Namaste Announces Approval of NamasteMD Android App and Accelerates Patient Acquisition in Anticipation of Sales License
Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV:N.V) (M5BQ.F) (NXTTF) is pleased to announce that the Company has received official approval of the latest version of its NamasteMD (“NamasteMD.com”) cannabis telemedicine App for Google Android devices, which is live in the Google Play store as of 8 AM EST August 23 rd, 2018. Approximately 50% of mobile phone users in Canada use Android devices. With the new launch of the apps on both iOS and Android platforms, NamasteMD can now facilitate online patient consultations, free of charge, within 15 minutes from sign-up on the App. The Company anticipates launching real-time consultations through NamasteMD within the next 10 days. Further to the Company’s Aug 22 nd news release, NamasteMD has achieved over 14,000 registered users, representing a 130% increase over a 2-month period. The Company anticipates significant acceleration in conversion rates with additional exposure through the Google Play store.
Namaste has developed Canada’s first fully-compliant medical cannabis patient portal, available on iPhone or Android devices, which allows Namaste to acquire patients faster and at a lower cost in comparison with other Licensed Producers. Patients acquired through NamasteMD have access to purchase medical cannabis through Namaste’s cultivation partners (“Licensed Producers). Under the terms of various Educational Service Agreements (“Service Agreements”), Namaste collects between 15-20% of the gross revenue derived from patient purchasing through referrals to Licensed Producers under NamasteMD. Namaste is presently partnered with over 10 Licensed Producers.
With Namaste’s medical cannabis “sales-only” license imminent, the Company anticipates a sharp increased revenue and margin with Cannmart booking full revenue amounts from patient ordering and the Company will aim to maintain a minimum of a 50% gross margin on cannabis products sold directly on its website.
Namaste operates over 30 e-commerce sites across the globe with over 1.5 Million customers. Integration of cannabis and consumable sales including CBD products into Namaste’s platform will propel the Company to become a global leader in the online retail of all things cannabis. The Company will launch the same strategy in leveraging its consumer databases along with its innovative technology platforms to expand NamasteMD and Cannmart’s model into international markets where Namaste maintains significant market share.
Sean Dollinger , President, and CEO of Namaste comments: “We’re very pleased to announce the launch of NamasteMD in the Google Play Store. We have been overwhelmed by the acceleration rate of our registered users and anticipate seeing even faster growth having now received approval from Google. With approximately 50% of mobile phone users operating on Google Android devices, we are expecting to see patient numbers accelerate even quicker than we have experienced so far. NamasteMD is a key component of our strategy in developing Canada’s largest medical cannabis patient database and in launching cannabis sales in Canada and abroad. While the process of acquiring a medical cannabis prescription and onboarding with a Licensed Producer typically can take several days or weeks, Namaste will offer a fully-integrated platform for new patients to consult with a nurse practitioner and immediately be connected with Cannmart to order their product. We believe in bringing value to our patients through technological innovation and aim to set the highest standard for patient care going forward.”