Thermo Partners with Canadian Testing Lab Supra THC Services
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Valens GroWorks and its wholly-owned subsidiary Supra THC Services are pleased to announce a collaboration between Supra and Thermo Fisher Scientific (Mississauga) to develop a "Centre of Excellence in Plant Based Medicine Analytics" centered in Kelowna, British Columbia. This agreement is the first of its kind between a Canadian cannabis company and a world leader in Health Science services, with an ability to deliver innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services to this emerging market.
Supra's operations are located in the Company's state-of-the-art 17,000 sq ft Kelowna facility, currently undergoing modifications ahead of a significant expansion. Supra will utilize a suite of Thermo Fisher Scientific sector-leading advanced analytical instrumentation to provide analytical services, research and development, forensic analysis and support for clinical trials as well as being a demonstration and training site for Thermo Fisher Scientific clients and third parties involved in this rapidly evolving sector. It will also be used as a regional resource center for universities and companies.
Dr. Rob O'Brien, CEO and Chief Science Officer of Supra THC Services Inc. stated; "There are many plants such as Cannabis that contain active ingredients which could be effective treatments for disease or provide critical health improvements. However, conducting proper clinical trials with materials that contain many active ingredients is challenging, particularly if the effective absorbed dose can vary significantly depending on how the material is consumed. For example, the effectiveness of absorption of active ingredients contained in an oil carrier is much different if that oil is placed under the patient's tongue, then if the oil, or edible, is swallowed. To measure the amount of active ingredients and metabolites in blood, urine, hair and saliva, advanced instrumentation and a team of highly qualified personal is essential. With the Supra THC Services team and advanced instrumentation from Thermo Fisher Scientific, many significant advances are expected."
Luc Dionne, Canadian Sales Manager with Thermo Fisher Scientific (Mississauga) Inc., states "We welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Rob O'Brien and the Supra THC Services team, an organization that conducts testing activities in plant based medicine. Dr. O'Brien has an extensive background in analytical chemistry and is a recognized authority in scientific circles. Dr. O'Brien has worked closely with Thermo Fisher Scientific in the past using several of our market leading technologies to successfully perform testing on natural products, pharmaceutical formulations and environmental samples. We are delighted that his team has selected Thermo Fisher Scientific's cost effective analytical testing solutions to promote the advancement of testing protocols to meet the rigorous and regulatory requirements of this market segment."