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Cannabix is developing Marijuana Breathalyzer devices to give law enforcement and employers a tool to enhance public safety
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cannabix Technologies Inc. (CSE: BLO) (OTC PINK: BLOZF) (the “Company” or “Cannabix”), developer of marijuana breathalyzer devices for law enforcement and the workplace, reports that it will be presenting at the Texas Impaired Driving Forum, held by Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in February. Cannabix’s Dr. Jared Boock, Ph.D., will be presenting the Company’s marijuana breathalyzer technologies and approaches at the Forum. The 2021 Texas Impaired Driving Forum attracted approximately 300 attendees from across the state of Texas. These traffic safety stakeholders specialize in fields such as prosecution, judicial review, probation, law enforcement, education/advocacy, prevention, treatment, and highway safety.
The Company reports that the version 4.0 THC Breath Analyzer (“THCBA”) sensor apparatus for production is being bench tested with preliminary standardized testing showing that this updated design results in less than half of the standard deviation variability of the successful previous version 3.0 sensor. This updated sensor apparatus design and related hardware improvements have been developed incorporating feedback from beta-test users as well as planned design changes which have been prepared over the past months. Several components such as the device’s internal sampling chambers, microfluidic sensors and related actuation mechanism have been simplified to minimize manufacturing variability and to reduce cost. The first fully assembled version 4.0 THCBA devices for human testing are on track for December – this will be followed by broad field testing and clinical testing to establish V4.0 benchmark standards.
The THCBA is a drug screening device for various markets who are seeking a way to quickly (in less than 5 minutes), easily and non-invasively test for recent use of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) - the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes impairment. The THCBA consists of a handheld device and protective case which houses a sterilization module, sample preparation stage, device recovery station and integrated battery charging system.
Recently, the leaders of all three parties that make up the German coalition government entered into a four-year coalition agreement that sets out a commitment to "introduce the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreation." With a population of over 83 million, Germany could be become one of the largest legal cannabis markets in the world. The Company reports that it has been in discussions with companies in Germany for the advancement of Cannabix marijuana breath testing tools and may allocate resources as necessary to take advantage of these opportunities.
Dr. Richard Yost
Dr. Richard Yost (Ph.D.) of the University of Florida (UF) has entered into a consulting agreement with the Company as well as maintaining his role as Senior Scientific Advisor in the area of FAIMS technology development. Dr. Yost is the winner of the Pittsburgh (Pittcon) Analytical Chemistry Award for 2021. Dr. Yost is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry, most notably for his co-invention of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, which has revolutionized important measurements impacting human health and well-being in the fields of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, environmental studies, and biological analyses. The consulting agreement with Dr. Yost has been adopted, as the Company’s research term with UF has ended.
About Cannabix Technologies Inc.
Cannabix Technologies Inc. is a developer of marijuana breathalyzer technologies for law enforcement and the workplace. Cannabix is working to develop drug-screening devices that will detect THC - the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes impairment - using breath samples. Breath testing for THC would allow employers and law enforcement to identify recent marijuana use that better aligns with impairment. Cannabix devices are in the advanced prototype and pre-clinical testing stage.
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