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INVESTOR PRESENTATION - JUNE 2020
MediPharm Labs Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
Press Release | 01/29/2021
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE:MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”) a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, is pleased to announce Greg Hunter will join MediPharm Labs as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective February 8, 2021.
Greg Hunter brings over 20 years of experience as a business executive holding various senior finance and leadership roles across multiple industries including healthcare distribution, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical device and consumer packaged goods. Greg also brings a track record and deep expertise in capital management, audit, compliance, tax, treasury, ERP, manufacturing, contract management and pricing strategy.
“As MediPharm continues to focus on accelerating the growth and execution of our global pharmaceutical, health and wellness business, Greg’s background in growing large pharmaceutical operations combined with a track record in strategic capital allocation and cost management is a strong addition to our Company,” said Keith Strachan, President and Interim CEO, MediPharm Labs. “As we look to seize new growth opportunities and expand our product offerings, his addition will ensure that we are well positioned to execute on our plans and deliver profitable growth in the future.”
Most recently, Greg was Chief Financial Officer of Medical Pharmacies Group Limited, a leading pharmacy and medical equipment manufacturer and distributor in Canada. Previously in the pharmaceuticals industry, Greg held various senior management roles with Baxter International Inc. including serving as CFO of Baxter’s Canadian subsidiary. Greg also previously held various senior operational and finance roles at Janssen-Ortho Inc., a Johnson and Johnson company.
Keith Strachan added, “I would also like to thank Olga Utkutug for her many contributions and leadership as Interim CFO. We look forward to her continued support as a key member of our finance team.”
Greg holds an MBA from McMaster University, an Honors B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology from University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
In connection with Greg’s appointment as CFO, the Company granted 600,000 stock options to him with an exercise price set at the close of business on January 28, 2021. Each grant has a five-year term expiring January 28, 2026, and vests in five equal instalments, the first of which vests immediately with the four other instalments vesting on the dates which are six, twelve, eighteen and twenty-four months from the grant date. The stock options are subject to any necessary regulatory approvals.
European Pharmaceutical Company STADA Enters Exclusive Medical Cannabis Partnership with MediPharm Labs
BAD VILBEL, Germany and TORONTO, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As one of the leading European Consumer Healthcare and Generics companies, STADA, with a product presence in 120 countries, has signed an exclusive supply agreement with MediPharm Labs Inc. (“MediPharm”), a wholly owned subsidiary of MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE:MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”) a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality development and manufacture of cannabis API and derivative products to provide medical cannabis products for the European pharma sector.
“Working with MediPharm will meet the needs of pharmacists and patients and deliver on STADA’s purpose of caring for people’s health as a trusted partner,” commented STADA CEO Peter Goldschmidt. “This partnership with MediPharm demonstrates STADA’s ambition to be the go-to-partner for Generics, Consumer Health and Specialty Products.”
Under the terms of the exclusive partnership, MediPharm will supply GMP certified medical cannabis products to STADA, as well as manufacturing, logistics, and regulatory support. STADA will be responsible for commercializing the cannabis products, initially in Germany as well as marketing and medical education utilizing a pharmaceutically experienced field force.
“This partnership is exactly the type of business MediPharm has been pursuing since its inception and a validation of our strategy to deliver GMP-certified cannabis products that can be used in multiple new products in multiple markets around the world,” said Pat McCutcheon, CEO, MediPharm Labs. “This mandate has meaningful revenue potential for MediPharm Labs and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with a company that has the reputation and resources that STADA commands. As a powerhouse in sales and distribution of pharmaceuticals and non-prescription consumer health products, STADA has the ability to become a transformative force in European medical cannabis markets and we are thrilled to be their exclusive partner.”
The partners will initially focus on Germany, before potentially expanding to other European countries and territories. The partnership also signals MediPharm’s entry into the global pharmaceutical industry within a major European market.
With over 83 million inhabitants benefitting from broad access to healthcare services, Germany currently represents an estimated three-quarters of the current EU medical cannabis market.
The Medical Cannabis Network reports the medical cannabis market in Germany is currently valued at between €150m and €175m, despite only around 10% of the 20,000 pharmacies in Germany selling medical cannabis products today. Furthermore, only a limited number of doctors in Germany currently prescribe medical cannabis. With greater awareness and education around the benefits of medical cannabis, the Medical Cannabis Network estimates that Germany’s dominance in the European cannabis market could expand to €1.5bn by 2025.(1)
This is a further milestone for the global cannabis industry as STADA, in partnership with MediPharm, forges the way as a large pharmaceutical company to commercialize medical cannabis products.
Details of the products that STADA will bring to market through this partnership with MediPharm Labs will be unveiled in the coming months in the respective relevant communication channels. JULY 23, 2020
...said Warren Everitt, CEO, Asia Pacific, MediPharm Labs. “Our first month of operations included shipments of approximately $500,000 AUD comprising formulated CBD and THC oils that our customers can trust for quality and reliability. These shipments are the product of synergies between our Canadian and Australian facilities as they were made possible by a large shipment of finished products and bulk oil from our sister GMP-certified facility in Barrie, Ontario. We intend to continue taking advantage of our internal supply pipeline on a strategic basis as we expand our international market share.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Aug. 5, 2020...Medipharm Names Chris Halyk To Its Board...
Halyk is the former President of Janssen Inc., which is under the helm of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. He brings 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
Halyk said Tuesday, he is looking toward "participating actively" in MediPharm Labs' development, highlighting it is a company that is "putting all the right pieces in place for the long term, global success."
July 14, 2020...(Medipharm)...delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Taves – Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of BMO Capital Markets ...
As COO of BMO Capital Markets (“BMOCM”), a leading full-service financial services provider and member of BMO Financial Group, one of the largest banks in North America, Mr. Taves is responsible for setting and overseeing implementation of BMOCM’s strategies and for all balance sheet and risk taking activity as well as regulatory, compliance and operational functions. He also serves as a Board Member of BMO China Co. and BMO Capital Markets Corp. Prior to assuming his current role in 2018, he served as Head of Global Markets responsible for BMO’s global trading businesses and in various other roles over an 11-year career at BMO...
...Mr. Taves began his career at KPMG in 1989 and joined Citigroup in 1997 where he became Head of Corporate Canada Team, Derivatives & Structured Product before moving to BMOCM. He has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is a CA CPA and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
“MediPharm Labs is entering an exciting phase of global growth and it is very clear to me that its senior management team and Board are committed to taking all the steps necessary to manage risk while deploying capital for maximum value creation,” said Mr. Taves. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board and to work closely with what I consider one of the best leadership teams in the cannabis industry.”
With Mr. Taves’ appointment, MediPharm Labs’ Board of Directors will consist of eight members, five of whom are independent..."
"...June 23, 2020...appointment of Shelley Martin – former President and CEO of Nestlé Canada and a consumer packaged goods industry top executive with an outstanding track record of success – to its Board of Directors...
...Ms. Martin served in a variety of senior executive roles at Nestlé Canada Inc. from 1990 until she retired after five years as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. During her time leading Nestlé Canada, she drove a substantial increase in revenue, market share and profitability and transformed core business units and brands by introducing new formulas, packaging, pricing, global sources of supply and Lean (Six Sigma) tools. In 2018, Nestlé Canada’s annual sales were approximately $2.6 billion. She began her career at General Mills Canada in 1985 and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2015, 2016 and 2018..."
"...Shelley’s deep and broad expertise and connections will add new and vitally important dimensions to the governance of our business..." (CEO Pat McCutcheon)
UPDATE JUNE 8, 2020:
-On June 8, 2020, the Company successfully completed a private placement, securing gross proceeds of $38.7 million, half of which are being held in escrow pending satisfaction of certain conditions including shareholder approval.
-This strategic capital provides enhanced balance sheet strength and flexibility as the Company accelerates the launch of Cannabis 2.0 offerings and new product formats, increases exports of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, and begins delivery on multiple global supply contracts. With this capital, Company is also moving forward in securing new contracts, including with large pharmaceutical and CPG companies, as it navigates the economic recession created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Expanded portfolio of global supply agreements; with new customer agreements in Australia, New Zealand and first UK-based customer.
-Entered into an agreement with Avicanna to produce Rho Phyto™ medical cannabis products and Pura Earth™ topicals under license for commercial sales through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers™ and received a license to use proprietary Avicanna formulations to develop additional MediPharm Labs and white label branded products for domestic and international markets.
-The Company expanded its pharma-quality MediPharm Labs family of products with the launch of its MediPharm Labs CBD50 Plus Formula, a formulated, high potency oil for medical and adult-use consumers.
-Introduced and completed delivery of the highly anticipated and innovative suite of Ace Valley Vape products under a white label agreement in several Canadian markets.
-Entered white-label supply agreement with Argentia Gold Corporation, a Canadian vertically integrated licensed producer, to bring premium cannabis-infused products to Atlantic Canada.
June 25th, 2020
MediPharm Labs Expands Innovative CBD Product Portfolio By Introducing CBD25:5 Release Formula
TORONTO, June 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE:MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”) a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, today announced a further expansion of its innovative, pharma-quality family of branded products with the retail introduction of CBD25:5 Release Formula (“CBD25:5”).
MediPharm Labs announces the launch of CBD25:5 Release Formula, a 25:5 CBD:THC formulated oil to harness the properties of these two cannabinoids for patients and adult consumers.
June 04, 2020
MediPharm Labs Accelerates Growth of Pharma-Quality Product Portfolio With Launch of its New CBD50 Plus Formula
CBD50 is a 50:1 CBD:THC formulated oil, with on average twice-the-potency of other bottled CBD oils currently available in the adult-use market. Offering both purity and potency, CBD50 Plus Formula contains approximately 1000mg of Total CBD and 20mg of THC per 20ml bottle.
As a matter of strategy, MediPharm Labs has dedicated itself to using its proven platform and expertise to expand its white label product portfolio and develop its own in-house Cannabis 2.0 brands – all with an unwavering commitment to offering Canadian consumers truly differentiated cannabis derivative products.
“We’ve positioned ourselves to lead the market in well-defined Cannabis 2.0 categories on our own and through our growing white-label supply business,’” said Pat McCutcheon, Chief Executive Officer, MediPharm Labs. “Today’s announced product launch, coupled with other recently formed partnerships, demonstrate just how far we’ve come in realizing our ambition to transition our focus to commercializing and distributing a robust portfolio of pharma-quality products.”
Cannabis 2.0 Update
In late December 2019, the Company commenced shipments of Cannabis 2.0 products into three of Canada’s provincial jurisdictions – British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Since then, MediPharm Labs has received multiple reorders and added several notable new customers:
- -On May 27, 2020, the Company signed a white label supply agreement with Argentia Gold Corporation, a Canadian vertically integrated licensed producer, to bring premium cannabis-infused products to Atlantic Canada
-On May 25, 2020, the Company introduced a highly anticipated and innovative suite of Ace Valley Vapes under a white label agreement in several Canadian markets
-On May 14, 2020, the Company signed a multi-faceted agreement to produce Avicanna’s Rho Phyto™ medical cannabis products and Pura Earth™ topicals under license for commercial sales through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers™ and received a license to use proprietary Avicanna formulations to develop additional MediPharm Labs and white label branded products for domestic and international markets
-MediPharm Labs is able to supply and provide tailored product formulations and solutions to its Licensed Producer and CPG customers who serve the four product categories recognized under Schedule 4 of the Cannabis Act: cannabis extracts (for ingestion and inhalation), cannabis topicals, edible cannabis (beverages and food products) and cannabis oils. This broad exposure to Cannabis 2.0 categories is a key business strength.
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December 30, 2019
"...MediPharm Labs Inc. (“MediPharm”) has received a licence amendment from Health Canada allowing for production to begin in the recently expanded area of its specialized manufacturing facility in Barrie, Ontario.
This amendment increases MediPharm’s licensed facility footprint by around three times, or 16,746 sq. ft., to a total of approximately 25,000 sq. ft., allowing it to productively use more of its manufacturing space for cannabis activities – including automated downstream production and packaging, cannabis quality control and testing, research and development and secure storage to support the fulfillment and distribution of new product format formulations and orders.
MediPharm Labs Canadian Facility Expansion
In 2019, MediPharm Labs commenced a phased plan to expand its licensed space and scale its operations in Canada within its 70,000 sq.ft. facility in Barrie, Ontario. Under new regulations, the Company was required to complete construction prior to applying for an expansion licence. Today’s announcement means MediPharm received its Health Canada licence amendment just four months after completing construction.
The recently completed first phase of expansion added 16,746 square feet, all of it now licensed. This represents a three-fold increase in total licensed footprint suitable for cannabis activities to a total of approximately 25,000 sq. ft.
The now-completed first phase of the expansion includes:
-Five new large manufacturing rooms, including two sizable fire- and explosion-containment rooms (that allow for the handling of solvents) that create scale, provide flexibility in production processes and include capabilities such as automated downstream production and packaging to fulfill end-to-end white label product orders for distribution. Automation equipment qualified by the Company’s Quality Team is onsite and expected to be operational in the coming weeks.
-An expanded state-of-the-art quality control lab to support advanced cannabis product innovation and ensure strict adherence to pharma standards at every step of the process. The lab will be used by the Company’s growing R&D team to analyze terpene profiles, cannabis 2.0 products and new formulations. MediPharm will also use the lab for in-house testing of product for release, incoming product verification, process improvement testing and validation.
-A second secure storage space that more than doubles the Company’s current capacity to store dry cannabis and finished goods.
-Major building infrastructure updates, such as a new mechanical mezzanine for process support equipment and an updated building electrical transformer to support GMP-compliant-required equipment and future expansions.
July 16 update: MediPharm Labs Provides Operational Update and Increases Average Weekly Production of Active Cannabinoid Component to 75 Million Milligrams
Growing Private Label Production and White Label Platform: MediPharm Labs has increased production of private label cannabis concentrate products and distillate supply – including CBD or THC dominant as well as balanced formulations – to meet the growing demand for specialty concentrate based consumer end products ahead of legalization of vapeables, edibles and topicals in the fall of 2019. Production and quality operations teams ramped up weekly production output to approximately 75 million milligrams of active cannabinoid component concentrate at the end of Q2 2019.
To date, MediPharm Labs has signed four significant contracts for the sale of private label cannabis concentrate including to Canopy Growth, Cronos Group and AusCann. The Company also launched its White Label platform to service direct-to-consumer brands, CPG companies and large LPs in Canada. In June 2019, MediPharm announced its first white label deal to produce a minimum of approximately two million vape pens with Ace Valley, subject to purchase orders from provincial distributors.
Increasing Production Volumes: The number of dry cannabis suppliers and concentrate purchasers in Canada continues to increase. In turn, this has resulted in higher demand that supports MediPharm Labs’ differentiated, private label business model.
The Company announced it successfully acquired 9,000 KG of dried cannabis in the last three weeks of June 2019 expected to be processed and sold in Q3 2019, and 5,000 KG in the last two weeks of March 2019 that were processed and sold in Q2 2019.
Enhanced Governance and Quality: To date, the Company has purchased dried cannabis from over 23 suppliers across the country. MediPharm Labs has conducted in-depth qualifications of all of its dry cannabis and product suppliers.
Potential suppliers to MediPharm Labs are subjected to rigorous scrutiny before entering into agreements which require an enhanced Quality Agreement beyond Health Canada standards. This enhanced supplier qualification aligns with our pharmaceutical-like standards for production of cannabis oil and derivative products. All suppliers and customers remain in good standing with Health Canada Licensing and Inspection division.
Broadening Domestic and Global Distribution: During the quarter, MediPharm Labs became the only third-party concentrate manufacturer to begin shipping white label products, including bottled oil, to Provincial cannabis distributors. MediPharm Labs’ white label products can be found in three provinces including Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. The Company expects to rollout distribution of Health Canada approved products to all remaining provinces during H2 2019.
MediPharm Labs successfully completed its first international export of commercial volume cannabis concentrate to AusCann in Australia in June 2019. The Company continues to focus on accessing and distributing its private label cannabis concentrate to global markets, including across Europe, and is working on various commercial terms.
Expanding Footprint in Canada: At MediPharm Labs’ facility in Barrie, Ontario, the Company is adding over 25,000 square feet of purpose-built production space for filling and packing automation, new product manufacturing, cannabinoid isolation activities and specialized R&D projects. Taking a phased approach, operations in this new space are expected to come as each phase becomes approved by Health Canada during the second half of 2019.
Building Scale and Increasing Capacity: MediPharm Labs has successfully completed several equipment automation and innovation projects. The success of these optimization projects has resulted in an increased in capacity of dry cannabis processing to 300,000 KG annually.
As a global leader in extraction with a focus on providing high quality cannabinoid concentrates, MediPharm Labs recently completed a 14-month project for an additional, fully customized large-scale extraction line. The extractor has completed its factory testing in Europe and is being shipped to the Company’s Barrie, Ontario facility. Upon completion of installation, operator training, EU GMP qualification and regulatory prestart activities, operational capacity of specialized and automated dry cannabis processing will exceed 500,000 KG annually.
New Product Development: MediPharm Labs is continuing to evolve its product mix. The bulk of its production and revenue to date has been in high quality winterized resin. This critical input ingredient will become the key building block for future high-growth and high-margin products:
Soft Gel Caps: MediPharm Labs has focused on building scale across operations and product lines including bottled oil and gel caps. An industrial scale soft gel capsule project is underway. Equipment has been deployed, equipment training has started, and formulation work is being conducted.
Vapourizers: The Company is building the foundation to be one of the largest vaporizer cartridge manufacturers in Canada. With new regulations finalized and set to come into effect on October 17, 2019 MediPharm Labs has finalized various formulations and started vapourizer pen cartridge filling research and development trials to ensure readiness to serve current and future white-label partners.
Australia Gaining Momentum: MediPharm Labs Australia received its manufacturing licence in May from the Australian Office of Drug Control. Construction of the facility is well underway and nearing completion with equipment ordered for installation in H2 2019. MediPharm Labs Australia is expected to have 75,000 KG of annual capacity.
Financing: The Company completed a $75 million bought deal financing to fund capital expenditures at its Canadian and Australian facilities, for domestic and international expansions, research and development and general corporate purposes. Signed a $20 million debt facility term sheet with a Schedule 1 Bank.
MediPharm Labs Announces Addition to $1.2B MJ ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (USA)
Tuesday 21 May 2019
TORONTO, May 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSXV: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE:MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs”) a leader in specialized, research-driven cannabis extraction and cannabinoid isolation, is pleased to announce it has been selected by The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City (“Mount Sinai”), to participate in a clinical trial dedicated to developing a non-addictive oral gelcap medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder through anti-anxiety intervention utilizing hemp-derived CBD combined with a proprietary formula (the “Formula”). This will be a U.S. and international large-scale, multi-site clinical trial that will include at least 500 patients spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Jamaica.
The clinical trial will be led by renowned principal researcher, Dr. Yasmin L. Hurd, PhD, the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, and Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders for the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System...
...MediPharm Labs will be the exclusive manufacturer of a proprietary hemp-derived CBD oral gelcap medication utilizing the Formula provided by Timeless Herbal for all phases of the clinical trials related to this study that will allow researchers to test an investigational product containing CBD active ingredient.
MAY 17, 2019
Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (“Emerald”) (TSXV: EMH; OTCQX: EMHTF) has shipped 6,000 40 ml units of its SYNC 25 CBD oil to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB). The Emerald-branded pure CBD oil offers consumers a non-THC, smoke-free product alternative.
“We are pleased to offer our new Emerald-branded wellness product SYNC 25 to the recreational marketplace in British Columbia,” said Dr. Avtar Dhillon, President and Executive Chairman of Emerald. “The introduction of SYNC 25 marks the next step in our product growth strategy to develop innovative and quality consumer products that respond to a growing demand while providing higher profit margins.”
The SYNC 25 CBD oil product was extracted by MediPharm Labs Inc...
May 15, 2019
MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSXV: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE:MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs”) a leader in specialized, research-driven cannabis extraction and cannabinoid isolation, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc. (“MediPharm”), has signed a committed term sheet for a $20 million senior secured revolving credit facility ("Credit Facility") from a Canadian Schedule 1 Bank. The Credit Facility is intended to provide MediPharm Labs access to non-dilutive capital to fund planned growth, as well as for general corporate and working capital purposes.
The Credit Facility consists of a $15 million operating loan with a one-year term and a $5 million non-revolving equipment term loan with a three-year term. The Credit Facility, once closed, will bear interest at the Schedule 1 Bank’s prime lending rate plus 1.85% per annum.
“This commitment marks yet another important milestone that will provide access to non-dilutive capital to support our plans for accelerated growth as we continue to ramp up operations ahead of expected legalization of broader concentrate-based products this fall,” said, Patrick McCutcheon, CEO, MediPharm Labs. “We are pleased to have a leading financial institution support MediPharm Labs as we continue to innovate and expand our private and white label offerings to serve a growing demand for high-quality, adult-use and medical cannabis products.”
14 MAY 2019
Cronos Group and MediPharm Labs Enter Additional Multi-Year Tolling Arrangement
TORONTO, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos Group” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSXV: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (“MediPharm Labs”).
MediPharm Labs will supply Cronos Group with approximately $30 million of high-quality private label cannabis concentrate over 18-months, and, subject to certain renewal and purchase options, potentially up to $60 million over 24-months. In addition, Cronos Group and MediPharm Labs have entered into a multi-year tolling agreement, where Cronos Group will supply bulk cannabis to MediPharm Labs’ state of the art extraction facility in Barrie, Ontario, to fulfill certain additional processing needs of the Company.
2019 Year-to-Date Highlights
~Executed Private Label Sales Agreements in place valued in excess of $85 million over 15-month period from December 2018
~Executed large Private Label cannabis oil sale for $35 million with additional $13.5 million purchase option over 13-month period
~Signed a 3-year Tolling Agreement with TerrAscend Corp.
~First extraction only LP to sign an International Private Label Sale Agreement with AusCann Group Holdings Ltd. – Export of cannabis oil from Canada to Australia for the manufacturing of hard-shell cannabinoid capsules
~Launched White Label Solutions Platform to extract, purify, formulate, process and distribute for LP’s, direct-to-consumer brands and non-cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies for provincial distribution
~Signed first White Label agreement to formulate, process and distribute tincture bottles on behalf of an existing brand commencing H2 2019
~Acquired over 5,000 KG of dried cannabis for Private Label cannabis oil production in final two weeks of March
~Initiated trading on OTCQB under symbol “MLCPF” and FSE under symbol “MLZ”
(Mr. McCutcheon continued)... “Looking ahead, we are now working on an ambitious, well-planned agenda for 2019 that will enable MediPharm Labs to extend our first-mover advantage. We are ramping up production, adding capacity, targeting EU GMP certification, expanding product offerings, developing R&D and IP, signing new sales agreements, and executing on our M&A and international growth pipeline.”
“Most importantly, we see all of this as a starting point. We expect to accelerate our growth globally as the size of our addressable market increases and we strengthen our foothold domestically with the expected legalization of vapeables, edibles, beverages and topicals providing a strong growth trajectory in Canada. We will continue to capitalize on the numerous opportunities available to us through effective capital deployment and continued expert execution to create shareholder value for the long term.”
2019 Strategic Priorities
Forge additional domestic and International sales and supply agreements – Utilizing a first-mover and other proprietary advantages, the Company is focused on procuring cost efficient, bulk dried cannabis supply, increasing wholesale Private Label cannabis concentrate (crude resin and distillate) production and value-added products, services and tolling to win new business domestically and internationally.
Expand White-Label Solutions Platform Including Formulation, Processing and Distribution Services – Expected legalization of vapeables, edibles, beverages and topicals in October 2019 is also expected to expand the Company’s addressable market and act as a catalyst to encourage a broad array of direct-to-consumer brands and non-cannabis consumer packaged goods companies to seek partners like MediPharm Labs for formulation, processing and provincial distribution.
Increase cGMP Production Capacity – The Company is on track with the installation and commissioning of 2 additional primary extraction lines at its Barrie facility that are expected to increase annual processing capacity to 250,000 kg over a total of 7 extraction lines. Utilizing cGMP methodology, multiple extraction lines provide flexibility to dedicate to specific customer batches and significantly enhance productivity. Flexibility over multiple extraction lines will be transformative, providing a continued competitive advantage in the cannabis market.
Achieve European Union GMP Certification at Barrie Facility – Expect to achieve certification in the H2 2019 enabling the Company to serve substantial European demand.
Complete First International Facility in Australia – Australian centre of excellence is expected to be commissioned in H2 2019, pending licensing, and will act as hub to access Asia-Pacific regions. The facility is designed to produce to cGMP standards with annual extraction capacity of approximately 75,000 kg of dried cannabis. The Australia region provides a strong backdrop for cultivation given more favorable farming conditions where the Company expects to procure locally sourced lower-cost supply inputs for production.
Expand Secondary Extraction Capabilities – Advancing industrial-scale distillation and commercial chromatography capabilities to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients that require cannabinoid purity of at least 99.9%. Development is underway for specialized, proprietary chromatography processing with trials to commence H2 2019.
M&A and Joint Venture Opportunities – The Company has established a robust pipeline of opportunities to replicate its unique business model in other jurisdictions and complementary acquisitions to further enhance and accelerate organic growth.
For further information, please contact:
Laura Lepore, VP, Investor Relations
Telephone: 705-719-7425 ext 216