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LYPHE GROUP Launches With Portfolio That Will Improve Patient Access to Medical Cannabis




LYPHE GROUP launches today, bringing together a portfolio of leading companies in the medical cannabis industry, to transform access to cannabis-based medical products for patients with unmet needs.

The patient-led healthcare provider is building across European markets by providing key infrastructure and vital educational services to patients, doctors and the sector, led by experts in the industry.

Each LYPHE GROUP business shares its central goal: to pioneer patient access to safe and effective medical cannabis treatments.

LYPHE GROUP is comprised of the following industry leading organisations:

  • The Academy of Medical Cannabis – Following its successful launch last November, the online learning platform is training and educating clinicians and healthcare professionals solely on the subject of medical cannabis. The Academy, directed by Professor Mike Barnes, educates to reduce the stigma of this treatment option within the medical community around the world, as well as equipping clinicians with the knowledge to provide patients with expert care. The Academy has a growing presence globally, in locations including UK, ItalyGermanyFrancePortugalIrelandBrazil and New Zealand.
  • The Medical Cannabis Clinics – The UK’s first chain of private clinics specialising in innovative cannabis-based medical therapies and transforming lives by giving patients with unmet medical needs local access to the medical cannabis treatment options they so desperately need. Private clinic chain expert, Richard North continues his leadership of the clinics as Managing Director.
  • Astral Health – The first platform to facilitate the bulk importation of medical cannabis into the UK, with import licenses in place across multiple jurisdictions, and extensive distribution in live markets beyond LYPHE GROUP’s ecosystem. Pharmaceutical Executive and Market Access specialist, Robert Whitehouse sits as the Managing Director of Astral Health.
  • Dispensary Green – The UK’s first online home-delivery pharmacy for medical cannabis that forms the perfect compliant and seamless link between patients’ prescriptions, and fulfilment. Led by Pharmacist superintendent, Chris Ashton as Managing Director.

Through its integrated ecosystem of portfolio companies, LYPHE GROUP is breaking down barriers for patient access to medical cannabis by offering an innovative, standardised and seamless delivery of cannabis medicines and care. Through each of its composite companies, the group is empowering the medical community to prescribe with confidence and deliver the best medical cannabis care from consultation to delivery.

LYPHE GROUP is led by Chief Executive, Dean Friday, who brings over 12 years’ experience as a senior executive driving growth in start-up businesses. Professor Mike Barnes also joins as both a board member and head of the Medical & Scientific Leadership Board as Chief Medical Officer. A consultant neurologist, trusted international medical cannabis expert and UK’s leading medical campaigner for patient access, Professor Mike Barnes brings a wealth of unparalleled knowledge to LYPHE GROUP. They are joined by Jonathan Nadler, LYPHE GROUP’s Chief Strategy Officer and Hannah Simon as Chief Operating Officer.

Hannah Deacon, tireless campaigner for UK access to medical cannabis for her young son Alfie Dingley and every patient in need, is Head of Patient Access. Hannah’s involvement in LYPHE GROUP signals the company’s unwavering commitment to place patient needs at the heart of everything it does.

Associate Professor of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Padova, Stefano Bona joins as LYPHE GROUP’s Chief Scientific Officer after 30 years of research into the agricultural science of medical herbs, crops and soils. Andy Davies serves as Public Health Strategy Advisor with a focus on the UK market.

The company is headquartered in London, UK.

Dean Friday, CEO at LYPHE GROUP, commented:

The launch of LYPHE GROUP is a pioneering step forward that will open up the market for import and prescribing of medical cannabis, improving access for patients in need. From training healthcare professionals to help them embrace this innovation in medicine, to providing the infrastructure for importation and fulfilling prescriptions, LYPHE GROUP supports the entire process – from consultation to delivery.

“Our integrated business model will help combat the disjointed system that currently inhibits patient access.”

Hannah Deacon, Head of Patient Access at LYPHE GROUP, said:

“For many families like mine, medical cannabis is a lifeline and yet it continues to be exceptionally difficult for patients to gain access. LYPHE GROUP’s all-encompassing service is a game-changer for the industry and I’m proud to be a part of an organisation committed to driving change so that more people in need have the opportunity to access medicines with the potential to give them a better quality of life.”

Professor Mike Barnes, Chief Medical Officer at LYPHE GROUP, commented:

“The combined knowledge and expertise brought together under LYPHE GROUP is unparalleled. Our Medical & Scientific Leadership Board is comprised of world-leading clinicians and scientists and together with our educators, pharmacists and public policy experts, we are committed to opening up access and driving forward transformation in the industry for the benefit of patients.”



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Core One Labs’ Subsidiary, Core Isogenics Inc., Teams up with Reiziger Pty. Ltd. to Showcase High Yielding Nutritional Cultivation Technology



Core One Labs Inc. (CSE: COOL), (OTCQX: CLABF), (Frankfurt: LD6, WKN: A14XHT) (“COOL” or the “Company”) announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Core Isogenics Inc., has begun a highly complex nutritional regimen to accelerate the growth of cannabis plants and increase flower yield and quality.

The Core Isogenics’ nursery and breeding rooms are now operational. Approximately 25% of the breeding rooms are now actively involved in a project with Reiziger® Holland to improve harvest yields. This is a significant milestone in the Company’s journey to seed-to-sale with increased profitability. The initial project focus will be a twelve-month study matching genetics to nutrients and creating feeding regimens specifically designed for maximum absorption and conversion of nutrients into cannabinoids. The Company has high expectations for this technology and the possible benefits for the CannaStrips™ brand.

The nursery facility is uniquely suited for this type of project with its ability to track the growing conditions in isolated rooms, as well as documenting the feeding schedule and soil condition in order to gather information to accurately assess the cultivation process. This documentation will allow the Company to consistently produce high quality products in every harvest.  This consistency is vital to the Company’s cultivation model where the goal is a predictable outcome in every harvest.

CEO of Core One Labs Inc., Brad Eckenweiler, stated, “The introduction of Reiziger® and their cultivation technology into our operation is a major step in the growth of Core One Labs. The ability to have Shaun Reid and his team of master Dutch breeders and growers share their decades of experience is extremely valuable and will result in accelerating the Core Isogenics nursery years ahead of what would have been a long learning curve. Most certainly our indoor growing ability will be the primary beneficiary with higher yields and stronger cannabinoid profiles.” The Company will continue to update the market on the development of this exciting project.


SOURCE Core One Labs Inc.

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IMCC Appoints Yaron Berger as CEO of IMC Holdings



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IM Cannabis Corp. (the “Company” or “IMCC”) (CSE: IMCC), one of the world’s pioneering medical cannabis companies with operations across Europe, is pleased to announce the appointment of Yaron Berger as Chief Executive Officer of I.M.C. Holdings Ltd. (“IMC“), the Company’s wholly-owned operating subsidiary in IsraelOren Shuster will remain the Chief Executive Officer of IM Cannabis Corp.

Mr. Berger brings more than 10 years of experience in various senior roles both in public and private sectors, leading large-scale operations. Most recently, Mr. Berger was the Chief Executive Officer of Telepharma Ltd. (“Telepharma,” doing business as epharma), a leading wholesaler, direct marketer of prescription drugs and chain of pharmacies in Israel. At Telepharma, among other accomplishments, Mr. Berger re-branded its digital platform and transformed the customer experience. As an early entrant into the medical cannabis sector, Mr. Berger also established Greenpharma under Telepharma, a full-service distributor, patient counselling service provider and online resource for medical cannabis patients in Israel. Prior to his experience in the pharmaceutical sector, Mr. Berger served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Police Academy and spent over 20 years in the Israeli Air Force, most recently as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IMCC said “Yaron is uniquely qualified to lead our Israeli operations under the new medical cannabis regulatory regime, which requires a high level of engagement and education for the country’s pharmacists on the benefits of medical cannabis. Yaron was an early mover in identifying the opportunity in medical cannabis and we are very excited to benefit from his expertise in the pharmacy channel to maintain IMC’s status as a leading medical cannabis brand in Israel.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the IMC team, who I have known as a leader in the medical cannabis market in Israel over the past ten years,” said Mr. Berger. “The IMC brand is synonymous with quality and innovation. The new medical cannabis reform in Israel presents a significant opportunity for the Company and the IMC brand to further elevate its market position as the preferred medical cannabis brand for physicians, pharmacists and patients.”


SOURCE IM Cannabis Corp.

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LCBO’s bottom line proves privatized alcohol sales a bad idea: OPSEU’s Thomas



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The LCBO’s latest profits show the Crown corporation’s value to the people of Ontario, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said Friday.

In its 2018/2019 annual report released Thursday, the LCBO is reporting earnings of $2.37 billion on total revenue of $6.39 billion.

Thomas said those profits go to the provincial government and pay for vital public services like health, education and highways.

“This is why the Ford government should rethink allowing corner stores and grocery stores to sell more alcohol,” said Thomas.  “Is saving folks a 10 minute drive in some cases worth jeopardizing their health care?”

OPSEU represents LCBO workers and Thomas says these frontline professionals deserve the credit for the corporation’s continued success.

“The reason the LCBO is the gold standard in selling alcohol responsibly is because of OPSEU members who make sure alcohol isn’t sold to minors or intoxicated people,” said Thomas.

“They also provide customer service that is second to none and they’re the ones who have made the LCBO a success story.”

As he read the LCBO report, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida reflected on the Ford government’s decision to take the sale of legalized cannabis away from the Crown Corporation.

“Think of what the LCBO’s profits would have been if Premier Ford hadn’t scrapped the plan of the former Liberal government?” said Almeida.   “I’ve put together a lot of budgets and I know how tough an exercise it is.”

“It still makes me shake my head that a government that claimed it had catastrophic financial problems would turn down massive amounts of revenue and go on the misguided course that the Conservatives took. Really? Wow.”

Almeida says municipalities who voted to opt out of Doug Ford’s foolish cannabis privatization plan should stand firm and demand a responsible plan.

“The LCBO continues to prove it’s the best option to keep controlled substances out of the hands of minors,” said Almeida.  “Municipalities and Ontarians in general should continue to demand a responsible plan and just say no to Doug’s. After all, a little competition wouldn’t be a bad thing would it?”

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

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