Pure Sunfarms has signed an agreement with Langara College to support the Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) research project, which will provide opportunities for researchers and students to study cannabis using the latest technology, facilitate innovation and address questions that are important to the industry.
The partnership allows the ASCCI research team to harness Pure Sunfarms’ research and development expertise to achieve the project goals. Over the course of the five-year research project, which integrates chemistry, biology, and bioinformatics, Pure Sunfarms’ experts will work with faculty members and students at Langara on cutting-edge research that will provide new data and insights for published research and help advance Pure Sunfarms’ product development strategy while creating valuable career-ready research opportunities for Langara students.
“Pure Sunfarms is proud to contribute to the ASCCI project with our technology, experience, and innovation. With Langara College, we hope to produce research findings that will allow us to optimize the quality of our products and advance Canada’s cannabis industry,” said Mandesh Dosanjh, President and CEO of Pure Sunfarms. “At Pure Sunfarms we believe education and research not only builds further scientific understanding of the cannabis plant but also creates important learning opportunities for future professionals in this fast-growing sector.”
“Pure Sunfarms brings a wealth of industry experience to the ASCCI research project,” said Kelly Sveinson, Director, Langara College Applied Research Centre. “Their participation and contributions to the project are an excellent example of the collaborative, applied research initiatives that we have at Langara. We look forward to working with Pure Sunfarms for the duration of the ASCCI project.”
Researchers and students at Langara will benefit from close collaboration with Pure Sunfarms’ research and development team through the partnership. They will work alongside Pure Sunfarms’ scientific team at its on-site laboratory and 65,000-square-foot state-of-the-art processing center to conduct research contributing to new scientific standards for post-harvest processing, identification of genetic drift, and breeding of cultivation varietals.
The ASCCI research project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The program received a grant of $3.3 million from both federal institutions in July – one of the largest grants received by a post-secondary institution in British Columbia for cannabis research. The project also received $400,000 from research partners including Pure Sunfarms.
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