MediPharm Labs and Cronos Group Enter Private Label Contract Manufacturing Agreement
MediPharm to produce high-quality cannabis concentrate filled vapes for Cronos Group
- Deal reinforces MediPharm Labs’ leadership in large scale manufacturing and distribution
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”), a leader in specialized, research-driven cannabis extraction and cannabinoid isolation, is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-year contract manufacturing agreement (“CMA”) for the filling and packaging of vaporizer devices, subject to approval by Health Canada, for Cronos Group Inc.’s (NASDAQ:CRON) (TSX:CRON) (“Cronos Group”) adult-use brand, COVE™.
MediPharm Labs Inc. (“MediPharm”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cronos Group, entered into a CMA where MediPharm, utilizing its proprietary expertise and equipment, will provide filling of high-quality formulated concentrate, labelling and packaging services to exacting specifications at scale for Cronos Group. The initial term of the agreement is two years with an option for renewal.
“On the eve of legalization of concentrates products in Canada, we are delighted to add Cronos Group, to our expanding turnkey white-label platform,” said Pat McCutcheon, CEO of MediPharm Labs. “By leveraging our specialized expertise, technology and industrial scale vape filling capabilities, we will assist Cronos Group in delivering high quality, purity assured and Health Canada approved, derivative products further advancing their industry leading reputation and enhancing the supply chain in this important new category.”
This is the second collaboration between the companies. In May 2019, MediPharm Labs signed a multi-year private label bulk resin supply agreement and a cannabis concentrate program agreement with Cronos Group.
“Working with MediPharm Labs gives us the quality and optionality that we are looking for as we introduce our proprietary vape pen formulations,” said Mike Gorenstein, CEO of Cronos Group. “We are committed to continuing to the lead the industry responsibly as derivative products are introduced to the expanding Canadian marketplace.”
About Cronos Group Inc.
Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos Group’s portfolio includes PEACE NATURALS™, a global health and wellness platform, and two adult-use brands, COVE™ and Spinach™. To learn more about Cronos Group and its brands, please visit: www.thecronosgroup.com; www.peacenaturals.com; www.covecannabis.ca; www.spinachcannabis.com
About MediPharm Labs
Founded in 2015, MediPharm Labs specializes in the production of purified, pharmaceutical-like cannabis oil and concentrates and advanced derivative products utilizing a Good Manufacturing Practices designed facility and ISO standard built clean rooms. MediPharm Labs has invested in an expert, research driven team, state-of-the-art technology, downstream purification methodologies and purpose-built facilities with five primary extraction lines having 300,000 kg of annual processing capacity to deliver pure, safe and precisely dosed cannabis products for its customers. Through its wholesale, white label and tolling platforms, they formulate, process, package and distribute cannabis extracts and advanced cannabinoid-based products to domestic and international markets. As a global leader, the Company also completed its first commercial export to Australia in June 2019 and is nearing completion of its Australian extraction facility expected in 2019 with 75,000 kg of annual processing capacity.
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Released September 19, 2019