VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — Sprout AI Inc. (“Sprout AI” or the “Company”) (CSE: SPRT) is a technologically focused, sustainable vertical farming company that has developed scalable, controlled aeroponic cultivation habitats. Sprout AI’s technology will provide solutions to the ever increasing complexities surrounding the current and future supply of a sustainable global food production and supply chain. The Company is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the cultivation technology of choice for the purpose of cultivating controlled substances for JT Medical LLC (“JT Medical”) based in Pennsylvania, USA.
JT Medical, having completed its first site visit with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is moving forward with the next steps required to obtain its license to cultivate, process and distribute a multitude of controlled plants to be used for medical research and development (the “License”). Plants under the license will include psilocybin mushroom, cannabis, and peyote and their derivatives. Under the license, the primary cultivation technology to be used is the Sprout AI’s proprietary cultivation habitats (the “Units”). The installation, set-up and management of the Units will be provided by TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation (“TheraCann”) which has an existing managed services agreement with JT Medical.
According to Scott Noerr, JT Medical co-founder and CFO: “Our team needed to secure a partner to provide the cultivation services and tracing technology required to create International Organization for Standardization (ISO) level manufacturing processes. We vetted nearly a dozen companies before selecting TheraCann. We chose them due to the vast array of managed services they offer, but more importantly, the development they have provided internationally. With TheraCann, researchers can secure small-batch, customizable, repeatable and traceable results. With the eventuality of our final site inspection expected to complete shortly, hospitals, prescribers and insurance companies will be able to count on our team to provide a national and international supply capacity. Behind all of that is the technology developed under TheraCann’s guidance of which we were grateful to secure their partnership.”
This order forms part of a larger TheraCann project (the “Project”) with an arm’s length party and confirms the Company’s ability to meet and exceed DEA Licensing requirements to ensure repeatability and the highest quality of plant-derived medicines. The total number of units to be delivered by the Company over the next 12 months will be based on JT Medical securing their cultivation request for domestic and/or international research and development projects. On Sept. 2, 2021, the DEA proposed a substantial increase in the amount of marijuana and psilocybin that can be legally produced for research. The DEA stated these are “necessary steps toward potential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of new drug products.”
According to Mr. Noerr: “The research potential provided by the DEA could give incredible value to the medicinal market, not just for cannabis, but for plant-based medicine as a whole. The world has forgotten its history of plant use; opening the gates to more accessible research is a long time coming. We are optimistic that the DEA & NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) can work together with us to help bring a plant-based healing revolution.”
TheraCann will provide further updates and place orders simultaneously to the company as the project expands. Assurance that subsequent orders will be required or fulfilled is unsecured as all orders will be subject to the project site readiness, availability of inventory, volatility in the supply chain of critical components for the Units and other risk factors inherent in the agricultural business.
Under the terms of the Order, an initial payment of 50% is required at the time of the Order to commence assembly. The remaining 50% of the Order is due at the time of shipping. All payments are non-refundable. Shipment of the Order is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Sprout AI CEO Chris Bolton commented: “Sprout AI’s selection by JT Medical as their choice indoor vertical cultivation technology represents an additional key milestone for the Company. Utilizing Sprout AI for this DEA medical research license Project further demonstrates Sprout AI’s highest level of plant crop flexibility, quality and repeatability. We are excited that our inclusion in this Project is yet another step in further establishing Sprout AI as a leading global provider of sustainable vertical farming solutions for the cultivation of plant-based medicinal research and development grade products. JT Medical’s ability to import and export controlled plant-based substances, utilizing Sprout AI technology, cannot be underestimated. In addition, the possible associated follow-on order provides the Company significant shareholder value potential.”
The Order was made pursuant to the terms of a distribution agreement between the Company and TheraCann dated Sept. 1, 2020 (the “Agreement”) in which TheraCann was appointed non-exclusive distributor for marketing, selling and providing training and support for the Units. As disclosed in the Prospectus (as defined below), TheraCann is a major shareholder of the Company and considered a “related party” under applicable Canadian securities law.
Additional details in connection with the Agreement can be found on the Company’s filings on www.sedar.com and specifically, in its final prospectus dated May 31, 2021 (the “Prospectus”).
About Sprout AI
Sprout AI is a vertical farming technology company in the business of planning, designing, manufacturing and/or assembling sustainable and scalable AI-controlled vertical cultivation equipment for indoor vertical farming. The adaptive technology produces an environment with improved growing parameters and early detection of adverse conditions resulting in consistent and repeatable crops, with shorter cultivation cycles independent of geographic climates.
The self-contained multi-level rolling rack technology increases the cubic cultivation area while mitigating the risk of outside and cross-contaminants.
About TheraCann International
TheraCann International is the leading global supplier of full turn-key solutions for essential infrastructure and ongoing management within the urban food sector. TheraCann has achieved this position through further development and stabilization within the global supply chain.
About JT Medical
JT Medical’s goal is to bring repeatable and verifiable results to an industry that has been underserved and Insufficiently researched for decades. Having qualified in Pennsylvania to file for a DEA medical cannabis license in 2017, and then seeing the opportunity to extend that license to other plants including psilocybin mushroom and peyote, JT Medical is poised for rapid growth.
For more information about Sprout AI, please visit http://sproutai.solutions
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