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22nd Century Group Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII) Completes Research Trials For Reduced Nicotine Levels In Tobacco Plants

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22nd Century Group Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII), in collaboration with North Carolina State University, has announced the successful completion of field research studies validating new non-GMO methodologies for the reduction of nicotine in tobacco by 99%.

22nd and NCSU develop low nicotine content tobacco plants

The plant biotechnology company funded the study with the North Carolina State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department conducting the research. The R&D team of 22nd Century group providing oversight on the field research trials.

Researchers from the NCSU employed a new non-GMO, non-CRISPR technology, as alternative genetic engineering technology. The new technology entails gene-editing tech that consistently attains reduction levels of nicotine in tobacco plants by around 99% relative to the conventional plant. The reduction in levels of nicotine results in the inactivation of various genes that encode for enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of nicotine in the plant.

The company has already submitted a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a bid to safeguard intellectual property rights for the technology. The non-GMO genetic methodology can attain low nicotine content levels in the plants through non-GMO approaches.

22nd Century to expand research to other locations

Juan Sanchez Tamburrino, VP for R&D in 22nd Century, indicated that they were delighted by the outcome of the field research studies that the company completed in partnership with NCSU. He added that results show the use of non-GMO technologies can be employed in reducing the levels of nicotine in tobacco. Tamburrino added that the company and NCSU are planning to conduct more trials to validate the research in different geographies.

The company is planning additional field research trials to test the newer, non-GMO, very low nicotine content lines in several locations as well as conditions. This will allow the company to pick low nicotine level tobacco plants for the best performance in various locations. The COO and president of the company stated that this was a huge milestone for the company in reducing nicotine in tobacco. 22nd Century prides of cigarettes with less than 95% nicotine that still offers the same experience to smokers.

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Singlepoint Inc. (OTCMKTS: SING) In A Joint Venture With Box Biosciences To Produce and Distribute Hand Sanitizers

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Singlepoint Inc. (OTCMKTS:SING) has formed a joint venture with BOX Biosciences to distribute various hand-sanitizer products produced in Carlsbad, California.

Singlepoint joint venture producing FDA-approved sanitizer

The two companies are distributing the FDA-approved sanitizer products on the west and east coast. BOX Biosciences is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with distribution outlets in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Carlsbad, California. Following the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a shortage of disinfectant and sanitizer products.

Because of the urgent need to fill this shortage, the companies through the joint venture are working to ensure the US is safe by producing bulk hand sanitizers. They will also introduce disinfectants as permitted by the demand of hand sanitizers. Already the companies have on-going sales to various retail outlets, and currently, they are in discussions for potential hand sanitizer product sales.

The sanitizers the companies are manufacturing kill 99.9% of coronavirus causing germs, and they will be available to the general public and essential businesses. For now, the companies have prioritized the sanitizers to nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, government units, and home healthcare agencies. Equally essential businesses will also get prioritized in getting the bulk hand sanitizers.

Singlepoint and Box committed to offering solutions to COVID-19

Ryan Cowell, the founder of BOX Biosciences, indicated that they will focus on bulk orders of 250 gallons, 55-gallon drums, 1 gallon, 1 liter, 32oz, and 8oz totes of sanitizer. For businesses having the ability to offload bulk sanitizer from tankers, they can also order.

Singlepoint and Box’s expansion to making disinfectant and hand sanitizers shows how companies are dedicated to offering significant well-being solutions for the environment, surfaces, and people in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOX’s operations manager Troy Lorenz stated there is an urge by businesses and people to clean and disinfect their work environment, and as a result, the products they are producing are important for the environment and people. The objective of Singlepoint and Box is to help authorities and people in combating the spread of COVID-19.

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Sproutly Canada Inc (OTCMKTS:SRUTF) Chalks Out A Business Strategy To Focus On Commercialization Of APP Technology

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Sproutly Canada Inc (OTCMKTS:SRUTF) has chalked out a business transformation strategy to focus on commercializing its proprietary APP technology by moving away from cannabis cultivation resources. Infusion Biosciences Inc will contribute additional funds to implement business transformation. It will also supply additional talent to support the transformation plan.

Business transformation strategy

As part of the light technology model, Sproutly will focus on generating revenues through establishing ingredient supply agreements, technology licensing, and partnership opportunities. It will scale down the cultivation of cannabis, which is capital intensive, and reduce cash burn.

Sproutly has recruited Dr. Anup Sen as Chief Executive Officer for implementing a business transformation plan. Anup is the first scientist to invent water soluble CBD in cannabis plants. Following the appointment of Dr. Anup, Keith Dolo is relinquishing the post of CEO. Keith will also step down from the board of Sproutly. He will act as an advisor to the Chairman. Keith said the company’s main target is to introduce unique products in the market by using APP Technology. Sproutly also slashed cash expenses by giving pink slips to operational and corporate staff.

Sproutly is adopting the new business strategy because of the operational challenges and headwinds in the industry. Prohibitive costs associated with cannabis cultivation have forced the company to change its business strategy.

Commercializes APP technology

Sproutly will focus on APP technology commercialization through formulation, production, and the sale of ingredients by using Bi-Natural Oils and water-soluble cannabinoids. The company will use the licensed manufacturers’ distribution networks and its existing infrastructure to realize its revised plan. Sproutly has faced bottlenecks in introducing cannabis 2.0 products because it has earmarked human resources and significant capital for cannabis cultivation.

Adopts cost-cutting measures

Sproutly has reduced the employees by 75% to reduce costs and reduce cannabis cultivation. It has eased the capital requirements for Sproutly and pursues other strategic alternatives. The company will get the support of six key personnel of Infusion Biosciences to assist in its daily operations.

Infusion Biosciences’s key executives have helped Sproutly in obtaining licenses for APP technology and in forming partnerships in the US. Sproutly also expects to expedite its commercialization efforts with the help of these executives.

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Aleafia Health Inc (OTCMKTS:ALEAF) Reports An Astonishing 2,486% Rise In Q1 2020 Revenues

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Aleafia Health Inc (OTCMKTS:ALEAF) has reported revenues of $14.59 million in Q1 2020. It is an increase of 2,486% compared to the same period last year and a 143% increase compared to the previous quarter.

Reports solid growth for the fifth consecutive quarter

Geoffrey Benic, Chief Executive Officer of Aleafia, said the company achieved a breakthrough in Q1 2020 on the backdrop of sustainable and disciplined growth. As it builds the cannabis wellness and health ecosystem, the company gives importance to the patient-centric approach. It is the fifth consecutive quarter to report solid growth.

Expects to introduce new cannabis 2.0 products in H2

Aleafia expects to introduce new cannabis 2.0 products tailored for the wellness and health consumers in H2, 2020. Its active registered patient count has surged to 10,983 as of March 31, 2020, from 10,249 as of December 31, 2019.

Key achievements in Q1 2020

Aleafia on March 26, 2020, announced plans to introduce direct-to-door medical cannabis delivery service to the registered patients. It is a contactless and safe delivery mechanism for the patients. Therefore, Aleafia eliminates the need for collecting the products from post boxes and post offices.

Achievements after Q1 2020

According to the announcement on May 1, 2020, Glenn Washer and Rhonda Lawson will be appointed to the board with effect from May 16, 2020. It is on the backdrop of the resignation of the existing directors – Bill Stewart, and Raf Souccar with effective from May 15, 2020. Julian Fantino, Chairman, has also resigned from the board.

Aleafia has temporarily shut down its physical offices of the education centers and cannabis clinics across the nation since March 16, 2020, because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The company is completing the patient consultations via its virtual clinics.

To maintain long term success, the company maintains a diversified portfolio of differentiated and high-quality product formats. The company will use in-house facilities to manufacture cannabis 2.0 products and satisfy the demand in the medical and adult-use cannabis markets in Canada. It will also supply cannabis 2.0 products in markets worldwide where legally permitted.

Aleafia Farms Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aleafia, has secured an amended license from Health Canada on May 12, 2020, for the outdoor cultivation at its Port Perry Facility.

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