Cannabis Genetics Seen as Key to Improving Breeding – LPC

Aurora Cannabis invests millions to turn former CanniMed facilty into a cannabis genetics lab.Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced it is upgrading the former CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.facility just outside of Saskatoon to create a state-of-the-art cannabis genetics lab. The Edmonton-based licensed producer will spend $1.5 million in lab updates and $16 million on infrastructure over 18 months. The complex has been renamed Aurora Prairie.

“Really, it’s just improving the facility, bringing it up to today’s standards,” said Terry Booth, Aurora CEO. “It’s already a world-class facility but we can make it even better.”

CanniMed was the first licensed producer under Health Canada’s licensed producer system. Aurora acquired the medical cannabis company last year for $1.1 billion. The investment in an upgraded cannabis genetics lab makes good on Aurora’s promise to continue operations at the Saskatoon plant.

“It moves us more towards the science of cannabis and making sure this facility remains a world-class, top-notch scientific medical cannabis facility,” Booth said. He added that Aurora also has expansion plans underway.

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The Aurora Prairie facility will become one of Aurora’s “science hubs” that will focus on cannabis genetics. This includes plant tissue culture, analyzing cannabis chemicals, and improving plant breeding and cultivation, said Aurora chief science officer Jonathan Page.

“A lot of that $1.5 million goes into new cultivation facilities,” Page said, or “high-tech growth rooms” as he called them. This highly controlled cannabis genetics manipulation is simply a high-tech way of creating new and safer strains. “We can grow plants (and) learn more about their properties before they go into production.”

The cannabis genetics lab will help ensure consistency and improve safety, Page said.

“The goal of medical cannabis is safety and standardization.”

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