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Pure Sunfarms joins cannabis research partnership with B.C.’s Langara Colleges


September 28, 2021
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Pure Sunfarms has announced the signing of a ground-breaking agreement with Langara College, in support of its Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) research project. The project looks to delve into opportunities for researchers and students to study cannabis by utilizing the latest technologies, facilitating innovation, and addressing the industry’s most important questions.

The partnership with Pure Sunfarms will allow the ASCCI to utilize the company’s research and development expertise to achieve the project goals. Additionally, the partnership will see Pure Sunfarm experts working with the College’s faculty members and students on research that will provide new data and insights on cannabis chemistry, biology, and bioinformatics, which will contribute to new scientific standards for post-harvest processing, identification of genetic drift and breeding of cultivation varietals.

“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.”

For Pure Sunfarms, the five-year project will allow the company to advance its product development strategy, while simultaneously creating valuable career-ready research opportunities for Langara students.

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“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.”

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 total of CAD $3.3 million grant from both federal institutions in July 2021. The project also received $400,000 from research partners, including Pure Sunfarms.