Loyalist College students share their thoughts about the cannabis market and MediPharm Labs
Recently, several Loyalist College students had the unique opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes tour of MediPharm Labs’ operations, state-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge research facilities as part of a multi-year strategic alliance with Loyalist College for education, training, development and applied research projects in collaboration with its Cannabis Applied Science post-graduate certificate program. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and allows students to build on their Ontario College diplomas, degrees or equivalents in the Sciences, Biology or related disciplines with in-depth skills to support cannabis product development, inform process optimization, and address natural product quality, consistency and safety.
Co-Founder and EVP of Global Accounts, Kirk Binns describes the processes and talks about the difference between cannabis resin and distillate made at MediPharm Labs during the facilities tour and educational lecture.
“Loyalist College is very proud to partner with MediPharm Labs,” says Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “This alliance demonstrates our capacity to collaboratively support commercially relevant applied research while facilitating student learning experiences, and training industry personnel, while enhancing innovation, productivity and global competitiveness of industry partners.”
Cannabis Applied Science students learn in Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC), a state-of-the-art, Health Canada-licensed facility, using advanced extraction technologies. They are also provided opportunities to learn outside the classroom in field placements with Licensed Producers such as MediPharm Labs, where they apply their knowledge to real-world challenges.
Students navigate cannabis regulations, investigate tissue culture, formulation and advanced product development while developing a range of lab techniques for the extraction and analysis of cannabis, developing methods which can provide them and their employers with a competitive advantage. Through annual field trips and work-integrated learning placements at MediPharm Labs’ advanced processing facility, students learn about Good Manufacturing Practices and industrial-scale supercritical CO2 extraction, short-path distillation and chromatography for high-quality cannabinoid-based derivatives.
“As Canada’s leader in cannabis extraction, purification and manufacturer of white label derivative products, MediPharm Labs is pleased to partner with the forward-thinking team at Loyalist to help shape the future of the cannabis industry through innovative research and by contributing to the development of the next generation of cannabis scientists and professionals,” says Pat McCutcheon, Chief Executive Officer of MediPharm Labs.
MediPharm Labs’ own Vice President, Quality and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Chris Talpas, is a member of the College’s Cannabis Applied Science Program Advisory Committee and provides input on trends in the cannabis industry. Students are excited about the future of cannabis and where it’s heading. Partnerships like this prepare students for new career opportunities, ranging from roles such as cannabis Quality Assurance Managers and Lead Processing Technicians to Formulation Chemists.
For more information on Loyalist College’s eight-month Cannabis Applied Science (CSGS) Ontario College post-graduate certificate program, please visit ontariocolleges.ca.
For more information on the MediPharm Labs commitment to well-established academic alliances and to the advancement of the industry, please visit medipharmlabs.com.