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Although the biotech industry is poised to be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the legal cannabis movement, investors must be cautious with many of the companies focused on this opportunity.

While opportunity is vast, it is also expensive and many of these companies do not have the capital needed to execute on its strategy. We have highlighted three biotech cannabis firms below in order of favorability and will continue to monitor how they execute on their plan from here.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Yesterday, InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IN.CN) (IMLFF) announced a major step in its strategy after it entered a R&D collaboration with ATERA SAS of France.

Unlike some its competitors, InMed is focused on partnering with top-notch organizations and ATERA is a leading tissue engineering company specializing in the development of advanced human tissue models.

Under the terms of the agreement, ATERA will evaluate the efficacy of InMed’s lead compound, INM-750 and will investigate the beneficial effects of topically applied INM-750 at ultra-structural cellular and molecular levels.

Today, Israeli based Therapix Biosciences (TRPX) and CURE Pharmaceutical (CURR) signed a memorandum of understanding to enter a research collaboration with Israel’s largest private medical services center, Assuta Medical Centers. The companies will collaborate to advance, research, develop and commercialize potential therapeutic products in the fields of personalized medicine and cannabinoids.

Under the agreement, the companies intend to formalize the pooling of professional, scientific, financial resources and expertise, to benefit from each of its respective advantages and capabilities to develop new therapeutic products in the fields of personalized medicine and cannabinoids. Specifically, CURE and Therapix will provide support and expertise in the development of pharmaceutical products, while Assuta will support the early research and development of potential projects through its research and facilities.

NEMUS Bioscience, Inc. (NMUS) had another setback today and issued an update in regards to a private placement with Schneider Finance LLC for the sale of 1,000,000 shares of Series E Preferred Stock for gross proceeds of $20,000,000.

The financing was supposed to close by today and as of today, Schneider Finance LLC did not provide funding to close the transaction and requested an extension of the closing date. NEMUS plans to continue to work with Schneider Finance to close the transaction.

 

Authored by: Jason Spatafora

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A legal cannabis movement is sweeping the United States and currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and eight states have legalized recreational marijuana.

Although recent studies have shown that cannabis has medical benefits, the DEA and FDA still have it classified as a Schedule I substance. The Schedule I category is reserved for substances that have the highest potential for abuse, that have no accepted medical use and even under medical supervision cannot be used safely.

Although researchers are beginning to learn about the medical benefits associated with cannabis, they have not even scratched the surface. The cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the world. After spending several years researching cannabis and developing products, companies are just beginning to realize the fruits of their efforts.

Biotech Beneficiaries

The biotech sector will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the legal cannabis movement and we expect this market to see incremental growth over the next decade.

Cannabis continues to improve daily life for millions of people all over the globe and this multi-billion-dollar opportunity is still in its infancy. The biotech sector of the cannabis industry is comprised of some of the best capitalized and most mature public companies and we have identified five companies for investors to monitor.

IGC: A Stock to Watch After Coming Off its Highs

India Globalization Capital (IGC) is one of the few cannabis-focused companies that trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and earlier this month, the company entered a definitive license agreement with the University of South Florida (USF). Under the agreement, IGC is the exclusive licensee of the U.S. patent filing entitled, THC as a Potential Therapeutic Agent for Alzheimer’s Disease.

This is an important development and milestone for the company as it works toward the development of a potential cannabis-based blockbuster treatment for America’s most expensive disease, Alzheimer’s disease.

IGC received a muted reaction from the market and we see upside to current levels after this milestone. We are favorable on IGC’s recent updates as it has pivoted fully into the biotech cannabis sector and continue to monitor developments around the company’s cannabinoid-based therapies.

Insys Receives a Positive Response to Management Additions

Insys Therapeutics (INSY) continues to trade higher after the company announced the addition of four pharmaceutical industry veterans to its management team. These additions help remove some of the market’s concerns pertaining to the strength of its management team and we see further upside from current levels.

we view Insys as an acquisition candidate and expect to see the company acquired this year. In July 2016, INSY announced that the FDA approved Syndros, an orally administered liquid formulation of the pharmaceutical cannabinoid Dronabinol, a pharmaceutical version of THC. At the time of this announcement, INSY said that Syndros is awaiting scheduling by the DEA.

GW Pharma: An Industry Leader

GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) has come off its recent lows and the shares are trading near $105 after falling below $93 earlier this month. GW is an industry leader and the company has several catalysts occurring in the second half of this year.

GW is changing the landscape of the biotech industry and the company already sells a cannabis-derived treatment for multiple sclerosis is 27 countries. GW is a company that investors need to watch as it continues to execute on its pipeline and create value for shareholders.

Nemus Advances its THC Pro-Drug

Today, Nemus Bioscience (NMUS) announced that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) derived from NB1111, a proprietary pro-drug of THC, achieved significant tissue concentrations in multiple compartments of the eye that are correlated with the lowering of IOP in a normotensive ocular animal model.

The abstract, Intraocular pressure lowering efficacy of NB1111 in a normotensive rabbit model expands on previously reported data by showing that the product safely penetrated multiple ocular chambers and concentrated in key tissues that help regulate intraocular pressure.

Nemus and the University of Mississippi have also collaborated on developing an analogue of CBD into an eye drop formulation called NB2222. The company plans to submit an abstract to an upcoming scientific meeting to present data on the NB2222 program.

We are favorable on this development and view Nemus’ relationship with the University of Mississippi to be a unique and differentiating factor. The shares are trading at $0.28 and this is a company investors should watch.

Cara Surges 10% on Positive Data

Cara Therapeutics (CARA) rallied more than 10% yesterday after the company announced the completion of a pre-specified interim conditional power analysis of its adaptive Phase 3 trial of I.V. CR845. The trial will continue to test two doses of CR845 against a placebo in up to 450 patients undergoing abdominal surgery. The Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) reviewed available safety information and confirmed that both doses of CR845 were well tolerated with no significant changes in the monitored safety parameters.

The primary efficacy measure is the Change in Pain Intensity over the 24-hour postoperative period using the patient-reported Numeric Rating Scale score collected at pre-specified time points through 24 hours. Postoperative nausea and vomiting will be evaluated as a secondary efficacy measure.

Although CARA has not advanced any of its cannabis initiatives, we continue to monitor the shares closely. Although we do not consider CARA to be a cannabis biotech stock, we continue to monitor the shares due to the potential it has to enter the sector.

Authored By: Jason Spatafora

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Omni Health, Inc. Expands Scientific Advisory Board, Adds Dr. Lawrence E. Samuels

MIAMI, FL–(Marketwired – Jun 1, 2017) – Omni Health, Inc. ( OTC PINK : OMHE ), a vertically integrated healthcare company dedicated to the development of pharmaceutical, anti-aging products, and cannabis biotech engineering, announced that Lawrence E. Samuels, MD, has joined its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB will work closely with the OMHE management team to advance the Company’s product development programs. “We’re honored that Dr. Samuels, a renowned inventor & scientist has chosen to serve on our Scientific Advisory board,” said Andrey Soloviev, OMHE’s Chief Executive Officer. “His ongoing technical expertise and innovative guidance will allow us to move strategically with our resources and accelerate development of our early-stage pipeline products to run parallel to our existing business.”

Dr. Lawrence E. Samuels, the chief of dermatology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis and a widely-respected leader in his medical field, founded RX Systems PF in 1966 and is highly knowledgeable in pH-balanced, Glypoic Complex-based products, retinols and moisturizers for the face and body, anti-aging, skin care and hair repair products. Dr. Samuels will provide access to a lucrative niche market of doctors’ offices and medical facilities.

Dr. Samuels is a member of the teaching faculty at Washington University Medical School and he has provided expert dermatological care for more than three decades. He’s a board-certified dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

The global wellness products industry is currently a $569 billion industry, and anti-aging is one of the fastest growing categories. The market research firm Global Industry Analysts estimates that a boomer fueled consumer base “seeking to keep the dreaded signs of aging at bay” will push US market for anti-aging products from about $80 billion now to more than $114 billion by 2020. Anti-aging skincare is one of the industry’s booming sectors.

CEO Andrey Soloviev further noted, “Our plan for growth accelerates with the synergy created by our scientific board, our current/future product lines and our existing pharmacy which has been operating for 41 years. With Dr. Samuels’ expertise, we expect to innovate, develop multiple lines of products beginning with our flagship skincare line.”

For more information about Omni Health, go to www.OmniHealth.md

About Omni Health Inc.
Omni Health, Inc. ( OTC PINK : OMHE ) is a 41 year old vertically integrated healthcare company dedicated to the development of pharmaceutical, anti-aging products, and cannabis biotech engineering with a robust pipeline of new products and breakthrough innovation.

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Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s ability to develop, market and sell products based on its technology; the expected benefits and efficacy of the Company’s products and technology; the availability of substantial additional funding for the Company to continue its operations and to conduct research and development, and future product commercialization; and the Company’s business, research, product development, regulatory approval, marketing and distribution plans and strategies.

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Marijuana Stocks, especially Cannabis Companies with strong ties to Biotech have been increasingly front and center on Wall Street’s main stage.  Marijuana Stocks and the Cannabis-Biotech sector continue to evolve and grow into the mainstream powerhouse we know it can and will be. We have identified a small Cannabis-Biotech start up that deserves your attention.

InMed Pharmaceuticals (IMLFF) is a Vancouver-based pre-clinical trial Cannabis-Biotech company that has not only developed a proprietary cannabinoid manufacturing system yet in the process created a highly sought after database, which has mapped the different compounds of cannabinoids to the various diseases that it can address.

This cannabinoid database was designed by (IMLFF) to assist them in their investigative studies and has currently become a core asset as other Cannabis Biotech companies have come knocking on their door willing to offer a hefty sum for this information. Most medical marijuana processors are using THC and CBD because they are easy to extract in large quantities, however there are more than 90 diverse cannabinoid structures that (IMLFF) has plugged into its system. The bioinformatics algorithm has taken those different compounds and screens them against approved drugs, diseases and genetic properties of diseases. It then selects specific cannabinoids that might help regulate that particular disease.

InMed Pharmaceuticals (IMLFF) has created this database “tool” & is saving time and money in the drug research process. It has already helped (IMLFF) to identify two treatments for rare diseases. One for a rare children’s skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB) that has no approved treatments and the other for glaucoma. Chief Executive Officer Eric Adams said, “It’s a very devastating disease and we found out in early testing that this set of cannabinoids treat the major symptoms of this disease giving them a tremendous amount of relief, but it may also reverse the disease, which is something no one has really talked about before.”

Startup Cannabis-Biotechs like InMed Pharmaceuticals (IMLFF) will continue to grow as Marijuana Stocks / Sector continues to evolve into mainstream markets.

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One of the hottest sub-sectors of the cannabis industry was under pressure last week and investors have been able capture significant gains by buying the dips over the last six months.

Although cannabis cultivators and retailers have stolen the headlines for much of the last year, biotech companies focused on developing treatments from cannabis are going to be some of the biggest winners from the cannabis super cycle.

Biotech companies levered to the cannabis industry are some of the highest quality investment opportunities due to the exchange they trade on, access to institutional capital, strength of the management team, its longer term operating history, and its transparency and visibility.

The biotech companies that trade on the Nasdaq exchange are held to a higher level of accountability and transparency when compared to the biotech companies that trade on the over-the-counter exchange.

Betting on Biotech

Although the biotech industry offers a lot of opportunity, it presents even more risk. When we look at biotech investment opportunities, we look for companies that possess a competitive or unique advantage over their peers.

Some important factors we think are important to look at when considering a biotech investment include the following:

• Management: By far the most important (pedigree, track record, etc.)
• Balance Sheet Strength: Does it need money- clinical trials are not cheap
• Strategic Partnerships: Does it benefit from strategic relationships
• Product Pipeline: How advanced are they in the testing process.
• Illnesses Focused: Are they working on an illness with no current treatment
• Valuation: Does the current market cap offer limited or significant upside

Companies to Watch

Some of the cannabis stocks levered to the biotech sector that investors should have on their radar include: GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), Insys Therapeutics (INSY), Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE),Vinergy (VIN.CN) (VNNYF), Emblem Corp (EMC.V) (EMMBF), and InMed $IMLFF $IN


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Biotech companies will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the global cannabis movement as the plant can improve daily life for tens of millions every day.

After securing a potentially highly lucrative licensing contract, InMed Pharmaceuticals,
(OTCQB: IMLFF CSE: IN) looks even better positioned to benefit for positive tailwinds facing the global cannabis industry.

What does InMed Pharmaceuticals Do?

InMed Pharmaceuticals is a pre-clinical biopharmaceutical company that is focused on the research and development of novel and cannabinoid-based therapies in Canada. The products under pre-clinical development stage include:

• INM-750 for the treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa
• INM-085 for the treatment of Glaucoma

InMed is also developing various drugs for diseases, such as ocular, pain and inflammation, dermatology, central nervous system, metabolic, and respiratory disease. InMed is following a traditional pharmaceutical of drug development through the FDA and other regulatory agencies.

Owns Valuable Proprietary Property

InMed Pharmaceuticals possess valuable intellectual property. In addition to their pipeline of therapies they are also developing:
1.) Ocular Delivery Technology – Potential stand alone business
2.) A cannabinoid manufacturing process – a disruptive technology for the industry.
3.) Bioinformatics Database Assessment Tool. – Burgeoning licensing opportunities

This last product will be attractive to countless biotech, research and healthcare firms as it provides cannabinoid recommendations based off a vast database and proprietary algorithms. The platform operates can cut costs and improve margins for firms by shortening the discovery period. It also improves the chances of success when it comes to drug commercialization.

The Bioinformatics Database Assessment Tool is comprised three core components. One such component is a database of the chemicals found in the cannabis plant. With the ability to network with other databases in metabolics, genetic pathways and protein interactions to name a few. Effectively a drastic reduction in the time and cost for drug discovery.

The opportunity here is evidenced by a recently signed a term sheet for its first potential licensing deal with Revive Therapeutics Ltd. The company hopes to assist Revive as it works to develop cannabinoid-based therapeutics for kidney diseases. Expect more licensing deals in the future that will further unlock value for InMed’s shareholders.

Outlook is Bright

The positive tailwinds pushing the global cannabis industry makes InMed an attractive candidate for biotech cannabis investors. The vast capabiltities of the Bioinformatic division and the large number of illnesses that can be identified and treated with cannabis is only one attractive aspect of the company. We expect InMed’s 21st century approach to cannabinoid drug development , delivery and production to advance and expand significant catalysts for shareholders over the coming year and beyond.

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Countries across the globe continue to legalize cannabis and it is only a matter of time until the U.S. gets on the bandwagon.

The biotech sector will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of legal cannabis and companies focused on this opportunity have outperformed the market over the last quarter.

A Stock to Watch

Today, Vinergy Resources (VIN: CSE) (VNNYF: OTCQB) reported a breakthrough while conducting R&D on its oral cannabinoid (CBD) delivery strips and controlled time release capsule technology.

We highlighted VIN.CN as a stock to watch after its acquisition of MJ Biopharma in mid-December and the market responded very favorably to this all-stock purchase. MJ Biopharma is a private cannabis technology company focused on manufacturing breath strips, time release capsules, extract oils, food products such as infused juices, teas, coffee and extract drinks, as well as the development of pharmaceutical grade delivery systems.

MJ Biopharma is also focused on licensing and partnering on the development of technologies and products for the medical and recreational cannabis market in Canada and abroad. The company said that the novel approach that is under development will become the basis for new products where water or saliva is the catalyst used to activate the carrier for delivery and absorption of CBD in the body.

Opportunity to Create a New Product Category

This unique approach forms the basis for a fundamentally new technology and possible new product category. The technology is called BURST due to the speed at which it can enhance the body’s absorption of various ingredients. The BURST system is built on natural botanical polymers delivering specialty processed high purity cannabinoids.

MJBiopharma CEO Kent Deuters said, “This is a great breakthrough for us and the product line we have planned. The technology can also be utilized in our time release capsules which of course will have a slower absorption rate. We think time release capsules are extremely important as they help bridge the gap in terms of familiarity with many patients who want to switch from synthetic drugs to a natural drug as a way to reduce side effects, reduce drug costs and just feel better all around.”

Two Top Picks

Two other biotech cannabis stocks we are watching are Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE) and GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH).

GWPH has rallied off its recent lows and we remain bullish on the company due to its deep pipeline of pharmaceutical products that are in advanced stages of FDA testing. The company has several catalysts in the back half of 2017 and we see significant upside to current levels.

ZYNE continues to remain one of our top picks in the cannabis sector as we see significant upside to current levels. The average Wall Street price target on ZYNE is north of $30 and we view the company as an acquisition candidate for any biotech company interested in the cannabis industry.

We continue to view GWPH as one of the top investment opportunities within the cannabis sector as it is the only Nasdaq traded company focused on developing treatments from the actual cannabis plant.

Unlike Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE) which develop its treatments from synthetic cannabis, GWPH uses the actual cannabis plant and the benefits of this are reflected in its continued success in FDA trials.

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Federal authorities charged another doctor with health-care fraud after receiving kickback from Insys Therapeutics (INSY) in return for prescribing one of its highly addictive opioid products. In mid-2015, we reported on this story and urged caution with shares of INSY due to our expectation for future legal headwinds. Our prediction proved to be accurate and INSY has fallen by more than 75% since we published this article.

Although we continue to forecast increased volatility with INSY in the near-term, we expect to see the company acquired by a larger biotech firm interested in the cannabis industry this year and see significant upside to current levels. The Pay for prescriptions fallout has created an opportunity for retail investors familiar with INSY and their drug therapies, namely Syndros which got FDA clearance in July of 2016.

Biotech Bets Continue to Pay Off

The biotech sector will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of legal cannabis and companies focused on this opportunity have outperformed the market over the last quarter.

We highlighted Vinergy Resources (VIN.CN) (VNNYF) as a stock to watch after its acquisition of MJ Biopharma in mid-December and the market responded very favorably to this all-stock purchase.

Yesterday, Vinergy announced that it signed a letter of intent to acquire up to 51% of a European multi-national plant breeding company that has $14+ million in annual sales and adjusted EBITDA $2+ million.

Becoming a Global Cannabis Opportunity

The target acquisition has been providing customers with commercial agriculture services for more than 25 years. During 2016, the company shipped 35+ million plant products to its customers and it continues to see incremental growth opportunities.

Through Vinergy, the company will be able to expand into the European cannabis industry. As part of the acquisition, Vinergy will now have access to 2,000+ hemp and cannabis strains with the ability to supply those strains to global customers.

The terms and conditions associated with the transaction were not disclosed but management expects the transaction to close in tranches with the first being it the first quarter of 2017.

A Stock to Watch

We continue to be bullish on Cara Therapeutics, Zynerba (ZYNE) and GWPH as possible acquisition targets by Pharma companies as Jason Spatafora (@Wolfofweedst) stated in a July 26th piece for Forbes. We will keep you updated on progress in this sector as usual…

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Vinergy Resources/MJ Biopharma Appoint Scientific Advisory Board Chair to Pursue Clinical Testing of Cannabinoids for Therapeutics

 Vinergy Resources Ltd. (“Vinergy” or the “Company”) (CSE:VIN)(CSE:VIN.CN) in conjunction with its proposed acquisition of MJ Biopharma (announced December 14, 2016) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. William Panenka, MD as Chair of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Bringing on the right human capital through strategic hires is an important part of the Company’s strategy to develop, test and identify specific cannabinoid isolates for targeted therapeutic purposes.

Dr. Panenka received his M.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Calgary in Canada. His M.Sc. was basic science-focused utilizing Western Blotting, PCR, in-situ hybridization and other wet lab techniques to study the immune system. He completed residencies in both psychiatry and neurology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Panenka is one of only two specialists in Western Canada with a unique dual certification from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both the specialties of neurology and psychiatry.

In 2011 Dr. Panenka began a research fellowship focusing on the mental and physical health, as well as the brain imaging correlates of drug use, addictions, and traumatic brain injuries. In 2012, he became a research fellow at Harvard University and was competitively recruited to the University of British Columbia in 2013 as an assistant professor in psychiatry. His main focus is addiction and traumatic brain injury, with multiple basic science and clinical collaborations nationally and internationally.

For the past five years Dr. Panenka has been involved in a large project funded by a CIHR team grant to longitudinally follow over 400 vulnerably housed individuals, with a high burden of addictions and mental health issues, in Vancouver’s poorest neighborhood. They perform extensive cognitive phenotyping, neuropsychiatric assessments and multimodal MRI on participant, and follow them for 10 years. This study involves collaboration between multiple medical specialties, local health clinics, and community organizations. He is a Co-Investigator on an extension study that was just funded by CIHR and slated to run for the next five years.

He is also the BC Primary Site Investigator on a national multi-site study funded by Brain Canada titled “A National biobank and database for patients with traumatic brain injury”. The goal is to enroll TBI patients of all severities and longitudinally follow them for six months with cognitive assessments and MRI, and pool this data into a national database. He is part of a multidisciplinary team within the division of neuropsychiatry at UBC that includes of neurologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others that contribute. Within this role he is developing a research-enabled Neuropsychiatry concussion clinic at the University of British Columbia. I am the medical lead of this clinic and the physician consultant to the Fraser Health Concussion Clinic, the largest Concussion Clinic in the province.

Dr. Panenka brings invaluable experience, expertise and insight and we look forward to developing numerous projects that he can participate in. Dr. Panenka will be granted 150,000 options exercisable at $0.55, subject to approval by the CSE.

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From the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), U.S. government agencies continue to change its stance pertaining to medical cannabis.

Last year, the NCI updated its website to include various studies that reveal how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells. The NIDA revised their April 2015 publication to say that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.

Countries across the globe continue to legalize cannabis and it is only a matter of time until the U.S. gets on the bandwagon. Although the market continues to keep its eyes on the U.S. cannabis industry, its neighbors to the north continue to be the global cannabis leader.

Biotech Bets

The biotech sector will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of legal cannabis and companies focused on this opportunity have outperformed the market over the last quarter.

We highlighted Vinergy Resources (VIN.CN) as a stock to watch after its acquisition of MJ Biopharma in mid-December and the market responded very favorably to this all-stock purchase.  At the time of this announcement, Vinergy also announced a non-brokered private placement offering of up to 10,000,000 units at $0.20 per unit.

MJ Biopharma is a private cannabis technology company based out of British Columbia that is currently focused on manufacturing breath strips, time release capsules, extract oils, food products such as infused juices, teas, coffee and extract drinks, as well as the development of pharmaceutical grade delivery systems. The company is also focused on licensing and partnering on the development of technologies and products for the medical and recreational cannabis market in Canada and abroad.

Vinergy’s market sentiment has improved significantly following the acquisition and investors were able to acquire stock at a more than 50% discount to the current price through the private placement. The offering generated incredible interest and is very oversubscribed. Investors should keep an eye on Vinergy as we expect to see the company build off of this momentum.

An Agreement Based on Success

One of the reasons why we were favorable on the aquisiton of MJ BioPharma was due to the milestone-based compensation strucutre. Vinergy issued 5 million shares to MJ BioPharma shareholders and can issue up 3.75 million more shares based on the completion of certain milestones.

  • The company will issue an additional 2.75 million shares upon the commercialization of MJ BioPharma’s strip technology.
  • One million shares will be issued when each of two alternative selected extractions/products are ready for commercialization.

Banking on Biotech

Although we continue to expect the biotech sector to benefit the legal cannabis movement, we are watching how these companies are impacted by a new White House administration.

The biotech sub-sector of the cannabis industry is comprised of some of the most mature cannabis businesses. We continue to view these companies as some of the most attractive cannabis investments and want to discuss our view of these companies at their current levels.

GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) has rallied off its recent lows and we remain bullish on the company due to its deep pipeline of pharmaceutical products that are in advanced stages of FDA testing. The company has a number of catalysts in the back half of 2017 and we see significant upside to current levels.

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE) continues to remain one of our top picks in the cannabis sector as we see significant upside to current levels. The average Wall Street price target on ZYNE is north of $30 and we view the company as an acquisition candidate for any biotech company interested in the cannabis industry.

Insys Therapeutics (INSY) has also rallied off its recent lows and the shares fell more than 60% during 2016. We believe that all of the legal concerns are priced into INSY and see significant upside to current levels. Like Zynerba, we view Insys as an acquisition candidate and view the company as a long-term investment opportunity.

 

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