WeedMD Inc., a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, announced the appointment of Tricia Symmes as General Manager of CX Industries Inc. CX Industries is the wholly-owned subsidiary of WeedMD that specializes in extraction, toll processing and third-party product formulation and operates out of the Company’s fully-licensed extraction hub in Aylmer, Ontario. In this newly-created role, Tricia will lead CX Industries’ commercial operations and the development of new business channels and product development for both the adult-use and medical markets. CX Industries will leverage her extensive knowledge and experience in bringing over 20 pharmaceutical products to market, including developing medical cannabis formulations as it looks to introduce high-margin products of new cannabis classes.
Also joining the CX team is industry specialist Logan Marynissen, as Director of Extraction. Logan will optimize WeedMD’s extraction operations and provide technical oversight for the production of new cannabis products. Tricia and Logan will drive CX Industries to commercial scale and lead product innovation with low-cost cannabis readily available from WeedMD’s outdoor and greenhouse-crafted cannabis.
“As we strengthen our verticals, build new cannabis product lines and continue scaling for growth, we are positioning WeedMD for long-term success and CX will be a critical component as we execute our new cannabis products strategy,” said Keith Merker, CEO of WeedMD. “We welcome Tricia and Logan, both seasoned leaders from Canada’s pharmaceutical and extraction industries who bring considerable bench-strength and experience to our team. With Tricia’s commercial acumen, deep understanding of P&L structures and medical cannabis oversight, and Logan’s rich experience in varied extraction methodologies, they are perfectly suited to lead CX.”
CX Industries’ Vitalis Q-90 supercritical CO2 extractor recently entered commercial operations. With its focus on end-product manufacturing and white-labelling, CX expects to produce the highest margin cannabis products for increased profitability. A significant portion of WeedMD’s low-cost greenhouse and outdoor biomass is slated for CX Industries. Its throughput capacity of 26,000 kgs will double to over 50,000 kgs per year when a second extractor becomes operative by end of 2019. At peak production in 2020 with four machines in operation, CX will have the capacity to extract and process 200,000 kgs of biomass annually. More about CX launch here.
“This is a pivotal time to be joining CX Industries as we leverage WeedMD’s robust and disruptive cultivation platform to develop industry-leading, margin-rich cannabis products. Everything from concentrates to sprays to topicals,“ said Tricia Symmes, General Manager of CX Industries. “The industry is rife with opportunity as consumers look for alternate ways to incorporate cannabis into their routines and borrowing from Pharma and CPG will ensure we remain best-in-class.”
Additionally, CX Industries and WeedMD will list a range of cannabis extract products across its medical and non-medical markets in Q1 2020. The Company also expects to launch new brands to complement its current portfolio and introduce products of new cannabis classes in the new year.
Tricia Symmes, General Manager, CX Industries: Most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Acerus Pharmaceuticals, Tricia has a deep knowledge in commercial and business development as well as regulatory, governance and compliance requirements. She previously held positions of increasing responsibility including General Manager at Alcon Canada and Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Tricia holds an MBA from Charles Strut University, an Honors Bachelor in Kinesiology from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College.
Logan Marynissen, Director of Extraction, CX Industries: Logan spent the last four years overseeing Canopy Growth’s extraction operations in Smith Falls, Ontario. He will be instrumental as WeedMD scales its CX operations. He brings experience and deep knowledge in plant extraction methodologies such as: distillation, crystallization, decarboxylation, terpene separation, winterization and supercritical extraction. Logan holds an Honors BSc. Degree in Biological & Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Guelph University.
CX Industries is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WeedMD Inc. and operates out of its fully-licensed 26,000 sq. ft. Aylmer, Ontario production facility and specializes in cannabis extraction and processing.