Exploring the benefits of medicinal cannabis underpins the newly established relationship between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals (formerly known as PUF Ventures Australia) who are establishing a new medicinal cannabis plant at Casino.
The University’s Lismore campus is equipped with high-security research laboratories where researchers work with the world’s most diverse collection of cannabis seed and has already established an international reputation for botanical research.
The agreements between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals commit to the development of hemp and medicinal cannabis products in the NSW northern rivers region that will enhance animal and human health according to SCU vice-chancellor professor Adam Shoemaker.
‘This agreement is a great example of Southern Cross University’s commitment to engaging with industry and the community, so that we can create an environment for discovery and commercial development, driving changes in our backyard that can translate into benefits around the world,’ said Professor Shoemaker.
In early February the project received grant funding of $2.5m from the Australian government as part of the regional jobs investment packages program (RJIP), a grant initiative that was made available by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
‘This is an exciting opportunity not just for Solaris Nutraceuticals, but also for the northern rivers region,’ said CEO of Solaris Nutraceuticals, Michael Horsfall.
‘The project will deliver around 300 direct jobs and make a significant impact to the local economy and raise the socio-economic profile of the northern rivers region.
‘Solaris Nutraceuticals will work with the University to identify opportunities to improve the properties and quality of medicines that can be derived from cannabis.’
Echonetdaily has contacted Southern Cross University to ask how they are looking at engaging with their highly experienced local community of growers who have been working towards the legalisation of medicinal cannabis for many years.