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This year's annual symposium coincides with the expected launch of Avicanna's RHO Phyto advanced medical cannabis products and In the wake of COVID-19, a virtual format will be used that allows for a broader reach to global patients and the medical community. - - - Leading experts in R&D and clinical development will discuss the potential therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis to address the importance of working with healthcare practitioners for safe and effective dosing.
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TORONTO, June 22, 2020 /CNW/ - Avicanna Inc. ("Avicanna" or the "Company") (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that on July 21st, 2020 it will be hosting a virtual symposium titled "Medical Cannabis 2.0" in partnership with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers. Patients and health care practitioners globally can join the virtual symposium to learn more about the potential advantages of medical cannabis and the advancement of product offerings including Avicanna's RHO Phyto product offerings and advanced cannabinoid research collaboration at the University of Toronto. In addition, experts will discuss the pharmacology, safety, and dosing guidelines of medical cannabis for therapeutic conditions. This includes presentations on the, efficacy of cannabinoids for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other comorbidities as well as an overview of the patient pathway to Medical Cannabis by Shoppers.
"In this unprecedent time, where patients and practitioners have many questions and are seeking alternative and natural solutions, we are pleased to welcome you all to our virtual symposium on medical cannabis. My talk on Common Medical Comorbidities will discuss how medical cannabis can be used for the management of clinical conditions that have common associated comorbidities of anxiety, depression and appetite and sleep disorders. Alongside my colleagues and collaborators, we hope you will find value in all our presentations and that they will provide important information, as patients and health care practitioners seeking to learn more about medical cannabis." – Dr. Amza Ali, Chief Medical Officer of Avicanna
Discussions will be led by clinicians and scientists from the Avicanna team as well as from prestigious Canadian academic and clinical research organizations including the University of Toronto and University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital.
The agenda for the virtual symposium is as follows:
An Introduction to Cannabinoids and Their Pharmacology – Dr. Ruth Ross (Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Senior Scientist, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH)
Advanced Cannabinoid Research and drug development at the University of Toronto – Dr. Pauric Bannigan (Post-Doctoral Fellow from Dr Christine Allen's laboratory at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto)
Medical Cannabis 2.0 and Avicanna's RHO Phyto product offerings– Dr. Justin Grant (Executive Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Avicanna)
The Potential of Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain – Dr. Hance Clarke (Staff Anesthesiologist Director Pain Services, Director Good Hope Ehlers Danlos Clinic, Medical Director of The Pain Research Unit, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto)
Anxiety, Depression and Other Comorbidities in Patients to be Treated with Cannabinoids: Implications for Optimal Care – Dr. Amza Ali (Chief Medical Officer, Avicanna)
An Introduction to Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart – Neil D'Souza (Senior Manager, Operations, Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart)
The Future of Medical Cannabis Panel Discussion– (Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna Inc. / Pat McCutcheon, CEO MediPharm Labs / Kaveh Kahen, CEO of Sigma Analytics)
Avicanna is an Ontario, Canada based corporation focused on the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products through its two main business segments, cultivation and research and development.
Avicanna's two majority-owned subsidiaries, Sativa Nativa S.A.S. and Santa Marta Golden Hemp S.A.S., both located in Santa Marta, Colombia are the base for Avicanna's cultivation activities. These two companies are licensed to cultivate and process cannabis for the production of cannabis extracts and purified cannabinoids including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Avicanna's research and development business is primarily conducted out of Canada at its headquarters in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre, JLABS @ Toronto. Avicanna's scientific team develops products, and Avicanna has also engaged the services of researchers at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto for the purpose of optimizing and improving upon its products.
Avicanna's research and development and cultivation activities are focused on the development of its key products, including plant-derived cannabinoid pharmaceuticals, phyto-therapeutics, derma-cosmetics, and Extracts (defined as plant-derived cannabinoid extracts and purified cannabinoids, including distillates and isolates), with a goal of eventually having these products manufactured and distributed through various markets.
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