Holigen allowing Holigen to execute on the licenses it holds and is obtaining, Holigen being perfectly positioned within the Australian government’s export strategy, the transaction placing both companies in a unique position to act as a true medical cannabis multinational, Flowr’s investment in research and development along with its sense of craftsmanship and spirit of innovation enabling it to provide premium-quality cannabis that appeals to the adult-use market and addresses specific patient needs in the medicinal market and other factors. 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The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur by certain specified dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Flowr, including risks relating to the failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the failure to complete the transaction described herein, including as a result of certain conditions not being satisfied, risks relating to the use of Flowr’s or Holigen’s products, risks relating to the markets in which Flowr and Holigen operate and/or distribute their respective products, possible failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction described herein, risks associated with the license agreement described herein, including Holigen’s breach of such agreement or the infringement of third party IP rights, the reliance on information provided by Holigen about its business and plans, risks associated with the transaction, including the inability of Holigen to complete its licensing process or construct its facilities or properties as a result of a lack of funding, the production capacity of Holigen being less than expected, thus impacting revenues and earnings, the cost of production of Holigen being more than expected, resulting in lower earnings, the IP licensing agreement not accelerating the completion of Holigen’s construction and licensing projects, the scale of Holigen not being as significant as described herein, Holigen not having one of the most significant cultivation facilities in the development world, or competitors being able to construct and operate comparable facilities and properties, Portugal and Flowr failing to provide Holigen with the climate, workforce and cultivation expertise, as applicable, to produce one of the lowest cost cultivation operations, Holigen’s licensing process being delayed or not completed, Holigen not being able to export low-cost cannabis and not having direct access to EU markets and global markets, which would materially impact revenues and earnings, Holigen failing to form partnerships with distributors in Germany, Poland, the UK and Ireland, the transaction not proving to be transformative for Flowr, Flowr’s financial strength and industry leading cultivation expertise and partnership with Holigen not enabling Flowr to gain exposure to the European and Australian markets, risks associated with Holigen’s facilities, Holigen not being able to construct and license GMP compliant facilities, which could impact the ability to sell products where such compliance is required, Holigen’s facilities not producing finished medical cannabis products, pharmaceutical ingredients, plants and seeds that can be distributed globally, the combination of Holigen and Flowr failing to create a worldwide leader in production, the dates for inspections and final granting of licenses for Holigen’s facilities and properties being delayed and/or not being completed, Holigen failing to complete, or failing to achieve the operational dates for, its facilities and properties, the production capacity of such facilities and properties not being achieved, which could materially impact the value of Holigen, the inability to extract dried flower at Holigen’s facilities, the relationship between Flowr and Holigen failing to create a leading cannabis franchise in Europe and Australia, Holigen’s inability to develop medical cannabis brands, leveraging its distribution partnerships, or evaluating alternative product lines, such as infused beverages, the partnership between Flowr and Holigen not benefiting Holigen in executing on the licenses it holds and is obtaining, Holigen failing to participate in the Australian government’s export strategy or being delayed in participating in such opportunity, Holigen and Flowr not being in a unique position to act as a true medical cannabis multinational, Holigen’s inability to grow the amount of cannabis described herein, which could adversely impact revenues, the fact that the facilities described herein may not include all the elements described in this press release, which could adversely impact the partnership described herein, Flowr not being able to sustain its competitive advantage in cultivation and being unable to remain at the forefront of industry innovation, whether as a result of failed construction of the facilities described herein or otherwise, Flowr not being able to meet demand or fulfill purchase orders, which could materially impact revenues and its relationships with purchasers, Flowr requiring additional financing from time to time in order to continue its operations or assist Holigen with its licensing and construction projects, and such financing may not be available when needed or on terms and conditions acceptable to the Company, new laws or regulations adversely affecting the Company’s business and results of operations, results of operation activities and development of projects, project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, the inability of Flowr’s products to be high quality, the inability of Flowr to produce and distribute premium, high quality products, the inability to supply products or any delay in such supply, Flowr’s securities, the inability to generate cash flows, revenues and/or stable margins, the inability to grow organically, risks associated with fluctuations in exchange rates (including, without limitation, fluctuations in currencies), the cannabis industry and the regulation thereof, the failure to comply with applicable laws, risks relating to partnership arrangements, possible failure to realize the anticipated benefits of partnership arrangements, product launches (including, without limitation, unsuccessful product launches), the inability to launch products, Flowr not being able to provide premium quality cannabis that appeals to the adult-use market and addresses specific patient needs in the medicinal market, the failure to obtain regulatory approvals, economic factors, market conditions, risks associated with the acquisition and/or launch of products, the equity and debt markets generally, risks associated with growth and competition (including, without limitation, with respect to Flowr’s and Holigen’s products), general economic and stock market conditions, risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Flowr’s filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators and many other factors beyond the control of Flowr. 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Khiron Receives Accreditation for UK Medical Cannabis Education and Partners with UK’s Cellen Therapeutics to Improve Clinician Education
- Company has received UK Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) accreditation for its global education platform, Khiron Academy
- UK medical professionals may now earn CPD credits through Khiron’s medical cannabis education program
- The Company has entered into a strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, a leader in digital healthcare in the UK, to increase patient access via medical cannabis education
- As a leading international medical cannabis educator, nearly 1,000 medical professionals in Latin America and the United Kingdom have registered for, or completed, Khiron Academy training
Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (“Khiron” or the “Company”) (TSXV: KHRN) (OTCQX: KHRNF) ( Frankfurt : A2JMZC), a vertically integrated cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America and Europe is pleased to announce it has received UK Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) accreditation for Khiron Academy, the Company’s global medical cannabis education platform.
Additionally, following its accreditation, the Company has entered into a strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, a leader in digital healthcare in the UK and fellow founding member of Project Twenty21, to increase patient access through medical cannabis education initially. Khiron Academy will be made available to prescribers in the UK that have registered with Cellen’s MedCanHub, an emerging education portal. Cellen is market leader, widely recognized for also launching the UK’s first digital pain clinic, Leva.
Tejinder Virk , President of Khiron Europe, commented, “Over the last year, Khiron has seen a direct correlation between physician education and patient access. With Khiron Academy’s CPD accreditation and through our strategic partnership with Cellen Therapeutics, we are positioned to reach a growing number of medical professionals, and in turn, provide patients with greater access to medical cannabis products.”
Eric Bystrom , CEO of Cellen commented, “We are pleased to be joining forces with Khiron on educating prescribing specialists in the UK. Khiron is a clear global leader in medical cannabis education. We share common values in improving patient lives by educating doctors and optimizing the standard of medical care. Our aim is to create a practical guide for responsibly prescribing patients with safe and efficacious medical cannabis products.”
In the UK, Khiron continues to leverage educational materials developed by the Company to train medical professionals in Latin America , along with clinical data from thousands of Khiron patients. In addition to Cellen’s MedCanHub (accessible to medical professionals at https://medcanhub.cellenhealth.com/ ), Khiron Academy is available to members of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS) and core to the training of prescribing specialists for Project Twenty21, a 20,000-patient observational study backed Drug Science in UK.
To date, the Company has trained nearly 1000 medical professionals in Latin America and the UK. Over the last year, physicians trained by Khiron in Latin America have issued over 13,000 prescriptions, with a compound monthly growth rate of nearly 50%. Khiron Academy will be a platform for sharing the Company’s clinical expertise, in conjunction with clinical data arising from Khiron’s wholly-owned clinics in LatAm.
About Khiron Life Sciences Corp.
Khiron is a vertically integrated medical and CPG cannabis company with core operations in Latin America , and operational activity in Europe and North America . Khiron is the leading medical cannabis provider in Colombia and the first company licensed in Colombia for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution and sales, and international export of both low and high THC medical cannabis products. The Company has filled medical cannabis prescriptions in Colombia , Peru , Germany and the United Kingdom , and is positioned to commence sales in Mexico , Germany and Brazil in 2021.
Leveraging wholly-owned medical clinics and proprietary telemedicine platforms, Khiron combines a patient-oriented approach, physician education programs, scientific expertise, product innovation, and agricultural infrastructure to drive prescriptions and brand loyalty. Its Wellbeing unit launched the first branded CBD skincare brand in Colombia , with Kuida TM now marketed in multiple jurisdictions in Latin America , the US and United Kingdom . The Company is led by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alvaro Torres , together with an experienced and diverse executive team and Board of Directors.
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TRACE’s plant-based and alkaline wellness products to expand into key markets of Japan, China and the Philippines
Emerging leader in innovative health and wellness beverages and consumer products, BevCanna Enterprises Inc . ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) (“ BevCanna ” or the “ Company ”) announces today its anticipated expansion into the Asia Pacific region, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Naturo Group. After completing a comprehensive market, distribution and partner assessment, the Company intends to initially launch its portfolio of TRACE health and wellness products in the key markets of Japan, China, and the Philippines, through multi-channel distribution outlets including e-commerce, retail, and wholesale.
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With a combined population of 1.633 billion people, or 21 percent of the world’s citizenry, the three countries signify a substantial opportunity for BevCanna. The markets’ growing and prosperous middle-class consumer base represents an ideal demographic for the TRACE products, as consumers increasingly opt for healthier lifestyle choices. The global nutraceutical market size is projected to reach US$722.49 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 8.3% over the forecast period; Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period, particularly in Japan and China. 1 The Japanese market is particularly suited for the introduction of the TRACE brand, with its consumers having developed a decided preference for natural, health-conscious products. Two-thirds of Asian consumers believe in superfoods and natural health products for treating ailments 2 , representing a prime demographic for wellness-focused products.
“The Asian market is a natural fit for our TRACE line of plant-based and alkaline products,” said Melise Panetta, President of BevCanna. “We’ve been actively evaluating the market potential, while also fielding increased interest from Asian customers and partners in our TRACE plant-based mineral products and our Canadian natural alkaline spring water. Our portfolio of products will address a growing demand for nutraceuticals and wellness-focused natural products, and we’re pleased to announce our anticipated expansion into these significant markets”.
TRACE’s proprietary plant-based mineralized beverages and nutraceuticals contain fulvic and humic minerals, sourced from ancient organic compounds that are highly concentrated sources of trace minerals. Recognized benefits of the Health Canada-approved formulations include cognitive performance, gut health, immune function, and aiding the body in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Mineral-enhanced water is increasingly popular in Asia for its purported benefits to human immune systems and brain health.
TRACE’s proprietary alkaline spring water is bottled at source in British Columbia’s Okanagan region. The alkaline water provides additional benefits to the consumer as compared to most tap and conventional bottled water, including the increased presence of hydroxyl ions, increased hydration, improved bone health, healthier skin and decreased gastrointestinal symptoms.
2 Natural Products Global June 27, 2017
About BevCanna Enterprises Inc.
BevCanna Enterprises Inc . ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) is a diversified health & wellness beverage and natural products company. BevCanna develops and manufactures a range of plant-based and cannabinoid beverages and supplements for both in-house brands and white-label clients.
With decades of experience creating, manufacturing and distributing iconic brands that resonate with consumers on a global scale, the team demonstrates an expertise unmatched in the nutraceutical and cannabis-infused beverage categories. Based in British Columbia, Canada, BevCanna owns a pristine alkaline spring water aquifer and a world–class 40,000–square–foot, HACCP certified manufacturing facility, with a bottling capacity of up to 210M bottles annually. BevCanna’s extensive distribution network includes more than 3,000 points of retail distribution through its market-leading TRACE brand, its Pure Therapy natural health and wellness e-commerce platform, its fully licensed Canadian cannabis manufacturing and distribution network, and a partnership with #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company Keef Brands .
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Trulieve acquires dispensary permits from Solevo Wellness West Virginia LLC for $650,000
Trulieve Cannabis Corp . (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States and the largest cannabis company in Florida announced today that it acquired Solevo Wellness West Virginia LLC (“Solevo”) and its three West Virginia dispensary permits for $650,000 . Solevo was awarded two permits in Morgantown and one in Parkersburg in January 2021 as part of the West Virginia application process.
“This acquisition enables Trulieve to broaden and solidify our position in the newly created West Virginia market. Solevo was granted three dispensaries as part of the application process entered by the Company before becoming part of the Trulieve family. Adding Solevo to our production and dispensary permits, as well as our recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Mountaineer Holdings and its cultivation and dispensary permits, will create a fully vertical presence in the state with nine dispensaries,” said Kim Rivers , CEO of Trulieve. “We look forward to providing the highest level of cannabis products and customer experience through authentic and reciprocal relationships to West Virginia patients.”
Trulieve acquired Solevo and its three dispensary permits for an upfront payment of $150,000 in cash, and $500,000 in Trulieve subordinate voting shares (“Trulieve Shares”). Stock price is based on 10-day VWAP from the last trading day before signing. The transaction is contingent upon West Virginia state regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
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Trulieve is a vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” company and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida . Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida , as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also operates in California , Massachusetts , Connecticut and Pennsylvania . Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol TCNNF.
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Better Plant Sciences Inc. (CSE: PLNT) (OTCQB: VEGGF) (FSE: YG3) (“Better Plant”) or (the “Company”) a wellness company that develops and sells sustainable, plant-based products, is pleased to announce that it’s Jusu Home and Body line is now available for purchase on Faire Wholesale Marketplace (“Faire” or “www.faire.com”), an online wholesale marketplace valued at US $2.5 billion. Jusu Home and Body products are currently featured in their “New Arrivals” section.
Better Plant Announces Agreement with Faire Wholesale Marketplace For Jusu Home and Body Products
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Growing by 200% year over year, Faire currently serves over 170,000 independent retailers across North America, representing more retail locations than Marks & Spencer, Boots, Aldi, Starbucks, and Tesco combined. The platform has also recently launched in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with other European markets to follow in the coming months. “This partnership with Faire gives boutique retailers access to Jusu Home and Body products on a global scale and will showcase to retailers that are outside of our typical demographic”, says Amber Allen, Head of Sales for Better Plant. “We look forward to promoting Jusu products on this platform and connecting with many diverse buyers.”
Faire provides a holistic, end-to-end platform that enables independent retailers to build, grow, and run their businesses. Leveraging the Faire platform benefits retailers with perks such as payment flexibility and security, free returns, shipping solutions and data-driven recommendations.
According to a report by Globe Newswire, the global market for natural and organic personal care products is projected to reach a revised size of US $23.6 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.3% over the analysis period 2020-2027.
Faire is a curated wholesale marketplace connecting more than 40,000 local retailers with thousands of emerging and established brands. Faire enables independent retailers to grow their business with the advantages of big box terms and empowers makers to seamlessly build and run their wholesale business. Faire was founded in 2017 and is powered by the idea that the future is local. Faire is backed by investors including Y Combinator, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and DST Global. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Salt Lake City. To learn more, visit www.Faire.com.
About Better Plant:
Better Plant harnesses plant intelligence and leverages modern science to offer sustainable, plant-based products that are better for health and better for the earth. It makes and sells over 90 proprietary products, all made with 100% natural ingredients, under the brands Jusu, Urban Juve and Wright & Well. It has a direct-to-consumer platform for refrigerated goods that offers easy online ordering and convenient home delivery in select cities in Alberta and BC. Better Plant operates Jusu Bar, a quick serve restaurant alternative in Victoria, BC, which serves up fresh, healthy, and nutritious options with a focus on Jusu cold-pressed juices. Jusubar.com offers home delivery of refrigerated plant-based beverages consisting of cold-pressed juices and packaged juice cleanses. Through its Shopify enabled eCommerce sites getjusu.com and urbanjuve.com, Better Plant sells plant-based personal care products, including skin care, hair care, body care and baby care. Jusu also has a line of plant-based all-natural home cleaning products that are sold to cleaning companies, retailers and sold directly to consumers. Better Plant also offers operational, financial, and other services to companies with businesses that align with Better Plant’s mission to help create a better world. Better Plant incubated NeonMind, which sells medicinal mushroom infused coffees and is developing drugs with psychedelic ingredients to treat obesity and to suppress appetite. Better Plant owns approximately 27% of NeonMind, which trades separately as a public company under the tickers (CSE: NEON) and (OTCQB: NMDBF).
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Aion Therapeutic Inc. (CSE: AION) (” Aion Therapeutic ” or the ” Company “) today announced that it has retained KCSA Strategic Communications (” KCSA “), a leading New York City -based communications firm.
KCSA will work with management to create a comprehensive, strategic communications program to lead the Company’s public and investor relations programs. Since KCSA’s inception, nearly fifty years ago, the firm has developed a strong reputation for its work representing public companies with an expertise in several verticals including the psychedelics and cannabis industries. The engagement is designed to increase the awareness and help enhance the profile of Aion Therapeutic in the marketplace.
“As we enter the next phase of growth for the Company, we have retained KCSA to help broaden our exposure to the investment community and to represent us in the media,” commented Graham Simmonds , Executive Vice Chair and CEO of Aion Therapeutic. “Our Company is at a very exciting stage and we look forward to communicating how our patented approach of utilizing psilocybin and other mushroom compounds in combination with cannabinoids to treat serious medical conditions to the global medical community.”
Phil Carlson , Managing Director of KCSA Strategic Communications, commented, “At KCSA, our professionals have an extensive history of providing expert communications and strategy for our clients. With many decades of experience, we have built a vast network in both the media and investment communities that we will proactively begin to introduce to Aion Therapeutic’s management team. We are pleased to implement this communications plan based on best practices for Aion Therapeutic.”
For its services supporting the Company’s public relations and investor relations efforts, KCSA will receive Usd. $15,000 per month. The term of the engagement will be initially six months and then ongoing on a month-to-month basis. The Company has the right to terminate the relationship with KCSA on 90 days’ notice.
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
About KCSA Strategic Communications
KCSA is a fully integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, investor relations and social media, with expertise in financial services, technology and healthcare. Since 1969, the firm has demonstrated strategic thinking and program execution that drive results for clients in the ever-changing communications and digital landscape. The firm’s clients are its best references. For more information, please visit www.kcsa.com .
About Aion Therapeutic Inc.
Aion Therapeutic Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AI Pharmaceuticals Jamaica Limited, is in the business of research and development, treatment, data mining and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (machine learning) techniques, focused on the development of combinatorial pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals utilizing compounds from cannabis (cannabinoids), psychedelic mushrooms (psilocybin), fungi (edible mushroom), natural psychedelic formulations (Ayahuasca), and other medicinal plants in a legal environment for this type of discovery. In addition, Aion Therapeutic is creating a strong international intellectual property portfolio related to its discoveries.
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Certain statements contained in this press release 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”, “may”, “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 the Company’s current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially. In particular, this release contains forward-looking information relating to the business of the Company. Various assumptions or factors are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking information. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to the parties. The material factors and assumptions include regulatory and other third-party approvals; licensing and other risks. The forward-looking information contained in this release is made as of the date hereof and the parties are 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.
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