Las Vegas, NV, March 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers, including the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, NC, a state-of the art local processing center in Southern Oregon, a 500-acre hemp growing Veteran Village Kins Community in Golden Valley, Arizona, two model “Small Family Hemp Farms” in North Carolina and Arizona, and a pre-roll blending manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, NV, and The King of Hemp StoreTM, a 5,000 square-foot retail location in Kingman, Arizona, announced today that it has fortified its commitment to supporting local hemp farmers, the American hemp industry, and local economies through its ever-expanding business ventures and operations.
“Since Hemp, Inc.’s inception, we have been committed to bringing back the small American family farm to the nation’s landscape, creating jobs locally, and supporting local businesses. These directives are central to our foundation and are reflected throughout the scope of our business ventures – from our King of Hemp™ pre-rolls to the Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.,” said Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. “When you make a purchase from Hemp, Inc., you are not only supporting the small American hemp farmer and the American hemp industry, but you are also supporting American laborers and the small American manufacturers in ancillary industries. We are proud to lead by example and show how the Hemp Revolution will be mostly American Made.”The Company sources its supplies for its King of Hemp™ pre-roll line from a U.S.-owned and -based manufacturing company, and recently purchased 300,000 tubes for its pre-rolls’ packaging. Additionally, advertising materials such as banners for Hemp, Inc.’s Kins Community in Kingman, Arizona, and educational materials such as brochures for the Company’s recently announced Hempathon are all sourced from American companies.Hemp, Inc.’s commitment to domestic products and partnerships can also be seen in the Company’s Southern Oregon hemp operation. The Company utilizes American-made tractors, discs, planters, vehicles and plows to service its cultivation sites and Local Processing Center (LPC). The same applies for the tractors, farming equipment, the heavy duty construction equipment and other vehicles purchased to build the Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona. It is all American made, including the 7 geodesic domes on the Veteran Village Kins Community property. The geodesic domes were made by Pacific Domes, an Ashland, Oregon-based company.In addition, the majority of Hemp, Inc. employees are from the local communities in which the Company operates. The employees are paid the prevailing wage that is above minimum wage.Furthermore, Hemp, Inc. is featuring the American-designed, American-made clothing line, Hemp Blue which prides itself in providing premium hemp and denim blends made with love in Los Angeles, CA. Hemp Blue represents a conscious, decision-driven lifestyle and stands for responsible consumption and sustainable resources. The King of Hemp StoreTM will be well-stocked with Hemp Blue and other premium hemp clothing collections.Additionally, wood being used on the floor and walls of The King of Hemp StoreTM were manufactured by North Cal Wood Products, Inc., a small American business based in Ukiah, CA. North Cal offers a wide variety of reclaimed domestic and tropical woods. Perlowin also noted other sections of the store will use hemp wood from Fibonacci LLC, another Made-in-America company, which opened the first HempWood factory in Murray, Kentucky. “We’re proud to use their wood in our store and we’re looking forward to becoming a reseller for HempWood products soon,” says Perlowin.HempWood aims to be a catalyst for a wave of innovation consumed by the idea that cultural shifts toward a more sustainable way of living is no longer a luxury, but a requirement.“We cherish diversity and supporting American communities, and this can be seen in our hiring practices nationwide,” Perlowin added. “Our employees range in age from college students to the elderly, and come from all walks of life. The hemp movement is an inclusive one, and while we oversee our operations in North Carolina, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada, we continue to scout new locations to build new local processing centers for communities who need the infrastructure and knowledgeable support our team provides.”The U.S. hemp market continues to heat up for a variety of reasons, especially as the general populace continues to better understand the difference between cannabis as marijuana and cannabis as hemp, as well as the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids derived from cannabis. In addition, Chinese hemp producers and China’s hemp industry is only now starting to diversify from its industrial hemp products into consumer hemp products, positioning many U.S. hemp producers and extractors ahead of their Chinese competitors, according to Cannabis Business Executive. The Cannabis Business Executive’s (CBE) mission is to provide cannabis industry leaders with utilitarian information to help them run their businesses successfully and advance the cannabis industry by helping its leaders stay abreast of emerging trends that impact their long-term success in the industry. CBE distinguishes itself as the premier authority by developing original content, aggregating news content and partnering with recognized industry experts to provide thought-provoking feature articles, news, opinions and insights, events and e-media. CBE provides its readers with business intelligence and the knowledge they need to succeed in new and changing markets.It’s no surprise Hemp, Inc. revenues are flowing in from every direction. After building a broad-based multi-state U.S. infrastructure over the last 10 years, Perlowin believes this year, 2020, will be the biggest year of revenues for Hemp, Inc. as shown below:DrillwallTM – Their wholly owned subsidiary, Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC (IHM) in North Carolina is now fulfilling a $1 million dollar sales agreement for its DrillWall™, their proprietary kenaf-hemp blend natural Loss Circulation Material (LCM) product for the oil and gas well drilling industries. The Company has executed a sales agreement to sell $1 million worth of DrillWall™ over the course of one year. (Read the full press release here.)The King of Hemp Store™ – Hemp, Inc. also had a soft launch of The King of Hemp Store™, its flagship, brick-and-mortar retail store in Kingman, Arizona, last month. The store is expected to officially open next month. According to executives, The King of Hemp Store will carry as hemp shirts, pants, hemp denim jeans, jackets, backpacks, purses, handbags, topicals, shampoos, conditioners and a variety of cannabidiol (CBD) and CBG products such as flower. A lounge area in which community members can learn more about hemp, in a relaxing setting, is also planned as part of the store. The proceeds from the sale of its products will go to help children, the homeless and veterans. The plan is to utilize money earned at the store to create activities and subsequent venues for the children of Kingman, Golden Valley, and Dolan Springs, Arizona. (To read the full release, click here.)King of HempTM Pre-Rolls – Hemp, Inc.’s King of HempTM pre-rolls are also bringing in revenue for the company. The much anticipated King of HempTM pre-roll line didn’t disappoint once it launched as distributors reported quick sales in a matter of hours after stocking the high-quality CBD smokeables. One distributor, in particular, sold almost 300 King of HempTM pre-rolls in a week after listing it on its website, www.naturalexposurecbd.com, and noticed a huge interest for autographed King of Hemp pre-rolls from the King of Hemp himself, Bruce Perlowin. Based on the interest, Perlowin expects the current limited edition (signed and numbered) to be extremely valuable in the collector’s market in the future. The Company is also transitioning from the current packaging to hemp packaging. Derived from one of the top selling cultivars on the market, Pre-98 OG Bubba Kush, the King of HempTM pre-rolls are already positioned to corner the market as one of the best tasting for hemp consumption and is expected to be a massive revenue generator for the company. (To read the full release, click here.)Pre-98 OG Bubba Kush – The Pre-98 OG Bubba Kush is Hemp, Inc.’s top-shelf CBD flower sourced from certified growers to ensure high CBD content, eye-popping aesthetics, and clean genetics. The company has made 10,000 lbs. of Pre-98 OG Bubba Kush available for sale at a wholesale price ranging from $500 to $800 per pound and that is just a small percentage of the Company’s Oregon grow output. The rest of the grow will be used for the King of HempTM pre-rolls which is expected to earn the Company more than three times as much money as selling it wholesale. (For those interested in purchasing the company’s hemp buds, email email@example.com.)The Great American Hempathon – The Company’s first ever grow contest recently opened enrollment and is scheduled to take place during the first growing season of 2020, which begins this month, and includes planting, maintaining, harvesting, and processing. Hemp growers will demonstrate their skill and share in the $50,000 prize money. Each team is responsible for installing irrigation systems, preparing the soil, and maintaining the grow operation. To inquire about participating in the Hempathon, click here. To watch the “The Great American Hempathon” in real time, click here. CBD tincture to be launched in the next 1 to 2 weeks.For those interested in becoming a distributor for Hemp, Inc.’s King of HempTM pre-roll line, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. According to Perlowin, the Company will also offer an affiliate program for the pre-roll line. Those interested in becoming an affiliate should email email@example.com.According to a June 2019 market research report published by MarketsandMarkets™, the industrial hemp market is projected to grow from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $26.6 billion by 2025, recording a compound annual growth rate of 34.0% during the forecast period.To see 1-minute videos of Hemp, Inc.’s current activities, go to Bruce Perlowin’s personal Facebook page where he posts daily on all of Hemp, Inc.’s activities around the country.WHAT IS HEMP, INC.?HEMP, INC.’S TEN DIVISIONSHemp, Inc. has been helping to build the industrial hemp infrastructure that was basically non-existent in America. There are now ten divisions:Division One – The Industrial Hemp InfrastructureDivision Two – The Hemp Farming InfrastructureDivision Three – The Hemp Extraction & Pre-Roll Blending InfrastructureDivision Four – The Hemp Educational InfrastructureDivision Five – The Hemp Marketing InfrastructureDivision Six – Accessories, Products and ServicesDivision Seven – Research and DevelopmentDivision Eight – Industrial Hemp Investments and Joint VenturesDivision Nine – Industrial Hemp ConsultingDivision Ten – Educational EntertainmentDivision One – The Industrial Hemp InfrastructureThe Industrial Hemp Infrastructure (Division One) currently consists of two hemp processing facilities across the country, with two more under development, which will include an in-house third party testing laboratory. The largest of the two is its multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility and milling operation in Spring Hope, North Carolina. It’s the largest “industrial hemp processing center” in the western hemisphere and has grown to become one of the pre-eminent centers of the industrial hemp industry. The 85,000 square foot facility sits on 9-acres. It is environmentally sustainable and was built from the ground up in hopes of “Making America Hemp Again.” With a patent pending manufacturing process, the North Carolina facility is operating full time to process millions of pounds of our unique kenaf-hemp blend, to manufacture all-green natural loss circulation material (LCMs), called DrillWallTM that is to be sold to the oil and gas drilling industry, along with an all-green natural oil spill absorbent, a second industrial kenaf-hemp product called Spill-Be-GoneTM.In addition to the company’s industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina, Hemp, Inc. also has one of the most sophisticated local processing centers (LPC) in Medford, Oregon which focuses on hemp harvesting, drying, curing, trimming, bagging, storing, and in some cases selling high CBD hemp for local farmers and the Company’s own hemp grows in that area, and post processing for the CBD industry. The Company’s main focus is the “King of HempTM” pre-rolls and high CBD smokeable buds… a new phenomenon of smoking hemp which has caught the marketplace by storm.Hemp, Inc. and their associates also have 4,500 acres of land in Golden Valley, Arizona (100 miles from Las Vegas, 20 miles north of Kingman, AZ). Out of the 4,500 acres of land, 500 acres are designated for the Veteran’s Village Kins Community (VVKC) for Arizona. Hemp, Inc. is preparing 80+ acres, of the 500 acres, for hemp cultivation. The company aims to boost the economies of these towns by offering affordable hemp processing services, which incentivizes local growers to add hemp to their crop rotation. The company is continuing to scout new locations for local processing centers in Florida, Kentucky, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and several other states.Thus far, Hemp, Inc.’s Local Processing Center (LPC) in Oregon has employed over 200 employees during its 2018 harvest season and over 300 employees during its 2019 harvest season to further support the infrastructure necessary for local and large scale farmers operating in the industrial hemp space.Division One Products:DrillWallTM (a loss circulation material)Spill-Be-GoneTM (an oil spill cleanup product)Hemp bioplasticsDivision Two – The Hemp Farming InfrastructureThe Hemp Farming Infrastructure (Division Two) consists of hundreds of acres of hemp and kenaf growing in multiple locations, farm equipment, cloning rooms, clones and seeds, grow rooms, greenhouses, hemp drying facilities and a huge amount of peripheral farming tools and equipment. The progress Hemp, Inc. has made in its agricultural endeavors, over the course of four years, has been amazing. The year 2020 marks the fifth year that Hemp, Inc. has been growing hemp. (To see Hemp, Inc.’s agricultural progress from 2016 through 2019, visit Bruce Perlowin’s personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kingofpot and scroll through posts from 2016 to the present. Visit www.hempincpresents.com to see the videos of Hemp, Inc.’s grows in multiple locations.)Hemp, Inc. also has two “Small Family Hemp Farm” models. The “Small Family Hemp Farm” in North Carolina is situated on 12 acres and consists of a cloning room, a greenhouse, and enough land to grow 2,000-3,000 high CBD hemp plants. (This model farm can be seen on Bruce Perlowin’s Facebook page, in the Aug. 22nd – 26th, 2018 posts.) The model shows farmers how to grow high CBD hemp plants, operate a greenhouse and turn a barn into a cloning room to earn up to $100,000+ a year. This shows an example of how the “Small Family Hemp Farm” can be duplicated and reappear on the American landscape. After all, the original small family farms in America were able to survive economically by growing hemp as their main cash crop and the first five presidents of the United States were all hemp farmers.Hemp, Inc.’s other “Small Family Hemp Farm” is located Dolan Springs, Arizona. This “Small Family Hemp Farm” is referred to as “The Orchard” since it has a sizable organic orchard. There are: 2 acres on which hemp will be grown on; a cloning room; cold storage; and greenhouses that are currently being installed.This year, according to Perlowin, the company is preparing to grow on up to 342 acres of land in Oregon, 300 acres in Arizona, hundreds of acres in North Carolina (a combination of hemp and kenaf), and an undetermined amount in other states. He says collective sales from all of these grows will be extremely significant in terms of pre-rolls, high CBD buds, distillate, isolate and biomass. “This year, we anticipate the main function of the company to be sales and marketing as we will have completed the infrastructure to support sales and marketing. Right now, I believe we have the largest footprint of bio-diverse hemp products with vertical integration in the hemp industry in America today. We are always looking for joint ventures where we have or can expand our footprint,” commented Perlowin.Moreover, “A to Z” services for the farmers are available – from harvesting to drying, curing, bucking, machine trimming, hand trimming, bagging, storing, nitrogen sparging, and selling… creating a “one stop shop” for the small to large family farms.Division Two Products:The King of HempTM Pre-Roll BlendsHigh premium CBD buds from the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, North Carolina and ArizonaHemp, Inc. will also be starting the Hempathon at the Veteran Village Kins Community in Arizona. Contestants will be able to grow 1 acre of hemp in a contest with other growers from around the country. Hemp, Inc. will provide land, water, security, and live streaming video coverage for participants. The Hempathon entry fee is $5,000 and a 50/50 revenue split. Several awards and prizes will be given to the winners. Those interested in signing up for the Hempathon should contact Devi Barnard firstname.lastname@example.org.Division Three – The Hemp Extraction & Pre-Roll Blending InfrastructureThe Hemp CBD Oil Extraction & Pre-Roll Blending Infrastructure (Division Three) originally consisted of a Supercritical C02 Extractor. After operating for over a year it has been determined that Hemp, Inc. will not be involved in the extraction industry and has changed its direction to focus primarily on the King of Hemp pre-rolls and The King of Hemp high CBD smokeable flower. The CBD oil that was extracted from the 2018 hemp grows in North Carolina has been made into pure crystalline CBD isolate which will add to our “King of HempTM” branded line of pre-rolls to take to the marketplace and a pre-roll fortified with pure crystalline CBD isolate.In lieu of building its own extraction laboratories, Hemp, Inc. plans to utilize the facilities of other labs in the industry to manufacture its own line of CBD oil products while they continue to build and expand the infrastructure for pre-rolls and high CBD smokeable buds. The Company will hire or joint venture with other, already existing, labs to manufacture CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, and other products in its future cannabinoid line. With 150 different cannabinoids, over 300 terpenes, and more of each being discovered almost monthly, the product range and possibilities in this area are endless.Division Four – The Hemp Educational InfrastructureThe Hemp Educational Infrastructure (Division Four) includes Hemp, Inc.’s Hemp University which focuses on educating and empowering Hemp farmers and entrepreneurs with knowledge, processing, infrastructure and support. The educational seminars, through the Hemp University, are held periodically and teach farmers and landowners how to create a profitable income stream by maximizing the per-acre crop revenue. Through this division, Hemp, Inc. has trained well over 500 farmers in its first two years by doing a total of nine Hemp University seminars in North Carolina and Oregon, thus far, which include:The New Leaf Symposium and Golden Grow Awards Gala – January 26, 2020 (Jacksonville, Oregon)
Yield Growth Announces Delay in Filing Under CSA Instrument Governing Relief under COVID-19 Duress
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – April 4, 2020) – The Yield Growth Corp. (CSE: BOSS) (OTCQB: BOSQF) (FSE: YG3) (“Yield Growth” or the “Company”) announces that further to its announcement on April 2, 2020, due to the disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 and logistical problems relating to switching to having its personnel working remotely, it did not file its audited annual financial statements for the year ended November 30, 2019 (the “Financial Statements“) and the related management discussion and analysis for the same period (the “MD&A“) by the required due date of March 30, 2020, in each case as required by National Instrument 51-102.
The Company expects to file the Financial Statements and MD&A on or about April 14th, 2020.
The Company’s management and other insiders are subject to a trading black-out that reflects the principles in Section 9 of National Policy 11-207 until the Financial Statements and MD&A have been filed;
Other than as previously disclosed by the Company, there have been no material business developments since the date of the Company’s quarterly financial statements and management discussions and analysis for the nine month period ended August 31, 2019.
About The Yield Growth Corp.
The Yield Growth Corp. conducts research and development and sells plant-based products that improve lives. It has over 200 proprietary wellness formulas at various stages of commercialization. Its products are sold through e-commerce worldwide and retail stores in 3 countries with distribution agreements in place for 12 more countries. It conducts research for plant-based therapeutics, including protection against infectious diseases, and has 13 patents filed in what the Global Wellness Institute reports is a $4.2 trillion-dollar global wellness market. It owns the plant-based skin care brand Urban Juve, which is currently launching a line of hand care products, and it owns wellness brands Wright & Well and Jack n Jane. It’s majority owned subsidiary Flourish Mushroom Labs is launching a line of medicinal mushroom products and developing a business in the emerging market of psychedelic medicine. The Yield Growth management team has deep experience with global brands including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Skechers and Aritzia. Yield Growth earns revenue through multiple streams including licensing, services and product sales.
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This press release includes forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward looking statements”) under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates, forecasts, beliefs and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to: risks related to the development, testing, licensing, brand development, availability of packaging, intellectual property protection, reduced global commerce and reduced access to raw materials and other supplies do to the spread of the Coronavirus, the potential for not acquiring any rights as a result of the patent application and any products making use of the intellectual property may be ineffective or the company may be unsuccessful in commercializing them; and other approvals will be required before commercial exploitation of the intellectual property can happen. The laws around cultivating, selling and using psychedelic mushrooms would need to change in most jurisdictions in order for the use of psychedelic products to be legal and sale of, and demand for, Urban Juve, Wright & Well, Flourish Mushroom Labs, Jack n Jane and UJ Beverages products, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, delay or failure to receive board or regulatory approvals where applicable, and the state of the capital markets. Yield Growth cautions readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements provided by Yield Growth, as such forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future results or performance and actual results may differ materially. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Yield Growth expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements containing any forward-looking information, or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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Sixth Wave Files Patent Application for Rapid Detection of Emerging Viral Outbreaks such as COVID-19
- Proposed Rapid Detection Test for viral outbreaks such as COVID-19 is based on previously developed Molecularly Imprinted Polymer platform.
- Testing platform has the objective of detecting the presence of viruses without relying on the existence of antibodies, which can take weeks to be present in the body.
- Testing platform could be rapidly adopted to test for both new viruses and mutations of previously discovered viruses.
- Potential for colorimetric response could provide indication as to the presence of virus within minutes.
- Team previously developed Explosive Detection Wipes, which produced colorimetric changes within 30 seconds upon contact with bomb making materials.
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – April 3, 2020) – Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. (CSE: SIXW) (OTC Pink: ATURF) (FSE: AHUH) (“Sixth Wave” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has filed Patent Application Number 63000977 – The Use of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for the Rapid Detection of Emerging Viral Outbreaks, such as SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “Accelerated Detection MIPs” or “AMIPs“).
COVID-19 & the Need for Rapid Diagnostics
Viral pandemics such as COVID-19 are a rapidly emerging threat to global security and economic stability. Unlike bacterial infections which have a wide range of developed antibiotic therapies, new viral infections have very few pre-existing treatments. The World Health Organization has correspondingly noted a public health emergency and an urgent need for rapid diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to detect, prevent and contain the COVID-19 virus. The success of these remediation efforts will depend largely upon early detection, proactive and preventive measures, attempting to contain the rate of viral growth until customized treatments can be developed and made available.
One of the primary factors leading to the outbreak of COVID-19 virus has been the relative lack of rapid diagnostic tools. The development of effective early stage diagnostics for COVID-19 has consumed valuable time in which lives are at stake, with significant issues remaining regarding access to testing several months after the virus was first identified. This breakdown and delay in testing capacity has resulted in a failed containment effort, conservatively estimated to have resulted in hundreds of thousands of otherwise avoidable infections. With improved preventive strategies, including early response and testing capabilities, the rapid rate of viral expansion and the shortfall of medical supplies now being experienced can be more effectively contained, managed and ameliorated.
Rapid Diagnostic Technologies
A promising area of preventive strategies is the use of Rapid Diagnostic Technologies (“RDTs“), tools designed to quickly and accurately diagnose the active virus. Many forms of RDT utilize Polymerase Chain Reaction (“PCR“) methodologies, processes which can require highly trained laboratory staff and processing times ranging from hours to days, thereby offsetting their efficacy as rapid response diagnostic tools. Another promising RDT for the diagnosis of COVID-19 is Immunoassay Technology (“IAT“), a highly effective and easy to use diagnostic platform. However, IAT relies on the detection of antigens or antibodies which can take days or weeks to develop within the body, with the result that a person can be contagious and spreading the virus prior to detection.
Sixth Wave’s patent application contemplates the development of a flexible platform for the rapid deployment of RDTs for new viral threats. This AMIPs technology could have all of the advantages of traditional PCR and IAT diagnostics, with the potential to be developed, deployed and scaled in a fraction of the time.
The Sixth Wave Solution
This proposed AMIPs device would generate an instant colorimetric response, or change in color, in order to indicate the presence of COVID-19 and other viruses. This visual confirmation capability is a feature of other prior Sixth Wave technologies, most notably the Company’s explosives detection wipes and bacterial pathogen detection swabs.
The AMIPs technology proposes a flexible and scalable development platform, able to adapt to the demands of detecting constantly evolving viral strains beyond COVID-19. To accomplish this, Sixth Wave plans to build a database of MIPs, prepared using viral surrogates and/or inactive strains, and based on the general shape, size and morphology of generic classes of known viruses (the “AMIPs Library“). This database will comprise a reference inventory, ready for immediate deployment in the screening of new or emerging viral threats, and minimizing the response time required to issue new diagnostics.
The patent application draws significantly upon Sixth Wave’s prior experience in Molecular Imprinted Polymers (“MIPs“). The selective binding capabilities of MIPs are well documented in literature and have even been referred to as “plastic antibodies”. Sixth Wave has a proven record in the detection and binding of target analytes using MIP technology. The Company has successfully developed a similar MIPs-based rapid detection test for improvised explosives (the “Explosive Detection Wipes” or “EDW“). The EDW platform is highly effective and simple to use, providing fast colorimetric indication of 36 target analytes, all while using a single-use wipe. As with the virus detection platform, accuracy in explosives detection is paramount, with lives at stake, and the technology has been noted for delivering zero false positives during field use.
“Now more than ever, the reality of an interconnected world means there is a desperate need to quickly identify and stem the tide of emerging pandemic outbreaks,” said Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, President & CEO of Sixth Wave. “Rapid detection, the ability to instantly assess the threat of viral contact, and tools of early intervention are crucial to the containment of new viruses. We hope this technology will revolutionize how we get ahead of pandemics like COVID-19 and other future novel viruses, preventing their spread and mitigating the social and economic losses.”
The AMIPs Advantage
The proposed AMIPs platform uses a branch of nanotechnology known as MIPs, a versatile materials science which can be engineered into many physical configurations, including adherence to a wipe, suspension in an assay, or affixed to a membrane for lateral flow testing. The proposed testing device can be envisioned as a cartridge-type system where the format, detection method and sampling/detection process is the same for all threats. The interchangeable component would be the molecular recognition chemistry which would be unique to each new threat.
This platform prospectively offers a number of advantages over existing methods of viral detection and containment. These include:
(i) Rapid Deployment – The AMIPs system will be designed for rapid response and to be the first diagnostic test available for a new viral outbreak. Based on the Company’s prior experience in MIPs formulations, the development cycle of any new AMIPs product will prospectively be less than 30 days, from identification of a new viral threat to an AMIPs detection product in the hands of front line healthcare providers. The format of the rapidly deployable AMIPs is a multi-welled micropipette dish with Sixth Wave’s unique viral MIPs coated on the bottom of the wells. This cartridge design would make it possible to screen against multiple classes of viruses with the flexibility to use several known off the shelf detection chemistries for the colorimetric response.
(ii) Compatible with Multiple Target Analytes – With the AMIPs system, Sixth Wave proposes to directly detect viral particles. Further, the AMIPs platform is planned to be compatible with detecting other components unique to a particular virus such as DNA, RNA, proteins, small molecules, and antibodies. This powerful and comprehensive platform would give scientists multiple pathways to detect a virus to give the best performance and diagnostic capabilities.
(iii) Fast, Accurate & Easy to Use – The second potential platform for the AMIPs technology would be lateral flow tests, similar to using a pregnancy test. The colorimetric response would allow for quick, qualitative analysis without mixing reagents, complex machines, or even power requirements for a fast, easy-to-use, and reliable response that requires little, if any, training. First responders, caregivers, and even the patients themselves, could potentially perform the test and receive results in minutes.
(iv) Durable, Affordable & Mass Producible – MIPs are based on a synthetic polymer, allowing for extended shelf life, minimal storage and handling requirements, and less sensitivity to temperature and light degradation relative to antibodies used in traditional IAT products. The MIPs formulations could be applied to several inexpensive consumables to provide low cost, mass production pathways for real-time qualitative or quantitative analysis, depending on device format.
(v) Flexible, Scalable & Adaptable – The AMIPs platform would allow for rapid reconfiguration, including the testing of any bodily fluid containing the virus, screening for multiple infections in just one test, and even testing surfaces to reduce the spread of contamination. The technology proposes to detect whole classes of viruses, allowing researchers to deploy the diagnostics without actually cultivating antigens or antibodies specific to a particular new virus strain. The AMIPs Library anticipates other viral threats and prepares for rapid and responsive development of new products based on this existing platform.
About the AMIPs Library
Adapted from other Sixth Wave commercial applications, AMIPs relies on MIP methodologies to identify and trap specific analytes. Formed with a 3D mold of the targeted analyte, MIPs can be applied to generate a variety of effective sensors, each with the ability to display a visual confirmation. For a viral threat such as COVID-19, recognition of the intact virus would be the most efficient process timewise using a MIP that recognizes and binds to the virus.
However, in anticipation of forthcoming new viral strains, clearly there will be no time to develop a novel MIP after a new outbreak has occurred. To avoid such delays and develop new diagnostic products on minimal turnaround, the Company plans to develop the AMIPs Library as a database of MIPs based on the general shape, size, and morphology of generic classes of viruses. In this way, future delays in diagnostics are avoided, with the potential for new generations of interchangeable AMIPs cartridges or wipes using the same physical format, detection method, and sampling process as prior generations.
The ultimate goal is a flexible platform that can be continuously altered to meet the demands of constantly evolving viral strains. The AMIPs inventory would be proactive, readily available for screening against plausible new threats. The most selective MIP for any emergent virus would be incorporated into a previously defined delivery platform. The chemical manufacturing process would be known, and direct scale-up to manufacture could be initiated immediately and applied to kits amenable to mass production.
About Sixth Wave
Sixth Wave is a development stage nanotechnology company with patented technologies that focus on extraction and detection of target substances at the molecular level using highly specialized molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). The Company is in the process of commercializing its AffinityTM cannabinoid purification system, as well as, IXOS®, a line of extraction polymers for the gold mining industry.
Sixth Wave can design, develop and commercialize MIP solutions across a broad spectrum of industries. The company is focused on nanotechnology architectures that are highly relevant for detection and separation of viruses, biogenic amines and other pathogens, for which the Company has products at various stages of development.
For more information about Sixth Wave, please visit our web site at: www.sixthwave.com.
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Jonathan Gluckman, Ph.D., President & CEO
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This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” including statements regarding the planned features, capacity and performance of the AMIPs technology. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future events or developments that the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual events or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Company’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In particular, successful development and commercialization of the AMIPs technology are subject the risk that the AMIPs technology may not prove to be successful in detecting virus targets effectively or at all, uncertainty of medical product development, uncertainty of timing or availability of required regulatory approvals, lack of track record of developing products for medical applications and the need for additional capital to carry out product development activities. The value of any products ultimately developed could be negatively impacted if the patent is not granted.
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TransCanna to Rely on Temporary Blanket Relief for Required Filings
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – April 3, 2020) – TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FSE: TH8) (“TransCanna” or the “Company“) today announces that it anticipates a delay in the filing of the financial statements required pursuant to Part 4 of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (the “Instrument“) as a result of the completion by the Company of the recent acquisitions of Tres Ojos Naturals LLC (dba Soldaze), and Lyfted Farms, Inc. in the Fall of 2019, both US corporations, as new subsidiaries of the Issuer.
The delay is due to the Company’s new management’s difficulties in coordinating with the auditor the collection of all of the required data and documentation to complete the audit on a consolidated basis. As well, certain key persons who are needed to complete the audit are being affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic due to self-isolation requirements.
The Instrument requires that the Company’s audited financial statements and MD&A for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019 be filed by March 29, 2020 (“Original Filing Deadline“). The Company and its auditor are in the process of completing the required audit work to complete these audited financial statements and associated MD&A (collectively, the “Required Filings“). The Company expects that the Required Filings will be completed and filed on or before April 30, 2020.
In these circumstances, and considering the anticipated delay in making the Required Filings within the time period mandated by the Instrument, the Company intends to rely upon the temporary blanket relief afforded by Canadian securities regulators to extend the date for the filing of the Required Filings for up to 45 days from the date of the Original Filing Deadline.
During the period that the Required Filings remain outstanding, TransCanna’s management and other insiders are subject to a trading black-out policy that reflects the principles in section 9 of National Policy 11-207 Failure-to-File Cease Trade Orders and Revocations in Multiple Jurisdictions.
The Company confirms that there have been no other material business developments since August 31, 2019, the date of the Company’s last filed third quarter interim consolidated financial statements, other than the two business acquisitions described above.
About TransCanna Holdings Inc.
TransCanna Holdings Inc. is a California based, Canadian listed, company building Cannabis focused brands for the California lifestyle, through its wholly-owned California subsidiaries.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Steve Giblin, President
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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