TORONTO, Canada (November 30, 2016) — Dr. Patricio Stocker, President and CEO of PharmaCielo Ltd., announced the company has appointed a Medical & Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) to provide guidance on the development of medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products appropriate for use by clinical practitioners.
“Under the guidance of Dr. Delon Human, PharmaCielo Board of Directors member and Chair of the MSAB, appointees will be able to provide significant input in the development of our medicinal-grade products through their ability to provide global expertise in the areas of healthcare policy, regulation, medical science and patient insights in addition to their clinical experience,” said Dr. Stocker.
Dr. Human has assembled an experienced team of international medical clinicians and scientists whose expertise will be leveraged to provide guidance in the development of medicinal-grade cannabis oil based products, as well as international insight and understanding of worldwide healthcare policy and its implications for this emerging global industry.
“The Medical & Scientific Advisory Board will oversee PharmaCielo’s practices and processes, ensuring they are UN-aligned and performed ethically and according to Good Manufacturing and Good Medical Practice,” said Dr. Human. “During the April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, the UN and its member states strongly endorsed the need to ensure the accessibility and availability of internationally controlled drugs for medical and scientific purposes, including substances such as cannabinoids. In developing a global framework, this should be promoted within national legal systems, while simultaneously preventing diversion, abuse and trafficking. PharmaCielo has the opportunity to develop the world’s finest quality, naturally grown, pharma-grade cannabis oils.”
Five appointees to the MSAB were introduced (full biographies are available at www.pharmacielo.com):
Dr. Delon Human, M.B.Ch.B., M.Prax.Med., MFGP, DCH, MBA, Member, PharmaCielo Board of Directors; Chair, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Delon Human is the president and CEO of Health Diplomats, a health advisory and consulting practice, providing strategic and technical advice on global health issues to Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, food, tobacco, nicotine and medical device industries as well as NGOs, governments and foundations. He has acted as adviser to WHO Director-Generals and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
He is a published author and specializes in global health strategy, corporate and product transformation, harm reduction and health communication. Formerly, he served as the Secretary-General of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), which brings together the top food companies in the world.
From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Human served as secretary general of the World Medical Association (WMA), the global representative body for physicians. He was instrumental in the establishment of the World Health Professions Alliance, an alliance of the global representative bodies of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and physical therapists.
Dr. Human qualified as a physician in South Africa and completed his postgraduate studies in family medicine and child health in South Africa and Oxford, England. He was a clinician for two decades, part of the pediatric endocrinology research unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital and was involved in the establishment of several medical centers, a hospital and emergency clinic in South Africa. His business studies (MBA) were completed at the Edinburgh Business School.
Dr. Anders Milton, MD, PhD, Member, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
A former chair of the World Medical Association, Dr. Anders Milton is a highly sought-after consultant within the healthcare sector and has served as president of the European Regional Network on HIV/AIDS (ERNA) and as president of the Swedish Red Cross among a number of other positions, including appointment by the Swedish government as chairman of a committee on Swedish HIV/AIDS policies and a member of the Catastrophe Commission formed following the December 2004 tsunami. Recently he led a select committee studying organ donation and transplantation.
Previously, Dr. Milton served as president and CEO of the Swedish Medical Association.
A director of several public and privately held companies and foundations, Dr. Milton originally studied economics before turning to medicine, and after graduating university as a medical doctor and PhD he served as a clinician at the Department of Nephrology at the University Hospital at Uppsala. Throughout his career he has been engaged in work in support of human rights, ethics of medical practice and safe health care, of which effective pharmacotherapy is an integral part.
Dr. Juan E. Gutiérrez, MD, Member, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Gutiérrez is a neuroradiologist in private practice and Director of the Neuroradiology Division at Centro Avanzado de Diagnostíco Médico (CEDIMED) in Colombia.
Previously, Dr. Gutiérrez served at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX as Associate Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Medical Director and Director of the Clinical Trials Division at the Radiology Department. He was formerly Director of Medical Development, Diagnostic Imaging and Associate Director of Clinical Development, Diagnostic Imaging for Bayer Healthcare (formerly Berlex Laboratories) in Montville, NJ. Dr. Gutiérrez also served as a medical monitor with Novartis (formerly Ciba-Geigy Labs) in Medellin.
Dr. Gutiérrez has been the recipient of several awards for his work, and has been the lead researcher, international researcher and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials. Regularly published, he has co-edited five medical books and authored or co-authored over 25 book chapters as well as 17 peer-reviewed articles and scores of abstracts and articles published in scientific research journals.
Dr. Gutiérrez received a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from CES University in Medellin and Specialist in Clinical Radiology from Pontifical Xavierian University / San Ignacio Hospital in Bogota. He completed a research fellowship in Neuroradiology at Thomas Jefferson University / TJU Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and a visiting fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Jorge Andrés Soto, MD, Member, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Soto is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Boston Medical Center and a Professor of Radiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has previously served as a general medical practitioner with the Hospital San Antonio de Prado in Colombia, section head of Body Imaging at University of San Vicente de Paúl Hospital, radiologist at CEDIMED in Medellin, assistant professor of Radiology at the University of Antioquia and was vice chairman of Boston Medical Center’s Department of Radiology for ten years.
A native of Medellin with citizenship in both Colombia and the United States, Dr. Soto received his Doctor in Medicine and Surgery and Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology from CES University’s Health Sciences Institute in Medellin, and completed a Radiology Body Imaging Fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.
Dr. Soto has received honors and awards from the Colombian Ministry of Education, Medellin Medicine Academy, Boston University Medical Center and numerous professional societies. An extensively published researcher, Dr. Soto is a member of the editorial boards of Radiology and Abdominal Imaging, has edited seven books and has published over 85 original research papers and more than 35 reviews, book chapters and case reports.
Dr. Darryl Hudson, PhD, Member, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Hudson is a cellular/molecular biologist and geneticist. He is co-founder of InPlanta Biotechnology Inc. in Alberta, Canada, an advanced research and development laboratory focused on cannabis genetics, cultivation and breeding.
After helping to form a cannabis production company in 2013 under Canada’s then newly established medical cannabis regulations, Dr. Hudson moved on to work as a consultant for projects around the world. With a focus on quality and safety, he continues to utilize his expertise to optimize cultivation and quality assurance protocols within the cannabis industry, and has helped develop standard operating procedures for all aspects of cannabis cultivation, extraction, formulation and analytical testing.
Dr. Hudson co-authored a 2015 study pertaining to a large cannabis genome project entitled “The Genetic Structure of Marijuana and Hemp.” Continuing his research on both medical cannabis and industrial hemp, he has planted numerous research plots across Canada, which will significantly help advance understanding of the plant. Through his involvement in a landmark nationwide study that will involve some of the world’s top PTSD researchers, Dr. Hudson is breeding new cannabis varieties specifically developed to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, especially among military veterans.
Widely published in diverse fields including plant biology/genetics, DNA repair, epigenetics, cancer and cannabis, Dr. Hudson has also written articles for some of the top cannabis publications and has been an invited speaker at events worldwide. Dr. Hudson received his PhD from the University of Guelph. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with Syngenta developing transgenic rice and corn, he has since dedicated his efforts to the cannabis sector.
About PharmaCielo Ltd.
PharmaCielo Ltd. (the “Company”) is a global company privately held and headquartered in Canada, with a focus on processing and supplying all natural, medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products to large channel distributors. The Company’s principal (and wholly-owned) subsidiary is PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S., headquartered at its Nursery and Propagation Centre located in Rionegro, Colombia.
The boards of directors and executive teams of both PharmaCielo and PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings are comprised of a diversely talented group of international business executives and specialists with relevant and varied expertise. PharmaCielo recognized the significant role that Colombia’s ideal location will play in building a sustainable business in the medical cannabis industry, and the Company, together with its directors and executives, has built a compelling business plan focused on supplying the international marketplace.
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