TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V:WMD) (OTCQX:WDDMF) (FSE:4WE) (“WeedMD” or the “Company”), a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, is pleased to announce that 40 of its medical cannabis strains were included in the completion of the first phase of TruTrace Technologies’ (“TruTrace”, formerly BLOCKStrain Technology Corp.) medical cannabis verification pilot project (the “Pilot Project”) with Shoppers Drug Mart. As recently announced by the parties, together with Deloitte Canada LLP (“Deloitte”), Phase 2 of the Pilot Project is targeted for completion in late November 2019. Shoppers and TruTrace release here.
Built on TruTrace’s proprietary StrainSecure™ system which focuses on cannabis product testing and verification to confirm origin, authenticity and quality, WeedMD is the first and only licensed producer to have 40 strains registered in the program. This technology helps in the protection of WeedMD’s unique strains and assists its customers, including Shoppers Drug Mart, with strain and product authenticity.
“WeedMD has long recognized the importance of strain validation,” said Keith Merker, CEO of WeedMD. “As health care practitioners look to prescribe, trust and better understand cannabis science, we’re proud to confirm that 40 WeedMD strains were used in the completion of this pilot project. We congratulate TruTrace, Shoppers Drug Mart and the newly-added Deloitte team on this landmark initiative and we look forward to completing the next phase this fall.”
“As the first LP to participate in the strain registry program, WeedMD stands out as a cannabis producer that consistently looks to instill patient and industry trust in the products prescribed and consumed,” said Robert Galarza, CEO of TruTrace Technologies. “The completion of Phase 1 was a collective effort that included the very important participation of WeedMD with their robust library of strains – the only complete set of genetics to be included at this stage – thereby ensuring the integrity of the project’s traceability and origin assurances.”
About TruTrace’s StrainSecure Registration Program
In January 2019, WeedMD successfully registered forty of its strains using TruTrace’s StrainSecure™ technology. Following the collection, sequencing and registration of the DNA of its cannabis strains, WeedMD became the first licensed producer in the world to incorporate a cannabis authenticity and tracking platform into its sales program. Read press release here.
Under the program, TruTrace’s team collects plant data and performs genomic sequencing in plant batches which are then registered in a blockchain-enabled database for intellectual property protection and strain validation. Known as StrainSecure, all information gathered from the plants, including their molecular and chemical makeup, can be tracked via the program. A video introducing the WeedMD and TruTrace pilot project can be found here.
About WeedMD Inc.
WeedMD Inc. is the publicly-traded parent company of WeedMD Rx Inc., a federally-licensed producer of cannabis products for both the medical and adult-use markets. The Company owns and operates a 158-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse and outdoor facility located in Strathroy, ON. The Company also operates CX Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WeedMD Inc. CX operates out of the Company’s fully-licensed 26,000 sq. ft. Aylmer, Ontario production facility which specializes in cannabis extraction and processing. WeedMD has a multi-channeled distribution strategy that includes selling directly to medical patients, strategic relationships across the seniors’ market and supply agreements with Shoppers Drug Mart as well as six provincial distribution agencies where WeedMD’s adult-use brand Color Cannabis is sold.
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Forward Looking Information
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation which are based upon WeedMD’s current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs and views of future events. Forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “expect”, “likely”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “potential”, “proposed”, “estimate” and other similar words, including negative and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions “may”, “would” or “will” happen, or by discussions of strategy.
The forward-looking information in this news release is based upon the expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and views of future events which management believes to be reasonable in the circumstances. Forward-looking information includes estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, targets, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact. Forward-looking information in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to internal expectations, expectations with respect to actual production volumes, expectations for future growing capacity and the completion of any capital project or expansions. Forward-looking information necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; loss of markets; future legislative and regulatory developments; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; the cannabis industry in Canada generally; the ability of WeedMD to implement its business strategies; competition; crop failure; and other risks.
Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, WeedMD does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for WeedMD to predict all such factors. When considering this forward-looking information, readers should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in WeedMD’s Annual Information Form dated June 21, 2019 (the “AIF”) and other disclosure documents of WeedMD filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The risk factors and other factors noted in the AIF and other disclosure documents could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking information.
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Stan Group Launched Buy-a-Brick to Reward Staff Members Through Revenue Sharing
An innovative staff incentive programme leveraging blockchain and real estate tokenization technology
Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group”) announced the launch of Buy-a-Brick, an innovative employee incentive and recognition programme that applies blockchain technology and real estate tokenization to enable Stan Group employees to generate wealth alongside Stan Group.
Committed to driving corporate innovation, Stan Group has pioneered the application of real estate tokenization to employee incentive and recognition. Buy-a-Brick is designed to motivate staff engagement in innovation, cultivate intrapreneurship and recognize staff for the efforts. Unlike other conventional revenue-sharing models, Buy-a-Brick provides employees with the opportunity to share the future capital gain of a building, without making any monetary contribution. A “Brick” is a digital token stored on the blockchain, which represents a smart contract for a selected building. By participating in Buy-a-Brick, if the property selected is sold and profit is made on the sale of that property, the brick holders will be entitled to share the profit made.
“We are thrilled to launch Buy-a-Brick for internal staff as it redefines staff appreciation. I believe every one of our staff members plays an integral role in the Group’s success and should be able to reap the reward and share the value created,” said Stan Tang, Chairman of Stan Group. “The launch of Buy-a-Brick has cemented the leading position of Stan Group in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Buy-a-Brick started with a dream, through matching the idea with resources within our business ecosystem, it is now a reality. I hope to ignite innovation and initiate change within and outside the Group, and shape a better future for entrepreneurs and all.”
Buy-a-Brick is the newest addition to the existing Stan Group credit system, where employees earn points with innovative business pitches, business referral, attending design thinking and other talent development workshops, etc. There are two types of points, namely Credit Point and Shared Value Point. With Credit Point, employees can redeem vouchers, hotel stay, and even an extra day off. On the other hand, the new Shared Value Points can be used to redeem a “Brick” at Buy-a-Brick.
About Stan Group
Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group” or “the Group”) is a leading conglomerate rooted in property with a wide array of diverse businesses. Committed to sustainable business development and social investment, the Group manages a HK$60 billion real estate portfolio in strategic partnership with the Tang Shing-bor family and operates more than 40 respected brands across five business pillars: property, hospitality, communication services, financial services and The STILE, innovative businesses with social purposes. Dedicated to innovation, collaboration, human focus and entrepreneurship, the Group’s core values empower it to achieve the vision of driving the vibrancy of society, and the mission of creating shared value (CSV) for shareholders, business partners, customers, employees and the community at large.
Malta AIBC Summit secures largest crowd for 2019
6000+ to attend Europe’s premier event for blockchain, AI, and emerging tech
Malta AI & Blockchain Summit will be Europe’s largest event for the blockchain, AI, and emerging tech sectors, it was today confirmed by events company SiGMA Group – the team behind the forward-looking business technology expo. More than 6000 are expected to attend the show, taking place on 7th and 8th November at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.
Many delegates will likely be attending the various conferences and workshops at AIBC Summit, which have always been extremely popular. Headline topics will include the Future of Fintech, Business and Emerging Tech, Innovation, and of course, Regulation. Leading the discussions will be Joseph Muscat (Malta Prime Minister), Silvio Schembri (Malta Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation), Anthony Pompliano, AKON, Ian Balina, Matt Greenspan, Yorick Wilks, David Orban, Miko Matsumura, Grace Rachman, Tim Draper, Virgil Griffith, and Alfio Bardolla.
In addition to this enviable schedule of engaging content, the AI Start-up pitch will highlight 10 of the best Start-ups at the conference (there will be 100 or more in the Start-up village). Each of these 10 companies will pitch their concepts and services to a panel of judges, with one set to win a business-supporting package for the year.
The AIBC Awards on 7th November will be a glittering celebration of the best of the best in the worlds of AI, blockchain, tokenisation, robotics, IoT, and more. A charity event will wrap up the evening, with the intention of raising a 5 figure sum for the SiGMA Foundation’s global activities to help those in need.
Finally, this year’s show also adds glitz and glamour to the proceedings, courtesy of Grammy Awards-winning artist Akon, who will be delivering a keynote on the main stage about his West African AKOIN project, as well as performing at the extravagant closing night on Friday 8th November.
Eman Pulis, CEO & founder of SiGMA Group and AIBC Summit, said, “We’re so excited to bring this third edition of AIBC Summit to fruition in November. Alongside the latest government initiatives to further establish Malta as Europe’s leading hub for technology, our wider Malta Week activity will develop the synergy between the blockchain and medical cannabis sectors, offering a profitable new direction for smart DLT investors. It’s set to be a busy but successful week for everyone!”
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Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a bi-annual expo covering topics relating to the global sectors for blockchain, AI, Big Data, IoT, and Quantum technologies. The event includes conferences hosted by globally renowned speakers, workshops for industry learning and discussion, an exhibit space accommodating more than 400 brands and much more.
The first Malta Blockchain Summit took place in November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians, Malta, attracting 8,500 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide, with 300 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 speakers, and No. 1 AI VIP (Sophia the world’s first robot citizen). With strong support from the Maltese government, the event has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for the growing sectors of AI, Blockchain and DLT, IoT, and other vertical industries. At the 2018 event the Maltese government introduced 3 new bills to support the growth of the sector and promoting Malta as the “Blockchain Island”.
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ChainPoint 19 Conference | Connecting people, making future visible.
ChainPoint 19 Conference – commenced in Yerevan, Armenia for the second time, on the 14th of October, 2019. The conference was hosted by Nooor Blockchain Armenia and suffice as the opening partner event for the Aurora Forum.
About five hundred attendees gathered in the beautiful Dvin Hall to discuss the current state of blockchain and future tech, where it is headed, and the true potential that lies within the Armenian ecosystem. Speeches by Vigen Arushanyan, President of Nooor Blockchain Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Noubar Afeyan, Co-Founder of Aurora Forum, opened the ceremony.
Over the fulfilled two-days-program, there were 16 presentations, 7 panel discussions and a whole lot of networking! The key speakers included Global Crypto Leader and FinTech Leader for Asia at PwC Henri Arslanian, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Chris Emms, the Business development manager at Bitcoin.com.
Topics of the the hottest panel discussions centered around:
- the regulatory aspects of crypto-assets
- Armenia as a home to future tech companies
- investments opportunities in blockchain
- the latest crypto trends and the rise of exchanges
- the merging of FinTech with blockchain.
The conference was an exceptional way to converge Nooor’s international blockchain community and local enthusiasts of the technology. ChainPoint became a cornerstone of opportunity, investment, and new beginnings. Without a doubt, Armenia established itself on the world blockchain map, showcasing the untapped resources that the region can offer.
In the scope of the ChainPoint 19 Conference, we had a networking event at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), flavoured with Henri Arslanian’s book presentation “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI, and Crypto on Financial Services”. In the framework of AGBU’s Bridge for CSO’s program Henri Arslanian was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Nooor Blockchain Armenia. With this there are a number of projects coming.
Additionally, during the conference we had witnessed the most outstanding speeches delivered from all the stakeholders involved in the development of blockchain in Armenia. Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, proposed his own vision towards the regulatory issues and stated that they are open to discussions and are looking at the market demand.
Parallel to the conference there was an Expo area where local and international businesses and organizations had the opportunity to present their offerings and receive feedback from the community.
One of the most noteworthy moments of the conference was the startup battle, which included a $350,000 prize fund raised by, CV VC labs, AE ventures, SmartGateVC, x10 Agency, ECOS and InnMind. The Prizes were granted to four lucky startups: CoinStats – the official portfolio tracking app of ChainPoint, To the Moon, Creatr and GeBeCert/SmartCheck.
ChainPoint 19 Conference is officially a part of the history now. See you at ChainPoint 2020 and let’s #thinkthefuture together!
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