LAVAL, QC, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) has filed two applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patents related to the extraction of cannabis material.
The extraction processes provide highly-efficient methods to obtain cannabinoids and other desired compounds from the cannabis plant at a greater purity than conventional methods. Both processes are applicable to marijuana and hemp and will be incorporated into the company's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)-certified extraction facility in Sherbrooke, QC upon approval of the applicable licensing to produce cannabis extract (pursuant to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations). As a late-stage applicant, Neptune is currently working with Health Canada authorities to complete the licensing process.
The first patent application outlines a method of extracting and isolating compounds from plants of the Cannabis genus at low temperature by using a cold organic solvent. The second patent application similarly provides for a method for extracting compounds from cannabis at low temperature, but without the use of organic solvents. Specifically, this patent relates to a process for high recovery of cannabinoids and terpenes by using natural solvents.
"After extensive laboratory trial work by our researchers, we are excited to have developed a range of unique and highly-efficient processes for the production of cannabis extracts of superior quality. These patents also reflect the leverage of our many years of experience developing value-added differentiated products based upon science," said Jim Hamilton, President and CEO.
About Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.
Neptune is a health and wellness products company, with more than 50 years of combined experience in extraction, purification and formulation of value-added differentiated science-based products. Currently, the Company develops turnkey nutrition product solutions available in various unique delivery forms, offers specialty ingredients such as MaxSimil®, a patented ingredient that enhances the absorption of lipid-based nutraceuticals, and a variety of other marine and seed oils. Leveraging its scientific, technological and innovative expertise, Neptune is preparing to commence production of products in legal cannabis markets.
The Company's head office is located in Laval, Quebec.
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