SB1085 Creates a New Pathway for Association Health Plans, Allowing
Small Employers to Band Together to Purchase Better Coverage Options
PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to give small businesses better
access to health coverage on May 8, 2019. The Arizona
Technology Council, along with a group of local associations and
business leaders, were able to successfully lobby support for the bill
introduced by State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, SB1085.
This legislation enables tens of thousands of Arizonans to obtain
quality and affordable health coverage by providing a new pathway for
employer groups and associations to offer fully insured and self-insured
Association Health Plans (AHPs).
The Arizona Technology Council appreciates Sen. Brophy McGee for her
leadership on this issue. Providing affordable, quality health insurance
options to small businesses, sole proprietors and their employees should
not be a partisan issue and the Council would like to thank the
following Democratic representatives and senators for crossing the line
to support this option for affordable, quality healthcare.
- Rep. Alma Hernandez
- Rep. César Chávez
- Rep. Daniel Hernandez
- Rep. Diego Espinoza
- Rep. Jennifer Pawlik
- Rep. Robert Meza
- Rep. Arlando Teller
- Sen. Sean Bowie
- Sen. David Bradley
- Sen. Tony Navarrete
- Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai
- and Sen. Victoria Steele
“The rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest challenges
facing our smaller member companies and startups,” said Steven G.
Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “The signing of SB1085 is a
critical step towards overcoming this issue. The Council would like to
thank Governor Ducey, Sen. Brophy McGee, and legislators on both side of
the aisle for their support and votes to pass this legislation.”
The Council also partnered with an extensive list of professional
associations including the Arizona Association of Realtors, Arizona
Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Chandler
Chamber of Commerce, and others, to successfully gain support for SB1085.
Permissible by U.S. Department of Labor rules, the new Arizona
legislation allows employer groups and associations the ability to offer
either fully funded or self-insured AHPs by banding together on the
basis of geography and industry for more substantial purchasing power.
These new AHPs provide small businesses the types of coverage currently
available only to large employers, and let working owners and sole
proprietors plus their families join and experience substantial savings.
AHPs give employer groups and associations greater flexibility in
designing health insurance plans to meet the needs of their members at
lower costs. The lower costs of health insurance will lead participating
small businesses to provide more generous overall compensation packages
to their employees, a critical factor in helping technology companies
Providing technology companies with better healthcare options is a key
priority of the Council. For more information on the Council’s
legislative priorities in 2019, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org/public-policy.
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association
for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse
professional business community, Council members work towards furthering
the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education,
legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events,
educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders,
visionaries and community members to make an impact on the technology
industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of
growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To
become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council,
please visit www.aztechcouncil.org.
Steven G. Zylstra
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Innocan Pharma Announces Study Findings that LPT-CBD maintains its prolonged release in Rabbits
HERZLIYA, Israel and CALGARY, AB, Feb. 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Innocan Pharma Corporation (CSE: INNO) (FSE: IP4) (OTCQB: INNPF) (“Innocan” or the “Company”), a pioneer in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, is pleased to announce the latest findings from the Company’s pharmacokinetic study of its LPT-CBD platform in rabbits.
The fundamentals of LPT-CBD lay in its ability to slowly release CBD into the blood stream. Studies conducted in various animal models including mice, dogs, goats, and sheep showed long pharmacokinetics of CBD that persisted up to several weeks. In the Company’s latest study conducted on rabbits, the results showed additional supportive data for the long exposure of CBD obtained following a single subcutaneous LPT-CBD injection.
The Company is encouraged by these study results as they confirm the approach the Company is taking with its LPT platform. The results from studies of several organisms injected with the Company’s liposomal CBD –have consistently demonstrated that a detectable CBD level could be maintained for weeks following one injection. The Company will continue with human trials in the near future.
Pharmacokinetics (PK) is an important tool that helps evaluate the bioavailability and exposure level of a specific drug. Parameters such as maximal blood drug concentration (cMax), time to reach cMax (Tmax) and half-life of the drug are calculated based on data collected from blood analysis of the drug across a determined time. The collected PK parameters along with other tests help to define the required dose of a drug to achieve a maximal therapeutic effect. In the study conducted on rabbits, the animals were collected for blood analysis of the drug for up to 11 days. As expected, the animals presented a persistent CBD concentration in their blood that maintained through the entire testing period. This correlates to PK results obtained from other species, supporting the long CBD exposure and the necessity of only a single LPT-CBD injection to obtain a long and wide therapeutic window for CBD.
About Innocan Pharma:
Innocan is a pharmaceutical tech company that operates under two main segments: Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Wellness. In the Pharmaceuticals segment, Innocan focuses on developing innovative drug delivery platform technologies comprises with cannabinoids science, to treat various conditions to improve patients’ quality of life. This segment involves two drug delivery technologies: (i) LPT CBD-loaded liposome platform facilitating exact dosing and the prolonged and controlled release of CBD into the blood stream. The LPT delivery platform research is in the preclinical trial phase for two indications: Epilepsy and Pain Management. In the Consumer Wellness segment, Innocan develops and markets a wide portfolio of innovative and high-performance self-care products to promote a healthier lifestyle. Under this segment Innocan has established a Joint Venture by the name of BI Sky Global Ltd. that focuses developing on advanced targeted online sales. https://innocanpharma.com/
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Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain information set forth in this news release, including, without limitation, the Company’s plans for human trials of its LPT-CBD platform, is forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Innocan’s control. . The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Innocan, including expectations and assumptions concerning the anticipated benefits of the products, satisfaction of regulatory requirements in various jurisdictions and satisfactory completion of production and distribution arrangements.
Forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or expectations expressed in this news release. The key risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: global and local (national) economic, political, market and business conditions; governmental and regulatory requirements and actions by governmental authorities; and potential disruption of relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, customers, business partners and competitors. There are also risks that are inherent in the nature of product distribution, including import/export matters and the failure to obtain any required regulatory and other approvals (or to do so in a timely manner). The anticipated timeline for entry to markets may change for a number of reasons, including the inability to secure necessary regulatory requirements, or the need for additional time to conclude and/or satisfy the manufacturing and distribution arrangements. As a result of the foregoing, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information contained in this news release. A comprehensive discussion of other risks that impact Innocan can be found in Innocan’s public reports and filings which are available under Innocan’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca.
Readers are cautioned that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information. Innocan does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.
Schwazze Appoints Forrest Hoffmaster as Interim Chief Executive Officer
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Medicine Man Technologies, Inc., operating as Schwazze, (OTCQX: SHWZ) (NEO: SHWZ) (“Schwazze” or the “Company”), today announced that Forrest Hoffmaster, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to the additional role of interim Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). This follows Nirup Krishnamurthy’s resignation as CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors (“Board”), effective February 20, 2024, due to personal reasons.
Mr. Hoffmaster, who joined the Company in January 2023, brings over 30 years of executive experience in finance and operations for both public and private companies. Prior to Schwazze, Mr. Hoffmaster served as CEO of New Seasons Market, a specialty gourmet food retailer, where he navigated the company through one of the most disruptive periods in the retail grocery industry. Under his leadership, Mr. Hoffmaster implemented a focused growth and cost optimization program, enabling the company to grow EBITDA by over 30% in two years. Prior to New Seasons Market, Forrest held leadership positions with other leading grocers including Whole Foods Market and H-E-B.
“Forrest is well-positioned to seamlessly step in and lead the Company’s day-to-day operations as we conduct our search for a permanent successor,” said Justin Dye, Chairman of the Board. “With Forrest’s proven track record and deep retail expertise, we plan to continue leveraging our operating playbook to drive strong Adjusted EBITDA margins and consistent cash flow generation. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to wish Nirup the best in his future endeavors.”
Schwazze (OTCQX: SHWZ) (NEO: SHWZ) is building a premier vertically integrated regional cannabis company with assets in Colorado and New Mexico and will continue to take its operating system to other states where it can develop a differentiated regional leadership position. Schwazze is the parent company of a portfolio of leading cannabis businesses and brands spanning seed to sale.
Schwazze is anchored by a high-performance culture that combines customer-centric thinking and data science to test, measure, and drive decisions and outcomes. The Company’s leadership team has deep expertise in retailing, wholesaling, and building consumer brands at Fortune 500 companies as well as in the cannabis sector.
Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. was Schwazze’s former operating trade name. The corporate entity continues to be named Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. Schwazze derives its name from the pruning technique of a cannabis plant to enhance plant structure and promote healthy growth. To learn more about Schwazze, visit https://schwazze.com/.
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