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Arizona College to Begin Developing New Cannabis Therapies

Construction has begun on Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s (SCNM) Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research, a 4,285 square-foot Biosafety Level 2 Lab (BSL-2), a compound isolation laboratory, and a compound identification and quantification facility in Tempe, Arizona.

The Institute will focus on the development of new antimicrobial therapies so critical in this age of novel viruses and antibiotic resistance, Cannabis sativa (marijuana) therapies, FDA-approved botanical drug products and more.

“We’re thrilled to launch the Ric Scalzo Institute,” said Dr. Paul Mittman, President & CEO of SCNM. “The unique collaboration of the plant scientists and the clinician’s labs offer opportunities to explore new medicines, and better understand others that have been used for centuries to advance health and wellbeing.”

Recently hired Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Bill Chioffi, is an Herbalist and brings 28 years of experience in the production of botanical medicine to SCNM, including vertically integrated botanical manufacturing of liquid extracts and concentrates, organic farming and processing of vertically integrated raw materials, qualitative and quantitative analysis of finished products and raw materials and much more.

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