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Barksdale Resources Corp. (BRKCF)

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Barksdale Resources Corp. is a base metal exploration company listed on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB. It concentrates on the acquisition and exploration of highly prospective base metal projects in the USA. The Company’s projects are in the Patagonia mining district in southern Arizona. The Company previously went by the name Barksdale Capital Corp. It changed its name to Barksdale Resources Corp. in February 2020. Barksdale Resources is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Company's asset portfolio is located within a world-class base metal district in southern Arizona and is surrounded by some of the world's largest mining companies. Barksdale focuses on obtaining assets that provide a suitable mix of exploration potential, district scale property control, and optionality around potential exits. Its Arizona assets include the Sunnyside, San Antonio, and Four Metals projects.

The Sunnyside Project is in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona, about an hour and a half drive south of Tucson. The project is roughly 21km2 (5,223 acres) and is cored by a large intrusive complex. The main near-term exploration target is a skarn located on the northeast margin of the intrusive complex, which is likely to host copper-zinc-lead-silver mineralization interpreted to be the extension of the world-class Taylor deposit (South32).

The San Antonio project is also in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. The project is 100 percent owned by Barksdale and is roughly 25.5 km2 (6,300 acres). Moreover, the Four Metals project is also in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. Barksdale Resources has an option to acquire a 100 percent interest in Four Metals. This is a 760-acre property surrounded by federal mineral claims held by South32.

Today, Barksdale Resources announced that it made an aggregate US$25,000 cash payment and issued 136,986 common shares to Minquest Ltd. and Allegiant Gold Corp. at a deemed price of C$0.2577 per share. This payment confirms Barksdale Resources’ intention to continue with its existing option agreement on the 760-acre Four Metals project, positioned 3km south of the Company's flagship Sunnyside project and 2km west of the San Antonio project. The issued shares are subject to a four month hold period expiring August 22, 2020.

Barksdale Resources Corp. (BRKCF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.162, off by 4.4248%, on 3,664 volume with 4 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 15,082 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.14/$0.569999992.

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Bluestone Resources, Inc. (BBSRF)

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Bluestone Resources, Inc. is a mineral exploration and development company listed on the OTCQB. It is advancing its 100 percent-owned Cerro Blanco Gold and Mita Geothermal projects in Guatemala. Bluestone was established in 2017 with the purchase of these projects. The Company previously went by the name Indicator Minerals, Inc. It changed its name to Bluestone Resources, Inc. in January of 2012. Bluestone Resources has its head office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Cerro Blanco Gold Project is a permitted, high-grade underground gold project situated in southeastern Guatemala. A Feasibility Study (FS) on Cerro Blanco returned strong economics with a fast pay back. The average annual production is projected to be 146,000 ounces annually over the first three years of production with all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of $579/oz. The Cerro Blanco Gold Project has an 8 years (initial) estimated mine life. The Resource Grade is M&I Grade 10.1 G/T Gold.

The Mita Geothermal project is an advanced-stage, renewable energy project. It is licensed to produce up to 50 megawatts of power. The Mita Geothermal project is in southeast Guatemala about 160 kilometers by road from the capital, Guatemala City. A total of 19 geothermal wells have been drilled. This includes nine slim holes and ten standard diameter wells. In 2013, an FS was completed on the Mita Geothermal project by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) which returned positive economics.

This week, Bluestone Resources provided an update on its flagship Cerro Blanco Project in Southern Guatemala. The Company entered into an engagement with G Mining Services, Inc. for basic engineering and overall project optimization efforts. Together, Bluestone Resources and G Mining Services will form an integrated project team to manage facets of the project, covering optimization of all areas of the design, execution plan, and basic engineering.

The expectation is that basic engineering will be completed and detailed engineering will be initiated by Q4 of 2020. During this time, the detailed plan for procurement, site early works, construction, and commissioning will be established as part of the next phase of the project. Key areas of emphasis in the near term will be optimization, trade-off, as well as basic engineering scopes.

Bluestone Resources, Inc. (BBSRF), closed Thursday's trading session at $1.3332, up 1.00%, on 47,879 volume with 83 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 26,833 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.649699985/$1.58966994.

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Doubleview Capital Corp. (DBLVF)

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Doubleview Capital Corp. is a mineral resource exploration and development company listed on the OTC Markets. The Company identifies, acquires and finances precious and base metal exploration projects in North America, particularly in the Province of British Columbia. It explores for copper, gold, silver, and zinc deposits. The Company’s projects include the Hat Deposit, Red Spring, and Mt. Milligan North. Incorporated in 2008, Doubleview Capital has its corporate headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Company’s goal is to aggressively acquire and develop quality and highly prospective mineral projects in mining friendly parts of Canada and specifically in British Columbia. The Hat Gold Rich Porphyry Copper Project situated in Northwest British Columbia (Alkalic Porphyry Deposit type Model) was discovered in 2013/2014 by Doubleview Capital.

Red Spring is located in Northwest British Columbia. It features Copper, Gold, Silver and Zinc. The Mt Milligan North Property is located in Central British Columbia. It is an Alkalic Porphyry Deposit type Model.

In March, Doubleview Capital announced the latest assay results from its Hat Gold-Copper Porphyry property positioned in northwestern British Columbia. Core samples from drill holes H026 and H031 extend the Lisle Zone mineralization to the south and at depth with strong gold and copper values and important silver, cobalt, and palladium.

Drill hole H026 was successfully deepened so as to probe what appeared from geophysical data to indicate the vertical continuation of the Lisle Zone. H026 has now extended the Zone to 900 meters from surface. It has confirmed the reliability of the 3D induced polarization survey data. H031 was collared 215 meters south of prior drill holes (550m southwest of drill hole H023) and extended the north-south dimension of the Lisle Deposit to 820 meters. Doubleview Capital completed 2,227 meters drilling in five drill holes. Drill hole H032 was abandoned because of drilling technical issues.

Doubleview Capital Corp. (DBLVF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0402, even for the day, on 100,000 volume. The average volume for the last 3 months is 5,499 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.040199998/$0.0995.

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Edesa Biotech, Inc. (EDSA)

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Edesa Biotech, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company listed on the NasdaqGS. Its focus is on efficiently developing innovative treatments that address significant unmet medical needs. The Company’s lead product candidate is EB01. Late-stage drug candidates developed by Edesa Biotech aim to help patients with limited treatment options for dermatological and gastrointestinal diseases. Edesa Biotech is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. Established in 2015, the Company also has U.S. offices in Southern California in Port Hueneme.

Experts in the field of dermatology and gastroenterology founded Edesa Biotech. The Company’s EB01 is a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule (sPLA2 inhibitor) for the treatment of chronic allergic contact dermatitis that has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in manifold clinical studies. In October of 2019, a Phase 2b clinical study of EB01 was started.

The design of sPLA2 inhibitors are to inhibit the inflammatory process at its inception rather than after inflammation has occurred. Furthermore, Edesa’s intention is to expand the utility of its sPLA2 inhibitor technology across numerous indications and also expand its portfolio with assets that can drive long-term growth opportunities.

Edesa’s intention is to expand its pipeline across multiple indications. This could include acne or other inflammatory disorders. For instance, EB02 is a formulation developed to treat hemorrhoids. Also, the Company has licensed other technology. Edesa is in talks to broaden its portfolio with investigational medicines to treat other serious skin and gastrointestinal conditions.

Recently, Edesa Biotech announced a collaborative research project with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to develop novel immunotherapies for vitiligo and other indications. Vitiligo is a life-altering autoimmune disease that results in the depigmenting of the skin.

With this agreement, NRC scientists will produce numerous monoclonal antibodies for Edesa Biotech to identify a lead candidate to take into IND-enabling studies. The NRC will grant Edesa an exclusive global license for the antibodies arising from the project. Edesa expects to complete the initial phase of the project by the end of this year.

This week, Edesa Biotech announced a strategic agreement with Light Chain Bioscience (a brand of NovImmune SA), a foremost Swiss pharmaceutical development company, for an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize two Phase 2-ready biologic drug candidates for all therapeutic, prophylactic, and diagnostic applications.

The monoclonal antibodies licensed from Light Chain Bioscience block certain signaling proteins, called TLR4 and CXCL10. Edesa Biotech plans to pursue the development of these signaling molecules as potential treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome and lung injury resulting from viral respiratory infections, such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and other disorders.

Edesa Biotech, Inc. (EDSA), closed Thursday's trading session at $2.3187, up 8.8592%, on 74,688 volume with 245 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 63,093 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $1.58000004/$15.6000003.

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Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. (EYCCF)

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Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. offers vision care practitioners with IT (Information Technology) solutions to measure and enhance oculomotor sensory performance. The Company is working to create a total software-based solution. Eyecarrot is at the vanguard of a new wave, leading the way in vision therapy and sports vision through innovative technical solutions and valuable content, supported by recognized leaders in the profession. OTCQB-listed, Eyecarrot Innovations is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

The Company’s Binovi™ Platform is a unique technology solution. Binovi integrates software, hardware, data, and expert knowledge to help optometrists treat vision-related issues with in-office therapy and doctor-led home-based activities, and help trainers and athletes improve and maintain performance in sport and in life.

Binovi Pro is the central hub of Eyecarrot Innovations’ Binovi platform. An entity can combine Eyecarrot’s wide-ranging library with their own custom activities to create and prescribe individualized home therapy plans that synchronize automatically with Binovi Coach. Binovi Coach encourages and galvanizes patients to confidently complete their prescribed home therapy with clarity and guidance.

Eyecarrot Innovations centers on improving performance for all kinds of athletes. Binovi Touch is a purposeful and strong tool for vision therapy and vision training. Binovi Touch is the result of more than 30 years of experience in greater than 500 practices in more than 20 countries on children, athletes, and seniors resolving issues from development, to performance, to rehabilitation.

Eyecarrot Innovations announced this past February that it entered into a share purchase agreement dated February 10, 2020 providing for the acquisition of ConnectMe Solution indirectly through the acquisition of Call Connect Me, Inc. from its security holders. ConnectMe is a lead delivery and monetization Software As A Service (SAAS) solution. It was developed by venture capitalist Raed Masri. The software-based sales solution will enable Eyecarrot Innovations to grow its revenues while reducing sales operation costs as it drives the commercialization of its Binovi Platform product suite.

Recently, Eyecarrot Innovations announced a new vision training partnership with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). The partnership will use Binovi Vision Training Technology, engineered by Eyecarrot, in union with the expert instruction of Dr. Charles Shidlofsky, a leader in sports vision and neuro-vision training.

Dr. Charles Shidlofsky, O.D., FCOVD, Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Rehabilitation, said, “As the Dallas Stars vision specialist, I was thrilled to partner with the Binovi Team. This is a tool that we use to work on hand-eye coordination, reaction time, visual-cognitive activities and visual attention. Together, we were able to create baseline testing and then position-dependent training activities; we hope to personalize training activities by individual needs based on a comprehensive sports vision analysis…”

Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. (EYCCF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.1267, off by 13.9266%, on 4,030 volume with 5 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 14,395 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.009999999/$0.552799999.

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North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. (USMJ)

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North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the legal cannabis market in the U.S. The Company conducts various pilots in the legal cannabis sector so as to explore different high growth potential business opportunities. The Company previously went by the name Algae International Group, Inc. It changed its corporate name to North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. in June of 2015. Headquartered in Texas, the Company lists on the OTC Markets.

Additionally, North American Cannabis operates a destination beverage company. It enables consumers to interface with staff to learn about the specific benefits of cannabis, and select healthy and refreshing cannabis infused beverages that include custom blended hemp infused coffee, cold pressed juices, and smoothies. Furthermore, the Company offers raw hemp seeds and other hemp infused foods.

North American Cannabis has a curated product line of legal cannabinoids and accessories. All of the Company’s products are lab-tested and contain no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) through a carefully monitored extraction process. Its products are all natural, all safe, and also all CBD (cannabidiol). North American Cannabis carries numerous CBD and CBG Smokable products in Pre Roll and Flower. The Company has greater than 150 CBD, Hemp, and also Cannabis Essentials products available online.

Recently, North American Cannabis announced that CBD Products for Pets are now available on the Company's eCommerce site www.USMJ.com. NaturVet, Sun Valley, as well as NuLeaf supplements for cat and dog health and to help cats and dogs with different causes of discomfort are all now available online.

USMJ is a subsidiary company of North American Cannabis Holdings. USMJ partners with premier CBD producers. USMJ curates each product selection to work as promised and to ensure each item it sells is safe and effective. The Company notes that the www.USMJ.com brand name recognition is expanding strengthened by the brand recognition of the products available on the site.

North American Cannabis Holdings, Inc. (USMJ), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0002, even for the day, on 20,206,467 volume with 86 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 27,746,021 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000099999/$0.000699999.

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Trovagene, Inc. (TROV)

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Trovagene, Inc. is a clinical-stage, oncology therapeutics company. It is developing drugs to treat cancers with the greatest medical need for new treatment options, including colorectal, prostate and leukemia. Trovagene’s focus is delivering on the Promise of Precision Cancer Medicine™ (PCM). The Company was previously known as Xenomics, Inc. It changed its name to Trovagene, Inc. in January of 2010. Listed on the NasdaqCM and founded in 1999, Trovagene is based in San Diego, California.

The Company is taking a PCM™ approach to develop drugs that target cell division (mitosis) for the treatment of leukemias, lymphomas and solid tumor cancers. Trovagene’s objective is to overcome resistance, improve response to treatment, as well as increase overall survival. Its clinical development programs incorporate tumor genomics and biomarker technology to enable assessment of patient response to treatment.

Trovagene is developing onvansertib, a first-in-class, third-generation Polo-like Kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor, in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy and targeted therapeutics. The Company has three continuing clinical programs that are demonstrating the safety and efficacy of onvansertib.

One is a Phase 1b/2 study of onvansertib in combination with FOLFIRI/Avastin® in KRAS-mutated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The second is a Phase 2 study of onvansertib in combination with Zytiga® (abiraterone)/prednisone in Zytiga-resistant metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). The third is a Phase 2 study of onvansertib in combination with decitabine in relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Recently, Trovagene announced that its Phase 1b/2 clinical trial of onvansertib in combination with standard-of-care FOLFIRI/Avastin® (bevacizumab) for second-line treatment of patients with KRAS-mutated mCRC, will be featured in a presentation at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting to be held from May 29 – June 2, 2020. Trovagene licensed onvansertib (also called NMS-1286937 and PCM-075) from Nerviano Medical Sciences (NMS), the largest oncology-focused research and development (R&D) company in Italy, and a leader in protein kinase drug development.

Yesterday, Trovagene announced the election of three new independent Directors to its Board of Directors; Dr. James Armitage, Ms. Lâle White and Dr. Gary Pace. Dr. James Armitage is professor of internal medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Ms. Lâle White is the Chief Executive Officer of XIFIN, a health information technology company. Dr. Gary Pace is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive who co-founded a number of early-stage life science companies. He serves as a Director of Pacira Biosciences, Inc., Simavita Ltd., and Antisense Therapeutics.

Trovagene, Inc. (TROV), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.9499, up 2.1398%, on 137,188 volume with 379 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 467,503 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.700999975/$3.70000004.

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Zinc One Resources, Inc. (ZZZOF)

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Zinc One Resources, Inc. concentrates on the acquisition, exploration and development of prospective and advanced zinc projects in mining-friendly jurisdictions. Its key assets are the past producing Bongará Zinc Mine Project and the Charlotte-Bongará Zinc Project in Peru. The Company formerly went by the name Rockridge Capital Corp. It changed its corporate name to Zinc One Resources, Inc. in January 2017. Zinc One Resources is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Company acquired Forrester Metals, Inc. in June of 2017. As a result, it acquired the Bongará Mine and Charlotte-Bongará Projects. Both host high-grade, nonsulphide zinc mineralization at or near the surface. At the Bongará Zinc Mine the mineralization is concentrated along and proximal to a NW – trending anticlinal axis over approximately 2.5 kilometers.

The Bongará Zinc Mine was mined in 2007 and 2008 by a previous owner by open-pit methods, dried at the site, and then shipped 540 kilometers westward to the coast where it was processed via a Waelz kiln. This is a processing technology usually applied to flue dust from steel mills to recover zinc. In August 2008, the mine was closed down mainly due to a drop in the price of zinc at that time.

The exploration upside at Charlotte-Bongará includes greater than 8,000 meters of drilling. This includes results of 29.5% Zn across 15.5 meters, 26.1% Zn across 12.5 meters, and 29.7% Zn across 11.5 meters.

Recently, Zinc One Resources announced the first National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) Mineral Resource estimate for its Bongará Zinc Mine project in north-central Peru. Watts Griffis and McOuat Limited (WGM) prepared the estimate for the Company. A supporting NI 43-101 technical report will be available under Zinc One Resources’ profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.zincone.com within 45 days of this release (dated February 5, 2019).

Zinc One Resources also recently announced the results of voting at the Company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders that took place on March 13, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shareholders at the AGM approved all matters. This included the appointment of the four incumbent directors - Dr. William C. Williams, Mr. Barry Girling, Mr. Greg Crowe, and Mr. Gunther Roehlig, for the following year, the re-appointment of Charlton & Co. LLP as auditors of Zinc One Resources, and the renewal of the Company's 10 percent rolling stock option plan.

Zinc One Resources, Inc. (ZZZOF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.005, up 21.9512%, on 2,550 volume with 2 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 9,126 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000099999/$0.056299999.

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BTCS, Inc. (BTCS)

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BTCS, Inc. is a blockchain technology focused company headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Company is an early entrant in the Digital Asset market. In addition, it is one of the first U.S. publicly traded companies engaged with Digital Assets and blockchain technologies. Blockchains are distributed public ledgers, which can fundamentally influence all industries around the world that require trust and rely on or use record keeping. The Company has a record of accomplishment of accurate digital asset trend prediction. BTCS’ shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

BTCS’ plan (subject to additional financing) is to create a portfolio of digital assets, such as bitcoin and other "protocol tokens", to provide investors a diversified pure-play exposure to the bitcoin and blockchain industries. The Company’s intention is to acquire digital assets by way of open market purchases; and participating in initial digital asset offerings (or initial coin offerings).

Furthermore, BTCS may acquire digital assets through resuming its transaction verification services business (or mining) via outsourced data centers and earning rewards in digital assets by securing their respective blockchains. Moreover, the Company is concentrating on growth via acquisition.

A blockchain is secured and maintained by a network of specialized servers (nodes) globally. All transactions are publicly available on a blockchain. Transactions undergo verification and confirmation through nodes worldwide before being added to a blockchain.

Recently, BTCS announced the appointment of Mr. Jonathon R. Read to its Board of Directors. Mr. Read has held many executive positions with domestic and global companies over a career, which spans more than 35 years. Most recently, from 2013 to the present, he has served as Managing Partner of Quadratam1 LLC (Scottsdale, Arizona) a firm specializing in providing financial and organizational consulting services for growth-stage companies in the United States and China.

Before that, Mr. Read served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or President of Timefire VR, Inc., previously known as EnergyTek Corp. During his tenure, he repositioned, re-financed, and merged the company into an entity centered on the virtual reality sector.

Mr. Charles Allen, BTCS CEO, said, "Jonathon brings a wealth of public company expertise to our board. As we move forward on our plans to build a vertically-integrated operation in the burgeoning blockchain space, Jonathon's experience should add tremendous value."

BTCS, Inc. (BTCS), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.1678, up 58.0782%, on 2,055,530 volume with 450 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 577,285 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.027/$0.76999998.

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Northern Minerals & Exploration Ltd. (NMEX)

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Northern Minerals & Exploration Ltd. is a natural resource company listed on the OTC Markets. Its focus is on oil and gas exploration & production in Texas, gold & silver exploration in Nevada, and hotel & resort development in Mexico. The Company previously went by the name Punchline Resources Ltd. It changed its corporate name to Northern Minerals & Exploration Ltd. in August of 2013. Northern Minerals & Exploration is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2017, Northern entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a private Mexican entity to work together and conduct due diligence for participating in projects in Mexico with an initial emphasis on a property in the State of Quintana Roo. This Property is a part of the Riviera Maya. It is near the earlier discovered Ichkabal Mayan ruins. It is positioned on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Company considers the Property to have considerable potential for resort development.

Northern Minerals & Exploration has established a Mexican Subsidiary - Enmex Operaciones for Real Estate Development Projects in Mexico. In addition, the Company created Kathis Energy LLC, as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Kathis is establishing oil and gas operations in west and south Texas.

Furthermore, this month, Northern Minerals & Exploration announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Labrador Capital SAPI De CV on March 8, 2019. This is the initial step toward entering into a Joint Venture (JV) Agreement for pursuing real estate development opportunities in the Puerto Morelos region of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico with Labrador.

Labrador has successfully developed real estate projects in Mexico, particularly in Puerto Morelos, considered to be the Mexican Riviera in the State of Quintana Roo. Labrador is a significant shareholder of Northern Minerals & Exploration and its President is Mr. Victor Miranda, who also serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Northern Minerals & Exploration Ltd. (NMEX), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.094, up 224.1379%, on 5,385 volume with 7 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 2,609 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.019999999/$0.097000002.

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Bespoke Extracts, Inc. (BSPK)

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Bespoke Extracts, Inc. is a producer of high quality, flavorful, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extract products. The Company established in early 2017 to introduce a proprietary line of premium quality, all-natural CBD products in the form of tinctures and capsules for the nutraceutical and veterinary markets. Bespoke Extracts is headquartered in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The Company’s shares trade on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

The Company’s products are marketed as dietary supplements and distributed through the Company’s direct-to-consumers e-commerce store. Bespoke’s products are produced using pure, all natural, zero-THC phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp-derived CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD is present in more significant quantities in hemp than it is marijuana.

Bespoke Extracts’ mission is to become one of the world’s most trusted sources for premium quality, all-natural, USA-grown, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products for the nutraceutical and veterinary markets. The Company strives to use only vegan, Fair Trade Certified, and organic ingredients with fast acting benefits for anyone looking for an alternative remedy. Bespoke’s farmers have been innovators in hemp agriculture, farming practices, agrotech, as well as production for generations. Bespoke’s hemp is stable, high in CBD, low in THC, and resistant to pathogens and pests.

The Company’s products include Sport Lemon Lime Tincture – THC Free 1500MG; CBD Manuka Honey Tincture; and CBD Bacon Flavored Pet Tincture. Moreover, products include CBD Softgel Capsules; CBD Pain Relief Cream; and CBD Isolate Powder.

Bespoke Extracts announced this past November that its Board of Directors appointed Niquana (Nikki) Noel as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Serving Bespoke as its Operations Manager, Noel assumed day-to-day leadership of the Company and joined its Board of Directors. Noel has spent close to two decades working with privately-held and publicly-traded micro and small cap companies.

Bespoke Extracts, Inc. (BSPK), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0235, up 56.6667%, on 247,415 volume with 38 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 30,490 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.006/$0.064999997.

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FieldPoint Petroleum Corp. (FPPP)

Stock Twits, OTC Markets, Equity Clock, Investing Note, InvestorsHub, Investors Hangout, Real Investment Advice, Market Screener, Wallet Investor, MarketWatch, The Street, and Street Insider reported earlier on FieldPoint Petroleum Corp. (FPPP), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

FieldPoint Petroleum Corp. engages in the acquisition, development, and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the U.S. The Company engages in oil and natural gas exploration, production, and acquisition, primarily in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. FieldPoint Petroleum has its corporate office in Austin, Texas. The Company lists on the OTC Markets’ OTCQB.

Currently, FieldPoint has varying ownership interests in 480 gross producing wells (96 net) in the above-mentioned States. The Company’s strategy centers on expanding its reserve base. This is while increasing production and cash flow through the acquisition of leasehold interests and producing oil and gas wells.

FieldPoint Petroleum has more recently chosen to concentrate on promising areas for oil & gas exploration. These areas include the Lusk Field in Lea County, New Mexico, and the Company’s Ranger Project in the Taylor Serbin Field near Giddings, Texas.

In projects such as these, FieldPoint Petroleum partners with companies that complement internal expertise in evaluating opportunities and in making investment decisions. Regarding producing oil & gas properties, FieldPoint operates 19 wells. Independent contractors operate the other wells per standard industry contracts.

In Wyoming, FieldPoint is active in Converse County and Campbell County. The Company is active in Lea County, Chaves County, and Eddy County in New Mexico. In Texas, FieldPoint is active in Andrews County, Midland County, and Lee & Bastrop Counties. In Louisiana, it is active in Caddo Parrish. In Oklahoma, the Company is active in Grady County and Pontotoc County.

Concerning operated wells, FieldPoint’s portfolio includes mainly low-touch, “pumper and electricity-only” wells in the Devonian, Ellenberger, and Morrow areas of West Texas and New Mexico. Higher maintenance fields are closer to home. These include the Taylor Serbin field near Giddings, Texas. Most of FieldPoint’s production comes from its East Lusk and Serbin Fields.

This past November, FieldPoint Petroleum announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018. Mr. Phillip Roberson, President and Chief Financial Officer, said, "Revenues were down year over year due primarily to the sale of our Apache Bromide production, which occurred in 2017. The Apache Bromide was a high operating cost asset that did not contribute significantly to the bottom line. We did not have a similar sale in 2018, although we are considering that possibility in the future. I am pleased to announce that we have been able to extend our forbearance agreement with Citibank until March 31, 2019, giving us some latitude to evaluate and consider merger, acquisition, and financing opportunities that have been difficult to pursue under a shorter forbearance period."

FieldPoint Petroleum Corp. (FPPP), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0462, up 188.75%, on 21,201 volume with 7 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 5,696 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.014999999/$0.200000002.

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Sutter Gold Mining, Inc. (SGMNF)

Penny Stock Hub, Stockhouse, Streetwise Reports, InvestorsHub, 4-Traders, MarketWatch, Investors Hangout, Cardinal Weekly, TradingView and The Northern Miner reported on Sutter Gold Mining, Inc. (SGMNF), and today we are highlighting the Company, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Sutter Gold Mining, Inc. engages in the exploration of mineral properties. The Company primarily explores for gold deposits. Sutter currently controls a considerable land position of the Mother Lode in California. The Company has advanced work and exploration programs completed on surrounding land holdings. Sutter Gold Mining has its management office in Lakewood, Colorado. It has its mine office in Sutter Creek, California. The Company lists on the OTC Markets Group’s OTCQB.

Sutter Gold Mining has two projects. One is the Lincoln Project situated in Amador County, on the California Mother Lode Gold Belt. The other is the Santa Teresa Project situated in the Northern Baja area of Mexico.

Regarding Mexico and the Santa Teresa Concession, the Company entered into an exclusive option agreement with The Alamo Group in October of 2006 to acquire a 100 percent interest in the Santa Teresa Mineral Concession. Santa Teresa is in the historic El Alamo gold mining district, southeast of Ensenada. The property is positioned contiguous to and on strike with the past-producing Princessa Mine.

Sutter Gold released in 2009 the assay results from the initial 32-hole Phase 1 program. The results included intercepts as high as 21.10 grams per ton or 0.62 ounces of gold per ton across 1.35 meters and 16.68 g/t of gold across 3.1 meters. These results continued to reveal the potential of this underexplored district. In addition, the results confirmed manifold high-grade veins up to 260 meters along strike from the historic Princessa Gold Mine and that all known structures remain open in all directions.

Sutter Gold Mining also holds the rights to the geologically similar, high-grade El Alamo district of northern Baja in Mexico. This is where historic mining to the water table produced mined grades of 30 to 60 g/t gold.

Regarding the Sutter Gold Project, California, the Lincoln and Comet properties are located on a 551-acre block of mining claims and surface rights 45 miles east southeast of Sacramento, California, in the central part of the 121-mile-long Mother Lode gold belt.

Sutter Gold Mining, Inc. (SGMNF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0025, up 257.1429%, on 1,000 volume with 1 trade. The average volume for the last 3 months is 34,655 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.000000999/$0.011699999.

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Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. (ECORF)

InvestorIntel reported previously on Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. (ECORF), and we report on the Company today, here at the QualityStocks Daily Newsletter.

Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. has been designed to become a vertically integrated (from mine to product) graphite & graphene company, which mines, processes, refines graphite, and produces the graphene and end user graphene applications. The Company has developed a unique low cost-effective process to make high quality graphite and graphene that are commercially scalable. Elcora Advanced Materials is based in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The Company lists on the OTC Markets’ OTCQB.

Elcora Advanced Materials is targeting high-end graphite applications (Li-ion batteries, graphene production & coating). It acquired the full operational control and a 40 percent equity interest in Sakura Graphite (PVT) Limited, operators of the Ragedara mine in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka graphite is very high quality with many unique properties. This graphite is suitable for use in numerous high-end graphite applications.

Elcora has secured high-grade graphite and graphene precursor graphite from its interest in the operation of the Ragedara mine in Sri Lanka. This mine is already in production. Currently, the mine yields about 500 tonnes each year.

The Company developed its own unique graphite refining process. The process does not require the use of acids or alkaline systems. Environmentally friendly, the process yields higher quality graphite that has not been oxidized and will withstand high temperatures.

Elcora announced in April 2017 that it is building a state-of-the-art Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery research and development laboratory in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The lab will concentrate on quality control and developing the Company’s graphite anode powder for Li-ion batteries.

Graphite powder will be routinely tested employing industry standard cells. This is to ensure the coulombic efficiency, reversible capacity, first-cycle loss and rate capabilities of the product are within Elcora’s specifications.

Recently, Elcora Advanced Materials announced that it is working with a number of battery manufacturers in Asia that are testing the Company’s graphite anode powder. Elcora has so far sent more than14 kgs of its EL-I-C6 graphite anode powder to battery manufacturers to test its electrochemical performance.

The purpose of this testing is to demonstrate that the Company’s EL-I-C6 graphite anode powder meets Li-ion battery manufacturing standards. After more testing, Elcora Advanced Materials hopes to enter into negotiations for long-term supply agreements.

Moreover, in November, Elcora announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with Lockheed Martin Canada. This represents Lockheed Martin's first battery technology investment in Canada.

The strategic partnership supports the increasing energy demand for Lithium-Ion battery storage solutions applied to commercial, industrial, utility, and military applications. The MOU formally creates a working relationship and guidelines to support/identify opportunities within Lockheed Martin business units; including Lockheed’s energy division to help in maximizing and attaining sales goals.

Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. (ECORF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.018, up 100.00%, on 5,114 volume with 2 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 15,694 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.008/$0.07434.

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Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU).

Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR) today issued a news release applauding the Trump administration and the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Working Group (“NFWG”) for their work toward developing the Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership. Per the update, this comprehensive strategy seeks to revive and strengthen U.S. nuclear fuel capabilities, starting with uranium mining, with the goals of supporting U.S. energy and national security, preventing geopolitical adversaries (particularly those in Russia) from using their nuclear capabilities to influence the U.S. and the world, and promoting global non-proliferation objectives and nuclear safety. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/Vrpg5. Also today, the company announced the availability of a broadcast titled, “America’s National Security Blind Spot: Uranium and Rare Earth Element Production.” Few other companies have been more proactive or outspoken about supply chain risks than Energy Fuels. The Colorado-based company holds the title of the country’s largest producer of uranium and the leading conventional producer of vanadium—both designated as critical minerals by the U.S. government. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/WqKU4

Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR), based in Lakewood, Colorado, is the country’s largest producer of uranium and the leading conventional producer of vanadium, both designated by the U.S. government as critical minerals.

As the leading U.S. diversified uranium miner, Energy Fuels’ uranium production portfolio stands apart in the world. Energy Fuels has more uranium production facilities, more production capacity, and more in-ground resources than any other company in the United States. In fact, the company’s assets have produced over one-third of all U.S. uranium over the past 15 years and is uniquely positioned to increase production to meet new demand.

Energy Fuels utilizes both conventional and in-situ recovery (“ISR”) technology to produce uranium from three strategic facilities:

  • White Mesa Mill in Utah (conventional) has a licensed capacity of over 8 million pounds of U3O8 per year. The highly strategic White Mesa Mill is the only conventional uranium mill in the country and is proximate to some of the largest and highest-grade uranium mines and projects in the U.S., including the Company’s Canyon mine, La Sal Complex, Henry Mountains Complex and Roca Honda Project. White Mesa Mill provides Energy Fuels with significant production scalability as uranium demand increases. The White Mesa Mill also has other diverse businesses, including vanadium, rare earth elements (REE’s), alternate feed materials recycling and land cleanup, all described below.
  • Nichols Ranch Plant (ISR) is located in the productive Powder River Basin district of Wyoming and has a total licensed capacity of 2 million pounds of U3O8 per year. Nichols Ranch has produced 1.2 million pounds of U3O8 since commissioning in 2014, and it has significant future expansion potential from 34 fully licensed wellfields containing significant in-ground uranium resources.
  • Alta Mesa Plant (ISR) is located on over 200,000 acres of private land in Texas. The fully licensed and constructed ISR project has a total operating capacity of 1.5 million pounds of uranium per year and produced nearly 5 million pounds of U3O8 between 2005 and 2013. This low-cost production facility is currently on standby, maintained in a state of readiness to respond to expected increases in demand.

In addition to being the largest uranium miner in the U.S., Energy Fuels’ overall portfolio also includes a pipeline of high-quality, large-scale exploration and development projects that are permitted or are in advanced stages of permitting, as well as an industry-leading U.S. NI 43-101 Mineral Resource portfolio.

FACTOID: Energy Fuels has led industry efforts over the past two-plus years to get the U.S. government to recognize the importance of domestically produced uranium, including the 2018 – 2019 Uranium Section 232, the ongoing Nuclear Fuel Working Group and the recently announced creation of the U.S. strategic uranium reserve. The U.S. is by far the largest consumer of uranium in the world, yet we import almost all of our requirements; Energy Fuels aims to change that.

Nuclear Market Potential

Multiple studies in top scientific journals have shown that nuclear power is cleanest and most economical way to produce reliable electricity as worldwide demand continues to soar. Nuclear power is presently the only available and affordable low-carbon power source that can meet both current and future baseload electricity demands while simultaneously reducing air pollution and mitigating climate change. U.S. nuclear power plants currently generate nearly 20% of the nation’s electricity overall and 55% of its carbon-free electricity and even a modest increase in electricity demand would require significant new nuclear capacity by 2025. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), there are currently 441 operable reactors, with another 54 units under construction and 439 in various stages of planning; in addition, the WNA has identified a potentially massive supply/demand gap through 2040 of 1 billion pounds. These factors among others are expected to significantly drive increased demand for uranium.

Reasons Nuclear is Gaining Traction

  • Nuclear reactors emit no greenhouse gases during operation. Over their full lifetimes, they result in comparable emissions to renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar.
  • Unlike any other form of energy, the waste from nuclear energy is contained and managed securely. Used fuel is currently being safely stored for ultimate disposal or future reprocessing, and 96% of this waste can potentially be recycled.
  • Greater demand for clean electricity to power everything from homes to automobiles, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

No. 1 U.S. Producer of Vanadium in 2019

Energy Fuels also produces vanadium as a byproduct of uranium production. Vanadium is designated a critical mineral, essential to the economic and national security of the United States. Energy Fuels was the largest producer of vanadium in the U.S. in 2019, and has significant high-grade, in-ground vanadium resources, as well as a separate high-purity vanadium production circuit at their White Mesa Mill, which is also the only conventional vanadium mill in the country. Crucial for use in the steel, aerospace, and chemical industries, vanadium plays a critical role in the production of high-strength and light-weight metallic alloys and demand is expected to increase across the globe.

Energy Fuels has several fully permitted and developed standby mines containing large quantities of high-grade vanadium, along with uranium, including:

  • La Sal Complex (Utah)
  • Whirlwind Mine (Colorado/Utah)
  • Rim Mine (Colorado)

Vanadium has also gained increased attention as a catalyst in next-generation high-capacity, “community-scale” batteries used for energy storage generated from renewable sources. Demand is only expected to grow as this market expands. With recent upgrades in its vanadium production operations, in 2019 Energy Fuels produced commercial levels of the highest purity (99.7%) vanadium in the mill’s history and can rapidly adjust production to meet volatile market conditions. Energy Fuels is one of the very few known avenues that provides investors access the vanadium market.

Rare Earth Element (REE) Production, Alternate Feed Material Recycling, and Land Cleanup

The White Mesa Mill also provides the company with diverse cashflow generating opportunities. Security of supply for Rare Earth Elements (REEs) supporting U.S. military and defense requirements is a major issue today. Energy Fuels has been approached by a number of entities, including the U.S. government, inquiring about the potential to process certain REEs at the mill. The White Mesa Mill is currently licensed to process certain REEs, including tantalum and niobium. And, early indications are that the mill can be utilized to produce several other REEs. The White Mesa Mill is also the only facility in North America licensed and capable of recycling alternate feed materials (AFMs). AFMs are essentially low-level waste materials that contain recoverable quantities of natural (or unenriched) uranium. The Company typically generates between $5 and $15 million per year from AFM recycling. Finally, Energy Fuels is seeking to become involved in the cleanup of legacy Cold War era uranium mines in the Four Corners region of the U.S., including on the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has access to over $1.5 billion for the cleanup of just a fraction of the sites on the Navajo Nation. The White Mesa Mill is fully licensed to receive much of this material, we are one of the government’s lowest cost options, and we have the ability to recycle the material and produce usable uranium from it.

Management Team

Mark S. Chalmers, President and CEO
Mark S. Chalmers is the president and chief executive officer of Energy Fuels, a position he has held since Feb. 1, 2018, following his role as chief operating officer of Energy Fuels from July 1, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, Chalmers served as executive general manager of Production for Paladin Energy Ltd., a uranium producer with assets in Australia and Africa, including the Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera mines where, as head of operations, he oversaw sustained, significant increases in production while reducing operating costs. He also possesses extensive experience in in situ recovery (“ISR”) uranium production, including management of the Beverley Uranium Mine owned by General Atomics (Australia), and the Highland mine owned by Cameco Corporation (USA). Chalmers has also consulted to several of the largest players in the uranium supply sector, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Marubeni, and until recently served as the chair of the Australian Uranium Council, a position he held for 10 years. Chalmers is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona.

W. Paul Goranson, COO
W. Paul Goranson is the chief operating officer for Energy Fuels. Goranson has 30 years of mining, processing and regulatory experience in the uranium extraction industry that includes both conventional and in-situ recovery (“ISR”) mining, and he is a registered professional engineer. Prior to the acquisition by Energy Fuels of Uranerz Energy Corporation, Goranson served as president, chief operating officer and director for Uranerz, where he was responsible for operations of the Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project. In addition to those duties, he also managed uranium marketing, regulatory and government affairs, exploration and land. Prior to joining Uranerz, Goranson served as president of Cameco Resources, where he led the operations at the Smith Ranch-Highland, Crow Butte and North Butte ISR uranium recovery facilities. Goranson also served as vice president of Mesteña Uranium LLC, and he has served in senior positions with Rio Algom Mining, (a subsidiary of BHP Billiton), and Uranium Resource Inc. Goranson has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&I University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

David C. Frydenlund, CFO, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
David C. Frydenlund is chief financial officer, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Energy Fuels. His responsibilities include oversight of all legal matters relating to the company’s activities. His expertise extends to NRC, EPA, state and federal regulatory and environmental laws and regulations. From 1997 to 2012, Frydenlund was vice president of regulatory affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of Denison Mines Corp., and its predecessor International Uranium Corporation (“IUC”). He also served as a director of IUC from 1997 to 2006 and CFO of IUC from 2000 to 2005. From 1996 to 1997, Frydenlund was vice president of the Lundin Group of international public mining and oil and gas companies, and prior thereto was a partner with the Vancouver law firm of Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais) where his practice focused on corporate, securities and international mining transactions law. Frydenlund holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Simon Fraser University, a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Curtis H. Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development
Curtis H. Moore is the vice president of Marketing and Corporate Development for Energy Fuels. He oversees product marketing for Energy Fuels, and is closely involved in mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, public relations, and corporate legal. He has been with Energy Fuels for over 12 years, holding various roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Energy Fuels, Moore worked in multi-family real estate development, government relations and public affairs, production homebuilding, and private law practice. Moore is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado. He holds Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Economics-Government from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

 

Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU), closed Thursday's trading session at $1.91, up 0.526316%, on 11,813,849 volume with 28,130 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,555,661 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.779999971/$3.31999993.

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Champignon Brands Inc. (FWB: 496) (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM).

Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF) (FWB: 496), a Canada-based company dedicated applying novel and natural treatment protocols with an emphasis on psychedelic medicine, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AltMed Capital Corp, a Canadian ketamine clinic operator, psychedelic medicine IP aggregator and novel drug discoverer (http://cnw.fm/e28Bh). The strategic move allows SHRM to continue its focus on advancements within the psychedelic medicine arena, as it also acquires AltMed’s suite of assets, including a portion of the Canadian Rapid Treatment Centre of Excellence (CRTCE). Also today, CannabisNewsWire released a report on the company detailing how SHRMF’s common shares have graduated from the OTC Pink Open Market to the OTCQB Venture Market (the “OTCQB”), a U.S. trading platform operated by the OTC Markets Group. Effective immediately, Champignon Brands will commence trading on the OTCQB under the ticker symbol “SHRMF.” To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/2wwOx. Also today, the company was featured in the 420 with CNW by CannabisNewsWire. 2020 would have been a historic year for marijuana lovers. 4/20 has always been the unofficial holiday for marijuana, and if you think about it, the entire month of April would have been 4/20. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has left the world in a health and economic crisis, and most companies and marijuana shops were forced to downgrade their 4/20 plans or scrap them entirely.

Champignon Brands Inc. (FWB: 496) (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF) is a research-driven company specializing in the formulation and distribution of a suite of artisanal mushroom health supplements. Dedicated to revolutionizing conventional organic teas, coffees and other consumables with the infusion of a proprietary blend of artisanal mushrooms, Champignon’s expanding portfolio is crafted with the health-conscious consumer in mind.

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Champignon’s team aims to promote the health and wellness benefits of functional mushrooms, which are used in a wide variety of health care and pharmaceutical products.

Brands

Champignon’s mushroom-derived consumer packaged goods (CPGs) portfolio includes its flagship brand, Vitality Superteas. Each carefully curated Vitality Supertea formulation was developed with the intent of helping individuals enhance and enrich their wellbeing one cup of mushroom-infused tea at a time.

Also in the portfolio are Nourish Force Supertea, a blend of Reishi Ryobus Tea Mix; Mighty Recharge Supertea, created with Lions Mane Tropical Green Ginseng Tea Mix; and Brain Enhance Supertea, a blend of Cordycep Hibiscus and Berries Tea Mix – all of which are formulated with organic ingredients and chosen for their ability to provide unique health and performance benefits.

Champignon’s flagship e-commerce store, VitalitySuperTeas.com, takes advantage of the burgeoning craft mushroom vertical space with a selection of mushroom-infused teas and accessories.

Functional Mushroom Market

Demand for consumer products infused with the nutritional and bioactive benefits of mushrooms is fueling a global market projected to reach $34.3 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 8.04% from 2019-2024 (ResearchandMarkets), with Europe seen as the fastest growth leader.

According to the market study, in highest demand are products infused with Reishi – a traditional Chinese medicine also known as the “Elixer of Life” and “Mushroom of Immortality – Lions Mane and Cordyceps, followed by other types of medicinal mushrooms.

Advances in Legalization

Legalization of psychedelics for use in medicine is gaining momentum across the United States. Denver, Colorado, and Oakland and Santa Cruz, California, have decriminalized the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic molecule found in various mushrooms, while movements for legalization are gaining ground in Oregon and Iowa, among others. Decriminalize California recently teamed up with the Beckley Foundation to replicate Oakland’s success of decriminalization throughout the state of California.

An increasing number of researchers are turning their attention toward the study of psilocybin as a means to treat otherwise untreatable illnesses. The molecule’s ability to provide landmark treatment options for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraines and addiction is gaining widespread acceptance among medical professionals, unicorn investors and accredited institutions.

Potential Applications

Historical data and new scientific studies suggest therapeutic benefits of psychedelics in many areas, including drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, migraines, smoking cessation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The market potential in these areas are significant. To reference just one of the above conditions, the mental health arena has been frequently neglected over the last 30 years, though new research is beginning to further reinforce that psychedelic compounds have the potential to produce more effective treatments than what is currently available.

According to the World Health Organization, 25% of the world’s populous will be afflicted by mental health and/or neurological disorders. Presently, approximately 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health, productive loss and disability worldwide.

Additionally, PTSD affects approximately 2.2% of the U.S. population; 7.7 million people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Recent published studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of certain psychedelics when administered in a medically supervised and monitored approach.
A renaissance in alternative medicines is emerging, and Champignon has set in motion its strategy to become a key player.

2020 Stealth IP Strategy

Champignon plans to biosynthesize psilocybin within the first three months of conducting laboratory experiments, with the objective of achieving optimized and scaled production of pharmaceutical-grade psilocybin for deployment in clinical settings. This strategy includes:

  • Alternative medicine (psilocybin) IP aggregation
  • Development of cGMP formulations of bioactive compounds extracted from plants and Fungi
  • Drafting of benchmark SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
  • Patient aggregation, focusing on veterans

Defining a New Asset Class: Psychedelic-Inspired Medicines

In the third quarter of 2020, Champignon – through clinical trials, a compelling IP portfolio and clinical pipeline and drug development platform – plans to advance its pursuit of treatments underpinned by psychedelic substances. This strategy is broken down into two ties:

  • Non-Hallucinogenic Medicines
    • Microdosing Psilocybin/LSD
    • MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy
  • Hallucinogenic Medicines
    • Psilocybin high dose
    • LSD high dose

Partnerships

Companies worldwide are beginning to incorporate functional mushrooms into their product offerings, taking advantage of growing consumer awareness of known health benefits of the ingredients found in mushrooms.

Champignon in November 2019 entered into a distribution partnership with Eurolife Brands Inc. (CSE: EURO), a leading global markets cannabis brand empowering the medical, recreational and CPG cannabis industry worldwide through a data-driven CBD marketplace supported by exclusive and unbiased physician-backed cannabis education and detailed consumer analytics. Under the agreement, Champignon’s branded products are integrated into Eurolife’s e-commerce platform, along with potential distribution opportunities in select brick-and-mortar retail locations in Europe.

Champignon also has an R&D/production formulation agreement with Drip Coffee Social Ltd., located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, which calls for the infusion of Champignon’s proprietary mushroom extract blend into a suite of cold brew coffee products and signature in-house formulations.

Leadership

Gareth Birdsall, CEO, Corporate Secretary and Director
Gareth Birdsall has more than seven years of experience working in diverse agricultural roles such as the cultivation of various fungi, in particular Cordycepes, Reishi, Lions Mane and Chaga. He is an attendee of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, studying marketing management and finance.

Steven Brohman, CPA, CFO
Steven Brohman has more than 10 years of experience working in a variety of roles with public and private companies. He has had extensive training in the audit of publicly traded companies on the TXS, TSX Venture Exchange and OTC markets, and serves as CFO and director of various public and private companies. Brohman has a bachelor’s degree of business administration and obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Jerry Habuda, Director
Jerry Habuda brings to Champignon over 35 years of expertise in law enforcement and specialized units. From 1977 to 2012, he served as a police officer with the Toronto Police Department. During his tenure, he was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, investigating robberies and home invasions. He was assigned to patrol the Toronto Community Housing projects at Jane/Finch to control drug trafficking and gun violence. Habuda was with the Warrant Unit where he tracked down and arrested wanted criminals. From 1993-1997, he was assigned to the Northwest Drug Squad on undercover and surveillance work, executing narcotic search warrants. Between 2002 and 2004, Habuda headed the Street Violence Task Force, a special unit designed to curb gun and drug violence that was terrorizing the city at the time.

Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRMF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.55755, up 3.2883%, on 131,000 volume with 114 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 159,573 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.221/$0.795000016.

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SinglePoint, Inc. (SING)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight SinglePoint, Inc. (SING).

SinglePoint (OTCQB: SING) today announced the completion of an S-1 registration agreement to raise up to $7,000,000 with certain limitations on the amount of each sale, once the registration has been deemed effective. According to the update, the Equity Agreement, on a look-back basis and with no make-up provisions, is a true non-toxic equity investment. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/JI4np

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) is a diversified holding company with operations in multiple industries and verticals including two high-performing market sectors: legal cannabis and cryptocurrencies. SinglePoint has grown from a full-service mobile technology provider to a recognizable brand with a diverse portfolio of undervalued subsidiaries with multiple revenue streams.

SinglePoint is researching opportunities where it can be an active participant by influencing the strategy and direction of high-potential companies whose verified assets offer attractive possibilities for shareholders. The company is guided by a visionary leadership team with extensive experience in technology, engineering, marketing and raising capital.

SinglePoint is bullish on the cannabis industry, bitcoin and blockchain technologies, which is evident in its recent acquisitions and joint-venture announcements. Recent SinglePoint key highlights include:

  • A joint venture with Smart Cannabis Corporation (OTC: SCNA) to license and market Smart Cannabis’ SMART APP. SMART APP enables cannabis growers to measure all aspects of cultivation, from soil nutrient levels to watering cycles and carbon dioxide content in the air. SMART APP will integrate SinglePoint’s bitcoin payment solution to enable growers to process safer and more secure transactions.
  • A joint venture with Global Payout (OTC: GOHE) will build on existing financial technology solutions developed by SinglePoint and Global Payout’s subsidiary MoneyTrac Technology, Inc., to fully optimize the delivery of mobile payment applications for domestic and international organizations.
  • A joint venture with AppSwarm (OTC: SWRM) to start development on a proprietary delivery application that will enable licensed cannabis delivery services and licensed dispensaries to safely make in-home cannabis deliveries.
  • Signed original “Shark Tank” member Kevin Harrington as company spokesman for an innovative, compatible virtual wallet to store any type of cryptocurrency. Harrington recently finished shooting a new national ad campaign featuring SinglePoint and the virtual wallet’s secure method of storing cryptocurrencies.
  • Entered into a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of Bitcoin Beyond, a premier platform that enables merchants to accept bitcoin payments using existing web-enabled point-of-sale devices.
  • Through SING subsidiary, SingleSeed, the company will soon offer a proprietary cryptocurrency solution that links both cannabis merchants and consumers who seek to take advantage of bitcoin-powered transactions using debit and credit cards. In addition to making bitcoin-backed card purchases possible, the solution enables cannabis dispensaries to digitally track and manage their product inventories, performing tasks like uploading product data, photos and descriptions. The system deducts items automatically from a dispensary’s product listings when a purchase is made. While this fully KYC-AML compliant point-of-sale platform can be utilized for any other retail setting, it will fill a critical need in the underbanked cannabis industry as it continues to seek non-cash payment solutions outside of traditional banking circles.

SinglePoint CEO and founder Greg Lambrecht leads the company in its mission to capture opportunities through an aggressive expansion strategy across a broad range of assets. Lambrecht oversees all company operations including investor relations, leadership of the board of directors, and daily business activities. As the founder of PCI, a leading consumer product distribution company, Lambrecht negotiated agreements with the nation’s largest retail outlets and led PCI through a NASDAQ listed IPO, raising $10 million.

Eric Lofdahl, SinglePoint’s chief technology officer, has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector including positions in software development, program management, complex system integration and engineering process definition. Prior to SinglePoint, Lofdahl worked at the Boeing Company where he led a team that successfully developed advanced wireless and satellite data products based on commercial technology for the U.S. Air Force.

SinglePoint President Wil Ralston is well known for his successful track record of building and maintaining great relationships with clients. Ralston graduated cum laude from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a degree in Global Agribusiness and a specialization in Professional Golf Management. He is currently recognized by the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) as a Class A Professional.

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.006, up 0.41841%, on 3,992,012 volume with 117 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 5,505,393 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.004/$0.021999999.

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Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Predictive Oncology (POAI).

Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI), a knowledge-driven company focused on applying artificial intelligence (“AI”) to personalized medicine and drug discovery, on Wednesday announced that it has entered into an exchange agreement with POAI chief executive officer Dr. Carl Schwartz regarding a $2.1 million promissory note of the company. Per the agreement, Dr. Schwartz has exchanged the note for 1,533,481 shares of newly issued common stock at an exchange rate of $1.43 each, the closing price of the common stock on April 21, 2020. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/02EAs

Predictive Oncology (POAI) is a knowledge-driven precision medicine company focused on applying data and artificial intelligence (AI) to personalized medicine and drug discovery. The company applies its smart tumor profiling and AI platform to extensive genomic and biomarker patient data sets to build predictive models of tumor drug response to improve clinical outcomes for the cancer patients of today and tomorrow. The company has several tools that support its mission of bringing precision medicine to the treatment of cancer.

Through its subsidiaries, Predictive Oncology’s portfolio of assets includes the following:

  • A database of clinically validated historical and outcome data from patient tumors
  • An in-house Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified lab
  • A “smart” patient-derived tumor profiling platform
  • An in-house bioinformatics artificial intelligence (AI) platform
  • A new computerized approach growing tumors in the lab to rapidly develop patient specific treatment options
  • An FDA-approved fluid collection and disposal system

Using these resources, and in collaboration with key players in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotech industries Predictive Oncology is working to determine the best pathways for more individualized and effective cancer treatment.

Subsidiaries

Predictive Oncology leverages the synergies of its three wholly owned subsidiaries to bring precision medicine to the diagnosis of cancer.

Helomics applies artificial intelligence to its rich data gathered from the company’s trove of more than 150,000 tumors to personalize cancer therapies for patients as well as drive the development of new targeted therapies in collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. This database, the largest of its kind in the world, is comprised of ovarian, head and neck, colon and pancreas tumors. Helomic’s CLIA-certified lab provides clinical testing that assists oncologists in individualizing patient treatment decisions, by providing an evidence-based roadmap for therapy.

In addition to its proprietary precision oncology platform, Helomics offers boutique CRO services that leverage its TruTumor™ patient-derived tumor models coupled to a wide range of multi-omics assays (genomics, proteomics and biochemical), and an AI-powered proprietary platform (D-CHIP) to provide a tailored solution to its clients’ specific needs.

TumorGenesis is developing a new, rapid approach to growing tumors in the laboratory without the use of rats or mice, allowing for the identification of biomarkers indicative of cancer. This methodology “fools” the tumor into thinking it is still in the body. As a result, the tumor reacts as it naturally would, thereby increasing the accuracy of the biomarker. Once the biomarkers are identified, they can be used in TumorGenesis’ Oncology Capture Technology Platforms which isolate and helps categorize an individual patient’s heterogeneous tumor samples to enable development of patient-specific treatment options.

Skyline Medical’s patented, FDA-cleared STREAMWAY® System is the first true, direct-to-drain fluid disposal system designed specifically for medical applications such as radiology, endoscopy, urology and cystoscopy procedures. The STREAMWAY system is changing the way healthcare facilities collect and dispose of potentially infectious waste fluid by connecting directly to a facility’s plumbing system to automate the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluids.

The STREAMWAY minimizes human intervention for better safety and improves compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory agency safety guidelines. The STREAMWAY eliminates canisters, carts and evacuated bottles, which reduces overhead costs and minimizes environmental impact by helping to eliminate the approximately 50 million potentially disease-infected canisters that go into landfills annually in the United Sates.

Skyline has achieved sales in five of the seven continents through both direct sales and distributor partners.

Competitive Advantage

Precision medicine has become the holy grail of cancer therapeutics. Data driven predictive models of tumors and their responses are critical in both new drug development and individualized patient treatment. The race has begun to model various tumors, which takes 5 to 7 years of clinical evaluation to establish historical and outcome data.

Predictive Oncology enjoys significant competitive advantage. The company already has a vast historical collection of tumors and related data, plus the ability to obtain existing associated outcome data. While others wait for outcome data, Predictive Oncology is in a unique and powerful position, working to deliver the promise of precision medicine to reality. Predictive Oncology already has the clinical data, including how a tumor responded to certain drugs, an in-house bioinformatics AI platform, and only needs to do the tumor sequencing. The significance is underscored by the collaboration with UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, designed to reveal which mutations responded to which drug then develop powerful predictive models for future testing and treatment.

Leadership Team

Dr. Carl Schwartz was appointed to Skyline Medical’s board of directors in March 2015 and became interim president and CEO in May 2016. Dr. Schwartz became CEO of Plastics Research Corporation in 1988, leading the company to become the largest manufacturer of structural foam molding products in the U.S. with more than $60 million in revenues and 300 employees by the time he retired in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree and DDS degree from the University of Detroit.

CFO Bob Myers has over 30 years of experience in multiple industries focusing on medical device service and manufacturing. He has spent much of his career as a CFO and controller. Myers holds an MBA in Finance from Adelphi University and a BBA in public accounting from Hofstra University.

Gerald Vardzel, President of Helomics, has over 25 years of healthcare executive management experience developing and implementing commercialization strategies and models for technology launches. His Go-To-Market expertise includes equity financing, strategic planning, market intelligence, M&A, and new market development in both start-up and established settings including fortune 500 market leaders. He has developed innovative solutions for both CLIA and FDA regulatory paths defining the delivery chains from discovery to clinical acceptance. Mr. Vardzel also has significant experience designing and implementing sales and marketing programs tailored not only to expand market share, but to empirically assess client satisfaction, strengthen business processes, and maximize profitability. Mr. Vardzel was previously Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Initiatives at Global Specimen Solutions. Furthermore, as an executive affiliate to the healthcare industry, he routinely consults for several small-to-mid sized private equity firms advising on, in part, the feasibility of acquisition targets. Mr. Vardzel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mark Collins, Chief Information Officer of Helomics, has held multiple executive roles in a variety of discovery, informatics and bioinformatics functions within global pharma, and founded three startup software companies in the machine learning and drug discovery space. In 2001, Dr. Collins worked for Cellomics (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific), where he played a pivotal role in establishing the High-Content Cell Analysis market, building and commercializing several key informatics and bioinformatics products. After leaving Thermo Fisher, Dr. Collins developed and commercialized informatics solutions for clinical and translational research, specifically in the specimen tracking, omics data management and NGS analysis space, through key roles at BioFortis, Global Specimens Solutions and Genedata. Dr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in Applied Science from the University of Wolverhampton, UK and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Surrey, UK.

Predictive Oncology (POAI), closed Thursday's trading session at $1.315, off by 4.7101%, on 407,329 volume with 913 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 571,219 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $1.25/$8.50.

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Bolt Metals Corp. (CSE: BOLT) (OTCQB: PCRCF) (XFRA: NXFE)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Bolt Metals Corp. (OTCQB: PCRCF).

Bolt Metals Corp. (CSE: BOLT) (OTCQB: PCRCF) (XFRA: NXFE) continues to see evidence for optimism in the potential of its flagship Cyclops property in Indonesia, where significant nickel and cobalt exploration has taken place. The site may play a key role in the company’s core strategy to acquire and develop production-grade battery metal resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bolt Metals Corp. (CSE: BOLT) (OTCQB: PCRCF) (XFRA: NXFE) is a Canada-based exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of production-grade battery metals deposits within the Asia-Pacific region, employing a vertically integrated “minerals-to-market” strategy to leverage these assets to their fullest.

Bolt Metals Corp. is advancing its flagship, 100% controlled Cyclops Nickel-Cobalt located in Papua Province, Indonesia with a mandate to become a key contributor to Asia-Pacific’s rapidly expanding electric vehicle and battery supply chain.

The Cyclops project, uniquely positioned within the world’s largest producer of nickel and in proximity to China, the world’s largest “Gigafactory”, features near surface, strong nickel-cobalt mineralization. The property is situated in an area with excellent infrastructure including a nearby workforce, supplies, sealed roads, ocean access, nearby port facility and gentle topography. The project area, nestled on the north coast of Papua, Indonesia, establishes Bolt Metals well within the economically attractive ocean-going transportation range to Asia and its lucrative, growing industrial markets.

Global demand for renewable power is fueling a massive shift from traditional energy supply chain economics to nickel-reliant lithium-ion batteries, the world’s most widely used power source for portable applications such as electric vehicles and other high-tech applications.

Indonesia has recently approved environmental impact studies for factories to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Morowali. The approval will allow investors, such as China’s stainless steel giant Tsingshan Group, to continue the construction of their high-pressure acid leaching plants in Morowali, Central Sulawesi.

Ranjeet Sundher, chief executive officer of Bolt Metals, said: “Indonesia continues to make significant strategic decisions, and this latest announcement represents an important step in Bolt Metals’s efforts to benefit from Indonesia’s rapid development as a leading market for all stages of the EV supply chain. With offices in Vancouver, Shanghai and Jakarta, Bolt Metals is well positioned to leverage Asia’s global dominance in the battery manufacturing sector.”

Indonesia’s commitment extends to the very top of government, with Joko Widodo – Indonesia’s President – stating in September 2019 that “for nickel, we want raw materials to be processed in Indonesia. We want added values”. This supports previous pronouncements from key officials, including Indonesian Maritime Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan who remarked that Indonesia will “become the main player in lithium batteries” and that it will “control the world market”.

The country, which is the world’s top nickel ore exporter, has stopped export of unprocessed nickel ore to support this plan.

During 2019 the Company carried out an extensive exploration and development program on Cyclops and achieved successful nickel results with its drilling and bench-scale scoping tests for processing of materials.

Drilling identified significant horizons of nickel mineralization and bench-scale scoping tests returned positive results for processing of this nickel rich material.

The recovery percentages form the bench-scale test program are set out below (for further information, please refer to the Company’s press release of October 28, 2019):

Sample Nickel (%) Cobalt (%) Iron (%)
Limonite 99.26 98.82 97.77
Low Iron Transition 99.75 97.03 99.22
Saprolite 99.77 >99.9 99.74

 

Selected elevated nickel drill results are provided below from the Company’s shallow drilling program (for further information, please refer to the Company’s press releases of March 5, April 1, April 23, June 13, June 20 and September 10, 2019):

Intersection length (metres from surface) Nickel (%) Cobalt (%)
7.0 2.15% 0.03%
4.0 1.96% 0.04%
2.0 2.00% 0.01%
2.0 1.91% 0.05%

 

2020 will see continued and consistent development in Pacific Rim Cobalt’s strategy as the company continues to set ambitious milestones with the goal of becoming a leading international player in the EV battery metal sector and creating significant long-term shareholder value.

This includes preparations to commission and operate the company’s pilot plant in Canada, which will contain an integrated circuit to produce high-purity nickel and cobalt strip solutions to develop battery-grade nickel and cobalt.

The results of the pilot plant will then be used to establish the design criteria for the subsequent demonstration plant in Indonesia, which will produce nickel and cobalt products suitable to meet market specifications. As well as demonstrating Pacific Rim Cobalt’s ability to produce a product within market specifications, this will also be used to establish the design criteria for the company’s commercial-scale plant.

Pacific Rim Cobalt’s world-class management team includes Ranjeet Sundher, who has over 20 years of capital markets experience. Sundher is also president of Canrim Ventures Ltd., a Singaporean advisory firm specializing in early stage project finance and structure. He previously founded Indogold Exploration, a Jakarta-based mining service firm, and has raised over $40 million for companies in which he was a founder/partner.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Vanry has 25 years of professional experience in senior management positions with public and private natural resources companies, providing expertise in capital markets corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, accounting and financial reporting.

Andre Talaska serves as country manager and technical supervisor. He has over 30 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry and has held senior positions with several companies in Australia and southeast Asia. Shakir Juffry, business development/engineering, is a chemical engineer and extractive metallurgist by background training who has over 20 years of experience in the Indonesian mining and minerals exploration field. Toto Suarto Sajali, operation and development manager, is a mining engineer with over 15 years of experience in Indonesian project assessment, development and operations.

Bolt Metals Corp. (OTCQB: PCRCF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.12, off by 6.6148%, on 31,161 volume with 16 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 49,215 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.079999998/$0.355599999.

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Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG).

Sharing Services Global Corporation (OTCQB: SHRG), formerly Sharing Services Inc., today announced that it has expanded the role of current President Keith Halls to include the title and responsibilities of CEO of the company’s two key operating subsidiaries, Elepreneurs U.S., LLC and Elevacity U.S., LLC, effective immediately. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/BQlF4

Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG), formerly Sharing Services Inc., is a diversified company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value, operating through two primary subsidiaries: Elepreneurs Holdings, a direct-selling company, and Elevacity Holdings, a products company. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SHRG markets and distributes Elevate-branded health and wellness products through an independent sales force of distributors called Elepreneurs.

Proprietary Products

SHRG’s current exclusive Elevate product offerings are marketed under the Elevacity brand, so named to signify the company’s commitment to elevating lives.

The Elevate health and wellness product line consists of nutraceutical products that SHRG refers to as D.O.S.E., which stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – all of which are key hormones proven to promote happiness and well-being.

Elevacity brand products are carefully formulated, chosen and designed to support a single objective: elevate the happiness and well-being of the consumer.

Global Network of Elepreneurs

Elevacity products are shared and sold by a growing international network of home-based entrepreneurs, called Elepreneurs, operated by Elepreneurs Holdings. This SHRG subsidiary provides basic and advanced programs for both new and experienced entrepreneurs who are focusing on their direct-sales careers.

SHRG’s high-performing independent sales force follows the company’s Blue Ocean selling strategy, an approach that encourages individuals to seek new markets, lead, and to “stop competing and start creating.” The Blue Ocean strategy is based on the book, “Blue Ocean Strategy,” written by Professor Renée Mauborgne, who notes that “the lesson here is that the best defense is offense, and the best offense… is to make a blue ocean shift and create your own blue ocean.”

Following this selling strategy, SHRG’s Elepreneurs are taught that, rather than competing directly in a competitive, direct-selling market, they should focus on making competitors irrelevant and succeeding in an uncontested marketplace.

In addition, SHRG’s Elepreneurs use the interactive, video-based VERB sales-marketing platform developed by Verb Technology Company Inc. The app utilizes proprietary interactive video data collection and analysis technology and provides next-generation customer relationship management, lead generation, and video marketing software applications.

Continued Momentum as Industry Leader

These selling strategies have resulted in sharp and consistent revenue gains. In the company’s 10-Q filed with the SEC for the three months ended Oct. 31, 2019, SHRG reported sales of $38.8 million for fiscal Q2 2019, an increase of 116% over sales of $17.9 million reported for the comparable quarter of 2018. Consolidated gross profit jumped by $16.2 million to $27.4 million for the same period compared to Q2 2018.

SHRG’s consolidated operating earnings were $3.9 million in the fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2019, compared to $866,802 for the comparable period the prior year. Consolidated gross margin also grew 70.9% for the three months ended Oct. 31, 2019, compared to 62.2% the prior year.

These numbers are continuing a trend established over the past two years. In fiscal Q1 2019, SHRG achieved revenues of $35.4 million, more than double that of the comparable period in 2018. Even earlier, the company reported sales of $85.9 million for fiscal year ended April 30, 2019. This represents a nine-fold increase, or $77.5 million jump, over the company’s revenues of $8.4 million the prior year.

These numbers bring SHRG’s sales revenues since December 2017 — when the company’s Elevate product line was released — to an impressive cumulative total of $169 million.

Preparing for Success

SHRG is well prepared to continue and accommodate for this growth. The company recently expanded its corporate footprint by moving to a 10,000-square-foot facility in Plano, Texas, that offers ample room to expand as the company grows and flourish. The larger corporate locale provides space for a growing customer service department, product fulfillment, opportunity and training rooms, as well as a video production suite.

In addition, the company has a seasoned, expert leadership team in place, led by John “JT” Thatch. Thatch was appointed president and CEO of SHRG in March 2018, bringing to the company his expertise obtained from successfully starting, owning and operating several businesses in various industries. His experience with corporate growth, acquisitions, financing and negotiation in fast-paced and flexible environments will significantly assist SHRG as the company aims to expand and increase revenues.

Contact
469.304.9400 x 201
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Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0845, off by 5.0562%, on 20,050 volume with 8 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 698,283 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0215/$0.25.

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PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA).

PowerBand Solutions (TSX.V: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA) today announced that it intends to rely on the temporary blanket relief for market participants from certain regulatory filings published by Canadian securities regulators on March 23, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the update, the relief provides PowerBand Solutions with a 45-day extension to file its Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the year ended December 31, 2019, as well as its financial statements and MD&A for the period ended March 31, 2020. The company expects to submit its annual filings on or before June 15, 2020, and its Q1 filings on or before July 16, 2020. To view the full press release, visit http://nnw.fm/r2K4Z

A Better Way to Connect and Acquire Vehicles

PowerBand’s mission is to create an online, consumer-directed marketplace that streamlines the interactions among all participants in the automotive industry. It transforms today’s antiquated business model with speed, transparency, access to information and ease of use for consumers and dealers.

Consumers can easily connect with new sources to buy vehicles, network with motivated buyers and sellers, maximize their trade-in values, improve their customer experience. PowerBand’s standardized system and transaction process also increase efficiencies and benefits with hands-on, process-driven, in-store training and support.

Through internal development, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, PowerBand is developing solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers, commercial customers and lenders that are poised to transform the trillion-dollar U.S. automotive industry.

The PowerBand Auto Platform

PowerBand’s transaction platform was developed by a team of experienced automotive, technology and finance experts, and has been refined through years of operational experience. Built on the core belief that the consumer prefers to primarily conduct automotive transactions online and avoid interactions with unnecessary middlemen, PowerBand’s product solutions include:

  • Leasing: PowerBand is currently licensed in 33 U.S. states via a majority interest in MUSA Auto Finance LLC, an advanced online leasing technology platform that has transformed the new and used vehicle leasing industry. A partnership with Tesla was recently finalized, making MUSA the only approved, non-captive lease partner for Tesla in the U.S.
  • Inventory and Financing: A partnership with RouteOne LLC, a leading financial platform founded in 2002 by Ally Financial, Ford Motor Credit Co., TD Auto Finance and Toyota Financial Services, allows access to a network of more than 18,000 dealerships and 1,400 financing sources.
  • Auction Platform: PowerBand and its joint-venture partner, D2D Auto Auctions, are developing a direct consumer-to-dealer and a consumer-to-consumer automotive portal, which will provide an innovative alternative to physical dealership and auction locations.
  • LiveNet Auction: An online platform portal that allows dealers to create instant live vehicle auctions to a vast network of the industry’s top used vehicle buyers.
  • MarketPlace Auction: An online listing auction site for buying and selling automotive inventory – ideal for dealers, fleet, OEM and rental companies.
  • Used Vehicle Inspections: An LOI agreement with TÜV NORD Mobility Inc., a German-based global leader in vehicle inspections operating in more than 70 countries, will provide the most comprehensive, certified vehicle inspection reports available in North America. Appointments booked within the platform can be performed nearly anywhere.
  • Product Development: PowerBand’s comprehensive consumer solution, Driveaway, will be a fully transactional consumer marketplace where dealers and consumers can buy, sell, trade-in and finance vehicles, often in seconds, from the comfort of their home.

Automotive’s Growing Markets

The automotive dealership and commercial fleet vehicle auction industry is a $100-billion sector with more than 40 million used vehicles transacted in the U.S. each year. Of those, ten million are sold through auctions. From 2013 to 2017, the growth of online-only auctions far outpaced physical auctions, growing at a 33% compound annual growth rate compared to 2% CAGR at physical auctions.

Automotive leasing is another large, growing and fragmented market, generating approximately $120-billion in annual revenue. As a percentage of vehicle sales, leasing reached 30% in 2018, up from 21% in 2012, and is seen as a substantial opportunity for PowerBand and MUSA Auto Finance. Using proprietary technology and by focusing on high-quality, credit-worthy customers, MUSA grew its automotive lease originations to $182 million.

Disrupting Auto Leasing with MUSA

Legacy solutions are complicated, expensive and slow at processing leases. MUSA’s first-of-its-kind technology platform eliminates third-party decisions and the human capital required in the underwriting process. MUSA’s platform navigates the entire customer experience – underwriting, funding and the delivery process – within minutes. Leases can be approved in seconds.

PowerBand’s acquisition of MUSA brings together two leading-edge companies with the vision to become a one-stop platform for the entire vehicle purchase lifecycle.

Experienced Leadership

PowerBand is led by a collection of automotive veterans with a passion to collectively and positively impact the industry.

  • Kelly Jennings, president and CEO, is the founder of PowerBand Solutions and a franchise dealer owner/operator with more than 27 years of automotive experience. Jennings received General Motor’s Triple Crown Award, Ford Motor Company President’s Award and Honda Canada’s Excellence Award.
  • Darrin Swenson, COO of PowerBand and D2D Auto Auctions/Hunt Automotive Group, has more than 25 years of automotive/auction experience.
  • Jeff Morgan, CEO MUSA, holds over 25 years of experience in the auto finance sector.

 

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (OTCQB: PWWBF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0836, off by 3.1286%, on 20,805 volume with 6 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 38,433 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.038600001/$0.230000004.

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Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD).

A “new and bold shift in its business strategy” made earlier this year by Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) appears to have paid off big time for the company. Committed to play in the Hemp and Cannabis space, SGMD announced (http://cnw.fm/5NxAD) that it was moving “toward the virtualization of the cannabis sector as part of the major shift in the U.S. business model toward an on-demand economy.”

Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD) is headquartered in Monrovia, California, where the company recognizes new opportunities in the cannabis delivery space and in the market for supplies to the quick-service restaurant industry – both of which have fast-changing dynamics due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the United States.

The Coronavirus Cannabis Boom Market

Retailers across the nation are closing their doors and curtailing operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, inherently pinching sales. In the California cannabis sector, however, business has never been better – especially relative to home delivery.

California’s cannabis industry continues to operate, and media reports reveal booming cannabis sales as the state’s citizens stay home to wait out current events. The Los Angeles Times recently published the headline, “Marijuana Sales on Fire amid Virus Outbreak; New York Post “Cannabis sales hit new highs”; USA Today “American Stock Up on Pot” Fox News “California marijuana sales surge”; and ABC News Cannabis Shops thrive in coronavirus pandemic.

The state of California benefits from the ultra-high taxes paid by the highly regulated cannabis industry, and has thus deemed cannabis companies as “essential” businesses, allowing for full operations to continue. While pot shops are seeing strong foot traffic, the real growth action is in-home delivery as consumers seek to embrace social distancing. Many delivery operators are reporting difficulty in meeting demand with sales growth of up to 10% sequentially each week. It is certainly a boom time for the industry.

Sugarmade Growth Strategy

Recognizing new investment and operational opportunities within California’s cannabis market, Sugarmade is strategizing to take advantage of opportunity specifically in delivery services (non-storefront retailer), manufacturing via co-branding, and selective genetic cultivation. The company is taking a highly selective approach, targeting only the best of these opportunities for company growth.

In line with this strategy is northern California delivery service Budcars, in which Sugarmade owns a 40% interest and an option to gain a controlling interest. Budcars connects consumers with premium products sourced from top-tier farms and extractors, offering a curated menu of fully compliant cannabis products. The company maintains a competitive advantage by sourcing premium cannabis offerings and same-day delivery. In addition to maintaining its own cars, California licenses, and fulfillment center, Budcar orders its premium products in bulk at lower prices, enabling the company to rein in costs and maintain competitive pricing for its customers. Currently serving major communities within the metropolitan area of Sacramento, Budcars plans to continue the expansion of the company’s delivery reach.

Sugarmade plans to continue its expansion into burgeoning new sectors of the cannabis market through the following avenues:

  • Geographic expansion of Budcars delivery scope
  • New delivery geographies
  • Cannabis cultivation as a key component of a hybrid vertical integration strategy
  • Product technology expansion—including products containing exotic and lesser-known cannabinoids

 

Diversified Portfolio

Sugarmade has positive market exposure to cannabis delivery, as well as to the restaurant industry, at a time when these businesses are being force to move toward take-out and delivery models in order to survive.

The company has various business operations in diverse marketplaces, including food, safe packaging and sanitary supplies for various industries, and agricultural supplies. Sugarmade entered the industrial hemp and CBD space by investing in Hempistry, Inc., a privately held Nevada corporation. Hempistry began planting an ultra-high cannabidiol (CBD) industrial hemp strain on a land option it holds on 5,000 acres of prime Kentucky farmland. The strain of industrial hemp being grown by Hempistry is ultra-rich in CBD but contains less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis.

CarryOutSupplies.com, the leader in paper and plastic take-out supplies, serves nationwide customers by offering a wide array of high-quality products that are cost-efficient, custom-made and delivered on time. This business unit currently serves 2,000 quick service restaurants, garnering from 30%-40% of the market share. Sugarmade plans to expand operations via the addition of market share and the introduction of new product offerings.

Market Opportunity

There is little doubt among industry participants, and recently confirmed by Forbes, that California is the single largest cannabis market in the world. The state is expected to produce more than $3.5 billion in cannabis sales during 2020, with growth topping 23% annually. The global industrial hemp market size was estimated at $4.71 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a revenue-based CAGR of 15.8% over the forecast period of 2016-2027, according to Grandview Research. Market growth drivers include the 2018 Farm Bill and society’s increasing knowledge of the benefits of hemp products.

Overall industry growth is great, but specific vertical sector growth is even better. Cannabis delivery is clearly the fastest growing sector of the marketplace and with coronavirus fears the already robust growth rate has accelerated.

Sugarmade seems to be in the right industry at the right time in history.

Management

CEO Jimmy Chan is an experienced business executive instrumental in growing multiple business operations with a strong expertise in international trade and banking, and international manufacturing and importation. He is also the founder of CarryOutSupplies.com, a company that revolutionized the custom-printed paper supplies subsector of the quick-service restaurant industry, which merged with Sugarmade in 2014.

Dedicated to getting the highest caliber of THC and CBD to its customers’ door, the company’s priority is to ensure that they receive the highest quality cannabis product free from logistical hassles. Sugarmade specializes in growing and acquiring innovative brands to maximize value for company employees, shareholders and other stakeholders. Sugarmade believes its future is very bright as the company expands operations within the cultivation sector and rapidly increases its revenue base.

Sugarmade, Inc. (SGMD), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.0029, off by 3.3333%, on 18,090,160 volume with 171 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 13,043,315 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.0023/$0.050500001.

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Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX).

Genprex Inc. (GNPX Stock Report) saw its first day of above-average trading volume since mid-March. The penny stock jumped from an open of $2.02 to highs of $2.59 before closing at $2.36. However, it’s also worth noting that it traded more than 5 million shares when it normally trades less than 2.5 million on average. Needless to say, it piqued some interest on Wednesday. But similar to RWLK, GNPX stock gained more momentum later in the day than right off of the opening bell.

Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) is a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for cancer patients based upon a unique proprietary technology platform, including Genprex’s initial product candidate, Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Genprex’s platform technologies are designed to administer cancer-fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanovesicles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities.

Research and Development

Genprex holds a portfolio of 30 issued and two pending patents covering its technologies and targeted molecular therapies. The company’s research and development program is focused on identifying and developing leading-edge gene therapies that can be used alone or in combination with other therapies for treatment of cancer.

Genprex’s initial product candidate is Oncoprex™, an immunogene therapy for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Oncoprex works by interrupting cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells, re-establishes pathways for apoptosis (or programmed cell death) in cancer cells, and modulates the immune response against cancer cells. Oncoprex has also been shown to block mechanisms that create drug resistance.

Preclinical research is being conducted with the goal of developing Oncoprex to be administered with targeted therapies in other solid tumors, and with immunotherapies in NSCLC and other solid tumors. In addition, Genprex has conducted and plans to continue research into other tumor suppressor genes associated with chromosome 3p21.3, as well as other potential applications of the company’s immunogene therapy platform.

Clinical Trials

Genprex is currently conducting the second phase of a phase I/II clinical trial at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The company plans to expand its clinical program by adding a new clinical study evaluating Oncoprex™ in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor for treatment of Stage IV or recurrent NSCLC. In research presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., Genprex’s collaborators showed that TUSC2 in combination with PD-1 checkpoint inhibition has a significantly greater anti-tumor effect in lung cancer than either agent alone. The research also shows that TUSC2 in combination with PD-1 blockade has synergistic activity in upregulating natural killer (NK) cells, correlating with prolonged survival in mice.

TUSC2 (Tumor Suppressor Candidate 2) is a tumor suppressor gene that is absent or deficient in cancer cells of many different cancer types.

The Market

Genprex technologies seek to bridge a critical gap by combining with targeted therapies and immunotherapies to provide treatments to large patient populations who would otherwise not be candidates for those therapies or who have become resistant to them. Genprex technologies are being developed to overcome genomic limitations which are inherent in targeted therapies and immunotherapies in order to provide new treatment solutions to large cancer populations, such as those with lung cancer.

Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all lung cancers, according to the American Cancer Society (“ACS”). Despite radical advances in drug development and novel therapeutic standards, survival for late stage lung cancer has not improved significantly in the past 25 years.

Senior Management

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J. Rodney Varner, JD, is a co-founder of Genprex and has served in these roles since August 2012. He has more than 35 years of legal experience with large and small law firms and as outside general counsel of a Nasdaq-listed company. Varner has served as counsel in company formation, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, other business transactions, protection of trade secrets and other intellectual property, real estate, and business litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Court and the U.S. Tax Court.

Julien L. Pham, M.D., MPH, is president and chief operating officer of Genprex. In March 2013, Dr. Pham co-founded RubiconMD, a healthcare IT company that connects primary care providers to specialists for additional guidance and opinions on medical cases and served as its chief medical officer. He has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a board-certified internal medicine doctor and nephrologist.

Ryan M. Confer, MS, has served as Genprex chief financial officer since September 2016. Confer has more than 10 years of executive experience in planning, launching, developing, and growing emerging technology companies and has served in the chief operating and chief financial roles for non-profit and for-profit entities since 2008. Confer has also served as an international business development consultant for the University of Texas at Austin’s IC2 Institute, where he focused on evaluating the commercialization potential of nascent technologies in domestic and international markets applicable to technology incubator programs associated with the University. Confer holds a BS in finance and legal studies from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in technology commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jan Stevens, RN, is vice president of Clinical Operations. Stevens has nearly 20 years of comprehensive clinical operations experience in the biopharma industry and a specialization in early-to-late stage oncology companies. Stevens joined the company to help support the various clinical development programs for Oncoprex™.

Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX), closed Thursday's trading session at $2.45, up 3.8136%, on 3,439,807 volume with 7,960 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 6,580,406 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.231000006/$7.0300002.

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Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS).

Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTCQB: NUGS), an emerging leader in the U.S. cannabis marketplace, today announced that it has increased the total cannabis production capacity at NUGS Farm (the “Farm”) by 88% to 150% as a result of recent management decisions and production upgrades. According to the update, the company expects to produce between 1,500 pounds and 2,000 pounds of cannabis product over the next 45-60 days, and similar amounts of product over subsequent 45-60 day periods. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/P09lZ

Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is focused on supporting entrepreneurial growth within the fast-growing legal cannabis sector. Through a selective portfolio of subsidiaries, Cannabis Strategic Ventures offers outsourced personnel solutions tailor-made to match the growth dynamics of cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries and other cannabis marketplace participants. The company also pursues investment opportunities in the areas of real estate, cultivation, extraction, distribution, packaging, dispensary operations, and branded products within the cannabis space.

The legalization of adult-use sales in California is expected to create nearly 99,000 cannabis industry jobs in the state by 2021, representing about a third of all cannabis jobs nationwide, and 146,000 jobs overall when indirect and induced efforts are considered, according to Arcview Market Research. By 2021, direct cannabis industry employment will top 291,500 FTE jobs, with a total employment effect of nearly 414,000 FTEs across all legal cannabis states, according to the report.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures believes its staffing capabilities will be in a similar state of demand. The company in April 2018 completed a definitive agreement to acquire Worldwide Staffing Group, Inc., which booked approximately $1.5 million in revenues in 2017.

Worldwide will operate within Cannabis Strategic Ventures as an independent and separate wholly owned subsidiary providing strictly non-cannabis related employment and staffing services. As Worldwide continues to expand its operations in general clerical and administrative, marketing, accounting, and other verticals, Cannabis Strategic Ventures will leverage the subsidiary’s expertise to expand its business operations further into the cannabis staffing arena, with an emphasis on the California markets.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures’ BudHire™ subsidiary is an outsourced employment service specifically designed to meet the needs of growing cannabis-related business operations, utilizes a proven recruiting formula to match the most qualified candidates to a broad spectrum of cannabis-related jobs. Under the BudHire™ brand, Cannabis Strategic Ventures offers temporary, seasonal, permanent staffing solutions, as well as professional employment organization services and human resources consulting to the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures portfolio also includes Pure Applied Sciences Inc. and its brand “PureOrganix™,” a line of high quality concentrate, organic and pure cannabis oils that conform with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and meet FDA guidelines for Active Pharmaceuticals Products (API). The acquisition includes all intellectual properties, including formulations and technologies, and related accessories of Pure Applied Sciences.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures Pure Applied Sciences subsidiary, has a cannabis concentrate extraction services agreement with CP Logistics LLC (“CPL”), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Sunniva Inc. (CSE:SNN) (OTCQX:SNNVF). Under this agreement, CPL will perform white label services producing high quality, ultra-purified cannabis extracts out of its Sun-Oil Facility in Cathedral City, California, for Pure Applied Sciences under the Pure Organix brand name.

The management team at Cannabis Strategic Ventures believes there is incredible opportunity to carve-out and control specific industry niches, to create unique cannabis consumer branded products, and to expand into other sub-sectors of the cannabis marketplace.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.08, up 29.0323%, on 4,843,682 volume with 537 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 1,113,836 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.025499999/$1.48000001.

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Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTC: LXRP)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (LXRP).

Lexaria Bioscience (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, today announced its receipt of a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") for a new patent. According to the update, the new patent provides additional claims that protect the use of its DehydraTECH(TM) technology together with cannabinoids, nicotine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or vitamins in mix and serve beverage formats. This patent, with application number 16/497,920 under the title "Food and Beverage Compositions Infused With Lipophilic Active Agents and Methods of Use Thereof," signifies another addition to Lexaria's first patent family, under which eight U.S. patents have previously been granted. As has been Lexaria's past experience, the company expects formal granting of the new patent within roughly 100 days or less. To view the full press release, visit http://cnw.fm/T7NyP

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTC: LXRP) has developed and out-licenses its proprietary DehydraTECH™ technology for improved taste, rapidity and delivery of bioactive compounds, including nicotine and cannabinoids. To achieve higher absorption rates and fast onset, consumers traditionally defaulted to smoking. Lexaria provides a superior administration method by delivering these substances through a patented process within edible food products, thus eliminating all the harmful health consequences of smoking.

Lexaria’s technology is unique in that it takes advantage of GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) food ingredients processed with its patented DehydraTECH technology to improve taste, remove odor and decrease the time to onset of bitter-tasting drugs. Lexaria is primarily a B2B enterprise and has existing cannabinoid licensing agreements with companies in Canada and the United States. Lexaria has also developed its own hemp-oil brands partly for demonstration purposes, utilizing its patented technology to infuse hemp oil ingredients within popular foods such as coffee, tea and supplements. These brands include ViPova™, TurboCBD™ and ChargD+™.

Virtually unique across both the hemp and the cannabis industries, Lexaria has successfully entered into a R&D and product development partnership with one of the largest cigarette companies in the world for oral forms of nicotine delivery. Only a small handful of hemp or cannabis-related companies have achieved formal relationships with Fortune 500 industry leaders, demonstrating the wide applicability of Lexaria’s technology.

In June 2019, building on its original 2015 independent, third-party laboratory in vitro lab experiments, which confirmed the absorption levels of cannabidiol (“CBD”) into human intestinal cells rose by 499% through the utilization of the DehydraTECH technology, Lexaria completed a series of animal studies using an enhanced formulation of its DehydraTECH technology. The results of the animal studies using the enhanced DehydraTECH formulation showed an increase of CBD delivery into the blood when compared to generic industry MCT coconut-oil formulations by 811%. In addition, the animal studies also showed delivery of 1,937% more CBD into animal brain tissue after 8 hours using the enhanced DehydraTECH technology when compared to generic industry MCT coconut-oil formulations.

Lexaria also has completed the first phases of its collaborative research program with the Canadian government’s National Research Council (the “NRC”) under which several studies were designed to optimize Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology, enabling delivery of API’s within foods, beverages, capsules and other ingestible formats. These studies investigated the lipophilic active agent classes including cannabinoids, vitamins, NSAIDs and nicotine using advanced analytical techniques, including mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance testing, with the results of the studies confirming that Lexaria’s DehydraTECH technology did not create any covalent-bonded new molecular entity (“NME”). Whenever an NME is created, regulatory bodies such as FDA and Health Canada routinely require extensive health, safety and efficacy studies prior to that product’s release into the marketplace. That the NRC program failed to find evidence of an NME suggests products utilizing the DehydraTECH technology may require a less burdensome regulatory pathway.

Results from this R&D have helped support B2B relationships with Fortune 500 companies. Lexaria has four distinct subsidiaries that focus on different market sectors: hemp/CBD; pharmaceutical; cannabis; and nicotine. In August 2019, Lexaria was issued its cannabis research and development licence from Health Canada which will allow Lexaria to continue its further investigations in-house of its DehydraTECH technology in connection with cannabinoids, along with ongoing work with vitamins, NSAIDs, PDE5-inhibitors, nicotine and other molecules.

Aside from testing, a critical component of Lexaria Bioscience’s business model is a strong and growing intellectual property portfolio. As of the August 2019, the company’s patent portfolio includes ~60 patent applications filed and pending in more than 40 countries around the world; and 16 patents granted to date. Lexaria is expecting additional new patent awards both in the U.S. and internationally by the end of 2019 and beyond. Some of its more recent areas of investigation have included human hormones and erectile dysfunction substances, among others. Lexaria’s granted patent portfolio related to cannabinoid delivery is one of the largest in the world.

Royalties play a vital role in Lexaria’s revenue-generating business model. The company out-licenses its technology to third-partners and has signed licensing agreements with start-up companies as well as with a Fortune 100 industry leader. The company’s growth initiatives are guided by a management team headed by CEO Chris Bunka, a serial entrepreneur who has contributed to several multi-hundred million-dollar valuations over the course of his career. He is supported by a growing team of professionals with extensive experience in pharmaceutical and bioscience sectors, invention, toxicology, consumer goods and other relevant skillsets.

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (LXRP), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.304, off by 1.2346%, on 218,742 volume with 77 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 99,911 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.229499995/$1.10000002.

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InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI).

InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI) is a leading global SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company leveraging its proprietary, flagship insurtech (insurance + technology) software, InsuraGuest, which is integrated with the property management systems of hotels and vacation rentals to deliver custom Hospitality Liability coverages.

InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages are purchased by hotels and vacation rental properties, which can address claims from guests and their room occupants. The combination of the integrated software and customized insurance provides the property liability coverages the guests benefit from in the event a loss is incurred during their stay.

The Hospitality Liability policy is offered through integration of InsuraGuest’s API with the clients’ property management systems. InsuraGuest’s platform is currently capable of integrating with approximately 71 different hotel and vacation rental property management systems, giving it access to millions of rooms worldwide.

InsuraGuest continues to pursue expansion opportunities in the United States, and has plans to expand to its distribution platform and Hospitality Liability coverages to the United Kingdom and Europe regions by third quarter 2020, as well as expansion into Asia by the end of 2020.

Protection that Enhances the Guest’s Experience

InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages add a layer of protection for the property on a primary basis, should a guest experience an accident or theft while staying at an InsuraGuest member hotel or vacation rental property.

Market Opportunity

The U.S. hotel industry generated more than $218 billion in annual revenues in 2018, an increase of $10 billion from the previous year, according to STR’s 2019 HOST Almanac. The European market is more than double the size of the U.S. market. According to Oxford Economics, there were 6.4 billion nights stayed in the world, with 2.6 billion hotel nights stayed in Asia, 2.8 billion nights stayed in Europe, and 1.1 billion stayed nights in the United States. Additionally, $100 billion was spent on vacation rentals in the United States, where there approximately 4.5 million second homes are being managed by a third-party rental company.

With distribution in Europe and the United States, InsuraGuest’s combined demographics will total 3.9 billion nights stayed, and will more than double its vacation rental opportunities.

Within this burgeoning, high-demand industry is risk of liability to guest injury. For example, gym injuries are among the top five most common hotel accidents. Without proper hedges in place, the property may be liable in a personal injury claim or lawsuit that are not the properties fault.

Though the potential for accidents, slip and falls and mishaps can be widespread, it can be covered under the InsuraGuest Hospitality Liability policy to provide guests a worry-free and enjoyable stay that potentially increases loyalty for the property.

Investment Consideration

  • Targeting hotels and vacation rentals, a multi-billion-dollar industry
  • Providing the first line of defense in case of accident, loss or death
  • Expanding distribution reach with footing in European hotel and vacation rental markets
  • Expansion into Asia by 2020

Executive Team

Douglas Anderson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Douglas Anderson has been a businessman in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years. His business expertise includes master planning and development implementation for larger-scale resorts, business parks and commercial developments across the USA and two provinces in Canada. His business endeavors include the founding of the 7th larger private equity fund in America focusing on multifamily and senior care (ROC Fund/Bridge IPG Fund). He serves as chairman/founder of a golf and winter sports ski holding company with operations in four major east coast markets and British Columbia, Canada.

Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in consumer studies with an emphasis in architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Utah. He subsequently earned his MBA. He also attended a three-year OPM Program a postgraduate business education at Harvard Business School in Boston. Anderson is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast.

Logan Anderson, CFO & Director
Logan Anderson (bachelor’s degree in communications, accounting and economics) holds the designation of ACA with the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as an associate chartered accountant in New Zealand and then Canada. This was followed by his position as controller of a management services company which was responsible for the management of numerous private and publicly traded companies. Since 1993, Anderson has served as president of Amteck Financial Corp. (and its predecessors), a private financial consulting services company servicing both private and public companies. He is a former director of 3D Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DDD), and was formerly a founder, officer, and director of Worldbid.com. Anderson has also been involved in raising funds for numerous private and public companies in all stages of their development and has been an officer and director for numerous public and private companies over the past 40 years.

Charles James Cayias, President & Director
Charles James Cayias is also the president and owner of Charles James Cayias Insurance Inc. He is a third-generation insurance professional whose creativity and artistic vision have enabled him to establish a full-service agency combined with the personal service each client deserves. His outstanding people skills, honesty, integrity and fairness are evident by his loyal and growing clientele, the majority of which are referrals who become long-time customers and friends. Cayias began his insurance career in the early 1970s and has been licensed since 1977. He is licensed in all 50 states and specializes in niche programs. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of the insurance industry including commercial insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, professional liability, risk management and bonding.

Tony Sansone, COO & VP of Finance
Tony Sansone has over 30 years of financial, operations and business development experience which includes serving as CFO in the health care, foodservice distribution, manufacturing and technology sectors, including public company experience. He has held senior finance positions in the banking, telecommunications, medical products, and food & drug retailer industries, closing over $430 million of private debt, equity and line of credit financings and over $350 million of a merger, acquisitions, real estate and state incentive transactions, including due diligence, negotiations, closing, and integration. Sansone coordinated and was the executive sponsor for four ERP implementations and multiple other best-in-class software & technology solutions. He received his MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Utah State University. Sansone also currently serves as president-elect of the Utah Chapter of Financial Executives International and a past president and current member of the board of trustees for Catholic Community Services of Utah. He is the proud father of three children.

Christopher J. Panos, Vice President & Director
Christopher J. Panos is a highly competitive sales professional with over 15 years of territory manager sales experience and an award-winning record of achievements. He is exceptionally well organized with a proven work history that demonstrates self-discipline, superb communication skills, and the initiative to achieve both personal and corporate goals. Panos is successful in building relationships with a large network of industry professionals in order to grow and maintain new and existing business, exceed new sales objectives and provide in-depth product training to authorized dealers and sales personnel.

Alexander Walker III ESQ, Corporate Counsel & Director
Alexander Walker III ESQ has served as director of the company since September of 2018 and as counsel to the company since July of 2018. Walker is an attorney and has been a member of the Utah Bar Association since 1987 and a member of the Nevada State Bar since 2003. His practice has involved general business litigation, in both federal and state courts, and transactional work, including securities offerings and registration, corporate formation and periodic reporting compliance. Walker has provided legal services to emerging businesses throughout his carrier and at times has served as an officer and board member as well as legal counsel public companies. His duties as legal counsel for a public company engaged in the business of ownership and operation of coal-producing properties in the western United States included oversight of corporate-related legal matters including securities reporting, corporate compliance, federal and state mining regulation, and employment law oversight. He also has served as the chair of the Mining Committee of the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar, a member of the board of directors of the South East Utah Energy Producers Association, the co-chair of the board of the Western Energy Training Center, a board member of the Utah Supreme Court Committee to Review the ABA Recommendations Regarding the Office of Professional Conduct, and a board member of the University of Utah Crimson Club.

Jennifer Epperson, Vice President of Sales
Jennifer Epperson has over 20 years of B2B sales experience with exceptional success history. She has grown and developed sales territories across multiple industries. Her ability to find and develop strategic relationships has given her top-level performance throughout her career. Epperson’s passion and knowledge provide an inherent ability to connect and retain relationships for the growth of the company. Throughout her professional career, she has achieved peak performance sales results and awards year after year. She captures the vision of the company and drives it forward with enthusiasm and expertise. Her commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience has been the key to her success.

Richard Matthews, Interim Financial Controller
Richard Matthews joined the InsuraGuest team in March 2019 as the interim financial controller. Leading the Finance and Audit team, Matthews is responsible for the delivery of financial services such as accounting, treasury, reporting, budgeting and insurance management, in accordance with legislative requirements and organizational policies and strategies. He has over 30 years of experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including compliance, business process, audit, and financial reporting. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Utah and is a licensed CPA in the state of Utah.

Roger Bloss, Corporate Consultant & Board Advisor
Roger Bloss joined InsuraGuest in August of 2019 to advise the company and its board on hotel transactions, contributing his knowledge from more than 40 years in the hospitality industry. Bloss previously served in executive positions with several major hotel franchise companies and in 1996 founded Vantage Hospitality Group hotel brands. Under his leadership, Vantage became a Top 10 global hotel company and made the Inc. 500/5000 list of Americas’ fastest-growing private companies for eight straight years. Bloss was named Lodging Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” in 2006 and 2010, and in 2009 earned a spot on HSMAI’s “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.” Bloss joined Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) in September 2016 in conjunction with the acquisition of Vantage.

Jim Kilduff, Board Advisor
James “Jim” C. Kilduff has nearly 40 years of experience in the insurance and risk management sectors. He is a dynamic and energetic team leader and builder with extensive experience in the changes affecting the insurance business through Gas, alternative distribution, insurtechs and program business. His skillset includes experience as chief insurance officer with Outdoorsy Insurance Group, CEO with Harbor Hill Solutions Inc., and senior vice president and chief marketing officer with State National Insurance Companies. His career has spanned MGA creation and management, insurance company management, business development and underwriting, primary insurance and reinsurance.

Don Archibald, Board Advisor
Don Archibald brings to InsuraGuest’s advisory board 54 years of experience as an insurance agent. Archibald is the founder and former owner of Archibald Clarke and Defieux (ACD Insurance), as well as the co-founder and former equity partner of Sussex Insurance, and an agent with Sussex since 2014.

InsuraGuest Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.155, up 10.71%, on 6,000 volume with 3 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 31,192 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.045/$0.34.

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Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF).

Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTC: PLPRF) is a branded cannabis-infused products manufacturer of edibles created to support a healthy and active lifestyle. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, PLUS™ concentrates on producing edibles using extracts to ensure compliant, dosable and delicious products that provide a consistent cannabis experience.

First introduced to the market in 2015 to rave reviews, PLUS™ is now one of the top best-selling edible brands in California. PLUS™ operates through a wholly owned subsidiary, Carberry, and has four cannabis-infused gummy candy SKUs (in addition to limited edition SKUs), that are currently sold in over 200 licensed dispensaries and delivery services. All products under the PLUS™ brand are produced in the company’s 12,000-square-foot food-safe cannabis manufacturing facility in Adelanto, California.

PLUS Products shares are currently listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. PLUS™ raised CAD$20 million through the offering, for which the lead underwriters were PI Financial and Canaccord Genuity. The company intends to use a portion of the IPO proceeds to fund rapid product capacity expansion, factory automation, working capital and new product development.

Operating in the largest adult-use recreational market in the U.S., PLUS Products holds a temporary manufacturing license in California and was one of the first brands to bring fully compliant products to the legal market. California legalized adult use recreational sales on Jan. 1, 2018, and industry analysts expect edible sales there will continue to amass enviable revenues. According to BDS Analytics, edibles made up 18 percent of marijuana retail sales in February 2018 across licensed retailers in California, with PLUS™ products ranking in the Top 10 of edible brands by retail dollar sales.

During the first half of 2018, PLUS Products generated US$2.45 million in sales, a marked improvement over 2017’s US$1.07 million in sales. The company’s established cannabis products are not only compliant with state laws, they are proving to be extremely popular with consumers. Among the PLUS™ product brands are:

  • Blackberry & Lemon RESTORE, an infusion of carefully dosed cannabis with a 9:1 THC to CBD per gummy.
  • Sour Watermelon UPLIFT, a low-calorie gummy crafted from carefully dosed cannabis with an infusion of 5mg THC per gummy.
  • Pineapple & Coconut CBD RELIEF, a tropical flavor gummy made from pure cannabis-derived CBD that is low-calorie, gluten-free and made with kosher ingredients.
  • Sour Blueberry CREATE, a low-calorie gummy infused with hybrid flower containing 5 mg THC.
  • Limited Edition Rose & Vanilla, available at select locations during Winter 2018, these gummies are crafted with 60 mg THC/30 mg CBD per tin.
  • Limited Edition RAINBOW SORBET gummies was created to celebrate Pride during Spring 2018 with a portion of each purchase donated to The Trevor Project, a confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth.

“We are extremely proud of the products PLUS has brought to market,” remarked Jake Heimark, CEO and cofounder in a statement. “We’ve quickly grown into one of the leading edible brands in California. With the proceeds of this round, we will continue to further our mission: to make cannabis safe and approachable for all types of consumers.”

The PLUS™ team believes that everyone deserves access to consistent, dosable and delicious cannabis products and strives to make that happen. Producing the best infused products at scale requires thoughtful collaboration among experts in many fields. At PLUS™, our team is comprised of Chefs, Chemists, Food Manufacturing Experts, Engineers, Machinists, Visionaries, Creatives, Strategists and others.

Plus Products Inc. (PLPRF), closed Thursday's trading session at $0.5314, up 8.8934%, on 20,343 volume with 28 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 42,980 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.279000014/$4.07000017.

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Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO)

The QualityStocks Daily Newsletter would like to spotlight Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO).

Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO) develops, markets and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the life sciences sample preparation market. Sample preparation refers to the wide range of activities that precede most forms of scientific analysis. It is often complex and time-consuming, yet a critical part of scientific research. The market for sample preparation products is currently estimated at $6 billion worldwide.

The Company’s product line can be used to exquisitely control the sample preparation process. It is based on a patented, enabling technology platform called pressure cycling technology (“PCT”). PCT uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient (14.5 psi) and ultra-high levels (up to 100,000 psi) to safely and reproducibly control critical biological processes, such as the lysis (breakage) of cells, the digestion of proteins, and the inactivation of pathogens.

Pressure BioSciences’ product line is led by its newly released, next-generation Barocycler 2320EXTREME instrument. Named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 R&D Awards (also known as the “Oscars of Innovation”), the Barocycler 2320EXT is already being touted by some key opinion leaders as an essential element of the $1.8 billion U.S. “Cancer Moonshot” program. For example, Professor Phil Robinson, Co-head of the cancer research center of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia), said in a recent interview: “We are collecting the whole proteome on 70,000 tumor samples from all classes where complete clinical outcome is known. Due to its unique capabilities, the Barocycler 2320EXT has become a critical part of our program. It is the primary enabler of the high-throughput component of the project. Without this step, our project simply could not be done. In fact, the Barocycler 2320EXT works so well we have just purchased two more.”

Momentum is building when it comes to the potential for using the Company’s unique PCT technology platform. Leading scientists are intrigued by Pressure BioSciences’ approach, which among other attributes, revolutionizes the process of rupturing cells (lysis) for further study, yielding superior biomolecules for investigation. The Company’s technology transcends current methods of breaking open cells, which use chemicals, blades, metal beads, or other damaging and altering methods that can ultimately adversely affect the result for researchers. Pressure BioSciences’ PCT technology utilizes customized, controlled hydrostatic (water) pressure to rupture cells in a chamber, enabling exquisitely customized levels of pressure to optimally break open different types of cells at prescribed pressure levels—something never before accomplished in a commercial setting. Using this pioneering method, the result is a truer, more legitimate sample, which boosts the efficacy of research and the quality of results. The potential impact of this technology on scientific advancement is enormous, enabling research scientists to begin their studies with biological samples of unprecedented integrity, with the potential to improve research outcomes at the earliest, most critical step. PCT can additionally inactivate pathogens (e.g., viruses, bacteria) using hydrostatic pressure, making the samples safer to study—another innovation with astronomical potential for application in a variety of markets.

The Company’s high-pressure instruments for research purposes are marketed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date, Pressure BioSciences has installed nearly 300 PCT Systems in over 165 leading academic, government, biotech and pharma laboratories around the world. Its primary applications are in biomarker discovery, forensics, agriculture and pathology. Over 100 scientific papers have been published on the advantages of the PCT platform, which is also being used in the specialized fields of drug discovery and design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil and plant biology, vaccine development and histology.

Impressive as their biotech business is, there is more to the PBI story. Pressure BioSciences recently received two patents in China for its novel Ultra Shear Technology (UST), a process that has potential in a wide range of industrial applications, including extending the shelf life of some food products and making two insoluble liquids (like oil in water) soluble. Patents have also been filed in many other countries worldwide. UST is a novel technique based on the use of intense shear forces generated from ultra-high-pressure valve discharge.

This important technology has the potential to play a significant role in a number of commercially important areas through its ability to create high-quality, stable nanoemulsions. Scientific studies indicate that improved absorption, higher bioavailability, greater stability, lower surfactant levels and other advantages can be achieved with nanoemulsions – all hugely important factors in the fields of nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and in various medical products. There is an enormous opportunity in the cannabis market, since the technology can potentially reduce oil droplets containing cannabidiol (CBD) to nanoparticles, after which they can be safely suspended in a stable water solution—something many companies have endeavored to achieve without success. Researchers looking for a way to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids in the body will find this technology a game changer.

The Company’s UST technology also has possibilities in the production of clean label foods, which are currently processed using several innovative methods, including high-pressure treatments (such as Starbucks’ Evolution line of juices). In 2015, the worldwide market for high-pressure processed (HPP) food was estimated at U.S. $10 billion. UST uses ultra-high pressures and certain valves to generate intense shear forces under controlled temperature conditions to produce nanoemulsions, and which also significantly reduces food-borne pathogens. Pressure BioSciences’ initial focus with this technology will be to evaluate UST for the production of high-quality dairy products and beverages.

Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO), closed Thursday's trading session at $2.45, up 6.5217%, on 4,139 volume with 10 trades. The average volume for the last 3 months is 14,563 and the stock's 52-week low/high is $0.600600004/$3.8499999.

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