Khiron Enters First Latin American Cannabis Lines of Research Targeting U.S. $44 Billion Dermatological Drug Market
Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (“Khiron” or the “Company”) (TSXV:KHRN, OTCQB:KHRNF, Frankfurt:A2JMZC), a vertically integrated cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America, reports that as part of its agreement with Centro Dermatológico Federico Lleras Acosta (CDFLLA), the Company presented their cannabis dermatological lines of research at II TeraCILAD in Colombia, a leading medical conference with over 1,000 dermatologists in attendance. The lines of research mark important progress towards the identification and validation of cannabis as a potential therapy for certain medical skin conditions.
The clinical evaluations aim to identify the effectiveness of cannabanoids (CBD) in modulating inflammatory responses in certain melanoma cells and in keratinocytes, who’s primary function is to form a barrier against environmental damage, with the possibility to establish potential therapeutic uses in some dermatological conditions. Skin conditions continue to rise globally with the incidences of melanoma doubling in the past three decades to 287,723 new cases diagnosed and 60,712 deaths, according to Globocon cancer research laboratory. Clinical research conducted by Khiron and CDFLLA is anticipated to begin in Q1 2020 and will be pursued subject to receipt of government of Colombia permits.
Dr. Edwin Bendek, Khiron Medical Director, Skincare, commented, “Global studies indicate the continued rise of an array of dermatological conditions which have profound impact on patients, and significant cost to overstretched healthcare systems worldwide. Khiron is part of a global community that believes medical cannabis can play a key role in addressing such conditions and the progress we are making with our partner CDFLLA is important in developing the scientific research to support adoption.”
Khiron’s partnership with CDFLLA reinforces the Company’s commitment to a patient-oriented operational model, which aims to engage and educate healthcare professionals and patients on the benefits of medical cannabis. It also expands Khiron’s efforts in the skin sector, where the Company has focused on innovating and introducing CBD-based cosmeceutical products to the global market through a rigorous and research-based product development strategy.
The previously announced agreement between Khiron and CDFLLA establishes an initial three-year research and education partnership that in October 2019 saw the organizations present the lines of research jointly at II TeraCILAD, one of the largest dermatological events in LATAM, focused on medical education, scientific exchange and collaboration across the medical community.
Claudia Rojas, Director of Centro Dermatológico Federico Lleras Acosta, commented, “Identifying the criteria and scope for our research marks important progress as we partner with the Khiron medical and research team to establish a scientific model that will address certain dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and melanoma. As we progress this research, we continue to work alongside the broader medical community to increase understanding of the potential benefits of medical cannabis for certain skin conditions.”
About Centro Dermatológico Federico Lleras Acosta (CDFLLA)
Centro Dermatológico Federico Lleras Acosta (CDFLLA) is a University Hospital of the National Order which provides specialized dermatology outpatient services that focus on health promotion, disease prevention, humanization, patient safety and sustainability, within the Integrated System Management. Since its inception in 1934, CDFLLA has worked to promote education, research and comprehensive training specialists, and has become a widely respected place of training recognized at both the national and international levels. CDFLLA has also served to advise the national government on public policy in dermatology, for the purpose of improving the health of Colombians.
About Khiron Life Sciences Corp.
Khiron Life Sciences Corp. is positioned to be the dominant integrated cannabis company in Latin America. Khiron has core operations in Latin America and is fully licensed in Colombia for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution, and international export of both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) medical cannabis. The company delivers best in class regulatory compliance, has the first approved set of CBD cosmetic products on shelf in Colombia, and is currently facilitating testing to meet and surpass all license requirements for commercial cannabis derived products.
With a focused regional strategy and patient oriented approach, the Company combines global scientific expertise, agricultural advantages, branded product market entrance experience and education to drive prescription and brand loyalty to address priority medical conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, depression and anxiety in the Latin American market of over 620 million people. The Company is led by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alvaro Torres, together with an experienced executive team, and a knowledgeable Board of Directors that includes former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.
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One major cannabis analyst gave her top stock pick this week as industry attention continues to converge on the path ahead for the US market.
Also this week, the CEO of Aphria (NASDAQ:APHA,TSX:APHA) gave an update on a critical merger and spoke about who holds the edge in the US in terms of American and Canadian cannabis operators.
Keep reading to find out more cannabis highlights from the past five days.
Analyst gives top pick as US market gains momentum
“We think that Green Thumb has a really nice geographic mix and an attractive profitability margin,” Azer said, while also crediting Green Thumb with holding a license in New York, a market that is soon set to legalize recreational cannabis.
In the past, Azer has called for the cannabis industry to be worth US$40 billion.
When asked about the potential for legalization in the US, Azer pumped the breaks on any kind of sweeping policy taking over in the near future.
“We’re not calling for (legalization) in the 117th Congress, but we do think there is an opportunity to find bipartisan support for some improvement in the federal landscape,” she said.
Azer believes this type of policy change would allow cannabis companies in the US to obtain commercial banking and insurance services, and for these firms to secure listings on US-based senior exchanges.
Aphria CEO gives Tilray merger update
Aphria CEO Iriwn Simon went on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street show during 420 on Tuesday (April 20) to discuss all aspects of the cannabis business.
When asked about the recent voting delay from Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) shareholders, who need to make a decision on the company’s proposed merger with Aphria, the executive pushed back on the idea that the move is punt by investors, instead suggesting it is a necessary motivational manoeuver.
“Today with retail shareholders out there and apathy in voting it’s going to take a little longer in regards to getting the vote done,” said Simon. “We will get the vote done, I’m very confident of that.”
Simon also pushed back against the idea that US-based multi-state operators have the advantage over Canadian producers when it comes to US market domination.
“When legalization does happen, the new Tilray will be ready to make a major entry into the US markets,” Simon told the Squawk on the Street audience.
While the US doesn’t have a federal legalization framework in place, multi-state operators have been able to capture market share by going after states with cannabis programs that allow for the sale of medical or even recreational products.
Cannabis company news
- Neptune Wellness Solutions (NASDAQ:NEPT,TSX:NEPT) issued an update to investors, confirming its business transition into an integrated consumer packaged goods company with plans for new CBD product development for the US market. “Neptune’s future will be focused on brand creation, accelerated organic growth complemented by new acquisitions with operational excellence as our foundation,” the company said.
- TerrAscend (CSE:TER,OTCQX:TRSSF) confirmed an acquisition deal for three dispensaries in Pennsylvania at a value of US$70 million. Jason Wild, executive chairman of the firm, identified Pennsylvania as a “key focus” for TerrAscend.
- Charlotte’s Web Holdings (TSX:CWEB,OTCQX:CWBHF) obtained Health Canada approval to use its proprietary hemp cultivars for outdoor cultivation. This move will help make Charlotte’s Web products more readily available in Canada.
- Bhang (CSE:BHNG,OTCQX:BHNGF) announced a delay in its financial report for the year ended December 31, 2020. The delay is being caused by the illness of an auditor, and the company now expects to file its report by the end of May.
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Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos Group” or the “Company”) will hold its 2021 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Cronos Group’s senior management team will discuss the Company’s financial results and will be available for questions from the investment community after prepared remarks.
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A report just released in early April confirms that the cannabis beverage sector is thriving. According to this report from industry stalwart, Marijuana Business Daily while sales for vapes, pre-rolls and flower were lackluster, cannabis beverages shined:
“The beverage category continued to shine in the first quarter, leading all categories with sales growing 68.4% over the same period last year and 14.2% versus the fourth quarter of 2020. Most beverage categories experienced double-digit growth going into 2021.”
That’s a staggering increase. And from the looks of the numbers, it’s a trend, not a fad. Cannabis beverages are becoming an option for consumers as more and more hit shelves and brands get smarter about dosing, flavors, and what customers want. With the summer months fast approaching, sales have been picking up in key markets.
It’s a good time to be a health and wellness company, and the cannabis beverage space as the category leads the industry in growth. There are only a few companies leading the industry, including HEXO Cannabis Canopy Growth Corp, Keef Beverages (Private). BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BEV, Q:BVNNF, FSE:7BC) has been making significant progress recently, and is now run by former Pepsi Co. executive, Melise Panetta, a veteran CPG and Cannabis executive with years of expertise selling and marketing some of the world’s most recognized beverage brands. It also added two veteran CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) senior sales leaders to the organization.
BevCanna not only owns their own water source, a pristine alkaline spring water aquifer in British Columbia, but a world–class 40,000–square–foot, HACCP certified manufacturing facility which has a bottling capacity to produce up to 200M bottles annually. BevCanna’s extensive distribution network includes more than 3,000 points of retail distribution through its market-leading TRACE brand in Canada, a growing natural health and wellness e-commerce platform, Pure Therapy , its fully licensed Canadian cannabis manufacturing plant and distribution network, and a partnership with #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company Keef Brands .
Growing product line, world class leadership, and a growing sales team with experience, BevCanna is positioned to capitalize on the growing demand of Cannabis 3.0 beverages, and it’s looking to capture a piece of the market, which appears to be one of the hottest right now in the ever expanding cannabis industry.
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BevCanna Enterprises (CSE:BEV,OTCQQ:BVNNF,FWB:7BC) CEO Marcello Leone shared how the company is scaling up its products to forge partnerships and explore opportunities across Canada, the US and Western Europe.
“Getting your standard processing license and being fully compliant at a federal level is critical in Canada, and we were successful in getting that done. Now we’re getting ready to launch our Keef line of beverages within the next 45 days,” Leone said.
As a young company, Leone said BevCanna has only started, but it took a four-pronged approach to make sure that it is a revenue-generating company prepared for the opening of many jurisdictions for CBD-based products.
“We are blessed that we have a beautiful infrastructure of our own, a state-of-the-art bottling facility with a capacity of almost 200 million bottles per annum and a strong balance sheet of $55 million. We are in a strong position to scale and grow this company.”
BevCanna has received a Standard Processing License from Health Canada and is now fully authorized to begin production at its full-service, high-capacity beverage manufacturing facility. The company will begin production of its white-label products, number one US cannabis beverage brand Keef and its in-house beverages through licensed Canadian retailers, positioning the company to fully capitalize on the burgeoning Canadian cannabis-infused beverage sector.
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