Pivot Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: PVOTF) (CSE: PVOT), is pleased to announce that the Company has retained Cannabis Compliance Inc. (“CCI”) to submit an application to Health Canada for a Dealer’s License (“Dealer’s License” or “DL”) under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (“CDSA”) and the Narcotic Control Regulations enacted thereunder on behalf of Agro-Biotech Inc. (“Agro-Biotech”). As previously announced on February 22, 2018, Pivot has entered into a letter of intent for the proposed acquisition of Agro-Biotech (the “Proposed Acquisition”). For further details on the Proposed Acquisition, please refer to the Company's news release.
Agro-Biotech operates a fully licensed, purpose-built, indoor hydroponic cannabis production facility located in Saint-Eustache, Québec, 40 kilometres north of Montréal. Phase I is now complete and Phase II and Phase III are expected to be completed by the end of September 2018, resulting in a total grow area of 75,000 square feet, capable of producing a cumulative 10,000 kg per year. Agro-Biotech received its Producer’s License from Health Canada’s Office of Medical Cannabis on January 12, 2018. Upon the anticipated issuance of a Sales License from Health Canada, initial revenue is expected in Q3 2018.
Upon completion of the Proposed Acquisition, the Dealer’s License will enable Pivot, through Agro-Biotech, to conduct research and development (“R&D”) and store cannabis derivatives that are not currently covered under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”). A Dealer’s License and export permit would position the Company to export cannabis oils and concentrates to available international markets, as well as to process natural health products. In addition, a DL will also allow the Company to prepare authorized manipulations, formulations, dosage forms, strengths or package sizes of cannabis expanding possible research and product innovation opportunities.
The facility design includes extraction and purification areas expected to be fully operational following the successful closing of the Proposed Acquisition and receipt by Agro-Biotech of a Dealer’s License from Health Canada. Agro-Biotech is one of only six Licensed Producers in Québec, Canada’s second largest province with a population of over 8.4 million people. Owners of 75 high quality cannabis strains, including high expressors of CBD, Agro-Biotech's genetics will enable it to bring unique, differentiated cannabis products to market.
Pivot is also pleased to announce that Dr. Wolfgang Renz has been appointed as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Renz previously served as Corporate Vice President, Healthcare Innovation, at Boehringer Ingelheim. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Surgery at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in Montreal. Dr. Renz holds a M.D. and Ph.D from Freiburg University and is board certified in Germany in Emergency Medicine.
“I am excited to lead the development of all medical and therapeutic activities from Pivot’s impressive bio-cannabis pipeline,” Dr. Renz said. “There is tremendous value and opportunity based on the numerous product formulation and dosing technologies Pivot has licensed or acquired over the past year. The technologies have demonstrated their usefulness in the pharmaceutical markets and delivering cannabinoids with these platforms will be disruptive.”
Dr. Patrick Frankham, Pivot’s CEO states, “The addition of a Dealer’s License for the Agro-Biotech facility will allow the Company to exercise complete control of our finished products, from seed to derivatives. With access to 10,000 kg of cannabis annually, the ability to extract, purify and formulate in-house, Pivot will provide the most exceptional quality, dosable products available on the market. This vertical integration makes Pivot a differentiated player in the cannabis industry.”
Dr. Frankham added that, “The appointment of Dr. Renz provides Pivot with an experienced pharmaceutical executive who will accelerate the Company’s technological, marketing, sales and distribution partnerships in the European Union. We continue to aggressively execute on our business strategy.”
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