Dr. Patricio Stocker reports
BLUEBERRIES MEDICAL TO COLLABORATE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER ON CANNABIS AND MENTAL HEALTH IN NEW YORK FOR PRODUCT FORMULATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TREATMENT-FOCUSED MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Blueberries Medical Corp. has signed a definitive joint venture agreement with the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health (IRCCMH) for the development of medical education programs for physicians and patients in Latin America and product formulation.
IRCCMH is a leading research and academic organization in the cannabis sector with extensive experience in cannabis research and education, pharmacology, product formulation and the efficacy of cannabis-based treatments. Based in New York and aligned with the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, IRCCMH comprises renowned scientists, educators and clinicians and was created to bridge a gap between research and clinical practice. IRCCMH also creates education programs for physicians and patients and acts as adviser to several state-sponsored medical cannabis programs and has guided state regulators to create and implement cannabis programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Utah, California and other states. Founded by Jan Roberts, LCSW, and Dr. Jahan Marcu, PhD, the centre's founders and staff are regarded as thought leaders in the sector and have also been deeply involved with several other leading cannabis focused associations and are respected authors and speakers within the industry, as further detailed herein.
"This collaboration agreement with IRCCMH provides an outstanding opportunity for Blueberries to leverage IRCCMH's deep sector expertise to help educate physicians in Latin America and develop medical treatments for patients in the Latin American market and beyond. As cannabis regulation evolves globally, education and awareness are paramount to its adoption and the establishment of early-mover advantages," stated Dr. Patricio Stocker, chief executive officer of Blueberries. "IRCCMH is a highly respected institution in the United States, and their focus on education and research aligns with our goal of providing effective and responsible treatment to a broad spectrum of patients and customers globally. The agreement will emphasize education for prescribing doctors and patients and provide educational tools for all parties. This alliance will ensure that we are developing products and treatments that the medical community needs, with a streamlined process for reaching patients in these evolving markets."
IRCCMH will leverage its background and expertise to support the development of Blueberries' commercial and educational initiatives. Together with IRCCMH, Blueberries is developing a treatment-focused medical education program designed to assist physicians in prescribing cannabis-based treatment plans to patients in Latin America. A comprehensive patient and physician education program will be a cornerstone of Blueberries' strategy for the introduction and adoption of cannabis-based treatments, positioning Blueberries as an early leader in the Latin American medicinal cannabis market.
"IRCCMH is excited about our collaboration with Blueberries Medical and the opportunity to leverage our expertise in cannabis-based patient care, research and education in rapidly evolving global markets," stated Jan Roberts, founder of IRCCMH. "This affiliation will help Blueberries position themselves in Latin America as a leader in medical cannabis treatment and will ensure that the research, education and unique expertise of IRCCMH will impact a growing segment of medical treatment with cannabis in this region of the world."
This initiative will initially be rolled out through the company's previously announced partnership with El Manantial Medical Centers in Bogota, which will provide the platform, resources, patients and expertise needed to launch the program and commercialize the formulations and products developed through the collaboration with the IRCCMH. Blueberries is further extending its patient and physician network currently, replicating the El Manantial Medical Center model with other physicians, institutions and medical associations.
In addition to the development of best-in-class educational programs for the education of physicians and patients in Latin America, access to IRCCMH's team of specialists with deep expertise in medical cannabis will facilitate faster product development and generate the appropriate formulations and product standardization to accelerate the commercialization of the company's medicinal cannabis products, initially through El Manantial Medical Center's rapidly growing patient base and the company's other strategic arrangements.
About IRCCMH and IRCCMH's founders
Based in New York and aligned with the Silver School of Social Work at NYU and building upon years of expertise working with cannabis and mental health in the United States, IRCCMH was created to bridge a gap between research and clinical practice. IRCCMH was co-founded by Ms. Roberts and Dr. Marcu in 2017 to provide quality research and education to the medical cannabis community. IRCCMH is a community-based institute in New York that collaborates with universities, researchers, foundations, state institutions and other organizations to leverage the best talent in the field. The institute works to build educational seminars, expand research with universities, and provide consultation for health care professionals and regulatory organizations in order to improve patient care.
Jan Roberts, LCSW -- chief executive officer and director of Translational Research
Ms. Roberts is a co-founder for IRCCMH and serves as chief executive officer and director of Translational Research. Ms. Roberts is a licensed clinical social worker who owns and operates one of the largest collaborative care practices in the mid-Atlantic region -- Partners in Health and Wellbeing. Ms. Roberts is a clinician and an entrepreneur with an activist spirit who has extensive experience running both non-profit and for-profit health care organizations.
Ms. Roberts teaches at NYU Silver School of Social Work and is currently working on a funded study of mental health clinicians and knowledge and attitudes on cannabis. She is also guest editor for a special issue on cannabis and mental health for the Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ).
Ms. Roberts's current work is focused on the clinical application of cannabis in mental health settings and focusing on maladaptive coping strategies rather than a substance-based approach to treating addictions. As a result, Ms. Roberts is especially interested in educating fellow mental health clinicians on the most recent research findings to address stigma and lack of knowledge related to cannabis, the endocannabinoid system and mental health outcomes.
Dr. Jahan Marcu, PhD -- chief operating officer and director of experimental pharmacology and behavioural research
Dr. Marcu is a co-founder for IRCCMH. Dr. Marcu is the former chief science officer at Americans for Safe Access (a medical cannabis advocacy non-profit) and former director of the Patient-Focused Certification program, which is a health and safety oversight program that assesses regulatory compliance at cannabis operations.
He is co-founder and past chairman of the CANN subdivision of the Chemical Health and Safety Division (DCHAS) of the American Chemical Society. His is also on the board of directors of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine. He has a background in analytical chemistry and molecular pharmacology and received his PhD for contributions in characterizing the structure and function of the cannabinoid receptors. He is an author of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia's Cannabis Monograph and serves on multiple expert government, trade association committees and scientific organizations.
Dr. Marcu has helped create medical cannabis educational training for clinicians and for workers in the medical cannabis industry and has been invited to speak at many international conferences and universities, including the University of Leiden, Temple University School of Medicine, Princeton Hospital and Yale University. Dr. Marcu is also a court-qualified expert witness on cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.
Dr. Marcu is a recipient of the Billy Martin research award from the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
About Blueberries Medical Corp.
Blueberries is a Latin American licensed producer of naturally grown premium-quality cannabis, with its primary operations ideally located in the Bogota savannah of central Colombia and operations currently being established in Argentina. Led by a specialized team with proprietary expertise in agriculture, genetics, extraction, medicine, pharmacology and marketing, Blueberries is fully licensed for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution and international export of cannabidiol-based and tetrahydrocannabinol-based medical cannabis in Colombia. Blueberries' combination of leading scientific expertise, agricultural advantages and distribution arrangements has positioned the company to become a leading international supplier of naturally grown, processed and standardized medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products.
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