Pilot Program designed to increase transparency, interoperability and product identification within the medical cannabis industry
TORONTO and LEAMINGTON, ON, Sept. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria") (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) and TruTrace Technologies Inc. (CSE: TTT; OTCQB: TTTSF) ("TruTrace") today announced that Aphria has joined Phase 2 of the Shoppers Drug Mart ("Shoppers") medical cannabis verification pilot program (the "Pilot Program"). The blockchain-secured Pilot Program is specifically designed to increase transparency, interoperability and product identification within the medical cannabis industry.
The Pilot Program uses TruTrace's StrainSecure™ technology as a central hub for identity management, asset tracking, validation, and product authentication. StrainSecure also serves as a master registry for standardized testing, product verification, and quality assurance.
First announced by Shoppers in June at the second annual World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Pilot Program is expected to help researchers and clinicians match therapeutic outcomes to specific genetic and chemical profiles, and provide physicians, pharmacists, and patients with greater confidence in the products they prescribe or consume.
"We are thrilled to partner with Shoppers Drug Mart and TruTrace Technologies to increase transparency within the medical cannabis industry," said Irwin D. Simon. "At Aphria Inc., we take responsibility to heart and recognize the importance of standardized testing and quality assurance. This program reflects our ongoing commitment to protecting the health and safety of our patients."
Shoppers recently announced the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Pilot Program and the addition of Deloitte Canada LLP in a project management and advisory role to execute Phase 2. Full production and implementation is targeted for late November 2019.
"The participation of a major licensed producer like Aphria, with their expertise and dedication to medical patients, is essential to the success of the Pilot Program," said TruTrace Technologies CEO Robert Galarza. "Together we are working to develop a unified approach to medical cannabis standards that will help ensure full traceability and consistent patient outcomes."
Under the StrainSecure™ program, the TruTrace team collects plant testing data and performs genomic verification in plant batches which are then registered in a blockchain-enabled database for intellectual property protection and strain validation. All information gathered from the plants, including their molecular and chemical makeup, can be tracked via the program.
Aphria Inc. is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, the planet, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria Inc. has been a leader in low-cost production of high-quality cannabis at scale, grown in natural conditions. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria Inc. is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company's portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Aphria Inc. drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents. For more information, visit: aphriainc.com
About TruTrace Technologies:
TruTrace Technologies has developed the first integrated blockchain platform to register and track intellectual property in the cannabis industry. TruTrace's technology allows cannabis growers and breeders to identify and secure rights to their intellectual property. It also streamlines the administrative process and reduces the costs of genetic and mandatory quality-control testing for legal cannabis. TruTrace's technology is proprietary, immutable and cryptographically secure, thereby establishing an accurate and permanent account for cannabis strains from ownership to market.
Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information
This news release includes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian and U.S. securities legislation, concerning the business of TruTrace and Aphria's participation in the Pilot Program, including statements regarding: the Pilot Program, including its intended scope, characteristics, and perceived benefits; the ability of TruTrace Technologies' platform to increase transparency, interoperability and product identification within the medical cannabis industry; that the initiative should allow researchers and clinicians to match therapeutic outcomes to specific genetic and chemical profiles, and provide physicians, pharmacists, and patients with greater confidence in the products they prescribe or consume; and that Phase 2 of the Pilot Program is expected to be completed by November 2019, followed by full production and implementation. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the Company can give no assurance that it will prove to be correct and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Forward-looking information necessarily involves known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with: general economic conditions; adverse industry events; loss of markets; future legislative and regulatory developments in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; and other risks beyond the Company's control. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is provided as of the date of this news release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.
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For further information: Aphria Inc.: Media: Tamara Macgregor, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, 437-343-4000, [email protected]; Investors: Katie M. Turner, ICR, Inc. 646-277-1228, [email protected]; TruTrace Technologies Inc: Robert Galarza, Chief Executive Officer and Director; Media Relations: Corey Herscu, RNMKR Agency, 416-300-3030; Investor Inquiries: Swapan Kakumanu, Chief Financial Officer, 844-656-3629, [email protected]