Osoyoos Cannabis Inc. (CSE:OSO) (“Osoyoos” or the “Company”) today provided a corporate update on its previously announced acquisition of 1196691 B.C. Ltd. dba “PCAI Pharma” (“PCAI”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary AI Pharmaceuticals Jamaica Limited (“AI Pharma”).

About PCAI


PCAI is a Toronto-based pharmaceutical company with an ongoing mission, through AI Pharma, to build a global enterprise with a strong foundation of science, research, development and treatment, as well as, new therapeutic formulation discovery using data mining and current state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (“AI“) techniques. PCAI’s research and treatment initiatives are dedicated to unlocking the healing potential of plant-based and fungal-based medicines, remedies and treatments through rigorous science and clinical support.

AI Pharma’s pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals will be developed utilizing specific chemical compounds, identified with our AI techniques, from both medical cannabis and medical mushrooms combined together to significantly increase treatment efficacy. We intend to develop a large intellectual property portfolio comprising significant blocking patents including these combinatorial pharmaceutical developments. These pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products will be developed leveraging the most healing chemical compounds from medical cannabis in combination with chemical compounds from psychedelic and edible mushrooms with a goal to successfully treat conditions like cancer, depression, PTSD and others, as well as opioid and alcohol addiction.

The AI Pharma Team

The AI Pharma company is led by Dr. Stephen Barnhill, its Chairman & CEO. Dr. Barnhill is bringing together his world-class team of doctors, scientists and AI experts to leverage their successful pharmaceutical, biotech and AI track-records and successful product development histories with traditional pharma and biotech companies in order to bring the same level of expertise to the medical cannabis and medical mushroom (both edible and psychedelic) pharmaceutical research, development and treatments.

Dr. Barnhill is a physician, fellowship trained in Laboratory Medicine and Board Certified by the American Board of BioAnalysis, an expert in AI, an inventor on more than 40 patents globally and is an experienced pharmaceutical and biotech executive with experience as a CEO in both private and public companies in the United States and internationally. He was most recently Founder, Chairman and CEO of a U.S. publicly-traded international biotech company, which he took from inception to profitability. Throughout his career, Dr. Barnhill has negotiated and executed deals with many companies including Pfizer, Corning-MetPath, Quest Diagnostics, Clarient (now GE Healthcare), LabCorp, NeoGenomics, Abbott, Bruker and others. He has published many papers with academics including those from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Stanford University Medical Center and others.

About AI Pharma

Current state-of-the-art AI techniques will provide the backbone of our discovery methods, along with a unique and strategic geographic foundation in Jamaica, where the organization, in association with its Jamaican-based Cannabis License Authority (CLA) licensed medical cannabis partner, has the requisite range of licenses and existing facilities.

  • Jamaica is uniquely legal for medical cannabis via CLA approved licenses (which we have through our discovery partnership) and is one of the very few countries in the world where mushrooms (both edible and psychedelic) have never been made illegal and are openly sold. This allows AI Pharma to legally discover these unique combined formulations to build a large patent portfolio of blocking patents and products while most of the rest of the world is legally limited in this type of discovery.
  • AI Pharma has a cultivation facility that is currently being prepared for mushrooms and will be operational in approximately sixty days.
  • AI Pharma has a R&D facility, as well as, a processing laboratory to prepare mushroom extracts in their distilled research and treatment ready form.
  • AI Pharma has leased space at Doc’s Place International, an award winning (recently ranked #1 in the world by Edibles Magazine) health and wellness resort for medical cannabis patients that will be utilized for AI Pharma’s patients as a treatment centre for psilocybin and combined psilocybin/cannabis based therapies.

Mr. Graham Simmonds, CEO of the Company stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for Osoyoos as we extend our business into a deeper level of cannabinoid medicine with specific research into the effect of combinatorial pharmaceuticals utilizing both the cannabis plant in association with the many breeds of mushrooms.” He added, “I would also like to extend my appreciation to Cannabis Growth Opportunity Corporation for their recent financial commitment to Osoyoos and we look forward to working closely with them once we have closed our planned financing.”

Dr. Stephen Barnhill, Chairman and CEO of AI Pharma stated, “We are very pleased to be a part of the Osoyoos business moving forward and I believe we can establish a leading portfolio of intellectual property with significant blocking patents, as well as, specific targeted therapies and medicines with scientifically demonstrated healing capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to help and heal people and I believe we have a significant advantage in achieving this from our leading-edge facility and team in Jamaica.”

About Osoyoos Cannabis Inc.

Osoyoos Cannabis Inc. has a joint-venture agreement with a private, vertically-integrated licensed producer under the Cannabis Act (Canada) to offer contract tolling extraction services to third-party businesses. Additionally, the Company recently acquired 1196691 B.C. Ltd. d/b/a “PCAI Pharma” (www.pcai.ca) and its wholly-owned subsidiary AI Pharmaceuticals Jamaica Limited, a private corporation incorporated and operating under the laws of Jamaica. The business of AI Pharma involves science, research, treatment, data mining and AI, focused on the development of combinatorial pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals utilizing compounds from cannabis (cannabinoids), psychedelic mushrooms (psilocybin), fungi and other psychedelic formulations and their related medicinal global intellectual property protection.

For further information, please contact:
Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive Officer
(416) 843-2881
jgrahamsimmonds@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER & READER ADVISORY

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, PCAI and AI Pharma. 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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Cannabis Market Update: Q3 2020 in Review

Click here to read the previous cannabis update.

During the first few months of investment time in 2021, cannabis faced some volatility alongside optimism about federal changes in the most important market for the drug.

The cannabis business found its stride during Q1 thanks to policy change signals and consolidation.

To find out more, the Investing News Network (INN) asked experts about progress in the market during the first major period of the new year, and which developments investors should watch out for.

 

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Cannabis market update: New York and US potential boost operations

New York state’s legalization of recreational cannabis was a huge Q1 announcement that added pressure to the federal government when it comes to cannabis policy, said George Mancheril, co-founder and CEO of Bespoke Financial, a debt financing business with a particular focus on servicing cannabis businesses.

“It’s going to add to the chorus of voices in the federal scene to basically move sooner rather than later,” he explained to INN.

Following the US election in 2020, the momentum for cannabis businesses went on the upswing, as did company valuations, with the idea of expansion at the heart of it all, according to Mancheril.

Before starting Bespoke Financial, Mancheril learned from traditional investment banks, where he worked on lending, fixed income and debt markets with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Guggenheim Partners.

Nawan Butt, portfolio manager with Purpose Investments, agrees with Mancheril. The financial expert told INN the ongoing legalization process seen in the US market is leading to expansion.

“It’s becoming more of a national move, then small pockets of proliferation. That’s very exciting about cannabis right now,” said Butt, who co-manages the Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ).

This proliferation effect is causing a change in valuations and enthusiasm for US-based operations. Mancheril told INN that by the end of Q1, multi-state operators (MSOs) had raised approximately US$3.3 billion.

The cannabis lender said he sees the industry as having grown from the woes of 2019; it is now seeing a return to form by way of the excitement for an ongoing opening process in the US.

The expert explained that there is likely to be a windfall of capital in the wake of major federal changes for cannabis policy, although the timeline for these changes is becoming increasingly hard to predict.

Leading up to that capital influx, Mancheril said he wants to see operators really drill down on the value of desired assets and whether they make sense.

 

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“What I’d hope is that we continue to see bullish sentiment, but with some measure of responsibility, and let’s not just get over ahead of ourselves,” Mancheril told INN. “The idea is let’s minimize the volatility and continue growing responsibly.”

As far as struggles go, Butt explained that the cannabis industry has cemented itself as a growth-type sector, and as such there are macro environment pressures affecting the way these assets operate.

“We’ve seen this preference for cash flows at growth in the current or in the near future, rather than in the far future, and that’s what we’re seeing as far as valuations go in the broad market,” Butt said.

Cannabis market update: Volatility continues to rule as industry foundations build

Despite the industry’s current potential and the growing pains it has gone through as a whole in both the US and Canada, volatility remains a key factor in the cannabis investment scene.

Butt explained that the current shareholder base, which is dominated by hedge funds and retail investors, still lacks enough institutional support to avoid the day-to-day volatility cannabis has come to be known for.

These two investor groups, Butt said, can be easily spooked and excited by the news of the day when it comes to their investments.

“A lot of these institutions’ strategies are not about short-term profits, but they’re about long-term sustainability of the businesses themselves,” Butt said.

“That’s why you see a lot of volatility in the space, and that’s essentially what we’ve seen over the past, I’d say, three to two months as well,” he added.

That means investors shouldn’t expect an end to volatility anytime soon.

“It’s not about whether we continue to expect volatility, because we do,” Butt said. “We really think that the volatility will be taken out when the shareholder base becomes more institutional, but it’s really about understanding why there is volatility in the first place.”

Cannabis market update: Canadians talk up US business potential, but questions remain

A surge of mergers and acquisitions has taken over the Canadian cannabis sector recently as more producers see potential in America.

One of the biggest announcements in this regard came when Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) secured a C$221 million investment deal from British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI,LSE:BATS).

Using the funds, the two will work in tandem to develop new branded products designed to work on the international stage, including in the US. Organigram CEO Greg Engel previously told INN that the US represents a critical opportunity for Canadian companies, but the entry point isn’t as clean as it could be at the moment.

 

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While the long-term potential may be exciting for investors, Butt told INN he’s still unsure how the approach will work for Canadian companies.

The Purpose Investments expert said there will be plenty of space for the biggest Canadian names to pursue US market entries, beyond the initial hemp-derived CBD moves some operators have mde, since the US represents the biggest market in the world.

“But there’s just way too many unknowns right now to say exactly what that participation is going to look like, or when that participation will happen,” he said.

“What we do know is that currently the US MSOs are in a wonderful sort of position to expand on their market leadership that they have. And it will be tough for Canadians to come in and compete with them,” Butt said.

Canadian players still retain the upper hand at times in terms of valuation, which is confusing for both Butt and Dan Ahrens, chief operating officer and portfolio manager at AdvisorShares.

“The performance in quarterly earnings of US companies has been rather spectacular. They’ve knocked it out of the park in most instances,” Ahrens told INN.

Butt praised the recent performance reports from MSOs across the board, pointing to year-over-year growth lines and projections for continued positive performance.

In his view, share prices still don’t reflect company value. “Those are really being discounted at this point,” Butt told INN.

“We’ve seen the Canadian licensed producers be really hot stock performance-wise, outpacing the US (MSOs), and I’ll say it’s rather nonsensical to me,” said Ahrens, who oversees the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (ARCA:YOLO) and the recently launched AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (ARCA:MSOS).

Cannabis market update: Investor takeaway

The cannabis investment proposition finds itself at an interesting moment in time, as the entire sector eagerly awaits confirmation in the US at the federal level.

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