VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Core One Labs Inc. (CSE: COOL), (OTC: CLABF), (Frankfurt: LD62, WKN: A2P8K3) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce its wholly owned subsidiary Vocan, has entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement with the University of British Columbia (“UBC” or the “University”). Research will be conducted in a 10,000 square foot well-equipped, technologically diverse and well funded lab located at the Lower Mall Research Station at the University. The Research Faculty has an extensive team including a principal investigator, Post-Doctoral fellows, lab manager, research technicians, and research associates.
The collaboration gives the company access to cutting edge research facilities and innovation capabilities at UBC. The UBC research team’s history of strong research and development efforts provides an opportunity for Vocan to accelerate its position as a powerful player in the emerging psychedelic medicines space. Psychedelic compounds have recently transitioned into the mainstream medicine market. Psilocybin, MDMA and LSD have shown significant therapeutic benefits when it comes to addressing depression, anxiety, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The collaboration with UBC will assist Vocan in individually optimizing the expression of enzymes allowing the production of the prodrug psilocybin from the Psilocybe genus of mushrooms. Vocan will supply its developed technology, and the UBC lab will utilize its proven expertise to optimally express critical enzymes to enable their recombinant synthesis in a suitable bacteria host. This will increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the process and assist Vocan scientists in enabling the production of psilocybin using fermentation. Using bacteria as “biological factories” in this way is a well-established method for producing commercial products, having been employed for insulin and human growth hormone, but needs to be individually optimized for each product.
“The collaboration with UBC Research Faculty enables Vocan to fast track its production method of biosynthesized psilocybin. The state-of-the-art equipment will allow for enhanced analysis of the compound, and the additional personnel exponentially increases the capacity of Vocan’s Research Team,” stated Joel Shacker CEO of the Company.
The University of British Columbia was established in 1908, is the largest university in Western Canada and has an