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Cannabix Technologies Inc., a leader in marijuana breathalyzer development for law enforcement and the workplace, recently presented at PITTCON 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the world’s largest annual laboratory science conferences. The company also discusses the FAIMS technology’s ability to detect THC in controlled breath samples with detection that is 10 times more sensitive than previous literature suggested.
Management is working to make a miniaturized version of the FAIMS-MS device for use by law enforcement and workplace officials. Agreements are in place with parts suppliers and the parts required to build the portable version of the device are already on order. The company anticipates that the device will be available for field testing over the coming months.
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Cannabix Technologies Inc. (CSE:BLO)(OTC PINK:BLOZF) (the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its technology development and recent presentation at the PITTCON 2016 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. PITTCON is one of the world’s largest annual premier conference and expositions on laboratory science. Cannabix and University of Florida researchers (UF) were invited to present the state of the art technology at sessions focused on drugged driving and illicit drug detection. Dr. Jared Boock gave a talk titled “Detection of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Related Compounds in Human Breath Using High-Field Asymmetric Waveform Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS)“. The presentation outlined how Cannabix and University of Florida researchers have made significant headway toward the development of an innovative FAIMS-based instrument for the detection of THC in human breath. PITTCON also provided Cannabix with the opportunity to cultivate strategic alliances with groups interested in advancing the implementation of breath-based drug detection for law enforcement.
Cannabix management and University of Florida chemists have confirmed the ability to specifically detect THC at standard temperature and pressure using our unique FAIMS cell coupled with mass spectrometry (FAIMS-MS). We have successfully isolated THC and THC-related by-products in controlled simulated breath samples, with the current FAIMS-MS configuration demonstrating THC detection limits which are at least 10 times more sensitive than previously reported in the exhaled breath literature. The Company also reports that it has been evaluating the feasibility of detecting other volatile compounds of interest using FAIMS-MS with promising preliminary results for cocaine models in simulated breath samples.
Development of the Cannabix instrument is rapidly advancing. Many proprietary components, such as a high-voltage generator, non-radioactive ionization source, and array detector are being integrated with the novel FAIMS cell to provide the most technologically advanced FAIMS-based instrument in the world.
Dr. Raj Attariwala, Cannabix’s Chief Scientific Officer, states, “Development of a standalone FAIMS based device for trace detection of THC in breath is progressing well. With the expertise of the Yost lab at UF, we have demonstrated the unique ability to have a device which allows real time analysis of exhaled breath without any cumbersome extraction techniques. Our recent analysis of the presentations at PITTCON affirms our belief that Cannabix is developing one of the most advanced and sensitive real time THC specific breath detection devices for roadside use by law enforcement.”
Kal Malhi, President of Cannabix stated, “Our recent visit to the University of Florida and the presentations at PITTCON reaffirm our belief that Cannabix is developing the best technology in the field of detection of THC in exhaled breath. Our FAIMS-MS device is now recognized as a very accurate and highly sensitive device and we are moving quickly towards miniaturization of the bench top device. Agreements are in place with parts suppliers and parts required to build the portable device are now on order and we expect to have a portable FAIMS-MS device for field testing in the coming months.”
About Cannabix Technologies Inc.
Cannabix Technologies Inc. is a leader in marijuana breathalyzer development for law enforcement and the workplace. Cannabix has established breath testing technologies in the pursuit of bringing durable, portable hand-held tools to market to enhance detection of marijuana impaired driving offences on roads at a time when marijuana is becoming legal in many jurisdictions globally. Cannabix is working to develop drug-testing devices that will detect Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC- the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes intoxication) using breath samples. This technology would be used to provide detection of use of THC at the roadside to identify drivers intoxicated by the recent use of marijuana. In particular, Cannabix is focused on developing breath testing devices for THC detection that would target recent use of THC, in contrast to saliva or urine testing for THC which can be invasive and take considerable time for laboratory analysis. The devices will also be useful for other practical applications such as testing employees in the workplace where intoxication by THC can be hazardous.
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