Aphria’s Australian-Based Partner Althea Granted Manufacture Licence
November 1, 2018
Leamington, Ontario – November 1, 2018 – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) today announced that its Australian-based partner Althea Company Pty Ltd. (“Althea” or the “Australian Company”) has been granted a Manufacture Licence by the Australian Government’s Office of Drug Control.
The license provides Althea with authorization to manufacture extracts and tinctures of cannabis and cannabis resin in accordance with relevant manufacture permits.
“We are excited to see our Australian partner achieve yet another milestone in receiving its Manufacture License. This is another step towards ensuring Australian patients have access to high-quality medicinal cannabis,” said Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria.
“Althea is excited at receiving our Manufacture Licence. Coupled with the existing Medicinal Cannabis Licence, Althea can now proceed with the next phase of planning for our Victorian-based production facility. Althea shareholders can look forward to a vertically integrated, seed-to-sale, state of the art medicinal cannabis operation, comparable to that of our Canadian partner Aphria,” said Althea CEO Josh Fegan.
“The granting of our Manufacture Licence adds to our growing momentum. Patients approved for Althea medicinal cannabis products have quickly passed the recent 100 patient milestone, with 127 patients now approved. Similarly, the number of doctors prescribing Althea products has increased from 42 to 50 in the last two weeks,” said Mr. Fegan. “And we are only getting started. Our aim is to reach 1,000 patients by this time next year and the comprehensive work we are doing educating mainstream doctors across Australia, makes that a distinct possibility.”
Through a previously announced exclusive supply agreement with Aphria, Althea commenced importing and supplying five co-branded medicinal products to eligible patients in Australia in the form of cannabis oil and dried flower, generating sales revenue starting in May 2018.
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Aphria is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of safe, clean and pure pharmaceutical-grade cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents.
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Althea was founded in Melbourne in 2017 with a view to acquiring the necessary licences and permits to import, cultivate, produce and supply medicinal cannabis for eligible patients across Australia. Through strategic supply and distribution partnerships, Althea has been able to commence sales of five Althea branded medicinal cannabis products in Australia.
Althea’s focus on patient care underpins its business strategy and its innovative web-based platform and mobile application, known as Althea Concierge, is designed to educate and support patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia. Althea has also engaged a team of medical science liaisons to assist medical practitioners to become prescribers, and pharmacists to become suppliers, of Althea products.
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