Move confirms the Company's commitment to bring to market scientific and clinically based therapeutic solutions derived from plants and sets the path for the development of next generation therapeutic solutions including botanical drugs.
Vancouver, British Columbia, and Rehovot, Israel--(Newsfile Corp. - May 31, 2022) - BioHarvest Sciences Inc. (CSE: BHSC) ("BioHarvest" or the "Company") has hired Dr. Brian S. Cornblatt as its Chief Medical Officer, marking a significant milestone in the Company's route for the development of next generation therapeutic solutions including botanical drugs.
Dr. Cornblatt has served as Director of Consumer Clinical Research and Science and as Medical Director at Nutramax Laboratories Consumer Care, Inc. In this role Dr. Cornblatt developed novel nutraceutical formulations, designed both in vitro and clinical studies in support of products, and summarized both supporting laboratory and clinical research for healthcare workers and consumers. His most recent development has been a novel line of products (and 18 related clinical trials) which deliver the essential ingredients needed to support the production of sulforaphane, a phytochemical with many emerging indications. Dr. Cornblatt is also the inventor of three issued patents and four pending provisional patents focused on plant-based bioactive compounds and health promotion.
Prior to moving to Nutramax Laboratories in 2010, Dr. Cornblatt was the Scientific Director and Developer of the Catholic Health Initiatives' (CHI) Center for Translational Research (CTR), a combined molecular research laboratory, national biorepository, and diagnostics laboratory. The CTR supported research initiatives throughout CHI's forty Oncology centers.
Dr. Brian S. Cornblatt
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Dr. Cornblatt is a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Graduate with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences Division of Toxicology.
"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Cornblatt to the leadership team at BioHarvest at a time of transition and growth for us," said BioHarvest CEO Ilan Sobel. "He will help us lead the charge as we take steps to actively expand our line up of clinically based nutraceutical products and move into medicinal prescription products with our polyphenol-based products and Cannabis product line up."
Dr. Cornblatt said "I am excited about the opportunities that BioHarvest has in the medicinal space based on the CELLicitation™ technology. Some of the existing products can already form a potential for future botanical drugs and I am looking at expanding the indications for which unique products like VINIA® can be used. I look forward to working with the capable R&D team to bring to the world unique, clinically based therapeutic solutions."
BioHarvest is seeking to receive authorization in Israel to produce Cannabis for commercial purposes and is also looking to expand production facilities to North America. BioHarvest recently announced that it has produced a meaningful amount (10 kilograms) of full-spectrum Cannabis biomass at a commercial scale without growing the plant itself. (For full illustration, Watch this video or visit https://bioharvest.com. It is the first time that any group - in either industry or academia - has successfully produced meaningful quantities of full-spectrum Cannabis biomass without growing the plant itself. The Cannabis biomass is not genetically modified and was produced using the Company's proprietary BioFarming technology platform, which grows plant cells in their natural structure in proprietary bioreactors. The company has also recently (May 12) unveiled the profile of its unique Cannabis composition. It contains major and minor cannabinoids as well as terpenes.
BioHarvest has a market capitalization of approximately CAD$131M and has raised over CAD$ 58M to date. The Company holds unique patented technology that allows it to produce a unique grade of full spectrum, consistent, and clean Cannabis biomass in industrial-scale bioreactors with manufacturing costs which are significantly below industry benchmarks. Its offering will consist of multiple unique Cannabis compositions selected based on specific indications and B2B customer requirements.
About BioHarvest Sciences Inc.
BioHarvest Sciences Inc. (CSE: BHSC) is a fast-growing Biotech firm listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. BioHarvest has developed a patented bio-cell growth platform technology capable of growing the active and beneficial ingredients in fruit and plants, at industrial scale, without the need to grow the plant itself. This technology is economical, ensures consistency, and avoids the negative environmental impacts associated with traditional agriculture. BioHarvest is currently focused on nutraceuticals and the medicinal cannabis markets. Visit: www.bioharvest.com.
BioHarvest Sciences Inc.
Ilan Sobel, Chief Executive Officer
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